Phonics Workshop: How to Organize it all
Managing Phonics Workshop supplies can be a challenge. If you are looking for a better way to organize your whole group supplies… if you are anything like me, saving minutes throughout the day is a struggle! Transitions from one lesson to another while gathering and […]
Sweet Christmas Ornaments for Kids
Tis’ the season to bust out the glue gun! Trust me, you won’t get “burned” with these Christmas ornaments. You might get a little glitter in your hair though! TeeHee. This. This Christmas ornament has been in my life since I was in first grade! […]
A Print Rich Classroom Environment
In an effort to raise phonemic awareness, teachers are presented with the challenge of providing their students with a print rich environment that will provide their students with a variety of opportunities to see, read and most importantly interact with written words. How do we […]
The Read to Self THINKmark: A FREEBIE for you!
Are you looking for more opportunities to encourage your students to apply what they have learned from your phonics instruction while they read? Let me share this strategy with you! We all know that children LOVE to read and be read to! The method […]
A Back to School Freebie for YOU!
It’s that time of year again! We’re Back to School! It’s bittersweet isn’t it? Everything is fresh and brand new, new faces, new friends, new beginnings…and new school supplies! WooHoo! Yet, no more lazy mornings, late nights, planning your days on a whim. BooHoo! Here […]
Bookshelf Makeover for my Readers Today, Leaders Tomorrow!
A few years back, one of my favorite “teeps” passed down her tiered bookshelves when she retired. They were in good shape but just needed a bit of lovin’. I finally got around to giving them a little TLC. Here they are with a little […]
Classroom Library Labels: Freebie!
It’s that time of year again and as teachers we are torn between soaking up the last days of summer vacay and prepping our classrooms and resources for another school year! Let it be a great one! To help you get your year off on […]
The K Files’…FILES!
I don’t know about you, but my filing cabinet is a treasure chest of resources and goodies that are dear to my teacher heart. But it wasn’t too pretty to look at. So I created some fancy dividers to help me locate just what I […]
Using Anchor Activities–FREEBIE!
I am a huge fan of using Anchor Activities during my routine procedures for Words Their Way. When I am facilitating my morning tune ups (differentiated mini lessons) with my small Word Study groups, the students who are not working with the teacher are completing […]
Student DRA Reading Level Graph
At the start of the school year, I administer the The Developmental Reading Assessment (DRA2) to my students. After I calculate the results and determine their independent reading level I have a conference with each student and we discuss their level. If you look closely […]