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"My kids really love the Sing and Spell DVDS. I have volumes 1-3, and this year was the first year almost all of my students could read all of the color words by the end of the first grading period. :) I love Heidi Songs!"
Spelling Starter Kit
She Sight Word Song - Sing & Spell Vol. 1
Orange Sight Word Song - Sing & Spell Vol. 2
Says Sight Word Song - Sing & Spell Vol. 5
Starter Kit includes:
Spelling Complete Starter Kit includes:
• Sing & Spell 1-3 Multipack DVD
• Sing & Spell Vol. 4 DVD
• Sing & Spell Vol. 5 DVD
• Sing & Spell 1-5 Music CD Collection
• Sing & Spell Vols. 1-5 Sight Word Worksheets
• Sing & Spell Vols. 1-5 Sight Word Puzzles
For those of you who want to focus on Heidi’s Sing & Spell Sight Word program only, this is the starter kit for you! It includes all of our current Sing and Spell the Sight Words DVD’s for Volumes 1-5, plus lots of printable resources to go with them. The printable resources include the sing along songbooks and worksheets, plus the sight word puzzles for all the Sing & Spell Volumes 1 through 5! This kit gets you started using the great visuals and movement on the DVD's, plus the CD music and spelling resources to teach your class or student to read and spell 138 sight words at a great price!
Sample from Sing & Spell Vols. 1-5
Sight Word Worksheets.
"Cloze" activity that allows the child to practice writing the target word several times, but within the context of the song.
Sample from Sing & Spell Vols. 1-5
Sight Word Puzzles.
Simple manipulative to fit the pieces of the word together to form grade-level high-frequency sight words.
The Importance of Sight Words
“Sight word” is the term that many teachers use to describe a word in written English that cannot be sounded out, and therefore must be memorized on sight. The reason that most sight words cannot be sounded out is because they do not follow the regular spelling and phonics patterns that are often taught to children when they are beginning to read.
For example, in the word, “the,” the reader must first recognize that the “th” together forms one sound /th/, and the “e” makes neither the short or long /e/ sound, but a short /u/ sound. Likewise, the word, “said” may start and end phonetically, but the middle of the word has short /e/ sound spelled with two letters (“ai”) that are not sounded at all.
These types of words are quite common in written English and typically torture the beginning reader until that learner becomes fluent and begins to develop some automaticity in reading.
Therefore, the purpose of sight word songs is to help the child focus on the letters in the word, and repeat the word and its spelling, in a fun and engaging way. The purpose of the accompanying melodies and movements is to take full advantage of the fact that young children learn quite naturally through movement, rhythm, rhyme, and song. When we add in the visual component of the word on the screen (as in the DVD) or on a flashcard (as in a teacher’s or parent's hand), then we have combined all of the major learning styles into one quick and efficient lesson, including the kinesthetic, visual, and auditory modalities. This is the essence of simultaneous multi-sensory teaching: all of the senses/learning styles are used simultaneously to maximize learning.
In addition, when the children find the words or movements amusing, they are also more likely to remember that song/word, since it touched their emotional side as well. (See http://heidisongs.blogspot.com/2009/03/why-use-music-and-movement-to-teach.html for further explanation.) All of this adds up to a learning tool that can reach even special needs children in a regular classroom setting, while at the same time keeping the faster learners happy and challenged as well- because ALL kids learn best when learning is FUN and ACTIVE! (See http://www.mindhacks.com/blog/2009/01/learning_should_be_f.html)