NEW- Animated Sing & Spell Volume THREE!

 

We are THRILLED to announce the arrival of our fully ANIMATED, ADORABLE version of Sing & Spell Volume Three:  Even More Sight Words! This DVD includes an absolutely ESSENTIAL list of words for beginning readers and spellers, so be sure to check it out and see which words your kids will need to learn!  🙂  I used this DVD when I taught Kindergarten, and found that once the children learned to read and write these words, they became SO much more confident in language arts!

 

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, and would.

 

 

As you can see, this list contains some important words.  Just those “wh” words alone can be very confusing!  Many of my intervention second graders this year still confuse them, as did my first graders last year in my combination class, so I can see that the children really need them.  Now that I have taught both first and second grade recently, I am realizing how much of a HUGE ADVANTAGE it is when children come in with a solid knowledge of these important words.  And it truly is NOT HARD to teach them these words through music and movement!  I didn’t realize what I was doing for my students until now, when I am trying to teach kids that come in without it.  And trust me:  it is MUCH easier to teach them well from the beginning rather than try to correct bad habits (do interventions) later! Here’s an example of the “There” vs. “Their” songs!

 

 

 

In addition, this DVD turned out so incredibly ADORABLE that I can hardly find the words to describe it! Just take a look at some of the screenshots and sample videos!  We were able to secure the artistic services of the amazingly talented Keika Yamaguchi that did the illustrations for our Gingerbread Man book, and has also illustrated the super fun book Puddle Pug and others.  Oh, my- she is incredible!

 

 

 

How to Help Kids Learn Sight Words with Music

Here are some things to keep in mind when helping kids learn their sight words with these DVDs, which are designed to make learning a multisensory experience.  Remember, multisensory learning means we are including as many of the senses as possible simultaneously in the lesson.

1. Make sure the kids know the WORDS to the songs so that they are able to sing along.  Singing along is ESSENTIAL to the learning process because they have to say the letters and the word.

 

2. The children must be MOVING along with the DVD, somehow!  They need to imitate the motions, or be doing their own.  Sitting passively and watching the screen as if they were watching a television show will probably not help them learn anything.

 

3. Children’s attention should stay focused on the SCREEN.  If attention wanders elsewhere, they will not be seeing that word displayed over and over again, which is essential.  If children are misbehaving while the DVD is playing, do whatever you can to stop it in order to help everyone learn.  Keep in mind that motivation often works better than punishment.

 

4. Make sure that they can hear the music well.  Kids need to see, say (sing), hear, and do (actively participate) in order to learn.  This is the essence of a multi-sensory lesson.

 

Transferring Knowledge to Print

1. Have kids WRITE the words along with the music once they know the songs.  This will help them understand that the spelling songs they are learning are useful for spelling.

2. Refer to the songs and have the kids sing them for you as you write in front of the class.  Ask them how to spell a word, and then get them all singing for you (without a DVD.)  Chances are that even if you don’t remember how a song goes, someone in your class will!

3. Get them singing while they are doing worksheets that include a word for which there is a song.

4. Encourage the children to sing to themselves while they are doing their writing assignments.  For example, if they ask you how to spell a word for which there is a song, ask them if they know the song and get them to sing it to themselves.  If a child still can’t picture what each letter looks like, I then have them sing it while looking for the word on the word wall.  Once they find it, they can copy it from there.

5. Encourage them to sing the song if they find a new word in a book.

 

These techniques are what I did to help my kids learn to both read and spell their sight words in Kindergarten!  It was fun, painless, and the kids loved it!  If you haven’t given it a try yet, I hope you do soon.  🙂

– Heidi

P.S. Now that we have Sing & Spell Volumes 1-4 animated, we are selling them in a BUNDLE deal! All FOUR DVDs for $50!

 

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Heidi Butkus

About Heidi Butkus

Heidi Butkus has been teaching in California public schools since 1985. She has somehow managed to stay in Kindergarten all of those years, with the exception of five years in first grade, and also taught a parent participation preschool for a short while! Combining a strong knowledge of brain research with practical experience, Heidi has created a wealth of fun and engaging teaching techniques that work well with diverse populations. She has presented at conferences nationwide, and is the owner and founder of HeidiSongs.com. Heidi has also created fourteen original CD's and DVD's for teaching beginning reading and math skills, three musical plays designed especially for young performers, and has written some picture books and many other teaching resources. Heidi's multimedia workshops are filled with fun and motivational educational activities that have been classroom tested and revised for effectiveness with all types of learners.
  1. Is there an electronic version or does it have to be on DVD? We have a great sound and video system but no DVD players in them. If not, I’ll burn it and hope I have room on my computer. I used the 1-3 in Kindergarten and LOVE them! Now the 2nd graders need this.

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