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Sight Words Level 2

Sight Words Level 2

Fall 2012 DVD
Ages: 5 - 7 yrs.
DVD Price: $19.99

Sight Words Level 2 builds upon an earlier product, Sight Words, from Parents' Choice Award winners Rock 'N Learn, Inc. Experts in phonics-based educational methods want young readers to automatically recognize some words "on sight," and Sight Words Level 2 teaches sixty-eight of the most frequently used words in the English language. A collection of human, animal, and robot characters use mid-tempo rock and rap music, skits, games, and graphics to achieve that goal.

The sight words are cleverly grouped according to simple themes. For instance, one segment builds a skit around the words what, bear, black, brown, and white. One of the characters returns from the zoo and brings stuffed bears to her friends, then she sings about the bears she saw, accompanied by video of brown bears, black bears, and polar bears, with graphics highlighting the sight words in the song lyrics. It's a fun and comfortably-paced way to reinforce reading strategies that still provides age-appropriate entertainment.

In addition to the main 60-minute program, this DVD's Bonus Section includes a feature that focuses on the shape of sight words, tracing and pronouncing the words in 12 different sentences. The DVD menu also allows viewers to watch the entire program, or select individual scenes, useful for teachers and homeschoolers who want to use this Sight Words Level 2 as part of their reading curriculum. Jacket copy also directs viewers to a website offering free printable resources.

Thanks to its lively musical format and clear instructional methods, Sight Words Level 2 is a fun and tuneful tool for children in kindergarten and first grade as they take on more challenging reading material.

Gina Catanzarite   ©2012 Parents' Choice
Gina Catanzarite is an award-winning television producer, writer, teacher, mom and media consultant in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She began her career in 1987 and counts 9 Emmy awards, 26 Emmy nominations, a Matrix award, two Pennsylvania Broadcaster's Association Awards, 8 Telly Awards, and a screenwriting grant from the Theatre Association of Pennsylvania, among her professional honors.

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