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Monday, May 1, 2017

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Saturday, April 22, 2017

Super Hero Day is April 28th!

Super Hero Day is April 28th!

This is a great day to celebrate in your classroom.   Make it a theme for the whole day.  Download my Super Hero Freebie right here to get started:

Your students will love creating their own super hero, playing tic-tac-toe, and searching and finding!

I have also been pinning ideas like crazy on my pinterest board.  Click here to get some great ideas.  

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These are some of my student's favorite games. I LOVE to use games in my intervention groups.  They make learning fun. 

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Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Feel the letter!

Ok.  So you have been teaching letter names for a while now and you are looking for some activities to do to reinforce what they have learned.
Your students will love these activities!


Put capital letters into a cup.  
Have students take turns.
One student closes their eyes and picks a letter.
With their eyes closed they feel the letter, and try to guess which letter it is. 
If they guess right, they keep the letter. 
When all the letters are gone, the player with the most letters wins!  
Play with just a few letters at a time to start with.  Make sure students know the letter names of the letters.  Need help teaching letter recognition?  Read what I do here.

Get silly with the alphabet.  Students need to be very familiar with alphabet order.  Sing it loud, sing it soft, and have fun.  There are tons of CD's that can help you have fun with the alphabet.  Some of my favorites are  Dr. Jean & Friends and  Sing to Learn with Dr. Jean
If you have never heard of Dr. Jean you HAVE to check her out!  

We had so much fun practicing the alphabet this summer with these awesome window markers.  Wouldn't this look great on a classroom door?  


Give them lots of practice with putting letters in alphabet order.  Make it fun!  I LOVE to use food in my lessons.  Those little buggers are always hungry.  These are perfect.  Use them for alphabet order and then word building.  Keep on learning during snack time! Yum.  CHEEZ IT!

I also love these dough stampers!  Roll out the dough  and stamp the alphabet.  These great for building words too! 


Have you had your students write the alphabet in order?  Ask them to.  I was really surprised at how hard this was for some of my struggling readers.  We practice writing the alphabet for fluency a couple times a week. I LOVE to use this printable at centers and as a warm-up for my intervention groups.  I put them in a plastic sleeve, and use a dry erase markers to write on them.  This has been a class favorite this year.  You can get this printable free HERE.  

You can add these alphabet activities to the beginning or the end of any activity!  They work great in interventions! 


Monday, March 6, 2017

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Sunday, February 12, 2017

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Sunday, February 5, 2017

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Friday, August 19, 2016

Do you teach voiced and unvoiced to your struggling readers?

Or is this something that you have learned about, but have never really felt comfortable teaching?
This was me just last year.
I understood that there were some letter sounds that were voiced and some that were unvoiced, but honestly even trying it myself I was having a hard time figuring out which was which.
Until, I figured out this is one of those thing that you only get comfortable with by doing.
So, over the last year I have been teaching this in my intervention groups and it has made such a difference!

What is voiced and unvoiced?

I'm sure there is a a more technical way of explaining it, but basically some letter sounds are made with your voice box on and some are made with your voice box off.
Try it.
Put your hand on your throat like my son is doing below. (He never wears a shirt)
Make the /s/ sound.
Does your throat do anything?
Try the /m/ sound.
How about now?
Feel the difference?
When you can feel your throat vibrating it is voiced, when your throat does not vibrate it is unvoiced.

This becomes so important in teaching letter sounds.    Th is a good example.  Say this.  Say thin.  Can you tell the difference?  This is something our Speech and Language teachers have been doing for years, with students with speech and language delays.  

I introduce it to my students as a general concept.  This is before I explicitly start teaching letter sounds.  I want them to understand that sounds can be voiced or unvoiced.  When I explicitly teach a sound we check to see if it is voiced and unvoiced so it is important that they have a basic understanding of this.  

I explain what voiced and unvoiced is, and we try making some sounds to see if we can feel the difference.  I have them put their hand on their throat and feel the difference.  I will say make this sound /m/, and have them repeat the sound, rather than saying make the sound that m makes.  We go through and do this for a few sounds.  I made this sort to do together.  Students should not be expected to do this independently unless they know all of their letter sounds.

Get it HERE.

Try it with your students.  Don't worry if you fumble or are unsure.  Students like it when you learn with I included a cheat sheet for you :).

If you try it let me know how it goes!  Come back and leave me a comment or send me an email at


You might also like to read:  Let's Talk About Letter Naming Interventions