Category Archives: Word Work / Phonics

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

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

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