Of paramount importance to the instructional value of a sight words game (or lesson, or review) is, of course, the words covered.

Here at We Come to Learn, we put a great deal of thought into selecting the words we used in our game Sight Words, Kindergarten Edition. The 180 words we have included in the game are a compilation of the words covered in various popular sight word lists, supplemented by suggestions from classroom teachers.

In arranging the words into eighteen packs of ten words each, we've presented them in terms of general difficulty. Now, does this mean that every word in, oh say, pack 14 will necessarily be more difficult to learn than every word in pack 13 or even every word in pack 12 or 11 or 10? Certainly not. But, in general, the easiest of the words are presented first, and difficulty increases as the game progresses, allowing learners to gradually build a skill set as they learn more and more about how words are put together.

Also of note: there were times when we put words together in a pack because they somehow "go together." Pack 18 -- all color words -- is a great example. But there are other times where several words in a pack highlight special spelling patterns (like all, ball, call, and doll in pack 8) or parts of speech (what, when, where, which, who, and why in pack 17) or call attention to small but significant differences in word spellings (like now and know in pack 11).

A complete list of all 180 words, divided into their ten-word packs, can be viewed easily from the game's home screen by tapping the "View Word List" button.

We Come to Learn Sight Words, Kindergarten Edition, for the iPad is available in the iTunes App Store. And you can learn more about the game here on You Tube.

Up next in the WCTL blog: the basics of playing Kindergarten Sight Words: Part 1, shared practice.