KPCC reports on using Creativity to learn the Sight Words!

PictureFirst on 89.3KPCC
We were thrilled to be involved in Deepa Fernandes' story Getting creative in kindergarten: One teacher's strategy on 89.3KPCC today. Deepa visited one of the most creative and energetic teachers we know - Karen Scannell at Synergy Charter Academy in Los Angeles. Karen uses our materials and curriculum in her classroom, putting her own personality into the program. Her students have so much fun, using movement and creativity, enabling them to fully comprehend the meaning of those tricky Sight Words!      
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Kinesthetic Sight Words for Kindergarten WINS 2016 Tillywig Brain Child Award!

2016 Tillywig Brain Child Award

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Kindergarten Sight Words with Pictures WINS 2016 Family Choice Award!

Family Choice Award
The "Family Choice Awards" recognize the best in children's and parenting products.  Now in it's 21st year, the "Family Choice Award” is one of the most coveted, family friendly consumer award programs in the nation. Read About the Award Here!  
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TEDx Manhattan Beach – Visual and Auditory Learning – How To Teach It

TedX Manhattan Beach Melanie West

Watch Melanie West at TEDx Manhattan Beach. Melanie discusses Visual and Auditory Learning and how to teach it.

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Sight Words with Pictures Build Better Readers

A picture is worth 1000 words
Listening Comprehension and Reading Comprehension come from two different places in the brain. Brain imaging shows that many children can listen, talk, and read words without having all of the words linking to correct imagery in the right side, reading comprehension, part of the brain. The left side of the brain has the ability to memorize information (download and output) without having actually ‘learned’ from the information on the page. When a child learns to read but does not create accurate imagery, mistakes occur. Low test scores, difficulties with following directions, and low reading comprehension are all indications that the left side of the brain is ‘reading the words’ but the right side of the brain is not creating accurate imagery to link with those words. Sight words add critical information to the picture....
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Creative Teachers use Pictures and Movement to Teach Sight Words for Kindergarten

Kindergarten teacher in classroom
Suzanne and I had a great time visiting some of our schools that are learning to read using Sight Word Smart Cards and Wikki Stix™. We are utterly inspired by our teachers and thought we would share a few of the creative ways our teachers are using their Sight Word Smart Cards to build sight word reading and reading comprehension. Teacher Alejandra Castellanos had her students build vowels and “silent e’s” out of Wikki Stix™ to illustrate Cake Bake Makehow this letter can be used to turn short vowel sounds into long vowel sounds….she reported being amazed at how fast her students mastered the concept while using this kinesthetic approach….I dare say, she used the word “brilliant” in describing her experience ;) A big thank you to teacher Jill Stillman, who shared a personal insight she had about using the Smart Cards to help stu...
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Reading Sight Words Successfully Requires Visualization and Good Mental Focus

Can you hear me now?
All of us have experienced a “dropped call”….talking to someone on the phone even after the connection has been lost! Imagine continuing to talk (or, even worse, teach) your child after the ‘connection’ has been lost. There’s NO point, right? But, that’s exactly what happens when you are trying to transmit information to a child who is not in Mental Focus.   Mental Focus is having the ability to consciously visualize (pay attention) to words. Mental Focus is the primary skill needed for learning to read sight words and learning how to create reading comprehension. A child who had developed good Mental Focus has the ability to switch from Nonverbal to Verbal thinking. All young learners naturally spend much of their time thinking Nonverbally – physical play, electronic games, and imaginative play all require strong...
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