Easter Flash Sale- April 20th ONLY!

HeidiSongs Easter Flash Sale!

Happy Easter to all of my friends all over the world!  I hope that you are having a blessed day.  I decided to throw a last minute FLASH SALE today, April 20th only.  You can use the code RISEN to get $4 off of a $6 minimum purchase on our website.  The code will work one time only per person, and is set to expire at midnight on Sunday, Pacific time.  So you’ll have to work fast if you want to grab something that’s (almost) free!

So remember, to make the code work-

  • Use all capital letters.
  • Hit “Submit” after you enter the code.
  • Make sure that you purchase at least $6 in products before tax, or it won’t go through.
  • You will not see the coupon code box on the “view cart” pop up window.  When you are finishing check out, you will see the coupon code box, and you will type it in there.
  • Even if you pay with Paypal, it will still bring you back to our website to the check out page to process and finish the order. Thats where the “Coupon Code” box is.  Then you’ll need to press “Update” so that the cart updates and adds the coupon in.

Happy shopping!

Heidi

 

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Thanks to Kristen at the Teeny Tiny Teacher for her beautiful Easter graphic!

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Twenty Things That Happen When Your Mom is a Teacher by Brianna Wiest

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Rockabye Baby: Sharing Heidi Songs with Newborns

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We always knew that Heidi Songs were great for all ages but today’s post really brings that point home! For anyone who has ever had the pleasure of putting a baby to bed, we know this story from April will resonate.

April is a Kindergarten teacher who loves using Heidi Songs in her classroom and recently found herself singing them to her new little girl. We hope you enjoy this sweet story!

April writes:

Hello Heidi and Heidi Songs staff!

 Being home on maternity leave through the length of the contest, I wasn’t thinking of entering until tonight, when I realized I’d been singing Heidi Songs to get my daughter to sleep over the last 3 weeks.

My entry is an adaptation of the “down” song.  Instead of marching to the ground, my 3 week old daughter and I are bouncing down to the crib to go to sleep.  (In fact, my daughter did go to sleep right after shooting this video!  My husband said I should have laid her in the crib during the video, but I didn’t think of that.)

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 Other ideas for Heidi Songs with babies: sing through the entirety of Heidi Songs Sight Words Disc 1 while gently bouncing your baby and pray that she has fallen asleep by the time you get to the “I’m Done!” song.

Time: Approximately 15 minutes 

Instructions:

1. Listen to Disc 1 with your kindergarten students for 5+ years to learn sight words, memorizing the songs and the order.

2. Have a child.

3. Forget half the nursery rhymes you used to know before having a child.

4. Start singing the “and” song and keep singing the rest of the Disc 1 songs because you know the order so well.

Adaptation: Throw in songs from other Heidi Songs Sight Word Discs in the correct place in alphabetical order, because you forgot which disc they were originally on.  I tend to put the “do” song in my singing order from Disc 1, although I know “do” is on Disc 2. 

 If nothing else, I hope this video sends a smile to your faces!  My daughter is the light of my life and I’m quite enjoying my first maternity leave.

Thanks for providing such quality products!

April 

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Thank you so much for sharing your idea with us, April, and congratulations on your sweet girl!

We hope you enjoyed this sweet lullaby as much as we did. Hopefully all of the babies out there will go “D-o-w-n, go down, go down” smoothly tonight!

What HeidiSongs do you find yourself singing around the house? Share them with us in the comments.

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Fun With CVC Words: Phonological Awareness with Sit Spots!

Fun with CVC words and Sit Spots Heidi Songs

Hi Everyone!

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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