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How to Make a Guided Reading Schedule

How to Make a Guided Reading Schedule

Wondering how to make a guided reading schedule for your Kindergarten, 1st grade, or 2nd grade classroom? You’re in the right place! In this post, I’ll walk you through my step-by-step process. I have example schedules and freebies for you too! Step 1: Form your guided reading groups. First, of course, you’ll need to determine…Continue Reading

How to Teach Blending: 5 Tips for Success

How to Teach Blending: 5 Tips for Success

Are your students struggling with blending? Or are you looking for some new, fun ideas to practice blending? Or maybe you’re not sure how to teach blending at all?! You’re in the right place! Today’s post has 5 tips to help your students learn to blend. Blending is a super-important reading skill, and these strategies…Continue Reading

How to Choose Word Work Activities That Are Actually Effective

How to Choose Word Work Activities That Are Actually Effective

Word work and phonics learning are essential components of literacy instruction.  In fact, some kids won’t learn to read without it. So it’s really important that we follow best practices in phonics / word study instruction AND choose effective word work activities. It’s incredibly important to our students’ success in literacy, right? Uhhhhh, no pressure,…Continue Reading

Are Spelling Tests Good or Bad?

Are Spelling Tests Good or Bad?

Have you ever been told NOT to give spelling tests? Or heard that spelling tests aren’t a good instructional practice? I’ve heard some misconceptions floating around about spelling tests, so I want to address those in this post! Where does the idea that spelling tests are “bad” come from? This idea refers to “traditional” spelling…Continue Reading

How to Integrate Reading and Writing Workshop in K-2

How to Integrate Reading and Writing Workshop in K-2

Do you use the reading workshop AND writing workshop models in your K-2 classroom? I love the workshop model because it: Promotes student choice (which is motivating!) Gives students lots of real reading and writing time—not worksheets Creates time for us teachers to meet with students one-on-one or in small groups If you’d like to…Continue Reading