Research to Support HeidiSongs Sing and Spell the Sight Words Program

HeidiSongs Research Infographic

 

Hi, my name is Kathy Hoyt and I have been a kindergarten teacher for the Southeast Polk School District in Runnells, Iowa for the last 22 years.  Last year I began working on earning my Master’s Degree and decided to focus my action research paper on sight word development for my struggling readers. I had never heard about Heidisongs until a fellow kindergarten teacher in my class told me that her students benefitted from singing the sight word songs daily. I decided that I would put the songs to the test and see if they really would help my students become more confident readers!

            Here is a quick summary of my research:

The purpose of this study was to determine the effect that music and movement had on at-risk beginning readers in kindergarten. Music and movement was incorporated into the classroom by the use of HeidiSongs Sing and Spell the Sight Words DVDs.

Sing & Spell DVD's from HeidiSongs.com

Sing and Spell the Sight Words DVD’s from HeidiSongs have a unique melody and catchy lyrics for each of 160 different high frequency words. All of them have movements to help kids remember them! Find out more here.

 

Research was conducted on kindergarten students from two comparable classes. Five struggling readers were identified from both kindergarten classes by using the results from the sight word pretest that was given during the first week of October. The experimental group spent just ten minutes each school day singing the HeidiSongs Sing and Spell the Sight Word songs and doing the movements. The control group was not exposed to the sight word songs throughout the study.

Here is what the two groups did:

  • The control group used the Journeys 2013 Common Core Language Arts program.  They also focused on two sight words per day, and learned a sight word poem.
  • The experimental group did the exact same thing as the control group, but got an additional five to ten minutes per day of instruction by singing and dancing to HeidiSongs Sing and Spell the Sight Words DVDs.  
  • The experimental group learned five new spelling songs per week for eight weeks.  Then they reviewed all of the sight word songs during that time for the last two weeks.

 

Sight word flashcards were used to assess both groups weekly. A parent survey was also utilized every two weeks asking about parent involvement at home and student interest in reading. When the data were analyzed, it showed that the use of music and movement did increase at-risk students’ sight word recognition by approximately 20% over the control group!

 Now for the interesting part…the results!

 

HeidiSongs Research Graph

Figure 1. Average weekly score for sight word recognition of two comparable at-risk kindergarten groups.  As you can see by the graph, the experimental group outperformed the control group by about 20% on sight word recognition.

As you can clearly see my HeidiSongs group’s sight word recognition (represented by the blue line) progressed at a much faster pace. What a difference singing HeidiSongs made for my students!

Not only did 100% my students reach the 40 word district benchmark…they did it by March! This was the first year that ALL of my students have ever met the sight word goal. (Note that the graph above only shows the results for the ten week research study period.)  I also want to note that Heidisongs didn’t just make an impact of my students reading….I also noticed my students writing sight words correctly in their daily writing as well!!

If you are interested in checking out more of my data, click on the link below to read through my complete research, Music and Movement: Effect on Kindergarten Sight Word Recognition for Struggling Readers  Kathy Hoyt, 2014.”  You can also read more research that supports HeidiSongs specifically by clicking here to visit the Research page on Heidi’s website.  Then scroll down to the section that says “Research Specific to HeidiSongs, where you will find several other studies done and their results.

A HUGE thank you to Heidi Butkus for asking me to be a guest blogger and most of all for sharing her creativity with us all!

Other Research that Supports HeidiSongs

Here are some more research studies done specifically on the effectiveness on HeidiSongs products.  None of these were sponsored by HeidiSongs in any way.

Kindergarten Sight Word Acquisition Abstract
Angelle N. Baladad, July 2007

The Impact of Music and Movement on Kindergarten Sight Word Achievement
Laura K. Brown 2013

Using Multisensory Methods in Reading and Literacy Instruction
Sara Ureno 2012

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12 Days of Holiday Freebies: Here’s all of the Rest of the Freebies!

SIX Gingerbread Man Freebies from HeidiSongs

Welcome to day seven of our 12 Days of Holiday Freebies!  Since this is the last week of school for most people, I have decided to give you the rest of the freebies today so that you can use them before it is too late!  I hope you enjoy them!  Also, I have Jury Duty this week, and so I do not know if I will be able to write any blog posts, either!  So this is all going to work out just fine.

I know that these have been quite a lot of worksheets.  Sorry about that!  I actually had one of my helpers, Krista, make these for me, and I should have given it more thought and given her more direction.  I just wanted to be able to give away some fun little things for your kids to do and color.  I’ll do better next time, I promise!

Here is the link for a Fox Secret Code Worksheet.

Here is the link for a Farmer Secret Code Worksheet.

Here is a link for a Bear Secret Code Worksheet.

Here is a link for a Decorate Your Own Gingerbread Man Page.

Here is a link for a Gingerbread Man and House Color Words Worksheet

Here is a link for a Hidden Gingerbread Man with Numbers Worksheet.

Here is the link for the Gingerbread Man Ten Frames.

I am hoping to post some pictures on this post soon, but I confess I’m running short on time!  So sorry!  Enjoy!

Don’t forget to check our site for some great educational gifts!

 

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12 Days of Holiday Freebies, Day 6: Draw the Numbered Gumdrops on the Gingerbread Men!

