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Children Writing Books
15
Sep

The Reading and Writing Connection

Research has proven that reading affects writing and writing affects reading.  But, simply UNDERSTANDING that reading and writing are connected is not enough.  To  help our kids develop these two critical literacy skills,  parents (and teachers) must APPLY this knowledge when working with them.  In this blog, I am going to share a few ideas...
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Math
11
Sep

THE DREADED MATH WORD PROBLEM…DUM DA DUM DUM!!!

As a classroom teacher, I taught many children that could add, subtract, multiply and divide with ease.  But, the minute you place a word problem in front of them…they FREEZE.  “This isn’t MATH!  This is READING!  I don’t like READING!”  Ahhhhh…when it was time to teach the word problem chapters in the math textbook, I...
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Family Reading Time
28
Aug

Reading Routines

Summer is coming to an end.  No more playing until the street lights come on (Is that still a THING?), catching fireflies at twilight, or just staying up super late.  Now that kids are back in school, we, as parents, need to bring back school year routines and structure.  One way I eased my kids...
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Creative Writing
22
Aug

Fostering Creative Writing

Writing is a skill that takes time and perseverance to cultivate.   As a classroom teacher, I loved my Writer’s Workshop time.  I would model a piece of writing for my students and then give them time to write on their own, in their own private space in the classroom.  I would also continue to...
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Get The Facts
13
Aug

Math Fact Fluency…Memorization?

Ahhh, to memorize, or not to memorize…THAT is the question!  Is it important that kids memorize their math facts?  I believe the answer is YES.  In this blog I am going to explain why math fact memorization is important and give you some fun ways to help your child improve their math fact fluency.   Let’s...
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Child Reading With Ballet Slippers
02
Aug

Phoneme Manipulation

If you have been following the blog for the past several weeks, you have learned A LOT  about phonemic awareness.  So far, in this phonemic awareness skills series, we have discussed rhyming, syllables, onset and rime, sound isolation, phonemic blending, and phonemic segmentation.  This final blog is about phoneme manipulation, the most sophisticated of all...
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Bingo
25
Jul

Sound Segmenting Games

Children who are able to segment and blend sounds will be able to apply this knowledge to spelling and reading more easily than those that have not yet mastered these skills. First, let’s define the two processes.  Phoneme segmentation is the process of breaking a word up into its individual sounds.  For example, saying the...
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Red Light Green Light
18
Jul

Sounds in Isolation

Sound isolation is the ability to isolate a single sound from within a word.  Children usually master initial sound isolation in the middle of kindergarten, and final and medial sound isolation at the end of kindergarten or early first grade.  Phoneme (sound) isolation is a very important step in early literacy development. Kids that have...
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Kids Playing On The Playground
09
Jul

Onset and Rime

Rime or rhyme?  What’s the difference?  Rimes rhyme, but not all rhymes are rimes.  Easy peasy, right?  (See what I did there?) Rimes are word parts that refer to a specific spelling pattern, and rimes of the same word family will rhyme.  Rimes begin with a vowel sound and end before the next vowel sound. ...
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