The Question: I am considering beginning to work with sight words with my son. Is four too early? He won’t start kindergarten until he is almost six, and he knows most of the alphabet already.
My Answer: First of all, pat yourself on the back for doing all you can to get your son ready for kindergarten! Great job! When to start working with sight words is different for every child.
Before getting started on words, make sure he knows his upper case and lower case letters. While you’re at it, you could work on identifying numbers 1 to 10, too.
Then, you’ll want to start teaching him the sounds that each letter makes. Jumping right in to sight words can be confusing if your child doesn’t understand the sounds that go along with each letter. You can practice that skill easily with the same alphabet flashcards you’ve probably been practicing with. Just hold one up and say, “What sound does this letter make?” Same flashcards, just a different question!
After you feel that he’s gotten a good handle on the sounds, then it’s probably time to start with some easy sight words. I’m attaching a link to some of the words that are most used in kindergarten. The link even has a printable sheet that you can cut for flashcards.
And of course, throughout it all keep reading to him his favorite stories, so he can see those words in action!
Best of luck and again, great job on giving him the head start he needs!