Plus, 5 Reasons why songs work so well to teach reading!
Use phonics to read the groups of dolch words below. Then review those words with the kindergarten song at the end of each group of words.
Why add frequency lists to phonics? Read about it on the Preschool page
Why do songs work so well to teach reading? Scroll past the lists below to find out.
Group 3 Words
Group 3 Song
Group 4 Words
Group 5 Words
Group 4 Song
Group 5 Song
Kindergarten songs have been a young learner's staple for ever and ever. Here's why they are more than mere "child's play".
1. Context and melody are excellent memory tools. With them words become natural sight words faster. Dolch words, like others, should be read initially with phonics. That means using letter sounds blended together.
Sooner or later practiced words are recognized on sight. These are natural sight words. Natural means they are remembered with repetition of sounding out, not memorized as a whole. The background of the songs helps bring this about sooner.
Read more about moving quickly from decoding to comprehension and lists to real stories in Pre-K Word Lists.
2. Songs focus on rhythm. Rhythm highlights stressed and unstressed sounds. We say stressed sounds more slowly. That's where we get the name "long vowel sound".
3. Songs teach rhyming. Rhyming seems so fun and easy. Inside this little action is one big idea: words are made up of sounds. Kids absolutely need to know this in order to use phonics to read. It seems so obvious to us as adults. It is easy to forget this is a fact to be learned.
4. Singing breaks words into syllables. When you read lyrics in sheet music, words are often even written this way. This is such an effortless way to bring to light a "big kids" concept.
5. Songs attach emotion and feeling to language. Songs, like a story, allow children to experience emotional language. This is sure to add to a connection to print. Hopefully, this develops into a full blown love of reading.
Read Dolch Words (and everything else) for a fast phonics start
Review sounds with your kindergartener