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Anchor Charts: How To Use Them Effectively in Your Classroom

Anchor charts play a huge role in my classroom.  Not only do they add a bright touch to my classroom, but they are great supplemental resources for my classroom.  Anchor charts can be used for reading, phonics, spelling, math and even social studies and science! There are many reasons why I use anchor charts in […]

The Do’s and Don’ts of Science of Reading

Science of Reading is spreading all throughout our elementary classrooms.   It’s an intense, researched based approach to teaching literacy.   I spent this last school year digging deeply into this approach, and I absolutely loved what I learned.  I came up with a list of do’s and don’ts that can help you get started! Tip […]

Consonant Blends Puzzles

I never knew how much I love teaching phonics until I got back into the classroom! I have kindergarten, first grade and now second grade under my belt. I have a love for all three grades, but I think second grade is my favorite so far! We help transition our students from learning to read […]

Phonics Activities for Early Learners

Phonics skills are an integral part of my literacy curriculum in my classroom. I absolutely love teaching phonics and watching my learners grow as readers. Much like math, phonics must be hands on for little minds to understand how words are built. These phonics activities for early learners are perfect for any classroom or homeschool […]

Halloween Word Play for Beginning Readers

Learning how to hear the individual sounds or phonemes in words can be a tricky skill for many early readers.  One tool that is a great help during small group instruction is Elkonin boxes.  These Halloween Elkonin boxes are perfect for a warm-up word play activity this October. What Are Elkonin Boxes? You’re probably thinking […]

Winter Digraphs

Kindergarten is a big year for many milestones! They walk in the first day of school knowing very little about reading. By the end of the year, they are reading their first books. They move from reading consonant-vowel-consonant words to words with digraphs and blends. After we introduce and practice blends, we then move on to […]