A specific cheer is written for each pre-primer and primer Dolch sight word. Kids enjoy getting up and moving while chanting the letters of the words and their corresponding catchy, sing-song phrase. The cheers are great for all leaners; general ed, struggling students and identified students. A great way to differentiate curriculum without any additional teacher work. Some students will be learning how to spell words, others will be learning word patterns, some will be learning how to read the word while others may be developing their phonemic and phonological awareness, one to one correspondence and letter identification.
The cheers are multi-sensory providing students auditory, visual and kinesthetic learning modalities. The cheers provide teachers a great way to get students up and moving. Excellent for introducing word wall words. Great for transitions and getting in multiple repetitions on difficult sight words. Just like catchy musical jingles stick in your head, so do the cheers causing students to remember how to read and spell these words!
Current leading brain research supports that optimal learning occurs when students are having fun. Cheers promote fun and laughter, which causes the brain to release endorphins allowing the learner to process information into long term memory.