Rainbow words are 55 sight words students must learn in kindergarten and the most frequently used in reading. Each list has 8-10 words and students must learn to read and recognize them “fast as a snap”. These words should not be sounded out and should be recognized out of order.
Students are tested each Wednesday on their individual lists and given the next list to practice if they pass. The levels are red, orange, yellow, green, blue and purple. Once students have passed reading all of the levels, they will become star spellers and start over again on red words. They must spell the words correctly each week in order to move on to the next level and make their way up the rainbow!
It is important to practice your child’s list with them nightly. Mastering these words quickly, helps expand your child’s ability to read and write more challenging topics. You can print the rainbow lists from below to practice.
Red Words List
Orange Words List
Yellow Words List
Green Words List
Blue Words List
Purple Words List