SnapWords® empower teachers to reach all learners at one time.
- Beginners learn easily and naturally.
- Children with all learning strengths have an equal opportunity to thrive.
- Reduce the need to pull children from the classroom.
- Success leads to increased confidence... and more success!
The 306 SnapWords® Teaching Kit is an effective learn-to-read strategy for all children inclusive of those with unique learning abilities such as ADHD, Down syndrome, dyslexia, autism, Asperger’s, auditory processing, and English language learners.
The multisensory design of SnapWords® makes it possible for children to learn from within their own strengths without the teacher needing to make accommodations for various learning needs. SnapWords® do the heavy lifting! SnapWords® are organized by skill level, and are designed for preschool and up.
This Kit Includes:
- 342 high-frequency sight words cards (5.5” x 4.75”). SnapWords® List A, List B, List C, List D, List E, and List Numbers, Colors, Days, Months, & Seasons
- SnapWords® Mini-Lessons - 175 pages of engaging sight word lessons, activities, and games that teach word recognition, phonics, comprehension, spelling, and writing
- Sight Words in Sentences book to practice reading sight words learned in the SnapWords® lists
- Words from go-to lists including 220 Dolch, 218 Fry, and 231 Fountas & Pinnell
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 306 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.
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:
Here are the same words - as SnapWords®
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:
Here is the back of the same SnapWords® 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 memorization, a body motion that reflects the word, and then a sentence that draws attention to the meaning of the word.
How we rely on auditory, visual, and kinesthetic/tactile strengths:
Let your child study the front of the card and comment on what they see. (Auditory) Next, ask them to close their eyes and “see” the word and picture in their mind. (Visualization) Ask, “What do you see first?” When they’ve gotten a good look at the word in their imagination, ask them to open their eyes and write the word on paper or on a whiteboard. (Kinesthetic/Tactile)
While it only takes a few minutes to teach sight words this way, the memory will be long-lasting, compared to what happens when children try to memorize plain words. The reason is simple. Things we memorize can be forgotten. Visual and body memory is permanent.
Try before you buy
306 Kit Plain Word Wall Words
SnapWords® tracking charts
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