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Sing & Spell Vol. 1
Note: DVDs will NOT work in a CD player.
And song - Sing & Spell Vol. 1
Go song - Sing & Spell Vol. 1
Play song - Sing & Spell Vol. 1
This original set of songs were written specifically to help children memorize the spellings of the first 25 high frequency words presented in the Houghton Mifflin Language Arts Series. With the words written out onscreen and fun movements choreographed to help with memorization, these fun songs help children easily memorize the spellings as they are able to learn the alphabet song and begin writing. The final song on the CD is a song that reminds children to put a period at the end of each sentence. Download the printable song lyrics and movements for fun and active learning.
Words Covered Are:
and, are, can, for, go, have, he, here, is, like, me, my, of, on, play, said, see, she, that, the, they, to, was, with, you and I'm Done.
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)
Check out Heidi's blog for more information on Sing & Spell 1:
Reading Standards K & Grade 1 - Foundational Skills Phonics and Word Recognition
Writing Standards K & Grade 1 - Text Types and Purposes, Production and Distribution of Writing, Research to Build and Present Knowledge
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