Meet the Sight Words 1

  • Review Date: July 26, 2008
  • Rated: NR
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 2008
  • Running Time: 40 minutes

Common Sense Media says

Words become characters for early readers.
  • Review Date: July 26, 2008
  • Rated: NR
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 2008
  • Running Time: 40 minutes





What parents need to know

Positive messages

As an instructional video only, no social behaviors are modeled though all the animated letter characters are smiling and cheery.

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this DVD is aimed at children as young as 15 months, but both Common Sense Media and the American Academy of Pediatrics suggest no screen time at all until age 2. This instructional DVD is designed to augment pre-k and kindergarten reading lessons, not to stand alone as entertainment. The repetition may torture parents, but there's no denying the elegant simplicity of the approach.

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What's the story?

Preschool Prep already has a following with its Meet the … series for shapes, colors, and numbers. Now, with MEET THE SIGHT WORDS 1, the company is applying its proven approach to sight words, also known as "high frequency" or "star" words, that are the bane of many a kindergartner's existence. These words, including "that," "to," "play," "said," "in," and "you," defy basic decoding rules and must be memorized by early readers. In Meet the Sight Words, a single word is transformed into cute, animated letter characters doing something in context, thereby drawing kids in more than they might when reading black letters on a white page. For instance, the word "play" becomes both batter and catcher at a baseball game, and "Take Me Out to the Ballpark" accompanies the onscreen image.

Is it any good?


The DVD keeps its approach simple, and if kids can put up with the utter lack of action, it certainly would underpin more comprehensive reading lessons. Meet the Sight Words is organized nicely for parents and teachers, including mini-lessons of four or five words, video flashcards, and games to build confidence in recognition. The constant is that each sight word is always associated with its animated version to jog kids' memories.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the short lessons after watching them together. They can also try other ways of reinforcing recognition of the sight words in ways that hit all the senses: spotting them in a newspaper headline or billboard, tracing them in a sandbox, writing them in chalk on the sidewalk, and bouncing a ball onto a sight word that Mom or Dad calls out.

Movie details

Theatrical release date:July 26, 2008
DVD release date:July 23, 2007
Director:Kathy Oxley
Studio:Preschool Prep Company
Genre:Family and Kids
Run time:40 minutes
MPAA rating:NR

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