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This page features some of the many strategies in
Online Seminar #3: Authentic Sight Word Work (High-frequency Heart Words)

You’ll learn How to Accelerate Mastery of Sight Words:

We call these “heart words” because children learn them by heart.

“My kinders love the heart words!”

heart word classroom props
heart word classroom props

100 pages of “heart word” templates are included with your purchase of Online Seminar #3.

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Children love hiding “I love you.” messages around their house.

How Do You Dramatically Increase Kindergarten Writing Proficiency?

Fluency with "Heart Word" sentences is the key!

We'll show you how.

• Make learning visible
• Involve Parents as Partners
• Give children crystal-clear, achievable targets
• Create a growth mindset

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heart word lesson for kindergartners

Nellie Edge Online Seminar #3 covers one of our highest-impact kindergarten writing strategies in depth.

You'll Discover Multisensory Teaching and Learning Through the Arts:

Singing, fingerspelling, drawing, and signing
Children memorize, recite and perform words to become power writers
music L-o-v-e Spells Love music
Parents love this approach and the songs become part of family literacy

kindergarten writing lesson
kindergarten writing

The word “love” is practiced for mastery. The “heart word” sentence, “I love you”, is our power sentence.

You can simultaneously teach high-frequency “heart words” and kindergarten-friendly handwriting to build rapid recall and writing fluency.

All "Heart Word" props featured on this page are included with Nellie Edge Online Seminar #3.

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Preview Nellie Edge performing L-O-V-E Spells Love

from Nellie Edge Online Seminar #3

The step-by-step video tutorials are broken into the following chapters:

Chapter 1: Teach High-Frequency Words
Chapter 2: Writing “Heart Word” Sentences
Chapter 3: Multisensory Teaching Lessons
Chapter 4: Sing, Sign, Spell, and Read!
Chapter 5: The King of “ing”
Chapter 6: Review and Goals

This bestselling, transformative work helps kindergarten teacher like you bring excitement and delight to your students—they’ll love learning the skills that accelerate writing proficiency.

Multiplying Your Teaching Effectiveness Effectiveness by Involving Parents

Share songs, Anthology Pages, and Word/Fingerspelling Cards with each family! 

heart words teach kindergarten writing

Children will proudly sing, sign, spell, write and read these words.

Teachers are encouraged to and have full permission to make copies of the 33 Sing, Sign, Spell, and Read! songs and 49 reproducible activity pages to encourage family literacy! (All included in your purchase of Online Seminar #3.)

Listen to L-o-v-e-Spells-Love  (Download mp3)

33 songs are included as a digital download when you buy the Online Seminar #3. Or you may order the hard copy of the CD and program materials here.

Sing, Sign, Spell, and Read! CD

Make Learning Visible: Create Crystal Clear Learning Targets

kindergarten classroom heart words posters

As soon as the child has learned all of the pink “heart words”, he gets to master the purple “heart words”! Reading and writing fluency is expected. Some children will master all four sets of words by December and be using their skills as prolific writers. Developmentally younger students may need more good first teaching with multisensory strategies.

You will also Learn How Pink “Heart Words” Build Powerful Sentences!

Pink “Heart Words” Build Powerful Sentences:

Children practice quick writes of “heart word” sentences every morning.

At first they use a "heart word" sentence model. With repetition, the sentences become a part of long-term memory, and the writing muscle grows!

kindergarten handwriting lessons

Here’s what else is covered in this content-rich Online Seminar #3...

Good First Writing Instruction Teaches Reading. Children Memorize Spelling Chants to Learn New Words: “the” and “the end”

Expect children to start writing “the end” on the last page of their personally authored little books: Give children authentic reasons to use new words.

spelling chant

Teach “the” with fingerspelling and song.

Kindergarten Authors and Illustrators Love to Write Stories and Decorate Their End Pages

little books illustrated
little books illustrated
little books illustrated

Children Engage in Independent Word Work: Make a Stamp and Read Book and a List of Your Favorite “Heart Words”

(Notice one student is working on pink “heart words” and the other is already working on purple)

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word stamp set

Stamp and Read Skinny Book page

we love lists tote

Independent Writing Totes have all the supplies needed for “We Love Lists” word work: Favorite ABC Phonics Words, Grocery lists, Wish lists…

We love lists on TpT
we love lists tote label

Your Children Will Learn Words and Use them To Make Books!

Authentic word work is NOT meaningless workbook pages

little books

Listen to Nellie Edge present B – o – o – k Book!
(Song #17 from Nellie Edge Online Seminar #3))

See how each child will use “heart words” to make real books.

little book making in kindergarten

Children Love to Draw and Make Books about Animals

We simultaneously develop handwriting and high-frequency “heart words.”

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draw books about animals
make books about animals
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From “I Can Spell Cat” A Nellie Edge Read and Sing Big Book™
From “I Can Spell Cat” A Nellie Edge Read and Sing Big Book™

In September, Children Learn to Label Drawings and Write Sentences

music "This is My House: H-o-u-s-e" music

Nellie Edge performing "This is My House: H-o-u-s-e"

Newly Taught “Heart Words” Go Up on the Word Wall

Words are magnetically backed so children can use them.

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Word Walls for Small Spaces: Use (automotive steel) oil drip pan. It hangs from a PVC frame with zip ties through holes drilled into corners.

Learning is Engaging, Playful, and Memorable:

Take the “hard” out of remembering “ing”: Sing, sign, fingerspell, write, and make a crown!

Hear Nellie Edge perform "There's an 'ing' in King" from Nellie Edge Online Seminar #3

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Enjoy these and many more engaging photos in Nellie Edge Online Seminar #3.

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The King of "ing"

Make These Powerful Practices Routine in Your Classroom
Online Seminar #3: Authentic Sight Word Work (High-frequency Heart Words)

Study this 1-hour master class with comprehensive step-by-step video tutorials.

You'll also receive:

  • Complete Teacher's Guide  (129 Power Guide pages)
  • 33 Sing, Sign, Spell, and Read! songs, anthology pages, and fingerspelling templates
  • 100 additional “heart word” templates, parent letters, and resources

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Prepare Children for Opinion Writing with Sentences:

Give them automaticity with the word "because":
Sing, Sign, Spell, and Read!

Sing and fingerspell every other letter
Sing and fingerspell every other letter
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sight words
opinion writing with because
sight words
sight words
opinion writing with because

Writing Workshop is Where Kid Writers Grow. Children Learn There Are Two Types of Words:

1. Words they are expected to know “by heart”
2. Words that they listen to, stretch through, and write the sounds for

Teach Phonics and Heart Words!

kindergarten children learn two types of words
kindergarten children learn two types of words

Writing Workshop is where teachers systematically develop phonics-based spelling and expect “heart words” to be spelled correctly.

Build a Kindergarten Culture that Nourishes Your Young Writers

Children learn: Your pictures and words tell a story

Mastery of “heart word” sentences and phonics-based spelling within a Comprehensive Writing Workshop Model produce prolific kindergarten writers. Students proudly write and illustrate their own books. books!

Teaching High-Frequency "Heart Words":
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This page features some of the many strategies you'll learn in Nellie Edge Online Seminar #3.

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