Category Archives: Reading

10 Great Apps for Literacy Centers in K-2

10 Great Apps for Literacy Centers in K-2

Looking for some great apps for literacy centers? In this post, I’ll share 10 apps that I love! These apps are great for kindergarten, first, or second grade, but they can probably be used at other grade levels too. You’ll notice that I’ve chosen apps that are not specific to a certain skill or skill…Continue Reading

Ideas for a Dramatic Play Literacy Center

Ideas for a Dramatic Play Literacy Center

Does play have a place in literacy instruction? Absolutely! Jean Piaget said it best: “Play is the work of childhood.” If you know me, you know that I have high expectations for my students. I believe that young children can do AMAZING things when it comes to reading and writing. But I also believe that…Continue Reading

How to Differentiate Literacy Centers in K-2

How to Differentiate Literacy Centers in K-2

Literacy centers can take a LOT of time to set up, right?! And if you differentiate your literacy centers, that takes even MORE time. However, it’s definitely worth it. Although some center activities can work for learners at all levels, other centers activities are much more valuable when they are differentiated (i.e. word work). So…Continue Reading

The #1 Mistake I Made with My Literacy Centers

The #1 Mistake I Made with My Literacy Centers

Let me tell you about a teacher who really struggled with literacy centers. Every Thursday, she would write her lesson plans for the following week. When she started planning her centers, she made sure that they matched the skills and goals the class would be working on that week. But she often got stuck trying…Continue Reading

5 Ways To Have K-2 Students Practice Breaking Apart Words

5 Ways To Have K-2 Students Practice Breaking Apart Words

Teaching students to break apart words is essential! Readers break apart words to… Segment the sounds in a CVC (consonant-vowel-consonant) word Read the onset and rime of a word (i.e. sh-ip) Recognize and read word families Read “smaller” words inside compound words Derive meaning from root words, prefixes, and suffixes I’m sure I’ve forgotten some things from…Continue Reading