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Literacy

Letter Formation

Learning to write is an exciting step for all young children, but it is also very developmental.  Different children learn to write letters at different ages and that is ok!

Letter Formation

How can you support your child’s writing at home? Here are a few activities and projects you can do to help your child learn to write letters.
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Mystery Word

This is a fun, whole class or small group activity to practice spelling and working with words.  I love it because it incorporates word play and my students love it because they enjoy figuring out the “mystery word.”  Slide1

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For Parents: All About Reading Levels

Do you want to know how to choose “just right” books for your child to read over the summer?  Here are a few resources to help you out.Slide1

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Thematic Guided Reading Units

Teaching beginning readers is an awesome experience.  Seeing kids learn to use many different strategies to help them learn to read is one of my favorite things.

I work with a large population of English Language Learners, so in addition to learning to read, many of them are learning English.  This added an extra challenge for the beginning readers in my class.  As I was working with my kindergarten students, I was noticing that many of them were having trouble applying the reading strategies I wanted them to practice.  When I prompted them to “look at the picture” or “make the beginning sound” they couldn’t because they did not remember the name of the object in the picture.

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At Home: Mystery Word

Mystery Word is a fun and engaging way to practice different spelling patterns.  Best part? It is quick to prep and play!

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7 Fun Ways to Practice Sight Words!

Sight words are those words that appear all the time in text, but are often difficult to read because you can’t use reading strategies to figure them out.

That is why children need to memorize sight words and learn them with automaticity! The more a child reads, and rereads a particular sight word, the more automatic it becomes.  This helps them to become a better, more confident reader.

But, drilling sight words with flashcards can be B-O-R-I-N-G!!!!!

Here are 7 Fun, Quick, and Easy Activities to help your child learn their sight words.

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