The C or K rule. Which is it?! When learning the letter sounds, one tricky sound we come across is the letter sound you know for C. The sound isn’t tricky - the tricky part is that it is the same sound for C and K and CK and KE. How do we know what letter to use?? Naturally, we have some rules to ... Read More about The C or K rule: Which is it?
CVC word activities, or otherwise knows as middle sound activities, help kids make the transition between learning that each letter makes a sound and when we add vowels they make words. The goal is to have kids use their knowledge of the letter sounds and blend the sounds together to make words. In ... Read More about 5 CVC Word Activities that will help improve kids reading!
My #1 Strategy to help readers with Ending Sounds: Ending sounds. Why do we need to teach them specifically? Last week I talked about Beginning sounds. If you missed out on that blog, click HERE to read the blog! I give tons of different ideas of how to teach beginning sounds through EASY ... Read More about 6 Ending Sound Activities that help with Phonological Awareness!
Beginning sound activities focus on teaching the first sounds of every word and/letter. Reading is tricky business. Kids are supposed to go from knowing words, to learning a whole jumble of non-intuitive ideas to put together the concept of reading. 24 Letters, their names as well as their sounds, ... Read More about 8 Beginning Sound Activities that will kickstart kids into becoming strong readers!
I get this question all the time, WHEN should my child know their letters/sounds & numbers Well, this is a tricky question! First of all, deep breaths. EVERY CHILD LEARNS AT DIFFERENT TIMES. Sorry, I'm not yelling, but I'm kind of yelling. I don't want you to start getting nervous if your child ... Read More about When and HOW do Kids learn Letters & Numbers?
In the past few years, online learning for kids is becoming more and more popular. Now, being in the middle of a pandemic, well, it's almost normal for kids to just log on to their computers to see their teachers. We can now create individualized resources that target multiple intelligences to ... Read More about 25+ Online Phonics Games that will engage your kids in a fun, educational way!
I've been talking to lots of parents and teachers lately about what kids are stuck on or struggling with. One of the common themes that I've been hearing lately is that their kids are stuck on those tricky long vowels and double vowels. Howww do I help them differentiate between "ee" and "oo"? When ... Read More about Long Vowel Activities
So more and more I have been getting questions about what you can do to help a child who thinks "reading time sucks!" I've been teaching for over a decade and now I'm a momma to 4 young kids, so this isn't something new to me! If I'm being 100% honest, being a literacy expert does NOT mean my kids ... Read More about Fun Reading Activities for those not-so excited readers!
If you're looking for ways to help kids build knowledge, understanding and strong reading skills, this is a lesson you CANNOT miss! So what's the secret sauce? There's a complicated process that all kids go through when transitioning into readers - called Orthographic mapping. That is the process of ... Read More about Orthographic Mapping