Category: Reading

Reader’s Workshop in the First Grade Classroom

Do you use Reader’s Workshop in your first grade classroom?!   It was an absolute game-changer for me when I started researching and implementing Reader’s Workshop and its benefits in a primary classroom. I really wanted to get away from the overwhelming prep of literacy centers and I had my “aha!” moment when I walked […]

5 Ways to Promote Reading Fluency in your Classroom

Reading something fluently is the ability to read it at an appropriate rate with the correct intonation. It is when you read as though you are speaking conversationally, without any struggle. Fluency is essential to reading comprehension. A few weeks ago, I shared this image on my instagram page: Go ahead and read that. I bet […]

Chapter Book Read Alouds for Grades 1-3

It is no surprise that I love a good read aloud. I have written numerous posts about why I love interactive read alouds and spent years finding the perfect picture books to use to teach different skills in my primary classroom. It wasn’t until later that I began to dive into some of our favorite […]

A Week of Phonics Instruction Plus a Freebie!

In my new role as a K-2 literacy teacher, I spend a lot of my time working on direct phonics instruction to help my first and second grade students decode words they are encountering in their texts. I thought I would take a little time to go through what a week of small groups phonics […]

Books to Teach Character Traits, Feelings, and Actions

I made an effort every year to set some specific read aloud time available in my classroom. Some days it was 10 minutes, other days I could stretch it to 20. Either way, it was one of my most favorite times of the day. I could teach so many skills while my students got to enjoy […]