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The Team

The team is dedicated to developing child literacy curricula that are research-based and classroom-proven, with clear and simple instructions and accompanied by attractive and easy-to-use materials.

Our team is comprised of professionals with a broad range of educational experience and training, including:

  • 10 advanced degrees and certifications
  • 74 years working with children
  • 40 years teaching reading to both advanced and struggling young students
  • 27 years teaching in the classroom
  • 57 years training teachers
  • 72 years working with parents of young children
  • 2 parents of young children
  • 33 years in educational administration
  • 9 years teaching at the college level

68 Responses to “Contact”

  1. Kelli Munsell


    At what age do you start teaching children sight words?

    Thank you!
    Kelli 🙂

    ADMIN – Hi Kelli,

    It depends when the individual child is ready. The need to have developed both the attention span and cognitive capacity to understand Sight Words. 4 – 5 years old is typical. You could try earlier, I wouldn’t wait much later for a developmentally typical child.

  2. Anna@The Measured Mom

    Hello! Your website is amazing, and I recommended it to my readers in my newsletter. I just printed some Bingo games to use with my preschooler, but I noticed that it repeated a lot of words. I’m pretty sure I included enough words that this wasn’t necessary. Have you noticed this?

    ADMIN – Hi Anna,

    Thanks for the feedback. The games are all designed so that they will use up all available words before repeating. For the Sight Words Bingo game, if you select more than the minimum 25 words, then there should be no repeats on any bingo card. If you are getting repeats, please email us attaching a PDF of the defective cards and the list of the words and word-lists you were attempting to use. This will help us diagnose the issue and get it fixed!

  3. Andrea

    This is a great resource, but I have a question. You mention “the latest literacy research” and I was hoping to know more about that. Do you have links somewhere that I missed, or some info you can share on sight words and literacy? Thanks!

    ADMIN – Hi Andrea,

    We are going to put together a more comprehensive research document. But briefly, we used method that draw from the work of Barbara Wilson (Wilson Reading); Samuel Orton, MD; Anna Gillingham (Orton-Gillingham); Grace Fernald; Beth Slingerland (multi-sensory approach); C. Wilson Anderson (International Dyslexia Association); and Siegfried Engelmann (Direct Instruction.

    • Betsy Primm

      Sally Shaywitz, MD has commented a good deal about sight words that are linchpins to fluent literacy for children. Her book is Overcoming Dyslexia. She and her neurologist husband, Bennett Shaywitz, are at Yale and are internationally known for their research on reading.

  4. Leslie

    Wow! I don’t know how long you’ve been up and running, but this web site is amazing. I wish I’d had it when I was teaching K! Now I’m using it to print out things for my daughter. (Much, much easier than creating all this in Excel!)
    Only suggestion I have so far is that it would be nice to have a less ink-intensive Bingo card option. These are beautiful and would be great if I were going to keep them for a class and re-use, but for just a couple uses with my daughter, I may decide to do some in Excel still…

  5. Anthony (Tony) Eller

    I didn’t find out until later in life I was dyslexic, but when I finally realized the reasons why. A whole new world opened up to me. I created a website to help others find their “Gift” that I have found. I with the help of a former school teacher and Dr. Bob Berk that started a charter school in New Orleans that has dedicated 20% of enrollment to dyslexia (problem based learning) are now working on a nonprofit called Billy’s Quest from a song I wrote about being dyslexic called “Billy.” The mission is to bring Awareness and changing the perception of dyslexia. But the #1 Priority to offer free or inexpensive tools to help train teachers or teacher’s aides. I was disheartened yesterday after a meeting where I was told training packets for teachers could run $500 and to have a trainer come in to train could cost $3000! Can we work together to set up a training program and the training packets that the teachers/teachers aids would need.

    ADMIN – Hi Tony,

    We are always happy to discuss partnership opportunities with schools, teachers, and parents. Just go to our Contact page to call or email us, and let’s talk!

