Category: Reading

Reading Multi-syllable Words is easier after learning syllable types and syllable division.

Decoding Multi-syllable Words with Syllable Types

Strong readers need to be proficient at decoding multi-syllable words and a powerful way to learn this is by teaching syllable types and syllable division. This can be done by looking at the word and finding where the natural breaks are. For example, the word “table” can be divided into

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Understanding syllable types and syllable division creates strong readers.

Syllable Types: Why You Should Care

First of all, it is important to know why teaching syllable types matters. Most teachers are never taught anything about syllable types or syllable division, and only learn the basic, “Clap out a sounds”, in order to determine the number of syllables. Then, well…um… that’s it! Sound familiar? If this

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Teach sight words to improve reading skills

Hot Tips for Teaching Sight Words

You know those pesky words that don’t follow conventional spelling rules…often referred to as sight words? Well, teaching sight words is very helpful for beginning and striving readers. Students mastering sight words with automaticity drastically cut down on brain power needed to accurately read a passage. This means a student

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Use this Syllable Types chart with syllable activities to improve reading skills.

Syllable Activities and Syllable Types Improve Reading

While teaching 2nd grade and 3rd grade readers decoding skills, I found syllable activities and teaching syllable types really helped improve reading! The jump from “learning to read” to “reading to learn” can be tricky for many students but my Orton-Gillingham training has taught me the value of teaching syllable

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Amazing Hacks for Easy Literacy Centers

Back to school time is almost here and I wanted to share a couple of fun ideas for interactive literacy centers with you! You don’t need to spend all day trying to create the latest, greatest new word work games. Kids love interactive activities and the two I’m going to

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12 Ways to Help Struggling Readers

So, you have some kiddos that read effortlessly and a couple that just can’t “take off”. What to do? In this post, I’ve listed 12 steps to help striving (struggling) readers make progress. Read on. First of all, you have to figure out what your student already knows and doesn’t

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Boom Cards Digital Resouces are Easy to Master

You may have already jumped on the digital resources bandwagon and used Google Classroom? Maybe you’ve also heard of a digital resource called Boom Cards?  Well, Boom Cards are digital task cards in an educational game format. Along with being no prep for teachers and self-checking, they are also FUN

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Tech Increases Student Engagement

It is a fact. When learning is turned into a game format, students learn more. One of the reason is student engagement. Oddly enough, failure in the classroom is often seen as failure. Right? Still, many experts estimate that gamers spend up to 80% of their time failing…. yet they

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Use Word Study to Teach Reading

Okay, full disclosure, I’m kind of a word geek. Not the kind of geek that knows every definition of rarely heard words. I’m a word study geek. First of all, I love spelling generalizations! I’m not referring to spelling “RULES”. You and I both know that many English rules are

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Progress Monitoring and Digital Data Collection

If you haven’t utilized Boom Cards for data collection and progress monitoring, you need to! There are so many digital apps you can use with your students, but most don’t keep records for formative assessment and data collection. My suggestion-  do what so many teachers are doing (including myself) –

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Boom Cards Make Life Easy!

[social_warfare]Boom Cards. Ever heard of them? Maybe you’ve heard of them and have no clue what all of the fuss is about. Well, let me tell you! They are the BEST. What if you had No Prep to do? What if all of you student’s work checked itself? What if

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How to turn Reading Struggles into Reading Success

This 4 page Reading Strategies: Context Clues Guide will save you time and stress.