Category: Science of Reading

3 Ways to Utilize Reading Intervention

I graduated from college and prepared myself to storm the gates of the teaching world. Once the door to my classroom closed behind me, I faced a classroom filled with diverse learners, each with unique learning needs. I had a few struggling readers, and that number has grown exponentially over

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What You Need to Know about Phonics Instruction

Phonics is the key that unlocks the door to reading proficiency, making it an essential element in literacy education. In this post, we’ll dive into the science-backed principles of phonics, the power of explicit instruction, and the strategic planning needed to build a strong foundation. Plus, we’ll share practical tips

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What the Science of Reading Tells Us About Sight Words

Our thoughts about teaching sight words have shifted from how things used to be. The infamous word walls are out, and the Science of Reading and its role in understanding sight words are in. In teaching young minds to read and write, understanding the science behind it is paramount. We’ll

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Bring the Science of Reading to Your Classroom

“The Science of Reading” isn’t just a trendy phrase in education; it’s the key to unlocking the doors to proficient reading. It’s not a curriculum or just an educational philosophy but a collection of meticulously researched insights into how reading works. In a world where reading skills are critical, understanding

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What are Phonemes and Graphemes?

If you’ve ever felt a bit overwhelmed by all the different terms and ideas related to teaching reading, you’re definitely not alone. Today, we will explore two important terms: phonemes and graphemes. Reading can sometimes be tricky, and words like “phoneme” and “grapheme” might seem similar at first, but they

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4 Ways to Repurpose Alphabet Picture Cards

4 Ways to Repurpose Alphabet Picture Cards

Do you have tons of alphabet picture cards from all of the reading series your district has moved on from? No worries, I’m going to share with you a few activities that you can use in your classroom! Let’s repurpose those ABC picture cards! Read on or press play! This

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Science of Reading Sound Wall

What is a Sound Wall?

Sound walls have been sweeping across the nation recently, replacing word walls in classrooms all over. Why? This is because sound walls are an important part of the science of reading. They help students to understand how speech maps to print, and how the two work together to create meaning.

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Planning a Read-Aloud

So you want to plan a teacher read-aloud? As educators, we have been told time and time again how read-alouds are important. It’s so important to really think about what we want to accomplish, move on to planning our read-aloud, and then prepping what we need. Today I’m going to

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Read-aloud

What is a read-aloud?

Reading books is just what teachers do, but why? Are you wondering what a teacher read aloud is all about? In this post, I’m going to share with you exactly what it is, and why it’s so important in your classroom. Read on or press play for more info! What

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What is the Simple View of Reading?

The simple view of reading has been a big part of the science of reading that is sweeping across educational circles. But what is it exactly, and how can we use it to inform our instruction? It’s no secret that reading problems in students have grown exponentially in recent years.

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