Fun With CVC Words: Phonological Awareness with Sit Spots!

Fun with CVC words and Sit Spots Heidi Songs

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Today we are sharing some great ways to utilize the CVC workbook and flashcards. This idea comes from Mrs. Parker and includes a really great way of adding movement into the classroom as well as other ideas about how to turn flashcards into a game. We hope you are enjoying seeing the wonderful submissions to our Idea Contest as much as we are enjoying sharing them!

Below is a video submission and the letter we received is in italics.

Hi, Heidi,

I use HeidiSongs CVC Workbook and SitSpots to help with Phonemic Awareness.  This is part of my Tier II intervention; most are boys who need lots of movement.

I use the flashcards (pictures and words) provided.  First the kids hop the sounds to the picture cards.  Then, we hop the CVC word and blend it.  Some days, we play memory with the flashcards and the pictures.  We also read the CVC card and draw a picture to go with it.  I have found that the kids draw a picture that looks very much like the ones we have used.  They love these activities and using the same flashcards in various ways has really helped them.

We love the idea of using the flashcards in so many different ways. It definitely helps students make the connection between the pictures, words and sounds and helps teachers get more bang for their buck.

Thank you Mrs. Parker and class!

Fun with CVC Words Heidi Songs

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Turning Hidden Sight Words Into a Puzzle

 

Turning HeidiSongs' Hidden Sight Words into a Puzzle!

Today’s great idea come from Christian! Her submission was a runner up in our Idea Contest. I hope you enjoy this great new take on our Hidden Sight Word Worksheets! Her idea is great for learning at home and at school.

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I will put our idea contest submissions in italics and my thoughts in regular type.  You can see how this sight word puzzle works in this video below!

Christian writes:

This idea turns the sight word coloring pages into child created sight word puzzles. I completed this activity with my daughter, Julianna, who just turned 4. She loved this activity and was very pleased with her work. I am excited about doing this activity with my PreK class at school in the coming weeks.

 1.Julianna colored the “is” sheet

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2. While she was coloring, we talked about the word “is” and I colored all the other words on another copy of the “is” sheet. When I was finished, I had the word “is” left in white on my paper. I put my paper into a report cover. It will serve as the base for the “is” puzzle.

 

3. I cut out the i and s that she colored. Then Julianna snipped the lines dividing the letters, cutting them into individual pieces with the word is.

4. Using the page in the report cover as a base, Julianna put the pieces back together to make the word is.

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I have used your products for 7 or 8 years, in kindergarten, 1st grade, and preK. No matter the grade level, they have made a huge impact on my teaching and my students’ learning. Thanks for such wonderful products!

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Sincerely,

Christian 

Thanks Christian and Julianna for sharing your great idea! How have these fantastic ladies inspired you to use our hidden sight word worksheets?

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Teaching the Alphabet: “The Alpha Mat”

HeidiSongs Idea Contest WINNER!

Hello everyone!  Today I am excited to share with you the Idea Contest Winner!  It’s called “The Alpha Mat,” and it is used to teach the letters and sounds.  I hope you enjoy this great idea.

You can find out how to make the Alpha Mat by watching Diane’s great video below, which explains it very well!  Here are links to where you can purchase the supplies for the Alpha Mat:

The basic idea is that you hot glue the clear plastic sleeves down onto the tablecloth, making sure that they do not fuse themselves shut in the process!  (Watch the video below for tips on how to do this and also to see how the mat can be used!)  The pockets have to remain open so that you can change the cards in the pockets in and out.  This increases the diversity of the learning tool so that you can use it to practice many different things.

 

Below is the letter I received from our contest winner Diane! I will put our idea contest submissions in italics and my thoughts in regular type. Enjoy!

 

Alpha Mat from HeidiSongs

Hi Heidi,
I just want to thank you so much for your wonderful curriculum. For the last year and half, my 5 yr old son has really been struggling to learn his alphabet and letter sounds. As a former first grade teacher, I was baffled. I tried everything I knew, and still could not seem to help my son. I finally googled how to teach the alphabet to a struggling learner and came across your website. I pulled up a couple of videos on YouTube and was hooked. I figured it couldn’t hurt to give it a shot. What happened over the next month was nothing short of amazing. I saw my son go from being lost and confused to feeling confident and having fun while learning.  

The large flashcards seemed to help my son a lot. Since he was having so much success with the larger flashcards, I tried to think of other fun ways that I could incorporate them into our learning. I came up with the Alpha Mat. We play lots of games with the Alpha Mat and hope to incorporate a lot more as we get more curriculum. Here are some of the games that we play and how to play.

 

1. Letter Hunt: The teacher calls out a letter and has a student find the letter on the mat and step on it. Then, the child sings the jingle and does the movements for that letter. The game can be played with the whole class or with just 1 or 2 students.

2. Upper/lowercase Match-Up: I do this activity 2 different ways. For the first way, I insert all uppercase flash cards into the Alpha Mat and have the kids lay the matching lower case letters that I’ve printed off from the Bingo game, on top to the correct letter. The other way is done in reverse with lowercase letters in the mat and uppercase letter are placed on top.

3. Beginning Sound Match: To play this game, either fill the mat with upper or lowercase flashcards. Then, have kids place the matching beginning sound picture to it’s corresponding letter.

4. Spell- It: The last game that we play involves spelling CVC (Consonant-vowel-consonant) words. I shout out a word and my son steps on those letters to spell it out. If it’s not too far of a stretch, I challenge him to not step on any other letters while spelling the word. He really likes this added rule.

5. Many Others- There are lots of other ways to use this mat since you can easily interchange the inserts. You could use it for sight words, shapes, colors, numbers, etc.

I’m so glad I found Heidi Songs. Thank you again!

