Where to begin with Heidisongs?

If you're a parent or grandparent with a child who's struggling with a subject in PreK, Kindergarten or 1st Grade, we've put together a set of questions that will direct you to solutions to help. The questions center around the federal Common Core knowledge standard, which is designed to clearly outline what students are expected to learn at their grade level. Heidi's products were developed to specifically target and exceed these standards in a fun and developmentally appropriate way, so you can have confidence that your child will succeed! Select from both Reading and Math below and follow the questions and links to identify the best starting place for your child's individual needs. You can read more about the Common Core standard here www.corestandards.org/

 



Where to Begin in Reading?

Common Core Knowledge for Children in Pre-K: (Children are commonly expected to know these concepts when they begin Kindergarten.)

1) Does your child know the alphabet and letter sounds? If you show your child the letters of the alphabet all mixed up and out of order on flash cards, would he or she be able to tell you the letter name and the sound for all of the capital and lower case letters?

No: Singable Songs for Letters and Sounds CD or DVD Songbook, Flashcards & Bingo to support Singable Songs for Letters and Sounds - (You will not be able to play the bingo game unless you have at least three people, but you will still want to have the "Sing-Along Songbook" to go with the CD or DVD, and the flash cards.) Alphabet Action Book

Optional: Alphabet Pattern Blocks (you will need to purchase physical pattern blocks from Amazon or any Teacher's Supply store)

Yes: Skip to the Sing & Spell Series (below), beginning with volumes one and/or two. (below)



Common Core Knowledge for Children in Kindergarten: (Children are commonly expected to learn these concepts sometime during their Kindergarten year.)

1) Does your child know how to read and spell the first 25 basic sight words? ("sight words" are words that appear most frequently in the english language and are considered essential for early readers, yet can't be sounded out and thus difficult to learn.) If you show your child the following words on flash cards, will he or she be able to read them immediately and without hesitation? Would he be able to spell them and/or write them easily? (Note: Most schools do not require that the children also be able to spell these words as well as read them, but this knowledge is helpful when they learn to write. Also, those that learn to spell them as they learn to read them, usually learn them better than those that don't.) The first 25 basic sight words: 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

No: Sing and Spell the Sight Words Vol. 1 CD or DVD Worksheets & Songbook to support Sing & Spell Vol. 1 (The songbook is the most important thing here, especially if you are using the CD. Children need to see the words in print. This is a "print it yourself" resource." You may or may not need the worksheets in this set.) OR Sing and Spell Vol. 1 Vocal Sheet Music and Song Book (This songbook is already printed and doesn't come with any worksheets, but it is a little more expensive than the "print it yourself" resource above.)

Optional: Workbook, mini-songbooks, and flashcards to support Sing & Spell Vol. 1

Yes: Check the word lists on the remaining Sing & Spell the Sight Words CD's and DVD's (below), to see which ones your child needs the most. If necessary, put your child in front of the computer and have him or her try to read you the list of words included on each product. That should help you figure out which one he or she needs. The basic order of difficulty of the sight words on the CD's is roughly:

Sing & Spell Vol. 1 -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

Sing & Spell Vol. 2 -red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple, brown, black, white, gray, pink, an, at, big, do, down, has, in, it, no/yes, not, small, this, too, up, we, what, who.

Sing & Spell Vol. 4 -A (the word, not the letter!), all, am, as, be, by, came, dear, did, friend, from, good, had, his, I (word), if, love, made, nice, now, out, over, put, some, then, very, will, and your.

Sing & Spell Vol. 5 -Zero the Hero, one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, ten, about, around, but, eat, fight, find, funny, get, into, new, ride, please, pretty, saw, say, says, so, under, which.

Sing & Spell Vol. 3 -again, away, because, come, could, help, house, how, jump, little, look, make, one, run, should, their, there, they're, three, to, too, two, want, we're, were, when, where, who, why, and would. 

Sing & Spell Vol. 6 -ask, ate, day, does, every, give, going, her, him, just, many, must, no, off, only, our, ran, show, soon, take, them, think, walk, well, went, yes.

(And yes, we realize that this doesn't make sense! But it's a long story....)

2) Does your child know how to sound out, read and spell the basic three letter words that begin and end with a consonant, and have a vowel in the middle? (These are words like "cat," "pig," "mud," and "net," etc.) If you show your child words like these on flash cards, all mixed up, would he or she be able to sound them out and then tell you what the words are? If you tell your child to write the word, "mop," will he or she be able to do so correctly, without hesitation, just by thinking of the sounds in the word?

No: CVC Word Family Workbook, Vol. 1 CVC Word Family Workbook, Vol. 2

Optional: Little Songs for Language Arts CD or DVD(listen especially to the "How Do You Sound It Out?" song. If you are short on funds, then skip this product, because the focus here is just the ONE song.)

Yes: Skip to the Sounds Fun Phonics Program (below).



Common Core Knowledge for Children in Grades K and 1: (Kindergartners are expected to learn some of these concepts, and first graders or higher grades are expected to learn others.)

