Sight Words DVD

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Now you can provide research-based literacy instruction with 210 high frequency words.

Sight Words has 210 words for developing automaticity—decoding the most frequently used words in text. The words are organized by level of difficulty and whether the word can be "sounded out" using the rules in Phonemic Awareness.

Target Audience: Appropriate for neurotypical children ages K-3rd grade, and children and adults having difficulty reading due to problems with with Auditory Processing, Auditory Conceptualization, Central Auditory Processing Disorders (CAPD), TBI, or Stroke.

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Information for Professionals:

Studies have shown that good readers look at some words and automatically decode them. The Sight Words DVD lets beginning readers get a head start on learning these words. It helps older students who are struggling with reading master the sight words. There are 210 words organized by level of difficulty and whether the word can be "sounded-out" or must be memorized.

Sight Words
Each sight word is presented five times across the screen from left to right and top to bottom just like a student reads. A photo is displayed and the word is shown in context. These phrases and a sentences model fluent, rhythmic, smooth reading. The words are grouped into 10 minute sessions with 21 sessions on the CD.

Sight Words
The "Sight Word" is presented with a picture.

Sight Words
The word is shown in a short phrase. After a short delay to allow the child to locate the word, the target word is highlighted.

Sight Words
Finally the word is displayed in context in a short sentence. The student will have seen and heard the word five times in isolation and three times in context.

Description of the game for SLPs:
Sight Words DVD has two hundred-ten sight words for developing automaticity for decoding the most frequently used words in text for emergent readers. The words are organized by level of difficulty and whether the word can be "sounded-out" using the rules presented in the CD Phonemic Awareness*.

Each sight word is presented five times prior to the presentation of the picture. The visual progression is left to right and top to bottom. Sans serif and serif fonts (i.e. plain and fancy), are used in order to present different types of text for decoding practice. The illustrative image assists with comprehension. A short phrase is presented beneath the picture. The target word is highlighted moments before the phrase is spoken. The second phrase builds upon the first and may or may not be a complete sentence. We have chosen not to punctuate the second phrase because it is a segment of the final sentence, and the purpose of this presentation is to model fluent, rhythmic, smooth reading.

The goal of the DVD is to train the user to access the "word form region" of the brain located in the low posterior section of the parietal lobe. According to Dr. Sally Shaywitz (2003), this area allows the reader to look at a word and know automatically how to pronounce it, how to spell it, and to understand its meaning. Good readers show strong activation of this region in functional MRI studies.

The DVD is divided into seven parts, three sections per part, 10 words per section. If you are playing the DVD on your television, use your remote to access the menu, word lists, and help screen. If you are using your computer, a representation of the remote will appear in the bottom left corner of your screen when the DVD player software opens. Click on the button labeled menu to access the menu, word lists, and help screen. Use the arrows on the enter dial to navigate through the program, or click on the word group you want to use (when using your computer).

*Phonemic Awareness The CD from the Literacy Series provides explicit instruction for sound to symbol association, sound segmentation, sound blending, syllable segmentation, syllable blending, and metacognitive awareness of the rules of English.