Creating a Literacy Rich Environment

Creating a Literacy Rich Environment

Creating a literacy rich environment can be a teacher's strongest tool that sets the stage for student success all year long. What is a literacy rich environment? An environment where children are exposed to and offered multiple ways to interact with: letters, books,...

Firstie Friday ~ Sight Word Tic Tac Toe

It is so strange to me that I have a first grader. When I taught first grade, my students seemed so big! Now that I have a first grader of my own, I can hardly believe how small they really were. My kiddo struggles with sight words so I have searched high and low for...
BAM! – A Simple Sight Word Game

BAM! – A Simple Sight Word Game

It seems as though I woke up one morning and I was suddenly a mom of a Kindergartener! What? How did this happen? Where is the time going? One minute he's a playful PreK student coming home with dirt in his hair and paint on his hands. The next he's coming home with...
The Sound Tile System: It is MAGIC!

The Sound Tile System: It is MAGIC!

I want share a real literacy jewel. This is an easy and economical system to set up. It can be used in multiple ways. I have combined two approaches to create a highly effective small group reading activity. The system originates from a book called “Right Track...
A Peek into the 100th Day of School: Freebies

A Peek into the 100th Day of School: Freebies

We began the day with the “collection of 100” each student brought to school.  I put out a large black construction paper for each student to display their collection.  I like using black as it really showcases the collection.  I used to have the children...
I like Myself Project

I like Myself Project

This is a project from one of my colleagues – Jennifer Dean.  Her documentation of the project is so well done – I can let it do the talking. . .             Thank you Jennifer for sharing your wonderful...