Learn Best Ways to Teach Sight Words

dramatically improve kindergarten writing skills – sight words are the key

From Nellie Edge Online Seminar #3:
a Master Class in Authentic Sight Word Work

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 Online Seminar #3.

heart words teach kindergarten writing

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

Children Sing Spelling Songs to Become Proficient 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 teachers like you bring excitement and delight to your students—they’ll love learning the skills that accelerate writing proficiency.

Multiplying Your Teaching 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 33 "heart 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!

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

Children Quickly Learn "the" and "the end" with these Spelling Chants

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

Listen to Nellie Edge Teach "the" with Fingerspelling and Song

from Nellie Edge Online Seminar #3

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

little books illustrated
little books illustrated
little books illustrated

Children Learn to Write and Stamp “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
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Your Children Will Learn Words and Use them To Make Books!

Authentic word work is NOT meaningless workbook pages

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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.

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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

Watch Nellie Edge present "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.

Take the “Hard” Out of Remembering “ing”

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

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Simultaneously teach handwriting and sight words.

fingerspelling lesson - King of "ing"
The King of "ing"

Take a Master Class in Authentic Sight Word Work
with Nellie Edge Online Seminar #3

This Online Seminar includes step-by-step video tutorials, Teacher's Guide plus...

Over 300 pages of resources ready to download.

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Children Learn Opinion Writing Words

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.

Grow Your Kindergarten 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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Purchase Nellie Edge Kindergarten Sight Word Program (aka Writing-to-Read “Heart Words”) on TPT.

A Multisensory Approach:

•Integrates handwriting and sight word work to build sentence writing mastery
•Provides crystal-clear learning targets and differentiates instruction
•Involves Parents as Partners with easy, actionable, targeted, at-home practice
•Provides an art-rich TAG Learning Model for ALL students


Teachers love it. Students love it. Parents love it!

“I absolutely love this program! Integrating handwriting with sight word practice is amazing! Very authentic learning.”
-Jessica H. quote from TPT

“This is amazing and has changed how I teach sight words, into a method that is more meaningful, engaging, and appropriate for kindergartners. Thank you!”
-Anastasia I.

“I love this resource for my guided groups, and I love the heart word sentences that come with it.”
-Shakti B.

“I Love Nellie! I have been using her resources since I took her online seminars. I purchased this resource to have easily available to me when printing. My students love the heart word boards/posters and are so excited when a new color is pulled out.”
-Ciara Z quote from TPT

Take a Master Class Authentic Sight Word Work
with Nellie Edge Online Seminar #3


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The Foundation Online Seminars Also Include: 
 #1 Multisensory ABC and Phonics Immersion and  #2 Kindergarten-Friendly Handwriting Matters!

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