  6. Diane

    Thank you so much for this much needed resource. Appreciate being able to find such a neatly organized list, easy on the eyes. Thank you!!

  7. Pam Weldon

    Love your incredible website! Can you recommend apps or special software that will allow me to print large batches of flash cards (25-50 cards per set)?

    Thank-you Ever So Much!

    ADMIN – Hi Pam,

    Our flash cards come in the form of PDF files that you can print directly to your printer at home or the office. But if you want to print larger quantities than your home printer can handle, you can download and save the PDF files, and then have them printed out at someplace like FedEx Office.

  8. Anni Frøstrup

    Hi, what an easy way to create a game. I´m a Danish speech-language-therapist and I love that I can customize it for speech games. But I can´t use 3 of our letters because it is English. What can I do about that?

    ADMIN – Hi Anni,

    Thanks for the feedback! We will look into finding a font that accommodates foreign letters and diacritical marks. In the short term, I would suggest simply typing in the closest English letters (or a black space) and writing in the appropriate marks. We are so thrilled to see our materials being used internationally!

  9. Patricia Arroyo

    Hi, my name is Patricia. I love your page and strategies to help the students grow in learning. I am an English teacher from Colombia, here it is quite difficult to teach English, our level is very low. In public institutions (where I work) English is not seen as an important subject, just another one in the curriculum, the classes are in Spanish, I would like to receive support of suggestions of how to have my students interested in different bilingual activities, sometimes my ideas ran out, plus I would like to practice my English. thanks

    ADMIN – Hi Patricia,

    Thanks so much for visiting! Our current resources are aimed at native English speakers, but we have been pleasantly surprised by how many bilingual teachers are using our materials. We do not have anything tailored specifically to native Spanish speakers or bilingual students, but we thank you very much for your feedback and suggestions!

  10. angela

    why not provide “facebook” let me “like”this website…i wanna to bookmark it, but i cannot bookmark it in this PC..please improve the website

  11. Kiana

    I love this site. I am a teacher and have a predetermined list of sight words from my school. I wonder if it would be possible to upload or save a list of sight words so that I can just select it instead of retyping for each activity.

    ADMIN – Hi Kiana,

    We do not yet have the upload function you referred to, but we are always taking suggestions for what we should add to our site next. Thanks for your feedback!

  12. Karen

    I love your free activities and teaching videos. They are practical and helpful, and in keeping with best practices! Keep this site going! Thanks! Karen

  13. Zarina

    I have seen a lot of websites and this one is so amazing and the best. Our country Fiji has a lot of geographical barriers and everyone can not access this website. As a teacher, they must have these resources! Do you have the videos etc that can be recorded for about 700+ schools? Also if someone wanted to print valid materials for schools, at a reasonable cost, because of accessibility, will you allow this, or are they copyrighted?

    ADMIN – Hi Zarina,

    I have great news for you: everything on our website is completely free! You are welcome to download and print any of our materials. You may even download the files and have them professionally printed in Fiji! All we ask is that you not remove our logo from the materials.

    You may also download any of our how-to videos, which are located on our YouTube channel:

  14. Manjari

    I stumbled upon this website trying to frantically figure out how to help my kindergarten daughter to read. I feel like she is so behind and I want to give her extra help at home…but didn’t EVEN know where to begin. This website is so amazing and it really has everything that I need to provide her a solid foundation to reading. I had a solid foundation of phonics and reading, and because of it, I don’t have a problem reading or spelling out any word. I wanted to provide that solid foundation for my daughter also. However, I couldn’t for the life of me remember how I was taught. I don’t know how to thank you guys for providing something like this to parents. This is heaven sent. Thank you, thank you.

    • Manjari

      Okay…so this may be a stupid question, but I wanted to print the sight words on cardstock paper for durability. I have yellow paper at home….is it better to print the words on plain white paper or is colored paper okay. I just don’t know if the color distracts the kids from actually seeing the word and comprehending the information. Thoughts?

