Word Dogs! FAQs
What content is covered in Pre-K Pups?
- Letters – Alphabet Song (Uppercase and lowercase)
- Numbers – Number 0, Number 1, Number 2, Number 3, Number 4, Number 5, Number 6, Number 7, Number 8, Number 9, Number 10, Numba Rumba Counting Song
- Colors – Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Pink, White, Purple Brown, Black
- Shapes – Mr. Triangle Song, Mr. Triangle Book, Mr. Square Song, Mr. Square Book, Mrs. Rectangle Song, Mrs. Rectangle Book, Mrs. Circle Song, Mrs. Circle Book
- Word Families – an, at, op, ug
- Sight-Words – the, to, and, he, a, you, it, of, in, was, said, his, that, she, for, on, they, but, had, with, all, look, is, her, some, out, as, be, have, am, then, little, down, do, could, when, did, what, so, see, not, were, get, an, like, your, me, will, went, are
How long should the program take a kindergartener to master?
Each music video in the Time-to-Rhyme Word Families program is designed to be a short burst of high engagement for young readers. It is a systematic, methodical and fun routine. Use it once or twice a day… then put it away!
The 30 word families featured in 60 music videos, game songs and printable resources can be covered in 30 days to 30 weeks, depending on the child and/or class.
What word families are covered in this series?
There are 30 word families covered in this program and each features eight rhyming words:
- Short Vowel 2-letter: an, ap, at, aw, in, ip, it, op, ot, ug,
- Short Vowel 3-letter: ack, all, ank, ash, ell, est, ick, ing, ock, ump,
- Long Vowel: ain, ake, ame, ate, ay, eet, ice, ine, oke, oon
Why shouldn’t my students decode or “sound out” the sight words?
Many of these words can’t be sounded out by decoding rules, like the word “was”. If an early reader is sounding out each word in a sentence, the meaning of the sentence is lost. Since sight words represent a very large percentage of the words in a sentence, it makes sense to address fluency through sight-words and then decode the few remaining words. Furthermore, many of the sight words can’t be represented by pictures, for example: if, do, am, for, as, so, be. They are service words which give meaning and direction, e.g. here, there, now, then, on, at, in, over, today. Dolch sight words should be recognized on sight (instantly) for reading to progress smoothly.
Why should we teach sight words?
Sight words form the foundation for successful reading skills. If you can recognize on sight eight of the 10 words in a sentence, you can read that sentence and generally decode the remaining words by context, phonic, or illustrations. Most importantly, you can understand its meaning!
What does “Dolch” mean and what are “sight-words”?
The concept of sight words was created in 1948 by Edward William Dolch, a professor at the University of Illinois. Dolch identified 220 “service words” that children must recognize in order to read fluently, many of which cannot be sounded out and must be learned by sight. These words are commonly referred to “Dolch” word, sight word, lightening words for high-frequency words.
How many words does Word Dogs cover?
Word Dogs encompasses all 220 Dolch sight words:
How long should it take the typical kindergartener to learn their sight words?
Research indicates that the typical early reader must see and say a sight word between 20 and 50 times before he/she is fluent with the word. The learning curve is according to each individual’s potential. The way the subject matter is presented affects the depth, scope and speed of their potential. It is our belief that the typical student should be able to learn all 220 sight words by the end of kindergarten if the words are presented in a meaningful and engaging manner.
How is Word Dogs different than other reading programs?
Each Word Dogs music video enables a child to see and say any given sight word as much as 10 times upon one viewing. Because the videos are entertaining, students can interact with it in multiple ways.
The Guided Reading Big Books reinforce the learning process. A typical learning plan would include:
- Morning reading session with Big Book and corresponding music video
- Afternoon reading session with Big Book and corresponding music video
- Sight Word game
Using this method, students will see a sight word as much as 50 times in just one day. A teacher might find it challenging to keep a student’s attention on a flashcard that many times.
In addition, the Word Dogs program puts each word into context with a story and gives animated pictures to further enhance the meaning of the words. The melody and rhythm provide opportunities for learning through multiple modalities for visual, auditory, kinesthetic and other types of learners. Although each student learns at their own potential, WordDogs presents the information in a way that research indicates works faster and better. Try our free demo and test it for yourself.
Does Word Dogs work for ELL (English Language Learners) / ESL (English Secondary Language) students?
World Dogs can be leveraged as an ELL learning aide because it contains many ELL learning strategies, including:
- Multiple uses of each word
- Animated pictures for context clues
- Use of multiple modalities
- Variety of media such as books, videos and games