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R-Controlled Sight Words – UR

FREE PRINTABLE R-Controlled UR Word List - From TeacherHelpForParents.com

Around second grade, children learn about r-controlled words. R-controlled words are words that the letter “r” makes the vowel have a different sound then it would normally have without the “r”. Thus, the vowel sound is controlled by the “r”. Some teachers also like to use the expression “Bossy R”.

Below is a list of r-controlled words. Begin by writing the words on index cards. Continue practicing with your child until he or she can say the words accurately. Mix the cards up each time to further help with reading practice.

Once your child can read the words on the index cards, print out this list of words. Start by reading the list to him or her. Then, have your child read with you. Finally, have your child read independently. The goal is for your child to be able to read this list in 40 seconds.  Have your child keep practicing until this goal is obtained.

burst

turkey

turf

slurp

burp

furnish

surf

church

blur

burnt

curl

spurt

fur

hurt

burn

purple

blurt

lurk

lurch

turn

Printable R-Controlled UR Word List

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R-Controlled Sight Words – OR

FREE PRINTABLE R-Controlled OR Word List - From TeacherHelpForParents.com

Around second grade, children learn about r-controlled words. R-controlled words are words that the letter “r” makes the vowel have a different sound then it would normally have without the “r”. Thus, the vowel sound is controlled by the “r”. Some teachers also like to use the expression “Bossy R”.

Below is a list of r-controlled words. Begin by writing the words on index cards. Continue practicing with your child until he or she can say the words accurately. Mix the cards up each time to further help with reading practice.

Once your child can read the words on the index cards, print out this list of words. Start by reading the list to him or her. Then, have your child read with you. Finally, have your child read independently. The goal is for your child to be able to read this list in one minute.  Have your child keep practicing until this goal is obtained.

port for corn born
stork morning torch force
horse dorm fort hornet
short sport forest worn
fork border factor forgot
ivory north normal forty
torn doctor forget horn
formal order thorn storm
form story factory manor

Printable R-Controlled OR Word List

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Online Reading Games for Preschool Through Second Grade



One of my favorite interactive reading sites for kids preschool through second grade is Starfall.com.  This site is a free public service to teach children to read using phonics.  Have your children start with the Starfall ABC’s, then have them move on to the Learn To Read section, next is the It’s Fun to Read page, and finally I’m Reading.  The site includes a parent information page explaining their site.

For further help, use our sight word pages.  We have sight word lists for short vowels, long vowels, and R-controlled words.  We also have Dolch and Ekwall sight words (lists of words you see often while reading).

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R-Controlled Sight Words – IR

FREE PRINTABLE R-Controlled IR Word List - From TeacherHelpForParents.com

Around second grade, children learn about r-controlled words. R-controlled words are words that the letter “r” makes the vowel have a different sound then it would normally have without the “r”. Thus, the vowel sound is controlled by the “r”. Some teachers also like to use the expression “Bossy R”.

Below is a list of r-controlled words. Begin by writing the words on index cards. Continue practicing with your child until he or she can say the words accurately. Mix the cards up each time to further help with reading practice.

Once your child can read the words on the index cards, print out this list of words. Start by reading the list to him or her. Then, have your child read with you. Finally, have your child read independently. The goal is for your child to be able to read this list in 30 seconds.  Have your child keep practicing until this goal is obtained.

Bird

Birth

Chirp

Fir

Stir

Quirk

Third

Skirt

Firm

Stir

Whirl

Girl

Twirl

Squirm

Dirt

Shirt

Printable R-Controlled IR Word List

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R-Controlled Sight Words – ER

FREE PRINTABLE R-Controlled ER Word List - From TeacherHelpForParents.com

Around second grade, children learn about r-controlled words. R-controlled words are words that the letter “r” makes the vowel have a different sound then it would normally have without the “r”. Thus, the vowel sound is controlled by the “r”. Some teachers also like to use the expression “Bossy R”.

Below is a list of r-controlled words. Begin by writing the words on index cards. Continue practicing with your child until he or she can say the words accurately. Mix the cards up each time to further help with reading practice.

Once your child can read the words on the index cards, print out this list of words. Start by reading the list to him or her. Then, have your child read with you. Finally, have your child read independently. The goal is for your child to be able to read this list in 40 seconds.  Have your child continue to practice until this goal is obtained.

her

stern

verb

perch

fern

insert

cavern

super

western

clerk

term

mother

ever

under

stern

person

nerve

perk

concern

swerve

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R-Controlled Sight Words – AR

FREE PRINTABLE R-Controlled AR Word List - From TeacherHelpForParents.com

Around second grade, children learn about r-controlled words.  R-controlled words are words that the letter “r” makes the vowel have a different sound then it would normally have without the “r”.  Thus, the vowel sound is controlled by the “r”.  Some teachers also like to use the expression “Bossy R”.

