Best Phonological Awareness Books For Your Young Reader

Best Phonological Awareness Books For Your Young Reader

Phonological and phonemic awareness are essential skills for early reading success. The best phonological awareness books are fun reading experiences for preschoolers to elementary school students. Parents and teachers use children’s books as read-alouds at home or in the classroom to introduce a little boy and girl to a fantastic story while helping them practice…

Phoneme Segmentation Activities For Your Classroom

Phoneme Segmentation Activities For Your Classroom

Students with strong phonological awareness skills demonstrate better literacy skills. Phoneme segmentation focus on building phonemic awareness by listening to the individual sounds that form spoken words. Teachers incorporate phoneme segmentation with hands-on activities in small group instruction or the entire classroom. Parents can use similar exercises for independent practice at home. What Is Phoneme…

What Is Guided Reading (and How To Use It In 2022)

What Is Guided Reading (and How To Use It In 2022)

Reading is an essential skill all children and adults need in modern society. With guided reading, students improve their reading skills, problem-solving techniques, and learn to read with meaning. The key to successful guided reading is small groups of students reading from carefully selected leveled text. During the 1960s in New Zealand, Marie Clay and…

15 Websites To Inspire Creativity in Your Writing Students

15 Websites To Inspire Creativity in Your Writing Students

I’ve always wondered what would have happened if I discovered NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) when I was still at school. If you ever desired writing a book but aren’t sure if you could, then NaNoWriMo is something to consider. Each November thousands subscribe to reach the goal of writing 50,000 words. The goal is…

Reading – Everyone’s Assignment For The Summer

Reading – Everyone’s Assignment For The Summer

The children are home, and the summer activity routine has taken over.  The day is full of driving to baseball practice, swim lessons, and trying to fit in some fun time at the beach as well.  Maybe you have found the time to get your children involved with a monthly STEM subscription, Khan Academy lessons,…

Why I Love The Library

Why I Love The Library

The worst year of my life was the year I was in eighth grade. I was fourteen, had braces on my teeth, and was, according to our grumpy and insensitive doctor, ‘chubby’. I found boys baffling and icky, and had lost my best friend who had moved back to Ohio while I languished in New…

How Minecraft Can Foster a Love of Reading

How Minecraft Can Foster a Love of Reading

More and more educators are finding success using gaming for education. Minecraft, in particular, has shown its ability to be a game that’s both engaging and potentially educational. For starters, the game allows players to think for themselves in order to survive, and it gives them multiple ways to accomplish pretty much whatever they want…

Word of the Day — Akin

Word of the Day — Akin

The following is adapted from Episode 32 of the Word of the Day Podcast. Akin, an adjective, means “like or similar to,” and is perfectly suited for making comparisons between things. The etymology is pretty interesting. Akin contains within it the word “kin,” which means, “family or relatives.” If this reminds you of the word…

Word of the Day – Cumbersome

Word of the Day – Cumbersome

Hey! It’s me, Jamie, of the Word of the Day podcast. It’s the show where we take useful (but sadly underused) words and explain how awesome they are, and why it really isn’t too tough to incorporate them into everyday conversation or writing. (Learn more about how the show can help out teachers here, and…

The Secret to Learning a Language

The Secret to Learning a Language

When I lived in New York I would go to Georgia each year to visit my dear friend, Jenn. She and I had met in theater class and had done a few shows together. We got along beautifully from the get go because she had a huge heart, a huge brain and tons of empathy…

Appreciating What, Where and How Boys Read [Infographic]

Appreciating What, Where and How Boys Read [Infographic]

Unfortunately for many boys, what gets in their way of reading for pleasure are very well-intentioned adults who try to steer them in the “right” direction. That’s why the greatest gift we can give boys this season is an appreciation of their reading preferences! Using and Viewing the Graphic The above infographic is published under…

Marbotic Smart Letters and Numbers Review: Tech Toys With A Soul (and Major Fun Factor!)

Marbotic Smart Letters and Numbers Review: Tech Toys With A Soul (and Major Fun Factor!)

The Product Marbotic offers wooden letters and numbers that work with six apps (free with the purchase of the letter and number blocks), which together allow your child to practice number- and letter-recognition, addition, subtraction, tens and ones units, spelling, and early reading. You can get the wooden letters and numbers as separate items or as…

The 6 Reading-Habit Initiator Personalities (Hint: Only 1 Transforms Boys into Readers)

The 6 Reading-Habit Initiator Personalities (Hint: Only 1 Transforms Boys into Readers)

There was a time early in my 20+ year teaching career when I didn’t plan ahead or think about what aliterate preteen/early teen boys needed from me to become self-directed readers. I truly believed that if I provided quality reading instruction and time to read, plus access to and choice in what books they wanted…

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