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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

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

How To Use ReadWorks Digital To Create Engaging, Differentiated Independent Work For Your Primary Students

How To Use ReadWorks Digital To Create Engaging, Differentiated Independent Work For Your Primary Students

Finding independent work or centers activities for the primary grades can be really difficult! Sure, there are plenty of great ideas out there. But it’s not always easy to find something that a) students can complete independently and b) is meaningful and engaging. And I’m a big believer in having students read and write as much…Continue Reading

How I Use a 2-Binder System To Stay Organized for Guided Reading

How I Use a 2-Binder System To Stay Organized for Guided Reading

Isn’t it funny how guided reading lessons can take FOREVER to plan? One guided reading lesson is relatively short, and the time just flies by. But preparing for it can certainly be time-consuming! When I’m working with groups at different levels (which is…always), it’s hard to keep everything straight. Sometimes I forget which strategy I want…Continue Reading