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Sight Word Flash Cards and Stickers

Dolch Sight Word Flash Cards

Our Dolch sight word flash cards come in two sizes. Both sets contain the 220 Dolch Words plus instructions. The large size (3"H X 8.5"W) is ideal for group instruction and fits nicely in pocket charts. The small size (2"H X 4.25"W) is ideal for one-on-one or small group use. The front of the card contains the pictograph version while the back has the large plain print version of the same word with the verbal cue printed beneath in small letters. Flash cards for the Spanish equivalent of the Dolch Words are available only in the large size (8.5"W x 3"H).

Here is an example of a pictograph and sentence cue that you will see on our flash cards and stickers:

Children like to play.              
It takes two to play checkers.

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Dolch Sight Word Stickers

The same graphics are used on the 1"X 2"stickers (reusable on a glossy surface), but the verbal cues appear on a separate sheet instead of on the stickers. There are 220 graphic and 220 plain word stickers in a set. The stickers are great for games such as Sight Word Lotto and for making such things as Word Cubes, Concentration, and Flip Books.

Dolch Sight Word Mimes

“Picture Me Learning Dolch Sight Word Mimes!” consists of sheets of 1" x 2 5/8" sticker labels for all of the 220 Dolch Sight Words, featuring the instructions for a mime to act out the meaning of each word. The stickers may be affixed to a corner on the backs of the Large Dolch Sight Word flashcards for convenient reference while the words are being taught and practiced. The children act out each mime as they respond verbally with the correct word when the flashcard is shown. A booklet with introductory pages and instructions for use, and a listing of the 220 words and descriptions of each mime accompanies the set of sticker labels.

Examples of mimes for the Dolch Words:

around--Hold one hand up, lightly fisted. Quickly describe large circles around the left hand with the right, in a stirring motion.

hurt------Pretend to pinch your arm with the other hand, then register a look of pain.

pull------Place hands out in front, as if grasping a "tug of war" rope with them. Then lean back,and demonstrate pulling on the rope, hand over hand.

Teachers find their students often invent more effective motions from their point of reference than adults do! If your students and you think of some more easily learned or demonstrated mimes for some of the words, please share them with your colleagues. Those who send us suggested changes which are then incorporated in the revised finished product and published, will be refunded the cost of these labels, or will receive a complimentary set of the new revised mimes.

Alphabet Cards

Teachers or parents striving to increase children's phonemic awareness find that using "Picture Me Learning the ABCs" facilitates rapid achievement of this important skill.

"I have a 5 year old son with special needs.... After a full year of getting nowhere, he learned 10 letter sounds in two days! I am so thrilled and can't wait to show his teacher...."
Mother of a child whose story was one featured in the book about "special needs" children, "You Will Dream New Dreams," by Stan Klein and Kim Schive.

"Picture Me Learning the ABCs!" teaches both letter names and the most common letter sounds and is available in 11"W x 8.5"H size for both general classroom use and home. It includes diphthongs (aw, oo, oy, etc.) and common word endings and other elements (ed, ing, igh, er/ir/or, ough, ed, etc.) in addition to the 26 upper and lower case letters and five digraphs (ch, ph, sh, th, wh) which comprise the smaller sets. All are presented with pictorial cues and verses to prompt recognition of some of the most frequently encountered phonic elements. The Large Cards are available now at $20.00 per set.

The cards extend the usefulness of "Picture Me Learning the ABCs!" well beyond the initial stage of teaching the alphabet, to help children deal with some of the confusing letter combinations which complicate phonetic decoding. The cards are an invaluable asset for teachers of all beginning readers (kindergarten, first and second grade), the very young (Head Start, preschool), learning disabled and "special needs" children of all ages and abilities, English as a Second Language students, and children with severe language delays.

All young children using the "visual-conceptual method" acquire knowledge of the alphabet names and sounds in a fraction of the time required by other methods. Teachers and parents of children with "special needs"often report that their students were able to learn letter names and sounds with "Picture Me Learning the ABCs!" when no other method used had been successful!

The letters or phonic elements are drawn in such a way that they resemble objects familiar to the child, which evoke a sound. For example, "‘T' looks like Tina's tiny tack," and the sound associated with tapping a tack with a hammer is then, "t - t - t." (Yes, "tack" also begins with "t," but in the earlier stages it is more useful to simply link the appearance of the letter to its sound and its name, until the child is able to grasp the abstract concept of "beginning sounds.")

The letter name is incorporated in a child's name (DeeDee, Gigi, Emmie, etc.) and the capital letter is drawn in the shape of a child given that name. Thus, the stimulus card for "T" consists of Tina with tack and hammer in hand (the capital T), while the lower case "t" is drawn to resemble a tack. On the back of the flash card, the upper and lower case letters are shown without picture cues, for recognition practice once the letters are learned, and a verse is included.

Kinesthetic cues, or actions to go with the pictures and verses, such as tapping a tack, or bouncing a ball, further augment learning with this multi-modal method. (See our booklet, "150 Teaching Tips for Learning the ABCs" for many ideas to extend and enrich the learning process.)

Below are sample pictographs and verses for a digraph and an alphabet letter. The verses are printed below the pictographs in these examples, but actually are found on the backs of the cards, together with the plain letters.

C-H is Chuckie Chipmunk, and    
He cannot talk yet, but...              
"Ch, ch! Ch, ch!" he chatters, and
He'll eat that little nut!"                 
T looks like Tina's tiny tack 
Which she will hammer now.
"T-t-t," is what we'll hear     
As Tina shows us how.       

