Welcome to Dolch Word where you will find lots of free online games, flashcards and printables to help you learn
the Dolch sight words.
The first activities we have developed are a set of memory games where you have to read a word and match it to
the spoken word. These games have been developed for different Dolch word lists so that even beginners can have fun
while they learn.
What are Dolch words?
Edward William Dolch, PhD, published the Dolch word list in his book "Problems in Reading" in 1948. He had
researched children's books to determine which words were most frequently used.
Dolch believed that learning his list of 220 "service words" would speed the development of reading fluency in
children learning to read.
Although some of the words in the Dolch word list can be sounded out using phonic knowledge, many cannot and
have to be memorised as "sight words". Even the decodable words should be mastered for instant recall.
The list is divided into grade levels, but most schools expect children to master reading all the words in the
Dolch word list by the end of first grade. Learning to spell them all may take longer.
The Dolch words are helpful for adults learning English as an additional language as well as for children and
adults learning to read.
In addition to the 220 "service words", Dolch also put together a list of 95 common nouns which appeared most
frequently in children's books at the time.
Dolch Sight Word Books