100 Words Every Dyslexic Child Needs to Learn

To read 50% of most books, a dyslexic child only needs to be able to read 100 words. The reason is the same words are repeated time and time again in books.

This is amazing! If the childcan understand half the information in most books. Then they have a great foundation in reading to build upon.

So I have put together a list of 100 crucial words on the card below. So you can help a dyslexic child learn to read and write.

What are the first words children learn to read?

The 100 crucial words on the list below are also known as sight words. Teaching sight words helps dyslexic children learn to read and write better.

  • Sight words are the first 100 words a child usually learns to read and write at school.
  • Children practise reading and writing these words, over and over again.
  • So they instantly recognise the words without breaking them down into sounds.
  • This can help the child read and write quicker, giving them more time to learn new words.
  • Sight words include tricky words. These are words that are hard to read, that cannot be broken down into sounds.

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100 Words Every Child Needs to Know

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This card is based on scientific research, on "Early Reading Research, University of Warwick".

What words should 5 year olds know?

A child age 5 should know 10,000 words, studies have shown. This means a child may understand what 10,000 words mean, yet are unable to read, write and spell them.

The first words dyslexic children learn to read and write are high frequency words. These include sight and tricky words.

The child will start with learning basic 2, 3, 4 letter words, then move onto longer words. Children learn at different speeds, dyslexic children will be slower to learn to read and write.

To understand what words a child should know and be able to do. See checklists below for the expected national curriculum standards in the U.K.

How to Teach A Dyslexic child to read new words?

Teaching a dyslexic child to read and write new words, will give them strong foundations in English.

This will help them do better in school. Focus on teaching them high frequency words and the 100 crucial words above:

  • If a child can read 50% of most books, this means they can understand most of the story and information.
  • This can help a child when learning new things and answering questions.
  • Knowing the 100 words gives the dyslexic child a good foundation in reading and writing.
  • The child can then focus on learning new more complicated words, as they already know the basics.
  • A basic understanding of common words, helps build the child's confidence.
  • The child knows they will be able to read most of any book they are given, only needing to ask for help with trickier words.

Teach Dyslexic Child to Read and Write 100 Words

  • 100 Words - Start using the 100 words list on the card above, by checking how many of the words the child already knows. Which ones can they read and write?
  • Spot Gaps - You will then be able to see gaps in their learning, if there are any words they don't know. The child can then work towards learning how to read and write all 100 words on the list.
  • Fun Learning - The child can have fun learning all the words, by doing other 10 min dyslexic friendly activities from the Mooki card deck.
  • Start Slow- Avoid overwhelming the child by doing too many words at the same time. Focus on them learning just 5 words per week.

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