Author Archives: Alison

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

Dealing with Gaps in Students’ Phonics Knowledge: How to Prevent and “Fill In” the Holes

Dealing with Gaps in Students’ Phonics Knowledge: How to Prevent and “Fill In” the Holes

Have you ever thought to yourself, “Hmm…he should know that already…” when listening to a student struggle to decode a word, or when you notice that a student misspelled a word? Gaps in phonics knowledge (students’ understanding of and ability to apply sound and spelling patterns) are super common. For example, sometimes you end up…Continue Reading

5 Super Important Things about Teaching Phonics that I Wish I’d Learned in College

5 Super Important Things about Teaching Phonics that I Wish I’d Learned in College

When I found out that I had to take a Spanish linguistics course in college, I was pretty annoyed. Linguistics sounded mind-numbingly boring, and…it kinda was. 😛 But what I didn’t know is that—years later—that course would actually help me become a better reading and phonics teacher! Let’s back up a little. My undergraduate majors…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