A few years ago, a number of my kindergarten students told me they were ‘building Bethlehem’. They were inspired by all of the Nativity Stories I had read to them. First, the setting It started as a few students wanting to convert the dramatic play area into Bethlehem. We looked through the stories Read More…
The Benefits of a Reading Buddies Program
Thinking of having Reading Buddies for your class this year? Here are some of the benefits (for more than just the little buddies!)
My favorite Nativity Stories
Nativity Stories are a wonderful way to help children learn the biblical origin of Christmas. Here are some great stories about the birth of Baby Jesus – and a read-aloud for kids to enjoy (and buy busy parents and teachers a few moments of pre-Christmas preparation!)
Learning through play in Kindergarten: Part 1 – Christmas Bakeshop
Christmas is a magical time to learn through play, and there is a lot of learning through play happening in kindergarten, especially at Christmas time! Part 1: Christmas Bake Shop!
Children’s Thanksgiving stories that model an attitude of gratitude!
Happy Thanksgiving! Tis the season of gratitude. If there is one thing I have learned from being a human being, it’s that personality traits / emotions like gratitude can be nurtured by exposure to models. Here are three Children’s Thanksgiving stories that model an attitude of gratitude!
Children’s stories to ease the transition into (or back to) school!
A great way to prepare kids for starting kindergarten, is to let them experience it through stories. Here is a collection of books featuring familiar characters, rhyme and humor, understanding and empathy to help your child know what to expect in kindergarten.
Summer reading: Leveled books for the summer
Wondering what to tell parents when they ask where to find leveled books for the summer? Here’s what I say. #leveledbooks #summerreading #earlyliteracy #teachingreading #primary
Engaging kindergarten activities that work online!
Looking for engaging, cross-curricular kindergarten activities that work online? Here are three learning experiences that were a hit in our class! Directed Show and Share: After organizing our online class into smaller groups, we started weekly Show and Tell time. This was the traditional showing of a toy and resulting discussion. Students’ attention, however, was often Read More…
How reading and writing are linked – tips for building cross-print connections
Reading and writing are inherently linked, often referred to as being two sides of a coin. Often, we are reading while writing, and writing while we are reading. Conditioning one literacy ‘muscle’ will strengthen the other. Here is what I learned about this reciprocal relationship in my Reading Recovery training, along with some tips for Read More…
The benefits of a personal letter sound chart
Do you use letter sound anchor charts in your classroom? Here are the benefits of using a personal letter sound chart for early readers and writers. Visual documentation of growth over time A personal letter sound chart is a record of the sound / symbol associations for an individual student. Like its counterpart, the Read More…
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