      ADMIN – Hi Manjari,

      Colored paper is actually great for helping children focus their attention on the printed words! White paper is what most people have at home, and that’s fine. But yellow paper works very well as a background for our sight words flash cards.

  15. Debra Schulman

    I became aware of the importance of phonological awareness when I used to own and operate a Huntington Learning Center. I am now retired and am concerned that my 4 1/2 year old grand daughter is exhibiting some dyslexic tendencies. Your step by step program seems a wonderful resource. What are the fees?
    Debra Schulman

    ADMIN – Hi Debra,

    Epic that you are working with your granddaughter. There is no fee to use the materials. It is our gift to people like you that want to help their students and/or children.

  16. sherre

    Hi, I am working with a 2nd grade students that has difficulty decoding words. He just guesses. He is a terrible speller even though he tries to get his thoughts on paper. Should I take him through this program from the beginning? What would you suggest? He studies pictures to figure out what is happening. He rushes. I think he might be embarrassed by his struggles. He is an excellent athlete – which comes easily.
    Thanks so much

    ADMIN – Hi Sherre,

    I would go back as far as you need to, to help him get his foundation right. Even if it seems remedial, it will pay off. He is lucky to have you.

  17. Laurie

    Hello, I was introduced to your website last year through my preschool. We have purchased your material, but I am looking for something in particular in which I cannot find in print, nor on the website again. I am looking for the alphabet. I came across it, a month ago,and have not been able to find it since then. Please direct me as to where the alphabet cards are located. Thank you very much!

    ADMIN – Hi Laurie,

    Perhaps what you are after is the sound pronunciation guide? It is available in Phonemic Awareness –> Sound Pronunciation.

  18. Lindsay

    Hello! I have found your sight word instructional procedures very helpful, especially the notes about how to most effectively correct incorrect responses. I am wondering how you manage this correction procedure when you have more than one pair of students playing a game at a time. For example, I work with up to 6 students at once and I’ve been wondering how to effectively monitor responses when I have 3 different sets of students playing games. Sometimes students effectively correct each other, but sometimes they “correct” another student with an incorrect word! Thanks for any advice you can provide and for the excellent site.

    ADMIN – Hi Lindsay,

    Great question.

    I try and get small groups of say 4 students and have them play one of the bigger games together – than way I can keep track of all of them at the same time. I have my assistant take the other children, or I have them do some station work that doesn’t require as much supervision.

    I am also not having the children play games with words that are new for them, the games are more to reinforce words that they have already learned – particularly when the game is only minimally supervised.

    I may also pair a stronger child with a weaker child so they have someone reliable to help them.

  19. Shandre

    Hi my twins are 6 year old. They are in preschool Grade R(term we use in South Africa) but I would like to start teaching them how to read myself as they are very eager to start reading. I’m not 100% sure what it is they can and can’t do yet but I’ve only seen comments about ages between 3 – 5 years on your website. Does that mean my boys are too old for the work covered or can I just do everything with them starting from the beginning? It wont hurt to start at the beginning would it? Do you suggest I skip a few lessons if I see they can do it? Thank you

    ADMIN – Hi Shandre,

    Start with the phonemic awareness, but at that age, if they are getting it – you can take the accelerated curriculum. Then graduate to sight words and phonics.

  20. Sarah

    I am so glad I stumbled across your website (through a google search for a dolch sight words list). I’m so impressed by your content and by how user-friendly the site is!
    I do have a question though: I’ve just begun looking over your curriculum, and it appears that your phonological awareness activities teach a lot of the same skills that many phonics programs teach. Where should one transition from here (especially in a homeschool situation)? Do you have any recommendations for phonics programs to use as a follow up (in conjunction with your sight words activities)? I’d like to find something that meshes well with the methodologies used in your program. Thank you!

