Dolch Word List - Kindergarten

© Contributed by Leanne Guenther

From 50-75% of all words used in school books, library books, newspapers, and magazines are in the Dolch Basic Sight Vocabulary of 220 words (preschool thru Grade 3).  The Dolch word list is made up of "service words" (pronouns, adjectives, adverbs, prepositions, conjunctions, and verbs) which cannot be learned through the use of pictures.

In this section I've included a series of flashcards that can be printed and used to reinforce learning, the complete list of preschool words (see table) and some activity ideas for using the flashcards.

 




 

Complete Kindergarten List

all

am

are

at

ate

be

black

brown

but

came

did

do

eat

four

get

good

have

he

into

like

must

new

no

now

on

our

out

please

pretty

ran

ride

saw

say

she

so

soon

that

there

they

this

too

under

want

was

well

went

what

white

who

will 

with

yes

 

Ideas for Using the Flashcards:

The flashcards can simply be held up, giving the child the opportunity to read each one.  But if you're looking for a more engaging activity, try combining the Dolch flashcards with the noun picture flashcards for a variety of activities (I've listed some suggestions here from simplest to hardest).  If you're printing the cards for one of the higher grades, you should consider printing the ones for previous grades as well -- the Dolch words are cummulative and you'll be able to make more complex sentences.