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How To Integrate Your Literacy Curriculum, District Requirements, Standards, Reading Programs, and Other Literacy Resources (Without Losing Your Mind!)

How To Integrate Your Literacy Curriculum, District Requirements, Standards, Reading Programs, and Other Literacy Resources (Without Losing Your Mind!)

Wouldn’t it be nice if your principal handed you a single document at the beginning of the school year – and that was all that you’d need to teach literacy? But that has never happened to me, and I’m pretty sure it never will! For many of us, every day we struggle to balance resources like: A pacing…Continue Reading

How To Encourage Risk Taking in Young Readers

How To Encourage Risk Taking in Young Readers

A couple of months ago, I was telling my husband, over dinner, about a new book I’d purchased. Mid-conversation, he paused and said, “I wish I could read like you do.” Mouth half-open, I stared at him for a few seconds. “Read? Uh, you know how to read just fine, honey,” I assured him. I wasn’t…Continue Reading

5 Of My Favorite Books About Literacy Instruction

5 Of My Favorite Books About Literacy Instruction

As I’m writing this post, winter break is rapidly approaching. Yay! If you’re looking for a good literacy-related read for your time off (or any old time!), I’m sharing five of my favorites in today’s post!   Note: This post includes Amazon affiliate links. Okay. So honestly, it was hard to pick just five. I…Continue Reading

The Best Gift For Teachers To Give (Or Get!)

The Best Gift For Teachers To Give (Or Get!)

If you’re a teacher like me, you probably have mixed feelings about the weeks between Thanksgiving and the winter holidays. It’s such a beautiful time of the year – but the kids also get a little bit rowdy, you’re scrambling to put together student gifts or holiday projects…..and then there’s your OWN holiday baking and shopping.…Continue Reading

What To Do When You Can’t Fit All Of The Balanced Literacy Components Into Your Literacy Block

What To Do When You Can’t Fit All Of The Balanced Literacy Components Into Your Literacy Block

Do you have enough time in your daily literacy block? I’m guessing that the answer is no. A while back, I wrote posts about scheduling a balanced literacy block in Kindergarten, first grade, and second grade. I included the following as potential components of a literacy block: Shared Reading Guided Reading / Independent Literacy Activities or Centers…Continue Reading

5 Great Apps for Students Learning to Read in Spanish

5 Great Apps for Students Learning to Read in Spanish

If you teach in a bilingual or dual language classroom, you probably already know that apps in Spanish are hard to find! So in today’s post, I’ll be sharing five of my favorites. All of these apps are great for students who are learning to read in Spanish. Important Notes Some of these Spanish reading…Continue Reading

5 Great Literacy Apps for K-2 Teachers and Students

5 Great Literacy Apps for K-2 Teachers and Students

There are a lottttt of apps out there! About 5 years ago, I helped pilot a 1:1 iPad program with my Kindergarteners. At that time, there were fewer education apps available (so much changes in 5 years!). Still, there were sooo many to choose from. And honestly? I went a little app crazy! I downloaded more than my…Continue Reading