Hello, and happy holidays!  Welcome to day six in our 12 Days of Holiday Freebies!  Today’s freebie is a Count & Draw the Gumdrops Gingerbread Man activity and follow up worksheet!  It is similar to the one that I posted a few days ago, but in this case, the children are reading the number and drawing their own gumdrops rather than writing the numeral.

Gingerbread Man Draw the Numbered Gumdrops Freebie

 

My recommended lesson plan with this activity is to start with activity that I provided in the previous post shown below.  Show the children a number, and have them put the correct number of gumdrops on the Gingerbread Men.

Gingerbread Man Counting Activity Freebie from HeidiSongs

Once they have that down, then you can have them switch to doing it on paper, which of course is known as the pictorial representation of the concept.

Gingerbread Man Numbers Sample Logo

 

You can download this follow up worksheet here!  

Are you looking for a gift for a child or a teacher in your life?  Here are some books that would make a wonderful educational gift that would be perfect for a child from preschool to first grade!

 

The 1-100 Book is a fun book that is great for kids that are learning to count to 100, and it's also a really fun book for a teacher to have on the 100th day of school!

The 1-100 Book is a fun book that is great for kids that are learning to count to 100, and it’s also a really fun book for a teacher to have on the 100th day of school!

 

1-100_Book

I love the 1-100 Book because it is kind of like a “Hunt and Find” or “I Spy” book, but with numbers!   The children in my class seemed to just love to grab a the book and sit with a friend and see if they could find all of the numbers in the book, from one to one hundred in order!  And since they are divided up into sets of ten on each opened “spread” in the book, it’s not hard to find them!

I especially loved having multiple copies in my classroom library, because the children would sit together with several kids together, each with a copy in their laps and all try and find the numbers.  Since the book is only $6, it would be a relatively easy gift to give to a teacher you know!

1-100 Book from HeidiSongs
1-100 Book from HeidiSongs 2

 

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12 Days of Holiday Freebies, Day 5: Hidden Gingerbread Man Color Words!

Here we go with Day Five of our 12 Days of Holiday Freebies!  Today’s freebie is a fun little Hidden Gingerbread Man Color Word Worksheet.  I know that many of you are familiar with our Hidden Sight Words, Hidden Alphabet, Hidden CVC Words, and Hidden Numbers Worksheets.  Well, when the children color this one in correctly, they will see a Gingerbread Man.  That’s all there is to it!

Hidden Gingerbread Man Color Word Freebie

I wish I had a finished sample of this to post for you, but unfortunately, I do not have one this time!  So you’ll have you use your imagination on it.  You can have your students only color the brown, or you can have them color all of it.  It’s really up to you!  You can download this freebie here.

For those of you that are unfamiliar with our Hidden Worksheets series, this is what they look like.  They make great morning work for kids that they can do independently!

To find out more about our Hidden Sight Words Worksheets, click here.

This is the link for the Hidden Sight Words Worksheets for Sing and Spell Vol. 1.  You will find the other worksheets for each of the other Sight Word DVD’s on their respective web pages.

We have Hidden CVC Words for our CVC Books Volume 1 and 2!

We have Hidden CVC Words for our CVC Books Volume 1 and 2!

So, instead of suggesting a great educational gift for a child today, I am going to direct you towards a little gift for yourself- the teacher or parent!  Get yourself a packet of these little worksheets to use in the classroom or in your homeschool, or even with your kids at home over the vacation!  They are easy to use, good practice, and the children usually love them!

Have a great weekend!  I’ll post another goodie for you on Saturday!

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We have Hidden CVC Words for our CVC Book Volume 1 and CVC Words Vol. 2!

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12 Days of Holiday Freebies, Day 4: Gingerbread Man Secret Code Worksheet

Welcome to day four of our 12 Days of Holiday Freebies! Today we have a quick post with a fun little Secret Code Worksheet for you and your students to enjoy! As a child, I always loved “cracking the code” on worksheets like this, and I hope that your students will, too!

Gingerbread Man Secret Code Freebie

To do this activity, simply show the children how to look at the number under the line and then look for it at the top of the page. Then, all they have to do is find the letter that is next to the number and copy it! Easy, right?

Gingerbread Man Secret Code Student Sample 1

When I did this in my friend Julie’s Kindergarten classroom, I modeled the entire thing for the children under a document camera. I did the first six or seven letters for them myself, and then I started inviting children up to “share the pen” and let them show the class how they could find the correct letters and write them in.

 

Do you know a child that is learning the alphabet?  Our Singable Songs for Letters and Sounds DVD would make a wonderful holiday gift for any child that is an active learner and that loves music!

Most of the children got it right away, but when I called them up to share the pen, I could see that some of them were a little unclear on how I knew where the numbers were. For example, if we were looking for number 14, how did I know were to find it? So I showed the children how to count from one, touching each number as I went along until we got to that number. That really helped a lot.

Gingerbread Man Secret Code Student Sample 2

 

You can download this fun Gingerbread Man Secret Code Worksheet right here!  And be sure to check back tomorrow for another great freebie!  (Want some more right now?  Check out our posts from the last three days, so just go backwards through these posts!)

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