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Sing & Spell the Sight Words - Volume 3 - Animated DVD

Sing & Spell the Sight Words - Volume 3 - Animated DVD

Fall 2017 DVD
Ages: 4 - 7 yrs.
Producer: HeidiSongs

In the world of reading instruction, "sight words" are a set of about 100 words that reappear frequently in almost any text. According to educators and experts, sight words are critical to learn not only because they are used so often but also because they tend to be words that cannot easily be sounded out.

Sing & Spell Volume 3, produced by HeidiSongs, sells for $15.00 and it is suggested for children ages 4 - 7. The DVD offers a tuneful experience to help kids learn 30 common sight words, including that trio of homonyms that dogs many people into adulthood:their/there/they're. The music is simple and up-tempo and the lyrics are of the easily-memorized variety, e.g. I spell house H-O-U-S-E! I spell house H-O-U-S-E! I spell house H-O-U-S-E! We'll have a good time at the old house tonight! Cheerful young adults bop, dance, and pantomime to the short song–most less than a minute long– while on-screen text and vivid graphics reinforce the spelling and pronunciation of each word. That allows parents or teachers the flexibility to play just a few songs at a time and engage children in both the singing and the pantomiming to aid memorization. While it doesn't offer the most sophisticated production value, Sing & Spell Volume 3 is appropriate for general, inclusive, and special education classrooms, or for families with kids who need a little extra homework help with sight words.

Gina Catanzarite   ©2017 Parents' Choice
Gina Catanzarite is an award-winning television producer, writer, teacher, mom and media consultant in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She began her career in 1987 and counts 9 Emmy awards, 26 Emmy nominations, a Matrix award, two Pennsylvania Broadcaster's Association Awards, 8 Telly Awards, and a screenwriting grant from the Theatre Association of Pennsylvania, among her professional honors.

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