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How to Teach Students to Divide Words into Syllables

How to Teach Students to Divide Words into Syllables

Did you know that dividing words into syllables is one of the most powerful decoding strategies out there? If your students are ready to read words with more than one syllable, then it’s time to start teaching syllable division rules! When readers know the syllable division rules, it A) helps them successfully decode multisyllabic words…Continue Reading

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