306 SnapWords® Teaching Cards

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The SnapWords® Essentials Kit

Do you know a struggling reader? Is your child learning to read? Easy to teach and a snap to learn, the SnapWords® in the Essentials Kit are the foundation for frustration-free reading for children. This Kit contains the most important words students will learn because of how frequently these words appear in books children read.

SnapWords are available in three formats:

  • Physical refers to a hard copy we mail to you. The included Sight Words in Sentences and SnapWords Mini-Lessons sections are downloads.
  • Interactive Slideshows are digital slideshows with audio that you can bookmark in your browser and return to as often as you would like. They may not be printed.

** Digital purchases are final. They may not be returned nor exchanged. 

Our sight word cards blend visuals, movement, and storytelling to engage your child no matter their learning style. SnapWords® activities and games transform word recognition into reading skills that will far surpass your expectations. Want more? Your next step is to add 301 SnapWords® Extension Kit to your teaching resources.

SnapWords® is a trusted resource for thousands of teachers and parents that will:

  • Help beginners learn faster
  • Boost the performance and confidence of struggling readers
  • Be an effective reading intervention strategy
  • Deepen the skills of children already reading
  • Make learning fun – no more boredom or battles


    More Detail:

    The 306 SnapWords® Essentials Kit is an effective learn-to-read strategy for children with unique learning abilities such as ADHD, Down syndrome, dyslexia, autism, Asperger’s, auditory processing, and others. Do you teach English language learners? Our customers have found success using SnapWords®.

    SnapWords® are organized by skill level, not grade level. The sight word cards are designed for preschool through third grade.


    Let your students practice what you are teaching them using their own kid-sized heavily-laminated Student Cards. The SnapWords® 306 Student Kit contains the same words as are in the 607 Teaching Kit, but they are hole-punched and ready to use in centers. The Student Kit also contains reading phones to help with focus and hearing. Finally, there are three copies of Sight Words in Sentences so partners can practice reading their words in context.

    Helpful Links:

    Try before you buy
    SnapWords® Lists
    306 Kit Plain Word Wall Words
    SnapWords® tracking charts
    Achievement Certificates
    Activities for teaching SnapWords® 
    SnapWords® contents Dolch, Fry, Fountas & Pinnell
    SnapWords® Quick Start Guide

    From a Customer:

    I bought this set [SnapWords® List A] last week and wanted to give it a test run before I left feedback. It works! I work with a little boy in 1st grade who is dyslexic (along with a diagnosis of Childhood Apraxia of Speech). I picked a few cards this week that include his target speech sounds. We did them a few minutes each day this week, and he can identify and say two of them without the visual cues! He caught on quickly to the hand motions - I didn't think about it, but he uses his hands a lot already when he communicates. I made a page with lots of words all over it, and he can find the ones he knows and say them. He's so excited - I'M so excited! On his recent benchmark testing, he only knew the same two sight words he knew at the beginning of the year. He has a long way to go, but I really bragged on him for basically doubling his sight word inventory in one week! I love this product, and I will definitely be back for more sets once he masters List A!” - Karen P. commented on SnapWords® Sight Word List A Pocket Chart Cards

    We get this type of feedback on a regular basis; that children who have struggled to learn and retain sight words or other reading concepts were suddenly able to learn and remember when they were able to use the right-brained materials designed at Child1st Publications.

    What makes SnapWords® different?

    Here is a comparison between plain sight words and SnapWords® (sight word flash cards with pictures and body motions). 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.

    Traditional sight words cards:

    plain sight words compared to SnapWords Sight Words with pictures and movements

    Here are the same words - as SnapWords®

    SnapWords Sight Words with pictures and movements examples of look, come, like, they, said, am, of, here, was

    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. 

    Notice that the wings of the butterfly mimic the shape of the W while the S is the caterpillar.

    Here is the front of the SnapWords® card:

    SnapWords sight words with pictures and movements WAS

    Here is the back of the same SnapWords® card:

    SnapWords Sight Words with pictures and movements WAS backs of card with sentence and body motion


    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 memorization, 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.

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