What Are Nellie Edge Writing-to-Read Heart Words?
Sentence Writing Mastery • Motivated Writers • Memory Space for Encoding!
Build the first circle of writing mastery! Early in the year, the first 16 pink “heart words” allow kindergartners to write the heart-connecting sentence “I love you.”
With this power, students perceive themselves as writers and bring delight to their families with their new skill!
Build more sentence mastery! Writing-to-read “heart words” include colorcoordinated sets of 16 words that give students writing mastery with the sentences: I see the…I like my…I can…I have a…
Writing supports phonics work! Once the brain has learned to write these sentence patterns, it has the memory space for vital phonics work—to fearlessly encode sounds to print when writing new words!
Turn your kindergartners into writers!
Download badges, certificates, and Hip Hip Hooray Class Book
- 4 printable "heart word" badges
- Pink, purple, yellow, and green printable certificates
- Brain-friendly practices for teaching sight words
- “All About Heart Word Songs with QR Codes”
- “How Kindergarten Handwriting Reinforces Heart Words”
- Blog: Build Circles of Kindergarten Writing Mastery
Students and Parents Appreciate Crystal-Clear Learning Targets!
All photos used with permission from parents and teacher, Celeste Starr
Students love the challenge of practicing each new color-coded set of “heart words” at home! (Photo from Celeste Starr’s kindergarten family)
Thank you to Suzanne Feblowitz for sharing on my Facebook page how she celebrates: She said, Nellie! I made these buttons for my Heart Words, and the students are more inspired to learn the words because they get a button after learning each set of heart words. Now they want to collect them all! It has been amazing!
Support Family Literacy All Year Long!
Have You Discovered Our Heart Word Songs with QR Codes and “Write and Read Skinny Books?”
Did You Know? Nellie Edge Kindergarten Sight Word Program (a.k.a. “Heart Words”) is a Best Practices model developed in diverse Northwest kindergartens.
This is multisensory learning strategy with proven success:
- Provides crystal-clear learning targets
- Differentiates instruction
- Involves Parents as Partners with easy actionable at-home practice
- Provides an art-rich TAG Learning Model for ALL students
- Integrates handwriting and sight word work with engaging writing experiences
The Sight Word BUNDLE (below) includes the first 6 Sight Word products
“I absolutely love this program! Integrating handwriting with sight word practice is amazing! Very authentic learning.” —Jessica H. quote from TpT
So Many Reasons to Love It!
“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!”
“I love this resource for my guided groups, and I love the heart word sentences that come with it.”
“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