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Kindergarten: How to Effectively Teach Basic Skills

Your child will have so many new experiences in kindergarten/prep! To help him/her have a successful year, let's focus on the 3 essential kindergarten academic skills:

  • Knowledge of letters and their sounds
  • Essential sight words
  • Numbers and number sense

If you are here, chances are you want support your child in gaining these basic skills. Sarah recommends these right-brain resources that have proved to be highly effective for children in kindergarten and beyond.

The most effective way to teach basic skills so children will learn and remember is by using teaching resources that teach with: 

  • Pictures
  • Body Movement
  • Stories

Kindergarten: How to Teach Letters & Sounds

"Many believe that if children are struggling with letters and sounds in kindergarten, they will catch up when they are older. My time as a Title 1 teacher taught me that this is not the case. What children don't understand in kindergarten, they won't understand in 3rd grade unless someone intervenes.

It is critical to step in at the very first sign of trouble and avoid unnecessary struggle and failure for the child. Re-teaching the same way that didn't work the first time around is not the answer.

For the past two decades I have seen remarkable results when teachers and parents reach for materials that include the BIG 3: Visuals, Story, and Body Motions." ~Sarah Major

Kindergarten: How to Teach Sight Words Effectively

"If your child hasn't quickly picked up the sight words the teacher introduced, don't wait. Around 60% of children struggle with memorizing words. There is a much better way - and one that will prevent your child from struggle and failure.

My own experience with SnapWords® in the classroom was remarkable. Children who were unable to learn sight words through memorisation and drill were able to learn far beyond the required word list when they were taught using SnapWords®, sight words embedded in pictures and accompanied by body movement." ~Sarah Major

SnapWords® 306 Pocket Chart Cards

We recommend this kit because if a child struggles learning words in kindergarten but responds to SnapWords®, chances are this method of learning sight words will be the way to go throughout elementary school. If you use SnapWords® for 10-15 minutes a day during kindergarten, your child will be successful now, but will also be amply prepared for 1st and 2nd grade!

This Kit contains 332 high-frequency sight words, including all Dolch words and more.
- Lists A-E Numbers, Colours, Days, Months & Seasons 
- SnapWords® Mini-Lessons (how to teach each word).  
- Sight Words in Sentences for practice in reading sight words in context


SnapWords® cards are 10.8cm x 7cm.

Ability levels include Preschool through Third Grade. Start today and help your child love learning!