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Reading fluency is one of the most important things we teach our students in the progression of reading skills! Being fluent frees up a child’s brain to be able to

Why teach word families? Word families are word ‘chunks’ that are found in a variety of words. Teaching students word families give them a tool for figuring out new words,

teaching character traits

The Importance of Character Early in the school year, one of the first elements of fiction that students are asked to identify is character. The foundation of comprehension is being

short vowel passages

Long Vowels Decoding words with long vowels is a critical skill that students will rely on far into their reading lives. Fluency, vocabulary expansion, and comprehension all come after a

short vowel passages

Short Vowels Decoding words with short vowels is the foundation for all other reading that students will do in their lifetime. Fluency, vocabulary expansion, and comprehension all come after a

guided reading planning materials

Guided reading is an essential practice for all elementary reading teachers. There is an abundance of information out there about best practices in guided reading, and yet it still feels

working on words ideas

Word Work Word work is the hands-on practice of working with words in some capacity. This can cover just about any word skill, from phonics patterns, to practicing prefixes and

tips for teaching letters

Alphabetic Knowledge Alphabetic knowledge is being familiar with the different letters’ names, sounds, and shapes. It is the primary focus on early literacy instruction, and lays the foundation for reading!

When you think about the struggling writers in your classroom, how do you feel? Do you feel confident in how to support them? Do you feel a little at a

What is the Summer Slide? If you are a parent or teacher of elementary-aged students, chances are that you’ve heard of ‘The Summer Slide’. The Summer Slide refers to a