Product review: Meet the Sight Words by Preschool Prep

Recently I’ve been working on introducing sight words to G.

Sight words, also known as high frequency words, are words that occur frequently in print material. Some examples are “the”, “of”, “she”. In order to be able to read effectively, it is recommended that children memorize a list of sight words, so they will be able to recognize them instantly without having to decode them. There are several compiled lists of sight words – the Dolch list being the most well-known among several others.

Some of the common methods used to teach sight words include using flashcards or simple readers. I’ve tried the above, but found that the simplest and most effective method was to use DVDs (yes, I’m a lazy busy mum who is not adverse to letting the kids watch a bit of tv).

The DVDs that I use are from the Meet the Sight Words series by Preschool Prep Company.

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Contents
In this set of 3 DVDs, sight words are presented using colourful, animated characters. There is lots of repetition involved, and a short story at the end of each DVD where the sight words are used. When playing the DVD, we are able to choose between playing selective lessons or the whole DVD.

In total, 47 sight words are taught in the 3 DVDs, covering the top 30 words in the Dolch list. Here is the word list:

DVD 1: A, and, for, have, he, I, in, is, it, of, play, said, that, the, to, you
DVD 2: are, as, but, go, had, here, his, like, my, on, see, she, they, was, we & with
DVD 3: all, at, be, by, from, her, him, look, one, on, some, there, this, up & word

A screen shot

A screen shot

Previews of the videos are also available on the Preschool Prep website

G’s and C’s review
I’ve had this series since C was 2. Although she has outgrown it now, she still enjoys watching it with G. Meet the Sight Words is one of G’s favourites at the moment. G requests for specific discs by the sight word shown on the cover – “it”, “on” and “by”. He loves to act out the actions,  and can easily recognise about 90% of the sight words after watching the DVDs four to five times. He was so proud of himself when he pointed out the sight words in random posters and books.

My review
When I first bought the DVDs way back in 2008, I was doubtful of its claims that it could help the little ones master the sight words. In fact, the first time I watched it with C, I was literally bored to tears because there was so much repetition! But I was very pleasantly surprised at how well C and G took to the DVDs, and the speed at which they picked up the words (due to the repetition). And the best part? I could leave them to watch the DVDs for 20 minutes while I completed my chores. Meet the Sight Words really works!

I highly recommend getting this set of DVDs – it really does make teaching sight words so much easier!

Note: Knowing sight words is just a small part of the journey to literacy, as is letter recognition and phonemic awareness.  Reading is still very much a part of our daily routine 🙂

How do you introduce sight words?

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15 thoughts on “Product review: Meet the Sight Words by Preschool Prep

  1. motherhoodisanart

    These look great! I have been working with my youngest with sight words just using flash cards. He’s mastered 5 of them so far but we have a long road ahead! These would be a big help!

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  2. Adeline

    Thanks for sharing! I haven’t done any research yet on sight words, so learning that there’s actually a LIST compiled, makes things so much easier. 🙂

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    1. mummyshymz Post author

      In fact, when C was young, I had no idea that there were sight words! Noah is still young though, you would have plenty of time before he starts sight words. 🙂

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    1. mummyshymz Post author

      Thanks for thinking of me Marie! Will post that acceptance soon (I’m dreadfully behind in my posts :P)

      Don’t worry there’s still plenty of time since your little one is still so young 🙂

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      1. mummyshymz Post author

        Haha, I think I’ve some which were started like a few months ago :p
        I know what you mean. Don’t you wish that we had 30hours in a day?

  3. Leanne - The Mommy Radar

    Wow, lots of resources posted here! Keira had been doing so well with her sight words but I’ve noticed that she has been forgetting some over the summer. Will have to check out some of this stuff as a refresher for her.

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