Word Recognition (Sight Words)
Word recognition is an essential skill that supports children as both writers and readers. Sight words are high-frequency words that students should memorize and know when they see them. Phonemic awareness allows students to delve deeply into content, meaning and understanding without focusing too heavily on specific spelling. Phonemic awareness and sight word recognition allow students to make word choices that are driven by meaning and appropriateness, rather than spelling or word familiarity.