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Child1st 306 SnapWords Sight Words Cards Kit (Australia & NZ edition)
SnapWords® help children to recognise words instantly and help them comprehend what they read. Images embedded into each word help children learn words like a camera snapping a picture. Covers all 220 Dolch sight words and 332 in total. More details below.
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Imagine your child actually enjoying learning sight words! Better yet, imagine hearing him read those words happily in books.
SnapWords® are designed especially for children who can’t sound out words, who can’t remember words they have studied, who find reading too hard, or who don’t comprehend what they have read. SnapWords® make it easy for children to recognise words instantly and help them comprehend what they read. The images embedded into each word help children learn words as easily as a camera snapping a picture.
The reverse of each card displays the plain word without a visual and describes a body motion for the word – a necessary tool for many kinesthetic learners and children with dyslexia. In addition, a sentence using the word and coordinating with the visual on the front of the card focuses children’s attention on the meaning of the word and how it is used in everyday communication.
This Kit contains 332 high-frequency sight words, including all 220 Dolch words and other high-frequency words taken from Fry Lists of Words.
- SnapWords® Lists A-E, Numbers, Colours, Days, Months & Seasons
- SnapWords® Mini-Lessons
- Sight Words in Sentences for practice in reading sight words in context
- The SnapWords® Global Expansion Pack, used to replace cards with American spellings or climate and other image differences with those appropriate for Australian and New Zealand. All equivalent American cards are also included, should you wish to use them at any stage.
SnapWords® Pocket Chart Cards measure 10.8cm x 7cm.
Ability levels include Preschool through Year 3, and remedial. Start today and help your child love learning!
What makes the difference?
Here is a comparison between plain sight words and SnapWords® (sight word flash cards with pictures and body motions).
Plain sight words cards:
Here are the same words – as SnapWords®
Note that these are the same words, but rather than looking like little black wires (symbols that carry no meaning), these words are rich in content and meaning. There is something for the visual cortex to grab hold of and remember.
Take a closer look:
Look more closely at the word WAS. This word falls into the category of difficult for some children because of the fact that the A sounds like AH and the S sounds like a Z. It is also not a noun and not an action verb, which makes the word harder to illustrate.
Here is the front of the SnapWords® card:
Notice that the wings of the butterfly mimic the shape of the W while the S is the caterpillar.
Here is the back of the same card:
How to teach the word:
After you tell the child that the colorful word on the front of the card says WAS, turn the card over and show him the back. Ask which part of the word was the butterfly and which was the caterpillar. He should identify the W with the WINGS of the butterfly and the S as the curly caterpillar.
Show the body motion and have the child copy what you do, and then say The butterfly WAS a caterpillar.
This experience with the SnapWords® card is a complete teaching experience with a visual that requires no memorisation, a body motion that reflects the word, and then a sentence that draws attention to the meaning of the word.
Learning to rely on several parts of the brain for learning and recall:
If you let your child study the front of the card and comment on what she sees, next ask her to close her eyes and “see” the word and picture in her mind. Ask her what she sees first. When she’s gotten a good look at the word in her mind’s eye, let her open her eyes and write the word on paper or on a whiteboard with a dry erase marker. She might want to embellish it for herself. I am going to stick my neck out here and guarantee you that the few minutes it took to teach this word will have a far more lasting effect on her memory than if she had only the plain sight word flash card for WAS at her disposal.
Helpful Links & Free Downloads:
Try before you buy
306 Kit Plain Word Wall Words
SnapWords® tracking charts
Activities for teaching SnapWords®
SnapWords® contents Dolch, Fry, Fountas & Pinnell
“I am pleased to say that my son for the first time said the other day that he actually is liking to read. He had struggled with his sight words since beginning to read. He heavily uses his phonetics and can read very large words, but has always had a problem with the sight words. Since getting the sight words and sentence book over Christmas break, we started to use the cards when we started back to school in Jan. He is reading so well and we are on list C already and almost done with it. He is reading much more fluently. Thank you so much, this has truly been a blessing for all of us.”
“I love the sight word flash cards and my 5 year old daughter has learned very quickly. She wasn’t with regular flash cards and I was told her attention span was too short. Not the case. Not only is my daughter learning but with your flash cards she went from not being able to recognise words such as “is” and “an” but in just 3 weeks she is now recognising all of the level A words and is working on the level B words. She is also spelling without looking at her flash cards 30 of those words!”
“Your snapwords cards have CHANGED my daughter’s life. She could not read anything before we started with them, now she can recognize and spell most of set A on her own and is working through set B now. Thank you!!!!”