1) Does your child know how to sound out, read and spell words with basic phonics spelling patterns, such as: (Kindergarten) - words that end with "ay," as in "day" - words that begin with ch, sh, or th, such as "chin," "shop," or "thin" - words that have the "ee" or "ea" spelling pattern, such as "feel" or "seat" - words that have the "ing" spelling pattern, such as "sing" or "going" - words that have the "ink" spelling pattern, such as "pink" or "think" - words that have the "unk" spelling pattern, such as "bunk" or "trunk" - words that follow the "Bossy E" phonics rule, such as "make" or "bike" (First Grade) - words that have "ai" in the middle, as in "sail" - words that have "r-controlled vowels," such as: (car, star), (her, tiger), (sir, stir), (fur, blur), (or, for) - words that have the "au" or "aw" spelling pattern, as in "auto" or "awful" - words that have the "ew" spelling pattern, such as "new" or "few" - words that have the "igh" spelling pattern, such as "night" or "fight" - words that have the "oa" spelling pattern, such as "boat" or "foam" - words that have the "oi" or "oy" spelling pattern, such as "coil" or "toy" - words that have the "oo" spelling pattern, such as "food" or "book" - words that have the "ou" or "ow" spelling pattern, such as "found" or "how" - words with a "Magic Y" at the end, such as "happy" or "mommy" - words that follow the "Vowel Walk" rule, such as "die" or "suit"

No: Sounds Fun Phonics CD or DVD Sounds Fun Phonics Flash Cards Sounds Fun Phonics Word Building Kit

Optional, but highly recommended: Sounds Fun Workbook, Vol. 1: Large & Small flashcards, plus 5 different worksheet formats for each of 14 sound spelling units including: sh-, th-, ch-, -unk, -ink, -ing, -ay, -ai, -ee, -ea, -oa, oo, Bossy E, Vowel Walk Sounds Fun Workbook, Vol. 2: Large & Small flashcards, plus 5 different worksheet formats for each of 14 sound spelling units including: -ar, -or, -er, -ir, -ur, -oy, -oi, -ow, -ou, -aw, -au , -ew, -igh, Magic Y

Yes: Congratulations! Your child doesn't need us for reading support anymore!



Where to Begin in Math?

Common Core Knowledge for Children in Pre-K: (Children are commonly expected to know these concepts when they begin Kindergarten.)

1) Does your child know the numbers from 0-10 and the basic shapes? If you show your child the numbers from 0-10 out of order on flash cards, will he or she be able to tell you what number you are holding. If you show your child the following shapes on a flash card, will he or she be able to tell you the name of the shape. Circle, square, triangle, rectangle, oval, star, diamond.

No: Jumpin' Numbers and Shakin' Shapes on CD or DVD Jumpin' Numbers and Shakin' Shapes Printed Flashcard Set- (You will not be able to play the bingo game unless you have at least three people, but you will still want to have the "Sing-Along Songbook" to go with the CD or DVD, and the flash cards.) Jumpin' Numbers Songbook and "Classic" Flashcards - (You won't need the classic flashcards, but you will still want to have the Sing Along Song book to go with the CD or DVD. It is good for the kids to see the words to the music in print.? You'll have to print it out yourself.)

Optional: 0-30 Number Pattern Block Manipulatives (You will need to purchase physical pattern blocks from Amazon or elsewhere) Counting Creatures 1-10 Number Workbook Jumpin' Numbers Bingo Activity (You'll need at least three people to play.)

Yes: Skip to the Jumpin' Numbers 11-30, Vol. 2 (below) to teach your child to recognize and identify the numbers 11-30 out of order. If he already knows the numbers 11-30 out of order, all mixed up on flash cards, then you don't need Jumpin' Numbers Vol. 2, either! Skip to Musical Math (below).



Common Core Knowledge for Children in K: (Children are commonly expected to learn these concepts sometime during their Kindergarten year.)

2) Does your child know the numbers from 11-30 out of order, all mixed up on flash cards? Can he or she write these numbers when asked? If you were to show your child a number 12, would he say 12, or would he say 21? Or would he say, "One two!" Can your child write the numbers 11-30 if asked to do so? If you said, please write number 15, would he or she know what to do?

No: Jumpin' Numbers 11-30, Vol. 2. Jumpin' Numbers Songbook (You will want to have the Sing Along Song book to go with the CD or DVD because it is good for the kids to see the words to the music in print. This is the same set that goes with Jumpin' Numbers Vol. 1, because it just continues from zero all the way to thirty.) Optional: Counting Creatures 11-20 Number Workbook 0-30 Number Pattern Block Manipulatives (will need to purchase physical pattern blocks from Amazon or elsewhere) Matching Sets Worksheets

Yes: Skip to Musical Math (below).



Common Core Knowledge for Children in Kindergarten and Grade 1: (Children are commonly expected to learn these concepts sometime during their Kindergarten or First Grade year, depending on the skill.)

3) Does your child know how to: Count to 100? Sort objects three ways? Make patterns? Identify coins and give their values? Count by 2's, 5's, and 10's? Identify a sphere, cube, and cone? Do basic addition? Do basic subtraction?

No: Musical Math on CD or DVD 

Optional: Counting Creatures Addition Worksheets Counting Creatures Subtraction Worksheets Bean Toss Addition and Subtraction Worksheets Butterfly Addition and Subtraction Worksheets Shark Teeth Addition Activity and Worksheets Spring Addition and Subtraction Worksheets 

Yes: At the present time, that's all we offer for PK/K/Grade 1 Math!