This is a great set of sight word songs to help kids learn to read AND spell the basic high frequency words just by singing! Kids love these songs that spell because they are fun, and easy to sing along! There is no pencil needed, and you don’t need to sit down to learn! This is an amazing, proven way for kids with special needs to learn, such as children with ADHD, ADD, autism, and other developmental delays. Early childhood educators agree that these learning songs for kids are the easiest way to help children learn basic foundational skills such as site words, also known as Dolch words or Fry list words. These sight word songs are an amazing intervention tool for kids that need a multisensory way of learning! And this set has those tricky homophones, such as there, they’re, and their, and we’re and were. The other “wh” words that can be hard to learn to spell are also in this collection, such as when, where, who, and why. These word songs are perfect for those advanced kindergartners, first graders, or second graders as a reading intervention that need a little help learning these confusing words. Many of these word songs and videos are also included in the exclusive Benchmark Advance Language Arts Program as well! Check out this award winning program in our sample videos!
Using a visual aide is very helpful, and so we do recommend the video version, either in DVD or digital format. (Rent our videos digitally on Vimeo!) For those that prefer to use this version audio only, putting the words on flash cards is HIGHLY recommended! The learning songs work much better when they are used as a multi sensory tool, and that requires more than one sense involved, such as vision. Adding movement to it also truly helps children remember! You can make up your own movements, or get the free downloadable file of the hand motion notes. This multi sensory learning method is particularly effective for children with special needs, such as dyslexia, ADD, ADHD, autism, and other developmental delays or learning disabilities. These are the same songs used in the videos included in the Benchmark Advance Curriculum for TK, Kindergarten, and First Grade, so even the experts agree that HeidiSongs are the BEST!
Every volume of Sing and Spell the Sight Words covers different high frequency words, generally increasing in difficulty with each volume. Different schools vary in the sight words they choose to teach first, so parents should check with your child's teacher or school to see a list of sight words taught in his or her class. Then see which volume of Heidisongs sight words best matches your needs! You can get this CD digitally on iTunes right here.
Words Covered Are:
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, would.
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.
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. 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!
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