This collection of sight words includes a song to help children learn to spell each number word from zero to ten, plus 19 more high frequency words! The album has a modern feel, with a Rock or Hip-Hop style to most of them, including the "But" song, which has a way cool hip-hop beat that is SO much fun to dance to! These fun songs help children easily memorize the spellings as they are able to learn the alphabet and begin writing. The song for the number zero is the "Zero the Hero" song that Heidi's kids just LOVE! They shout out, "Z-E-R-O! Zero the Hero!" and pretend to fly around the room, looking for numbers with a zero at the end. In addition, the "Fight" song has the children repeating the spelling of the word, along with rules for conflict resolution as well! They chant: "F-I-G-H-T, We don't fight! Talk it over, walk away! Find another game to play!" Heidi has been able to use it to help kids memorize the steps to solve social problems that come up in the classroom. Download the printable song lyrics and movements for fun and active learning. Or, get it on DVD in addition to the CD and have your child do the movements right along with Heidi!
Words Covered Are:
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.
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!
Check out Heidi's blog for more information on Sing & Spell 5:
-What is the best way to use "Sing and Spell"?
-Morning Routines That Really Work for Pre-K and Kindergarten- and MORE Hidden Sight Word Worksheets!
-Questions and Answers
-Teaching Writing to Kindergartners