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Winter Consonant Blends

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. This time of year, I spend a lot of time […]

Disguise a Turkey Class Project

If only a turkey could talk..what would they say around this time of year? I’m sure we all know what they would say.  Try asking a kindergartener or first grader.  Even a second grader will make you laugh if you ask the same question.  That’s why I love this turkey project that I assign my […]

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 […]

Ways Students Can Respond to their Reading

What I love about teaching second grade is the transition in reading skills. In kindergarten and first, students learn to read through phonics and sight words. However, when they move to second grade, we work on a huge transition. We move from learning to read to reading to learn. Because of this, we need to […]

Setting Reading Expectations in the Classroom

As a literacy teacher, teaching my students the importance of reading is my entire day. My students make huge transitions in reading during their second grade year. They move from learning to read and begin reading to learn. It’s so important to set reading expectations. As a result, you’ll see huge improvements! Find out how […]

Summer Digital Activities for Little Learners

Summer is here! Many kids are home for several weeks while others stay in school. Either way, it’s a great time for learning. In our house, we set aside some time each day for summer review. Reading is an absolute must, but we also cover basic math skills to keep our minds strong. These summer […]