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The Starting Point

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 Core Curriculum, 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.

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Where to Begin with Reading?
Core Curriculum For Children In Pre-K
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: Letters and Sounds Animated Video or Singable Songs for Letters and Sounds music CD 

Alphabet Worksheets -Vol. 1 & Vol. 2


Alphabet Action Book

Alphabet Trace and Sound Circle Worksheets

Alphabet Fluency Charts

Yes: Skip to the Sing & Spell Video Series, beginning with Sing & Spell Vol. 1 and Sing & Spell Vol. 2.

Does your child know how to write the letters of the alphabet correctly from memory?

If you ask your child to write a specific letter, such as a lowercase q, could he or she do it correctly on lined paper, with proper placement? If you ask your child to write both the lowercase and the capital letter without copying, could he do it?

No: Alphabet Formation: Songs to Write the ABCs

Alphabet Trace and Sound Circle Worksheets

Core Curriculum For Children In Kindergarten
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.) 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 Video or music CD. 

Yes: Check the word lists on the remaining Sing & Spell the Sight Words videos and music CD’s to see which ones your child needs the most. (These are listed under each title.) 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 words for the various song sets 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. 2red, 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. 4A (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. 5Zero 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...)

Does your child know how to sound out, read and spell the basic three letter words that begin and end with 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: Word Family Songs video or music CD. (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.

Core Curriculum For Children in Kindergarten
Does your child know how to sound out, read and spell words with basic phonics spelling patterns?

For instance: ( In 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" (In 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, -eo, -oo, Bossy E, Vowel Walk Sounds Fun Workbook, Vol. 2: Large & Small flashcards, plus 5 different worksheet formats for each of 14 sounds 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!

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Where to Being in Math?
Core Curriculum For Children In Pre-K
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?

No: Number Jumble 0-10 Video

Jumpin’ Numbers 0-10 & 9 Basic Shapes Flashcards 

Number Fluency Charts

Optional: Counting Creatures Worksheets for Numbers 0-10

Yes: Skip to the Number Jumble 0-30 Video 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 Number Jumble 0-30 Video, either! Skip to Musical Math Vol. 1.

Core Curriculum For Children In K
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: Number Jumble 0-30 Video

Matching Sets Worksheets

Hidden Numbers Worksheets

Number Fluency Charts

Optional: Counting Creatures 11-20 Number Workbook

Yes: Skip to Musical Math Vol. 1

Core Curriculum for Children in Kindergarten and Grade 1:
Does your child know how to: Identify odd and even numbers; Put numbers in order; Subitize; Count backwards from 20; Write the numbers from 1-100; Tell time to the hour and half hour; Identify the fractions one half and one fourth; Count coins; Do word problems in math with addition and subtraction; Use place value?