SnapWords Pocket Chart Cards Kit - 306 Snapwords (Volume 1 )
SnapWords Volume 1 includes six sets of SnapWords (Lists A, B, C, D, & E plus the NCDMS List). The Snap Words Mini-Lessons a175 pg, spiral-bound book provides straight-forward, easy-to-use lessons for each card and accompanies this set. Each lesson consists of 2-3 paragraphs that introduce the word, talk through the motions as well as the picture and provide sentences to illustrate the word. The remaining component of Volume 1 is a collection of sentences made from the sight words (i.e. sentences to read). These provide reading practice. This booklet Sight Words in Sentences is also user-friendly with sentences based on the SnapWordsets. Each page has five sentences printed on alternating strips of color/white. Print size is large for easy reading, which is good practice for reading the words that are being learned. Taken altogether this is a solid set for learning sight words. Those who follow the phonics is best school might resist but its easy to see that this method of learning works very well for some learners right-brain, autistic, aspergers, maybe even dyslexics. There is a cleverness to the visual depictions that will win you over. Volume 1 with its 306 words makes an excellent follow-up to Alphabet Tales and can be used in conjunction with the Easy-for-Me Readers. ~ Janice
The 5 SnapWords Lists contained in 301 SnapWords Teaching Cards are conveniently bundled for those of you who have already purchased our best-selling306 Snapwords Kit.
IN THE KITOnce you add the 301 SnapWords Kit (Lists F, G, N1, N2, V) to the 306 SnapWords Kit, you will have a total of643 SnapWords: 220 Dolch words, 300 Fry, and 500 Fountas & Pinnell, plus additional words that have been specifically requested by customers!
Lists Nouns1 and Nouns2 are high-frequency nouns that children will need to be able to read across the curriculum, List V is all verbs to make it easy to make sentences. Finally, Lists F and G are a mix of nouns and words that children will find in other subject areas such as science and social studies.
These captivating little word cards tell a story. You might think of a SnapWord as a word that is a picture literally the letters of the word stylized into a picture that captures the meaning of the word. Professionally crafted with a whimsical feel and yet with a consistency that shows the relationship between the words and also, to some extent, between the letters in the words. SnapWords are "sight" words or high frequency words from a variety of sources (Dolch, Fry and Fauntas & Pinnell) arranged into "lists" (groups of words) and printed on cards (4.25" x 2.75"). Each card features one word (large tube-type font). For instance, the word "both" shows a girl figure on top of the "b", another girl figure on top of the "h" and a boy figure on top of the "t" pointing to the two. The back side of each card lists a motion to illustrate the word ("Point to people on both sides of you.") and a sentence using the word in context. The 607 total SnapWords cards are collected into various "lists": seven lists from the various sight word sources (Lists A, B, C, D, E, F, & G) plus two that are nouns (N1 and N2), one of verbs (V), and a collection of numbers, colors, days, months, seasons (NCDMS). The various sets are also available as part of the grade level reading kits (larger 5.5" x 4.25" cards) or as SnapWord Pocket Chart Cards. If youre looking for reinforcement apps for your mobile, SnapWords has one for a minimal cost ($4.99 in 2017).
Child1st has a mission teaching reading to the children who are picture thinkers and global thinkers. These children right-brain learners, autistic, aspergers, and dyslexics often fall through the cracks of traditional phonics instruction. They find it impossible to remember the phonograms and fail to see how they work together to make sense. The creative work of Sarah Major, M.Ed., Child1st materials are colorful, easy-to-use, clever, well-constructed, and (may I say) addictivenot to mentionoffer great flexibility. What sets this program apart is the combination of phonics instruction with a stronger-than-usual emphasis on learning sight words, adding both a story element as well as a solid kinesthetic element. Letters, phonograms, and sight words each have their own "story" complete with stylized letters or words that bring the story to mind. Hand and body motions cement the learning connection. In other words, all the needed elements combine to bring about meaningful reading success for picture-thinkers and right brain learners. They get it! And, they remember it!
There are a number of products from this publisher all with the above educational mission. These products can be used in all sorts of combinations and offer a great deal of flexibility. You can use the Grade Level Kits as complete reading and language arts programs or use just one portion for a particular purpose (for instance, the SnapWords sight word program or the Illustrated Book of Sounds & Their Spelling Patterns). You could start with Alphabet Tales (to get a taste for the program) for learning the letters and their sounds. Then continue with SnapWords sets and/or the Easy-for-Me Readers. Both of these have their own teaching instructions. But if you want that next level of completeness and cohesiveness, then use the Grade Level Kits that combine all of the above elements with a teaching manual for comprehensive instructive material plus LOTS of reproducible activity sheets. The Grade Level Kits actually provide introductory language arts so they fit into the "complete language arts" category. While the materials may seem a bit pricey, they are all high-quality and well-done and the instruction is easy to follow and research-based. ~ Janice
Easy-for-Me ?Childrens Readers are a parallel program to SnapWords ? and another sequel to Alphabet Tales. These provide the phonics aspects of this approach to reading. Each book includes a two-page set of teacher instructions straight-forward, easy to follow and to do. These instructions include "before you read," "sounds/phonics," "sight words," and "follow-up activities," etc. They are designed to help you keep track of what has been learned so far. Comprehension questions are included with Set C. The set of instructions in each little book builds on the previous book and then builds set by set. These may seem a little pricey but there are 22-24 books in each set; each with pleasant, colorful artwork and solid stories. ~ Janice
Programs in this section focus primarily on teaching children to read, and may not provide comprehensive instruction in reading comprehension, spelling, writing, or other language skills. Arranged roughly by grade.
My kindergartener has been through a phonics curriculum and though understood and was able to sound out each word, by the time she came to words on the next page that had just been sounded out and read, it was if she had never seen them before. And she would begin the challenging process of figuring out all the words again.
I researched many different reading solutions (because my kindergartener wants to read but it has always been challenging). I found SnapWords but few reviews, so I’m writing this in case anyone else is in the boat I was.
We hung the pocket chart with the picture words in it after we introduced each picture word. Then, every week day we played a game where she would have to find the words I read, or I’d have to find the ones she read, and we’d go through the flash cards and flip them on the chart when she knew them (flipping them over so the picture was gone and just the black and white word remained). It was our warm up to read one of her books. And she loved the game of it.
We are the second packet (list b) now, but even within the first week, I saw a huge improvement in my kindergartener’s confidence. She was flipping through books on her own and picking out the words on her chart and recently she has been picking up our read aloud books and attempting to read at least a few lines of them...on her own... for fun. And when she reads a sentence she is all too happy to share with the rest of the family!
These cards definitely helped her cement high frequency words so she is not sounding out everything. One potential downfall I’ve noticed is when a new suffix is added to a word in our reading, it doesn’t always register as a word she knows unless I put my thumb over the suffix (for example, help to helps - help is from the list and she reads it easily but helps she has to sound out). But I gladly take that challenge, as she continues to want to read more and enjoys it.
8 months ago