A Yearlong Guide to Teaching Phonics in Kindergarten

A Yearlong Guide to Teaching Phonics in Kindergarten

Teaching phonics in Kindergarten is unique because our students grow and change so much during the school year! As a result, the way I deliver my phonics instruction changes throughout the year too. So I wanted to share with you a “big picture” guide that takes you through the entire Kindergarten year, showing you how…Continue Reading

How Saying NO Will Make You a Better, Happier Teacher

How Saying NO Will Make You a Better, Happier Teacher

Do you often feel like you have TOO much going on in your life? That you’re constantly on the go? Do you sometimes feel overwhelmed or stressed to the max? Teaching is a crazy, time-consuming job in itself. And many of us have lots of other responsibilities at home—as well as things that we want…Continue Reading

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