7 Subitising Activities that Make You Look Like a Pro

Subitising activities are as foundational to math as letter activities are to reading. This blog post will share more information about subitising, and share several subitizing activities your students will love. What is Subitising? Subitising (aka subitizing) is the ability to rapidly recognize the number of items in a small group without counting. Obviously subitising is helpful because it saves time counting. You automatically know how many dots are on a die without stopping to count. But, subitising is also […]

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4 Secrets To Improving Reading Fluency in First Grade

Need tips and tricks for improving reading fluency? Keep reading to learn what to consider when it comes to reading fluency and ways to help your students improve. Have you ever wondered what sets a good reader apart from a great reader? It’s all about oral reading fluency! Not only does oral reading fluency make a reader more enjoyable to listen to, but it is also a strong indicator of reading comprehension. After all, it’s hard to read with expression […]

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Teaching the Alphabetic Principle – Avoid These 5 Big Mistakes

Are you confident about teaching alphabetic principle? It’s the foundation to learning how to read and write. Students must understand the alphabetic principle in order to decode and solve words. Read this blog post to set your students up for success! What does teaching the alphabetic principle include? The alphabetic principle is the understanding that the sounds in our spoken language are represented by specific letters. In other words, the letters we use in our written language connect to the […]

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Make Decoding Practice Fun with 5 Simple Activities

Make decoding practice fun with the 5 easy activities in this post. We’ve all heard the phrase “drill and kill” – and most of us have sat through lessons with so much repeated practice that we were bored to tears. And we’ve probably taught a few phonics lessons that have felt like “drill and kill.” We also know that just because you teach something once it doesn’t mean the students learned it. It’s hard to find the fine balance between […]

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How to Teach Sounding Out CVC Words: 3 Key Steps

As a reading specialist, I’m often asked how to teach sounding out CVC words in kindergarten.  Many students pick up this skill seemingly effortlessly. It’s truly a wonder to behold! One day they are learning letters, then all of a sudden they are reading simple texts, using what they’ve learned about letters to solve words. But some kids need more intentional support in sounding out words. I’ll share some of my favorite techniques in this post. But first, let’s address […]

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11 Simple, Joyful Ways to Boost Phonemic Awareness in Kindergarten

I remember when I first learned about phonemic awareness in kindergarten.  It was early in my career and I had read an article in The Reading Teacher about the importance of phonemic awareness skills for early readers. I couldn’t wait to try some of the activities in the arcticle. Many of the tasks were set up like games or playful activities, which got my students hooked! I quickly learned that teaching phonemic awareness skills can be quick, simple and fun […]

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4 Ways to Use Readers’ Theater to Build Fluency [+ FREE Script]

Readers’ Theater is fun for students, while also secretly building reading fluency. Try it today with a free readers’ theater script. Readers’ Theater scripts are one of my favorite reading texts in first grade! The kids have so much fun reading and feel so successful. They ask to read the texts again and again – even in their free time. It makes my teacher heart happy! As a bonus, Readers’ Theater is a great way to practice reading fluency. But […]

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Fun Reading Activities for Kindergarten: 15 Simple Ideas to Try

If you are looking for fun reading activities for kindergarten, look no farther. Your kids will love the activities in this post! It’s just after lunch. I’m sitting in my chair, pointing to each of the words on the phonics chart. The children drone out the answers as I point. My head bobs and I start to wonder, “Is it nap time yet?” (To be honest, right after lunch is not my energetic time under the best of circumstances!) After […]

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10 Fun Morning Greetings for Students: Start Your Day Right

Are you looking for some new, fun morning greetings for students? These 10 greetings are the perfect addition to your morning meeting! “Good morning, Cody.” “Good morning, Aleah. Good morning, Micah.” “Good morning, Aleah. Good morning, Manuel.” These are the welcoming sounds of students engaged in the greeting for a morning meeting. It warms my heart to hear it daily. The morning greeting sets the tone for our school day. In this blog post I will describe the purpose for […]

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4 Common Mistakes When Teaching Money to Kids

Teaching money to kids is hard. Read this blog post to find ways to make it easier for kids to learn how to count money. I sat next to Damien, helping him count the handful of coins in front of him. We had been practicing coins for weeks and I was hoping he finally had it… He picked up the quarter and quickly said, “25.” I smiled. Then he pointed to the pile of nickels and said, “Are these dimes […]

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