Tag: reading skills

Teaching syllable types improves reading skills

Should I be teaching Syllable Types?

Syllable Types. What are they? How do I teach them? The most important thing is to know why teaching syllable types matters. In other words, why should I spend time teaching this skill? Here’s your answer: a child will remember word patterns and his decoding skills will improve once he

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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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Using Gamification to Increase Student Engagement

It is a fact – gamification works. When learning is turned into a game format,  student engagement skyrockets. 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 are only more eager

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Back to School List: Digital Boom Cards

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, so read on and you will understand why. We’ve all heard of task cards and you may even use

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Use Word Study to Teach Reading

I have a confession to make – I’m a total word nerd. I just love digging into the intricacies of language. Now, when I say I love spelling generalizations, I don’t mean those strict “rules” that we all know can be broken in English. I’m talking about understanding why certain

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phonics games

Improve Reading Skills with Phonics Games

As a teacher, you already know the primary focus of phonics games is to help readers understand how letters are linked to sounds (called phonemes). Building strong phonics skills is crucial to building strong reading skills. As a reading specialist, I’ve noticed a common problem among struggling readers. While they

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