Summer is approaching, and it has me thinking, “What am I going to do without preschool time?” Don’t get me wrong, I cherish time with my son, but with an infant in the house, preschool time has been the only time that I seem to get anything accomplished! Nevertheless, going to the store and cleaning the house with only one child will be a thing of the past in a few days; therefore, I am adding some summer learning activities into our schedule.
After spending many hours in classrooms across the country with my previous job, it became apparent to me that I need to get the ball rolling on sight words sooner rather than later. Kindergarten is more rigorous than ever and expectations are high for incoming students. In one classroom, I witnessed students having fun while learning sight words. The children were singing and performing hand motions to short songs while learning their words. Immediately, I thought, “Wow, this is much more exciting then simply memorizing flashcards.” What were they doing? Heidi Songs! This is an award winning DVD series that helps children learn basic sight words and language skills. The teacher played the songs three times for students. One time to watch and learn, a second to practice, and a third to master it! Now that I am no longer in the classroom, I decided to replicate this at home.
Every morning while my little one naps, I now get to spend quality learning time with my son. We pop the Sing and Spell DVD into the player and sing the songs while performing the motions! After completing three songs using the process described above, we create a flash card for each of the words for future practice. The final step is Liam’s favorite! I use Trader Joe’s Schoolbook Cookies to spell the words that we practiced. He points to each letter, spells the word, and says it aloud. Lastly, he eats the cookies! I plan to make this a part of our morning routine throughout the summer in hopes that he will memorize the 26 sight words that are included on the first DVD. I would be thrilled if we had to move to the second set of words!