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I hope you enjoyed this idea!  We’ll be posting more ideas from all of the great teachers and moms that entered over the next coming weeks!

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Sight Word Eggs Match Up Freebie & FLASH SALE!

Sight Word Easter Egg Match Up by HeidiSongs

Here’s a fun idea for those of you that enjoy using plastic eggs in your classroom:  Sight Word Eggs Match Up!  There’s even a free recording sheet in it for you, too!  Not only that, but we decided to have a quick little FLASH SALE right away to celebrate spring!  You can save 15% on any order on our website, with no minimum purchase by using the code SPRING15 (Be sure to use all capital letters, and don’t put a space between “spring” and 15.)  But HURRY!  The sale is only on Friday and Saturday, April 4 and 5, 2014!  So fill up your cart and don’t miss it!

 

Eggs & Pen

I’m hoping that by using an oil based paint pen, I will get words on the plastic eggs that are not easily rubbed off by little fingers.

 

To make the Sight Word Eggs, I wrote the words with a Sharpie Paint Pen and then put the eggs on an egg carton to let them dry for a few seconds.  I found that if I just let go of the egg, if often rolled around on the table and the marker smeared.  A regular sharpie might also work just as well, but I think that using a paint pen will result in words that are more permanent on the eggs, so that I can use them again for several years if I want to.  Sometimes, those moist little hands can rub the writing off of plastic items!  Let’s just not talk about where the moisture comes from.  :)

 

Sight Word Easter Eggs Drying

 

As you can see, I wrote just the first letter on the left hand side of each egg, and the rest of the word on the right.  Once I had the words written on the eggs and they were dry, I separated each of the eggs (some required scissors because they were attached) and put them in my basket that I had filled with “grass.”

 

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Sight Word Eggs Match Up from HeidiSongs. Match the first letter of the word to the rest of the word on the other side of the plastic egg.

 

Once the children have matched the eggs up to form a sight word, they can record their words on the recording sheet shown below.  You can pick up this freebie at my TPT store right here!

 

Sight Word Eggs Worksheet Freebie from Heidisongs

Sight Word Eggs Worksheet Freebie from HeidiSongs!

 

Those of you that have been following my blog for a while will remember this CVC Eggs Activity and recording sheet from last year.  You can read more about this activity on my previous post on the CVC eggs here. Since it is a good time of year to mention it again, I thought I would repost it as a reminder!  Download it here.

 

Here is the idea I previously posted about for use with this recording sheet.

Here is the idea I previously posted about for use with this recording sheet.

 

By the way, would you like to sing a song with your kids to help them learn how to sound out words from the “Eg family?”  :)  Here’s one that you can find on YouTube!   It’s from the DVD Sound Blending Songs for Word Families, which I wrote to help kids learn how to sound out words.

 

 

And Don’t Forget About Our Flash Sale!

You can save 15% on any order on our website, with no minimum purchase by using the code SPRING15 (Be sure to use all capital letters, and don’t put a space between “spring” and 15.)  But HURRY!  The sale is only on Friday and Saturday, April 4 and 5, 2014!  So fill up your cart and don’t miss it!

 

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“The Hen’s Walk:” An Easy Reader for Kids to Make Based On Rosie’s Walk!

The Hen's Walk:  Easy Reader Book for Kids to Make and Read, based on Rosie's Walk!

Here’s a fun new book for kids to make called “The Hen’s Walk” that is based on the classic book, Rosie’s Walk by Pat Hutchins!  I love it because it incorporates position words, sight words, and comprehension skills.  Kids love it because it includes stick puppets, rubber stamps, and coloring, PLUS when they are finished, they all have a book that they can take home!  Do I have your attention?  I hope so!  Unfortunately, it took me three days to put together, so I cannot offer it to you free.  Sorry!  It’s $3.  Hopefully it will be worth it to you!  I  have it posted on TPT here.  And it is posted to our website here!  

Hen's Walk Book for Kids to Make and Read, from HeidiSongs!

“The Hen’s Walk” is a great project to leave out on a night when parents come to visit, too!   Parents love to hear their children read books to them on such occasions, and children love to show off their work.

The Hen's Walk Book helps kids focus on position words and comprehension.I think that the best thing about this book is that it really helps kids focus on position words by having them act out the story with stick puppets.  AND, having to physically move stick puppets around helps kids focus on COMPREHENSION!  And I think that is pretty GREAT!

I used the same patterns to make manipulatives that we used to practice retelling the story.

I used the same patterns to make manipulatives that we used to practice retelling the story.

Another great thing to do is to use those same pictures that we made for the book pages for other activities, such as putting the pictures in order and retelling the story.

In my class, we also read the real version of Rosie's Walk and put the words on a pocket chart, and then matched the pictures to the words.

In my class, we also read the real version of Rosie’s Walk and put the words on a pocket chart, and then matched the pictures to the words.

We also act out the story by taping those small pictures from the book onto chairs and furniture in the classroom.  It’s really fun, and such a GREAT way to help children learn their position words!

Rosie's Walk Chair

Act out Rosie's Walk by taping children's pictures from their little books to the chairs and other furniture.

Act out Rosie’s Walk by taping children’s pictures from their little books to the chairs and other furniture.

I made this book with my class just about every year that I taught Kindergarten, but we did it with all of the words to the REAL Rosie’s Walk book!  I absolutely LOVED teaching this book each year!  (For those of you that are just joining me, I’m on a leave of absence from teaching this year.)  You can pick up my little Hen’s Walk project on TPT here.  And it is posted to our website here!  

As you can see, there are tons of ways to use a book like this!  We have lots of similar little books posted on our website in our “Singable Books” section.  (They are under the Language Arts tab.) But all of those can actually be sung- and this one cannot.  It is strictly a reader!

Check out our line of "Singable Books" for kids to make and read!

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