Making Words

With a house full of children, we see a wide range of questions. At this point, we have a reader, a beginner reader and a non-reader. I hear a lot of questions like “how do you say this word?” and “Is this even a real word?”. The most popular question is “Mom, how do you […]

Valentine’s Day Thematic Unit for Little Learners

What theme do you focus on during your Valentine’s Day unit? During the month of February, I didn’t focus on the candy and cards that were to be passed out. I focused on kindness and friendship during my unit. It was a really good time of year to remind the class on how to treat […]

Free Halloween Center for Word Patterns

Dollar stores and, of course, our favorite dollar section have the cutest goodies during the holidays.  Halloween has always been one of my favorite holidays for grabbing some “necessary” learning materials.  Then I found these perfect cauldrons for a fun Halloween center to teach word patterns. Mini Cauldrons Miniature things are always cuter.  I am […]

Editable Sight Word Magnetic Letter Center

I was a junior in college and observing a kindergarten classroom for the first time.  The room was filled with children scattered about working at their literacy stations.  Through the noise my attention turned toward the sight word center where the teacher was performing sight word assessments during her reading group.  She must have saw […]

Word Work Stations Made Easy with Oriental Trading

Planning Word Work stations in the classroom can be a little overwhelming, time consuming and expensive.  You want to make sure that your learners are getting the most out of the time they spend in your literacy block, but you need a variety of materials to make their Word Work time effective.  I am excited […]

3 Ways to Use a Word Wall

Word walls…most classrooms have at least one.  How do you use these in your classroom?  Are your students utilizing the it daily, weekly, monthly?!?!  Here are 3 ways to get your learners using the word wall on a daily basis. Write the Room: This activity is a standard Word Work station in our classroom.  Students are […]