Learning The Numbers From 0 - 20

This is the extension of an earlier, successful trial draft of numerals from 1 to 10. The digits are drawn to look like people, animals, and objects which a child can recognize easily. A verse accompanies each to help set the name of the number in the child's memory. Available now on 8.5"x11" cards.

Here is a sample of the number "4:"

Four, Four!         
Where is Four?   
Four is knocking 
At the door!          

On the actual cards, the verses are printed on the reverse side, together with the plain numbers.

Five Useful Booklets

Our booklets are specifically written to augment our flash cards, providing many activities, games and teaching techniques to carry the beginning reader from the learning of the abc's and letter sounds, to recognition of critical high frequency sight words, by way of pictographs and auditory cues, and finally to understanding and application of common phonetic decoding rules. The booklets are:

1) "150 Teaching Tips For Learning the ABCs"
Teachers or parents need not wrack their brains to think of enjoyable and effective techniques to help children learn letter names and sounds. Instructions are provided for art, music, game, language, and food activities to plant the sound and name of each letter firmly in the child's memory! Choose one or two, or several for each; something for every learning style is included!

2) "All Your Students Can Read!" (3 Dozen Games & Activities To Build Sight Word Knowledge).
Adapt games your children already know and love ("Sight Word Hopscotch;" "Doggie, Doggie, Who Has Your Bone;" "Sight Word Lotto;" "Mother May I?" or "Concentration"), or try some new ones, such as "Deep Sea Diver" or "Family Tree." Full instructions are provided for these games and activities for all ability levels to reinforce the memorization of Dolch Words (and others, if you wish). Some are very effective with whole classes, others with small groups, twosomes or individuals. Make simple materials for your reading center or for parent volunteers to use, or play the games which require no additional work at all.

"I am a homeschooler ... and we love to play games to learn. I am happy that PMR lends itself so well to games. With the combination of visual learning, playing games, solving riddles, and learning to read his favourite books, we are set!"

3) "Dolch Sight Word Riddles"
All 220 Dolch Sight Words are taught in 23 riddles. NO OTHER VOCABULARY IS PRESENT IN THE RIDDLES, making this a very quick and effective means of getting the high frequency words taught without spending time and energy on many other words of less utility. The riddles start very simple, easy to read and easy to solve, and gradually become more complex and difficult. Comprehension and reading for meaning is thus a secondary, but extremely important goal. The words for each riddle are given in alphabetical order to facilitate pulling the flash cards from the deck to teach them. A riddle may have as few as 5 or 6 new words or as many as 15, but repetition of many of the words allows ease of recognition as children make their way through the booklet. The riddles are provided in larger primary script to make individual riddle booklets for each child, if desired, and photocopying for this purpose is suggested.

Kindergarten or first grade classes learning just one riddle per week can master ALL 220 Dolch Sight Words by March, attaining an estimated reading grade equivalent of 3.0 (beginning third grade).

4) "Make Your Own Pictographs!" (12 Dozen Examples To Help Get You Started)
Nouns are not included in the Dolch Sight Word List, and thus are not found in the "Picture Me Reading!" flash card sets. To help you teach nouns as sight words, this booklet is chock full of entertaining pictograph examples of words for toys, animals, clothing, foods, weather and science words, environmental objects, and common words associated with holidays. Children love to make their own "word pictures," and this will get them (or you!) started. A large proportion of the words are drawn from Dolch's list of 100 nouns. Some actual examples of children's drawings which inspired this booklet are included.

5) "Reading My Favorite Storybooks" (A guide to go from pictographs to phonics reading nine popular and readily available storybooks).
Every child has his own favorite Dr. Seuss and other beginning level storybooks. The user provides the books used in conjunction with this guide, from the library or bookstore. This booklet demonstrates how to teach the Dolch Words from one or several pages of a story at a time, using "Picture Me Reading!" techniques. The text of such books generally consists of about 80 per cent Dolch Words, and the illustrations provide clues to the nouns which are not Dolch Words. When the child can recognize the Dolch Words at sight   (which you will teach using "Picture Me Reading!" flash cards),   he is ready to read those pages.   Full instructions are provided, and many examples are included of beginning phonics decoding strategies, so that your beginning reader becomes increasingly independent. The storybooks used in this booklet are extremely popular and widely available; use them or apply the techniques described to your child's favorites.
Clio (in 1998)

Our first granddaughter, Clio, was the inspiration for “Picture Me Reading My Favorite Storybooks!” Stalled in a Whole Language Kindergarten at mid-year, she needed only nine 45 - 60 minute lessons with Grandma, “Picture Me Reading!” flash cards, and three of the I Can Read It All By Myself storybooks to become a reader. She ended the kindergarten year at the top of her class and, now in college, she has scored at the 99th percentile on reading achievement tests ever since.

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Dolch Sight Word Bible Stories

"Picture Me Reading Favorite Bible Stories!" is available now! The booklet contains 63 pages of lessons and is beautifully illustrated. This booklet is a wonderful way to teach beginning reading when used in conjunction with our "Picture Me Reading Dolch Sight Word!Large or Small Flash Cards and one of our teaching manuals. There is a very comprehensive Classroom Teacher's Manual which is priced at $15, and a condensed Manual for Teaching One-on-One for $5 which is intended for instruction by parents or tutors. To see more complete information and a sample page, click here.