Ways to Make Your Reading Block More Efficient (And Save Time!)

Ways to Make Your Reading Block More Efficient (And Save Time!)

Want to make your reading block more efficient? In this post, I share 5 ideas to help you make the most of the time you have! Photo Credits:  Backgroundy, Shutterstock Minimize Unnecessary Transitions Transitions always seem to take foreeevvverrrr in the primary grades. Of course, transitions are necessary (and can be a good movement/brain break…Continue Reading

5 Active, Engaging Rhyming Games and Activities

5 Active, Engaging Rhyming Games and Activities

Looking for some fun rhyming games and activities for your students? This post has 5 ideas AND freebies for you! Idea #1: Act out rhyming action words Read one of the below sentences aloud to students (with emphasis on the two rhyming words), have them repeat the entire sentence with you, and then have them…Continue Reading

10 Great Books for Teaching Rhyming

10 Great Books for Teaching Rhyming

  Looking for some great books for working on rhyming words? In this post, I’ll share 10 of my favorite rhyming books AND explain how I use familiar songs like Twinkle, Twinkle to teach rhyming! Photo Credits:  Tiplyashina Evgeniya, Shutterstock Why Does Teaching Rhyming Matter in the First Place? Children who have higher levels of…Continue Reading

How to Differentiate Your Kindergarten Reading Instruction When Your Students Have a Big Range of Abilities

How to Differentiate Your Kindergarten Reading Instruction When Your Students Have a Big Range of Abilities

Kindergarten is all about teaching the letters, right? Well…maybe. What if you have students who come in already reading? Or what if you have a combination—some readers AND some students who don’t know how to write their names yet? 😳 Since some students attend preschool (and/or have at-home literacy experiences) and others don’t, it’s very easy…Continue Reading

What to Do When the Letter Sounds Just Won’t Stick

What to Do When the Letter Sounds Just Won’t Stick

Do you have any students who are struggling to remember the letter sounds? In this post, I’ll share some strategies that have helped my own students! Photo Credits:  5 second Studio, Shutterstock Give Phonological Awareness Skills a Little Extra Attention Phonological awareness is the awareness of the sounds that make up spoken language. It’s different…Continue Reading

How to Know When to Move a Student Up a Reading Level

How to Know When to Move a Student Up a Reading Level

If you teach guided reading, you probably choose leveled texts for your groups. But how do you know when to move a student (or an entire group) “up” a level? In this post, I share some tips to help you make that decision! Photo Credits:  Beata Becia, Shutterstock Tip #1: Take running records consistently. Running…Continue Reading

10 Self-Care Tips for Teachers!

10 Self-Care Tips for Teachers!

Teaching can be such a rewarding profession, but it’s also HARD. We are responsible for so much—from lesson plans, to carpool duty, to student growth, to keeping up with our professional development, to making sure that Johnny goes home on the right bus—it’s a lot! Taking care of yourself is SO essential to surviving and…Continue Reading

How to Conduct Individual Reading Conferences in K-2

How to Conduct Individual Reading Conferences in K-2

You might already know that a reading conference is one-on-one reading instruction. But how do you conduct a reading conference? And are they really worth the time they take? Every school day is packed, and it seems as if there’s never enough time to “fit it all in.” I feel like reading conferences are one…Continue Reading