    ADMIN – Hi Sarah,

    We use Distar now called Reading Mastery (Engelmann – Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons). It is great, particularly for homeschoolers and reasonably priced. I have heard good things about Zoo Phonics and Hooked on Phonics.

  21. vasumathi

    Thank you so much, for preparing sight words content that is so useful for my students and easy to learn and enjoy.

  22. Fiona

    To The Brilliant Brains That Created ” Sightwords”.

    This is by far the best site for teaching, helping and having lots of fun learning with kids.

  23. Alanna

    Hi! I love this site!

    I have would love to use your ‘Memory’ game as an activity in my lesson plan for my assessment. I attend the University of Newcastle in Australia. I was wondering if I could have some more information about the developers of the website so that i may accurately reference your work 🙂 What are the names of the authors and co-authors? (Initials will do! if you don’t want to put your full names.)

    ADMIN – Hi Alanna,

    It was all done by our team, so apportioning individuals is difficult. But a couple of the leaders were Betsy Primm, Donna House, Margo Edwards, and Gajan Retnasaba.

    • Diego

      I agree with you. It would be wonderful to have at least a citation and reference form at the end of each article or info. So people can reference your work properly.

  24. Sally

    What a wonderful website! Thank you for providing strategies, video clips, and printable materials. Every activity I have used has been so helpful while tutoring and working with home school students. Not only do I use the materials during instruction, I also send the activities for homework.
    Your hard work and dedication is appreciated!

  25. Kalpana

    Hello, thanks and kudos to your team for this excellent site. Its fun and full of knowledge. I love words, speak English fluently, though my mastery over the language is average but I learn constantly through crosswords, watching Wheel Of Fortune and Spelling Bee videos. Currently I am a Tax Manager with 14 years experience but not keen on pursuing this further. I love kids and enjoyed a short stint at teaching middle & high school students for about 1.5 years some 10 years back. Please advise what courses should I pursue to be able to do what you guys are doing so I can have fun while working. Regards, Kalpana

    ADMIN – Hi Kalpana,

    I would talk to administrators in the districts where you are interesting in working. Find out what they value and start building some relationships there. What your local system values should guide your training.

  26. Sophia Han

    Really amazing website! I’ve written an online article to recommend this website and got more than 300 views and 30 likes within 4 hours. Good to learn here and teach my own preschool child. Thank you for all the great job!

  27. Monica Figueroa

    I was just wondering if do you have any of this material in Spanish for the bilingual classrooms.
    Thank you

    ADMIN – Hi Monica,

    All the games allow you to put in custom words. So just select the “custom” option and type in your Spanish word list.

  28. Tre

    Hi! I am a former high school Math and Science teacher. I now have a son who just turned two on Thanksgiving.
    At 1.5 yrs old, he knew all his uppercase letters. He just kept asking, “Wuz that?” We had to encourage him to use his vocabulary more. I did not want to push him. We play silly find-the-letter games. He likes Super Y and Leapfrog. I helped him learn lowercase and uppercase. Made a “play” sheet binder for him with Velcro.
    He now knows all the letter sounds…some words by sight….numbers 1-20 and a few others…colors…shapes….
    We have him at nursery school, 2 hours, 2 days a week. We are a big book, music, and math house. Where do I go from here? I’m playing a lot of games and trying to keep it fun with letters and sounds. He is barely 2, so he can’t write any letter except O. I try to make the letters and words a background focus as we do things but I realized he was trying to decide words as I was texting my sister and he saw my phone.
    I don’t want to push but do I start going through phonics and phonics awareness or sight words or both….whatever is natural. I don’t want him to miss opportunities but when your 18 month old is calling out the letters and sounds on a PBS show his older cousin is watching, you know you have to keep that mind busy.
    Thank you!
    (Also a “Where to begin” page would be great right on or linked to the home screen. Maybe a visual or chart of how the language learning process goes. I speak several languages but I’m like, “Phonics???” It’s been forever. Lol”)

    • Sight Words Admin

      Please go to our Phonemic Awareness curriculum and start with Module B, Rhyming. This curriculum will give you a great road map to use to provide him a solid foundation for reading.

