Category Archives: Writing

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! ūüôā 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

How to Launch Writing Workshop In First Or Second Grade

How to Launch Writing Workshop In First Or Second Grade

Two weeks ago, I wrote a post about launching writing workshop in Kindergarten. I started this little series¬†with Kindergarten¬†a) because I was going in chronological order, but b) because I taught Kindergarten before I moved up to 1st and 2nd grade. Having taught Kindergarten first (and Pre-K before that), I’d never before worked with students…Continue Reading