Social-Emotional Learning is so important in kindergarten, first, and second grade and I find that teaching about these topics is easiest through a read aloud. In today’s post, I want to focus on friendship and what it means to be a good friend. These picture books are some of my favorites for teaching about friendship […]
3 Mistakes Teachers Make When Teaching Phonics
Do you make any of these common mistakes when teaching phonics to your kindergarten, first, or second-grade students? Well, the good news is even if you do, these mistakes are easy to fix and I will show you how to make sure your phonics instruction is as good as can be! Before I dive in, […]
Teaching CVC Words in Kindergarten, First, and Second Grade
Are you teaching CVC words in your kindergarten, first, and second grade classroom? In this post, I share a small group lesson with 4 parts that you can take and use in your own classroom right away! I also have a free CVC activity you can use with students below! Before I dive in, I […]
How to Teach Sight Words According to the Science of Reading
Today, I want to share 3 fun and effective activities to teach students how to read sight words. If you’ve been hearing a lot about the Science of Reading lately, you are not alone! The Science of Reading has been around for decades, but there seems to be a bit of “buzz” around it right […]
Favorite Tools & Tips for Small Group Literacy!
Looking for some fun ways to spice up your literacy groups?! I am sharing 5 of my favorite tools and tips to use in small groups that will help your students stay engaged in effective learning! Just so you know, I shared these ideas over on my YouTube channel, so if you would rather watch/listen […]
3 Fun and Easy Literacy Dice Games!
Looking for some fun and easy literacy games?! In this blog post, I am going to share 3 fun ones to play with some dice. These are perfect to add to your weekly rotation to help students practice the literacy skills they are working on. These games are great because there isn’t anything fancy to […]
5 Decoding Strategies for Beginning Readers
Are you looking for decoding strategies to teach your young learners? I am going to share five decoding strategies that are helpful for teaching children to read. These skills and strategies will help your students to attack those unfamiliar words with confidence and ease! Before I dive in, I also shared this information in a […]
Rhyming Activities for Kindergarten and First Grade
In this blog post, I am going to share some quick and easy rhyming activities to do with kindergarten and first-grade students to help promote their phonological awareness. First, I should mention that rhyming is a phonological awareness skill. Phonological awareness is a meta-cognitive skill and in this case, students are listening to different words […]