  29. Jane

    I love your website! Can you please make your templates support Chinese characters? I can use these to teach Chinese sight words to my students. Thanks.

    ADMIN – Hi Jane,

    Glad to hear that you are having fun with the materials. Unfortunately, the templates don’t support Chinese characters and we don’t have the resources or expertise to make that happen. Consider printing them out blank and adding the Chinese words (either by handwriting them in, printing them and pasting them in, or some editing software like Adobe PDF or photoshop)

  30. Missy Kelley

    Hi, I just found your website and love it! My husband and I are both elementary teachers and have a teaching website. We’d love to include a link to your website on our site, everything on it is free. I’m in the process of making more early childhood resources for teachers and parents.

    Missy (

  31. joyce

    I choose the items and create the memory cards, but I find nothing. So I was wondering where to check for the memory cards after creating them?

  32. Brianne

    Thank you for providing such a wonderful resource for parents! In our district, we are required to use “research based” interventions. Do your lessons meet this criteria and would they be appropriate for interventions for struggling students?

    ADMIN – Hi Brianne,

    The curriculum is research based, aligning with the work of Marilyn Adams’ curriculum, Phonemic Awareness for Young Children as well as the work of the Florida Center for Reading Research. It has been classroom tested for two years. Of course, each district has its own criteria for approving curricula. The sightwords curriculum is a supplementary part of early literacy instruction. I hope that helps.

  33. Kat Ros

    Hi, I did comment elsewhere already.
    Same thing: can you please set default as lower case? Right now, each cell has upper case and I need to press ‘Shift’ on my phone every time I type a word. Thanks! Your site and tools are amazing!!!

    • Sight Words Admin

      Hi Kat, Thanks for your comments! As for your request, I believe the default upper case is not on our website but is in fact a default typing setting on your smartphone. When we type in custom words for our flash cards, for example, we don’t need to press ‘Shift’ or any other key; the default on a PC keyboard is really lower case letters.

  34. Kristy

    I am teaching primer level sight words for my edTPA. What do you consider mastery before you leave a word and move on to introducing a new one? I am having a hard time finding research on this.

    • Sight Words Admin

      Our rule of thumb for mastery is for a child to be able to identify a word within two seconds, three times in a row, three days in a row. This rule tends to ensure mastery.

  35. Carmen Brown

    Hi, I am a 2nd grade teacher in Oklahoma. We teach the Fry words but I have several different resources and some of the words are different. I was trying to get the most up to date list but am having trouble. Can you help me with this?
    Thank You

    • Sight Words Admin

      As far as we know, we’ve used the most updated list. Use our list and add any words from your other lists. You can customize the words that are not on our list and print them out as flash cards.

  36. Andy

    I love this site…Thank you very much

  37. Crystal Doucette

    I notice in the videos that some of the cards have a design on the back, for example, Go Fish cards have a blue fish on them. Might I be able to get the design to put on the Go Fish cards I have printed? Thank you for providing this wonderful site. I am excited to share some of these games with the Kindergarten class! – CLDoucette

    • Sight Words Admin

      Feel free to put a sticker or stamp a fish design on the back of your Go Fish cards. Our cards cannot be printed front and back.

  38. Tonyia

    So grateful for this web sight . I have created many sight word flash cards and used many sight word games.
    Thank you soo much

  39. jack roark

    Wow, what a great site! THANK YOU for existing!

  40. Claudia Sotelo

    I hope you can help me. I have a daughter in 2nd grade in a bilingual school in Mexico City. English has become very difficult for her and I’d like to help her. Her teacher recommended me your site for that purpose, but I don’t understand how to start. My daughter understands a lot of English, but it’s very difficult for her to write, read and pronounce. It’s very common that she writes and spells the words as she has learned the alphabet, but she’s unable to put the correct sounds in a lot of words when they are together. So, how do I start, with all the sight words that she has to memorize, although she knows a lot of them? Or do I start with the phonemic awareness?
    I’ll appreciate so much your answer!

