Teaching students to read is one of the most important (and best!) responsibilities we have as teachers. While there are many skills and strategies we use to do so, one that gets a lot of time and attention is word recognition. Although not a substitute for the ability to decode (also important!), the ability to recognize some words automatically, or… Read More
As adults we likely don’t think twice about doing things like brushing our teeth, zipping a jacket, holding utensils or gripping a pencil, but surely in your classroom you have students who struggle with such tasks. That’s because these are all things that require well-developed fine motor skills. Fine motor skills are those that involve a refined use of the… Read More
Free New Year ideas, activities, and printables ideal for elementary students! Included in this post are New Year’s videos, crafts, and games, as well as New Year goal setting activities.
“It’s the most wonderful time of the year!” Or so they say! 😲 Are you a lover of the holidays or does it stress you out to think about them? I love all the traditions, excitement and anticipation, but all the extra activities and festivities can wear anyone down. In hopes of taking a little off your plate this holiday… Read More
It’s hard to believe the holidays are soon approaching! There is certainly a lot to be excited about, but between the craziness at school (classroom celebrations, holiday performances, special crafts and activities) and all the extras outside of school (cooking, relatives, travel, parties, shopping…) the holiday season can easily become a very stressful season! 😬 I want you to be able… Read More
Hi Friend! Building our students’ ability to comprehend and make meaning of what they read seems to be the #1 goal of reading instruction. It’s essential for learning and really for all of life! There are many different skills and strategies you can teach to help your students build their reading comprehension, but today I want to talk specifically about… Read More