Heidi Songs daily for several months now, and they have truly been the catalyst in Ryan's learning of sight words. If you are looking for a great new resource for your household or classroom be sure to enter our giveaway!
Way back in February, Kindergarten Teacher- Entrepreneur Heidi Butkus very generously sent me a huge sampling of her CD's and DVD's. I was so excited when we first got them, but Ryan just wasn't ready for sight words yet. At that time we were just starting to work with CVC words. So I gradually started using, Heidi's CVC Word Families Resources. I can't believe how many resources are on this single CD! As a former teacher I loved that she has taken into account many different types of classrooms and learners. Her CD's include several versions of each worksheet to address capital, lowercase, and d'nalian print. There are also versions with different kinds of lines to be consistent with other curriculum you may be using. Her worksheets remind me of Explode the Code workbooks (which you know we also love). Heidi has created all of her own images and they are extremely well done and clear. Heidi understands teachers! She's done a great job of arranging materials to reduce copies and even includes blank worksheet templates to add your own words!
I kept trying the sight word songs a couple of times a week, and within about a month it caught Ryan's interest. He is great with tunes and could easily remember her short and clever lyrics. Just a couple of months later Heidi Songs CD's have taught Ryan over 30 new sight words! We now listen to the songs for hours a day (while we play). Even 25 month old Ella begs for them, saying "H-E song please!" When we're reading and Ryan gets stumped with a sight word that he knows, I start humming its song and he gets it right away. These wonderful songs have really caught Ryan's interest and made him feel much more confident in his reading!
These materials are so great that they make me wish I taught Kinder (not enough though ;)
I have so many wonderful things to tell you about the Heidi Songs materials, but I know what you're all waiting for...the GIVEAWAY. (Don't worry I'll share a bit more throughout the week as I remind you to enter the giveaway:)
Heidi has generously offered for one lucky winner to choose any item (valued at $20 or less)!!! For your first entry visit HeidiSongs with your kiddos and watch her sample videos. Leave a comment telling me which was your favorite. For a second entry tell us what you would order if you're our lucky winner!
(You need to leave a separate comment for each option since I use Random.org to pick winners.)
I will choose the winner at 8:00am on Monday, June 21, 2010 and announce it that day! Please make sure that there is a way for me to contact you or I will have to pick another winner.
As with all of my product reviews. These are my own opinions and I was not compensated for this review. I did receive an awesome assortment of Heidi's materials that I will be passing on to our local elementary school this summer.