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Smiley Sight Words App

Smiley Sight Words is an accessible app that teaches high-frequency sight words to your child, including those who are blind or who have low vision.

By Marsha Bork

Smiley Sight Words is an app that teaches high-frequency sight words to your child.  It is totally accessible with voiceover, and low-vision-friendly too!   My students love this app and I do too!!

The 1,600+ sight words included with Smiley Sight Words comprises up to 85% of the text in a child’s early reading materials. A child who can recognize just 8 of 10 words in a sentence can typically understand its meaning! “Sight words” often cannot be illustrated via simple pictures or sounded out according to regular phonetic decoding rules, thus they need to be learned and recognized “on sight”. Smiley Sight Words is a handy way to keep track of and encourage a child’s mastery of their sight words.


  • Optimized for iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch.
  • Over 1,600 common sight words comprehensively compiled from Dolch, Fry, Pinnell-Fountas, UK, and many other high-frequency word lists.
  • Beautifully recorded American-English pronunciations for all words
  • Top 1000 – 40 levels sorted by frequency
  • Dolch 300 – 7 levels (pre-primer, primer, grade 1-3, nouns 1-2)
  • Dolch 300 – 11 levels sorted by frequency
  • Fry 1000 – 10 levels sorted by frequency
  • UK 1000 – 10 levels sorted by frequency
  • AU Rainbow – 12 levels sorted by color-code.
  • More Words – Upper and lower-case alphabet, numbers 0-100, colors, shapes, animals, months, days of week, family words, common nouns
  • Words organized by number of letters
  • 10 Customizable Flash Card sets
  • 10 Shared Customizable Flash Card sets common to all 5 players
  • Copy and Paste words from sets or emails
  • Email export of word lists
  • Show and Hide individual words
  • Mark flash cards with smileys – try to earn 3 thumbs-up smileys for each word.
  • Flash cards respond to swipes, shakes, and taps
  • Customizable settings for up to 40 players
  • Player names and photos can be customized
  • Progress Report can be saved to Photo Library
  • In-app Help documentation
  • Chalkboard font for iOS 4.2 and later