*100 Words for Beginning Readers*

By Stryder

Not too long ago a survey was done of 1000 pre-primer, early reader and first reader books. The 100 most frequent words in those books were recorded and tabulated into what home schoolers usually call the "Word Wall Words." Why are these words important? Because they are the basic foundation of a beginning reading program. Starting young pre-readers out learning these words as a part of the reading program is an excellent beginning. Even parents who do not plan to home school (and we have a lot of new parents on the Rubicon and on our teams now!) can get their kids WAY ahead by teaching the Word Wall Words before school. Why?



Here are some ways that your child can practice the words.

A Word Wall. They’re not called Word Wall Words for no reason. Make a poster of the words 5, 10, or 25 words at a time and put them on the wall. Put them in your child’s room or the living room, or the kitchen, or anywhere.

Flash Cards. Put the words on homemade "flashcards" and then practice showing the words while having the child say them. Kids will memorize and learn the words by sight quickly. Remember to keep it a game and not a chore and they will learn them so fast that you’ll be amazed.

Games. Think up games to play with the words. One we used to play was to sort the words (written on pieces of paper) into piles based on the number of letters they had. All of the words are between one and five letters so even pre-readers can count the number of letters in the word and sort them into piles of words with 1,2,3,4, or 5 letters. Just playing with the written words gets them used to seeing the words and the letters they are made of.

Build Words. Build new words with a word. Start with the word "in" for example. Add a W to get Win, a T to get Tin, an F to get Fin, etc.

Write. Write the words. Once your child can shape the letters start writing the words.

Trace. Pour some rice into a box or onto a cookie sheet and let your child write the words by tracing the word with a finger in the rice, or flour, cereal, or whatever.

Build Sentences. Once your child has learned a few words make it a part of the learning to build simple sentences. She is big. You said it. Dad will go. You will find many examples of simple three and four word sentences when you get started.

So … What are these words you ask? Here they are:

1. the

26. he

51. be

76. cat

2. a

27. out

52. now

77. them

3. and

28. that

53. when

78. tree

4. to

29. one

54. there

79. where

5. I

30. big

55. into

80. away

6. in

31. go

56. day

81. time

7. is

32. was

57. look

82. as

8. on

33. like

58. eat

83. water

9. you

34. what

59. make

84. home

10. it

35. not

60. his

85. made

11. of

36. do

61. here

86. long

12. said

37. then

62. your

87. has

13. can

38. this

63. an

88. help

14. for

39. no

64. back

89. good

15. my

40. too

65. mom

90. going

16. but

41. she

66. dog

91. by

17. all

42. went

67. very

92. how

18. we

43. see

68. did

93. house

19. are

44. will

69. her

94. dad

20. up

45. so

70. from

95. or

21. at

46. some

71. had

96. two

22. with

47. down

72. got

97. red

23. me

48. little

73. put

98. am

24. they

49. come

74. came

99. over

25. have

50. get

75. just

100. saw

Teaching a child to read is VERY special. Parents who don’t home school don’t always get a chance, or make a chance, to do it. But watching your own child figure out that the marks they see around them stand for sounds and that they make up words and that those words are language and language tells a story – WOW! Nothing can beat it. So teach your children to read then:

Get out and train!


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