Category Archives: Word Work / Phonics

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

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

Teaching Phonics to Students with Dyslexia: My Interview with Becky from SMART ALEC Resources

Teaching Phonics to Students with Dyslexia: My Interview with Becky from SMART ALEC Resources

Have you ever suspected that one of your students has dyslexia or some type of reading disability? Today’s post is all about supporting these students during phonics and word work activities! Recently, I’ve been learning a lot more about interventions for students with dyslexia. But I’m definitely not an expert or a special education teacher,…Continue Reading

How to Help K-2 Students Transfer Their Word Work Learning to Their Reading and Writing

How to Help K-2 Students Transfer Their Word Work Learning to Their Reading and Writing

“They can spell the words during word study, but then it doesn’t transfer!” Have you found yourself saying this before? If you’re like me, you’ve seen students appear to have mastered a spelling pattern or word family during phonics/word study…but then they spell it incorrectly in their writing. Or they don’t use that knowledge in…Continue Reading