    Best regards,

  41. Debbie

    I tried to email this letter below at your support email but it was returned as Daemon Failure…

    I can not begin to tell you what a difference this website has made to my grandchildren. My oldest grandson, now age 10, was diagnosed with dyslexia and your website has helped him become a stronger, more confident reading after struggling through 3 grades at school. I was wondering if this website will continue to be available this year as now I am teaching my younger grandchild and a few of the neighborhood children who are struggling at their schools. Thank you for putting together such an amazing and helpful website.

  42. Michael Dahl

    I am an ESL volunteer. I was sure any compilation of sight words would be an attempt such as I would make – and probably would have if not for your site! Thank you so much.

    Michael Dahl

  43. Chin ella melawaty

    Hi! Your website is great, but I wonder if you have any flash card that comes with picture? My son has special needs and is just starting to say a few words, so he’s been learning through pictures. Thank you.

    • Sightwords Administrator

      No, we don’t. There are flash cards that are commercially available that have both words and pictures.

  44. Louise Lynton

    Hello, thank you for providing access to all of these resources. If I want to cite any of your work in my assignment, how should I go about it?

    • Sightwords Administrator

      Thank you for your feedback. It really depends on the citation style requirements for your class (APA, MLA, etc.).

  45. hilde broekx

    Help. I want to use this to create my own games using the words from my lesson. But there is no existing word list. It doesn’t create my bingo game or snakes & ladders game. Who can help me?

    • Sight Words Admin

      Hello, Hilde! You can certainly create your own bingo and snakes & ladders games using our Snakes & Ladders Board Creator here ( and our Bingo Card Creator here ( Just scroll down each page, and type your custom words into the blank rectangles under the header, Custom Sight Words. Once done, hit the green button that says Create Snakes & Ladders Boardor Create Bingo Cards, whichever option you choose. Follow the rest of the instructions for printing the board or cards as well as preparing other needed materials. We hope you have fun playing these games with the kids!

  46. cathy pelzmann

    I find this website has a lot of very helpful information. I was wondering if the Fry Sight Words are in the public domain.

    ADMIN – Hi Cathy,

    We have the same question. As a practical matter, nobody seems to be trying to assert any IP rights. They are also really old – Dolch Sight Words are from 1936 and Fry Sight Words are from the 1950s. Both were developed by educators, I imagine they wanted people to use them.

  47. Souhanya

    This is such a wonderful learning application. My daughter is 6 years old, and I read all the details. Should I start her from Listening, or should I start from Beginning Words? She is into pronunciation of vowels and consonants now. I want to know where to start first. Please guide me through it. Thank you so much for this wonderful application. You guys are amazing.

    • Sightwords Administrator

      Go to the Basics page on the Phonemic Awareness curriculum. There you will see an area for Pacing & Assessment. The assessment we think will be most helpful to you is titled “Hello Two Peas in a Pod”. It’s a free download. Also, access the Fast Track information, which will speed you through the curriculum.


    Hi, i would like someone to give me a course explaining the steps and the techniques which are better for teaching.

  49. Allison McCarty

    Hi, I’m having trouble with the Sight Word Fly generator. I’m getting an error that it’s not able to process the request. I was so excited to find this to help my kiddos. Is this something that you are planning on fixing? Thanks!

    • Sight Words Admin

      Hi, Allison. Thanks for your message. We’ve tested our Card Creator and it is working on our end. Could you please try again and let us know how it goes? Thanks.

  50. Monique


    I have tried for several days to use your game generators. For some reason, they won’t work. Can you look into it?

    Thank you!

    • Sight Words Admin

      Hi, Monique. Thanks for your message. We’ve tested the Card/Game Creators and they are working on our end. Could you please try again and let us know how it goes? Thanks.


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