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!)
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…
Children’s Books to Celebrate Spring!
Spring is a exciting season and there are countless children’s books to celebrate the seasonal weather changes, animal habits and the adventures kids associate with this ‘new life’ time of year.
Stories by author/illustrator Tomie DePaola for St. Patrick’s Day!
St. Patrick’s Day is just around the corner, and a great opportunity to teach children about the Irish. Celebrated annually on March 17, children will likely notice the shamrocks, leprechauns and thematic ‘green’ while out in the community, watching their television shows and be curious to know more. Award-winning author and illustrator Tomie dePaola provides Irish expressions Read More…
Familiar Reading – Why your kids bring home books they can already read (and how to make the best of them!)
An explanation for parents about why kids bring home books they can already read and how to make the best of them! Link to free handout! #familiarreading #earlyliteracy #bts #tpt #kindergarten #primary #ThatFunReadingTeacher
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