What is the SnapWords® System?
The SnapWords® System inextricably binds sight word acquisition with explicit phonics instruction.
Leveling the playing field
Who Is It For?
As each Level of SnapWords® is taught, SnapWords® Mini-Lessons teach word recognition, the related phonics concepts, spelling, writing, decoding unknown words, and comprehension. Students practice their new skills in context by reading correlated decodable children's readers. They follow reading practice with game-based activities that provide an opportunity for them to deepen their learning and become fluent with their new skills. What follows is a breakdown of the System, the students we are reaching, how the System works, and why it works.
For left-brain dominant processors:
- who work well with abstract symbols
- who think in words
- who can learn and use steps in a procedure
- who are sequential processors
- who learn from part to whole
- whom images are superfluous
- who benefit from drill and repetition
- who view their work as an end in itself
- who can remember isolated data
- who can articulate their thoughts verbally
For right-brain dominant processors:
- for which symbols are meaningless
- who think in pictures
- who need the goal and create a procedure for themselves
- who are global processors
- who learn from whole to part
- who must have images to learn
- who learn visually, all at once, and permanently
- who need relevance and a link to their life
- who need a meaningful link to known data – a context
- who understand but struggle to verbalize
How Does it Work?
There are four primary components of the SnapWords® System. By following a reading practice with game-based activities, this provides an opportunity for them to deepen their learning and become fluent with their new skills.
Easy-for-Me™ Decodable Sight Words & Phonics Readers
Beyond Sight Words Activities
Additional Skills included:
- Word recognition games
- Comprehension activities
- Phonemic awareness tactile activities
- Making words to practice sound spellings (phonemes/graphemes)
- Making phrases and sentences
- Phonics - tactile activities
- Writing practice with visual prompts
- Reading Assessments and tracking sheets
- Plain word wall words
Uses for Beyond Sight Words Activities
- Small group
- Whole class
- Early finishers
Benefits and Features
- Minimal prep
- No training required
- Fully multisensory
- Comprehensive and systematic
- Supports differentiated instruction
- Great for independent learning
Why Does it Work?
The elements that make this system work for the 60% include the following:
- We teach whole words and supply the meaning, the context and the relevance from the beginning. We provide the "why" for the work.
- We use body motions to draw in the kinesthetic kids who learn with their bodies.
- We practice visual imprinting that taps into the amazing and permanent visual memory capacity of visual learners (who are often also kinesthetic).
- We identify sounds in the words, learn their symbols, and write while we say each sound for the tactile learners.
- When we teach phonics concepts, we focus on the sounds we hear rather than memorizing phonics rules and spellings which tends to not be satisfactory for the 60% of children.
- We always teach a word with its phonemes and graphemes along with a group of other words that share the same elements in order to meet the need for learning and remembering through patterns.
- We closely link each new concept to a previous one in order to provide the necessary connections between details within the whole. The 60% prefer to see the interconnectedness of details and remember relationships very well.
- We complete the circle of teaching new concepts, writing them, and reading them in order to provide the "why" and the relevance for the new material.
How Do I Teach the SnapWords® System?
- Select a level for your child or group of children
- Display those 10-12 words in a pocket chart
- Follow SnapWords® Mini-Lessons as you teach each word
- As soon as children recognize the image side, turn the cards over
- Use the related Children’s Readers to practice new concepts
- Provide students with the tactile activities from Beyond Sight Words Activities
- Display the new words on the word wall
- Select a new Level to teach and repeat.