Below is a list of r-controlled words.  Begin by writing the words on index cards. Continue practicing with your child until he or she can say the words accurately. Mix the cards up each time to further help with reading practice.

Once your child can read the words on the index cards, print out this list of words. Start by reading the list to him or her. Then, have your child read with you. Finally, have your child read independently. The goal is for your child to be able to read this list in under one minute.  Have your child continue to practice until this goal is obtained.

star

arm

barn

art

part

tarp

harp

dark

bark

artist

party

ajar

scar

scarf

Yarn

large

alarm

charge

start

card

guitar

superstar

spark

cart

cargo

hard

Mars

cartoon

chart

dart

March

snarl

Printable R-Controlled AR Word List

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Reading Test For My Child

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Are you wondering at which grade level your child reads?  The best way to find this out is through your child’s teacher.  If you homeschool, it’s summer vacation, or you just want to test for yourself, I have found an assessment that you can use from the National Right to Read Foundation.  It tests both phonics and reading grade level.   You can find it here.  The link here and below has both the assessment and instructions for administering the test.  It can give you a good idea at which grade level your child reads best from first grade through sixth grade.

Why is it important to know the grade level at which your child reads?  Your child needs to be reading material that is not too easy and at the same time isn’t so hard that it is frustrating.  When it is too easy, your child doesn’t have as much opportunity to improve.  When it is too hard, your child can become frustrated and comprehension is reduced significantly.

Once you find out your child’s reading level, check out my post about motivating your child to read.  It includes book series appropriate for each grade level.  I also have posts for increasing your child’s reading speed and expression and how to help your child become a better reader.

Use This Test To Find Our Your Child’s Reading Level:
Phonics and Grade Level Reading Assessment

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Sight words are an essential element in learning to read.  Most of the words your children read are sight words.  Ekwall sight words (along with Dolch sight words) are used often by teachers to help students learn to read.  The Ekwall sight words are best for grades pre-k through third grade; although, students in higher grades can benefit by them as well.  You will find the Ekwall sight words below.  The words are listed in order of difficulty.

If your children are in preschool or kindergarten, have them practice one column at a time until they can read the words with ease.  Then move on to the next column.  This could take a couple days or weeks.  Be patient and move on when your children are ready so that you know they have truly committed the words to memory.

If your children are in first grade, have them read the list until the words become hard for them.  This is your starting off point.  Have them work on about 10 words at a time until they truly know them.  Then move on to the next set of words.

If your children are in second or third grade, have them read all the words to you in one sitting.  The best way to do this is to print out two copies of the word lists.  Give one list to them and keep one for yourself.  As they read the words, hightlight or mark the words they miss.  When they finish the lists, look back at the highlighted or marked words.  These are the words they need to still commit to memory to improve their reading skills.  Make flashcards of these words and work with them until they have learned the words.  If there are more than 20 words that need to be learned, break the words up into groups of no more than 20 to work on at one time.  Once one set is learned, move on to the next set.  Mix in some of the previous learned words from time to time as well for review.

Ekwall Words

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Sight Words Your Child Needs To Know

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The majority of the words your children read are sight words.  That means they are words that are memorized.  It is important for your children to know the appropriate sight words for their grade level to help them be successful in reading.  I have included the Dolch sight word lists for preschool through third grade.  These are words they will see often in their reading at their grade level.  Practice reading them with your child.  You will also want to write them on flashcards for practice as well.  Mixing up the order helps to make sure they are memorizing the word and not the order the words are listed.

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Preschool Dolch Sight Word List


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Kindergarten Dolch Sight Word List


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First Grade Dolch Sight Word List


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Second Grade Dolch Sight Word List


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Third Grade Dolch Sight Word List


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Once your children know the Dolch sight words for their grade level, they may move on to the next grade level list.

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Free Printable Alphabet Mini Books


DLTK has free printable alphabet mini books for ages preschool through first grade.  Young children should be able to read these simple stories themselves after hearing them a few times.  These are great to use as extension activities while introducing the letters of the alphabet.  There are also crafts to help teach the letters of the alphabet for children as young as two.

Check out our phonetic word lists for kindergarten through third grade.

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