One of the biggest jobs we have as early elementary school teachers is teaching children how to read, but it is no easy task! Did you know the 26 letters of our alphabet make a grand total of 44 different phonemes (24 consonant sounds and 20 vowel sounds)?! To build strong readers it’s essential that we spend a lot of… Read More
Did you know that as literate adults we have between 30,000 and 70,000 words we can read automatically, accurately, and effortlessly? These words are considered “sight words” because we instantly recognize them by sight. While reading these words feels effortless to us as adults, as teachers we know that sight word instruction and practice is so important for young readers! … Read More
One of the best and most important jobs we have as teachers to young learners is teaching them how to read. 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… Read More
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.