Category Archives: Writing

Help! My Students Don’t Write Enough!

Help! My Students Don’t Write Enough!

You’ve heard the phrase, “less is more,” right? Well, there are definitely situations where that doesn’t apply. Ice cream is one of those situations :), and another one is students’ writing! In today’s post, I’m sharing the strategies that I use when some of my students just aren’t writing enough.   Photo Credit: racom, Shutterstock The Problem…Continue Reading

How To Help Primary Students Take Risks With Invented Spelling

How To Help Primary Students Take Risks With Invented Spelling

If you teach the primary grades, you are likely no stranger to invented spelling! I love that meme! 🙂 Anyway, if you’re not familiar with the term, invented spelling is just “kid spelling” – kids’ attempts to spell words by using what they know about our language’s sound system and other words they know. Invented spelling…Continue Reading

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

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