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Sight Words List app review: an introduction to reading



Calling all parents of young children, in particular those who are one to four years old: the Sight Words List app can be used on your iPod touch, iPad, and iPhone to act as an introduction to reading for them. It's never too early for kids to start learning common words and build up their reading confidence and this is exactly why this app can help. The app uses a combination of games and flashcards to teach them 315 different words.

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Sight Words List - Learn to Read Flashcards Games


Built for Kids

As mentioned this app has been specially designed for kids’ ages one through four, so with that in mind, it provides features and graphics that will grab their attention and keep them entertained while they learn. This list of 315 is also known as the Dolch Word list. Because the words vary in difficulty they have been categorized into different age groups. You can't expect the one year old to know the same words as the four year old and you don't want to leave them feeling discouraged.

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The app is free to use and parents give it a very high customer rating score of 4.5 out of five stars. Parents love how easy it is to use, the format that it uses to teach the kids, and that the words are very practical and common words. It’s a great way to start preparing kids before they even enter school so they are that much more confident.


A simple and clean user interface
A simple and clean user interface

Features and Tools

This app is loaded with cool features that make learning words fun and simple. You're even able to add your own flashcards and record the word using your own voice. Perhaps you want to add names of siblings, friends, family pets, it gives you a chance to customize the app. There are five game modes and the app can be used in portrait and landscape mode. Customize the speed that the flashcards are shown and even set the font color and size. There is the ability to choose upper or lower case, allowing kids to familiarize themselves with each. If there is a word/card that you don't care about you can always delete it from the list.

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I find this app interesting in the sense it seems really basic and simple when you read about it but you quickly learn there are so many layers and aspects to this app that make it that much more useable and helpful.


Words are categorized into age appropriate categories
Words are categorized into age appropriate categories

Sight Words List - Learn to Read Flashcards Games


Pros and Cons


  • Child-friendly user interface
  • Teaches kids 315 words
  • Add your own flashcards with your own voice
  • Delete flashcards you don’t want to teach
  • Offers plenty of customization tools and features


  • There had been a problem when recording using iOS 7, which seems to have been fixed


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Final Thoughts

The Sight Words List  app for your iPod touch, iPad, and iPhone helps parents teach kids a number of common words in an engaging and fun way. The app is extremely user-friendly and offers all kinds of customization tools.

Sight Words List - Learn to Read Flashcards Games

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