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Phonemic Awareness Intervention Kit

Years ago we started using the DIBELS assessment to screen students for reading difficulties and to monitor at-risk students throughout their intervention. We had all this wonderful data, but there seemed to be a gap between the data and then exactly how to use the data to guide instruction and intervention.  So, if a child […]

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More Ideas and Activities From Our Blog

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Valentine’s Day Activities

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and now is the time to pull out all those Valentine activities for centers and small group instruction. Our kiddos just love it when we incorporate holiday themes into the activities. The valentine rhyme matching and beginning sounds activities have certainly been a hit in pre-K and K […]

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Free Valentine Sight Word Game Boards

These Valentine Game Boards are near and dear to my heart. Five years ago I sat down at my computer and created my very, very first activity for this blog. It was on my old PC using Publisher. Since then I’ve switched over to a Mac (thank goodness) and spruced the game boards up a […]

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Even More Make, Take & Teach Activities!

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Penguin CVC Activity

Many of my kindergarten friends are just learning to blend sounds into words. They are becoming solid with those tricky vowel sounds and are now starting to use their sound-symbol correspondence to blend CVC words. This is such an exciting step on the road to reading. For winter themed centers we created these adorable CVC word […]

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Tools for Teaching Phoneme Segmentation

The ability to separate the sounds of a word is called “phoneme segmentation”.  It’s a critical skill in both learning to read and write. By six and a half/seven years of age students should be able to tell you the sounds in a word. So, for example, if given the word “cat”, the student should […]

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Penguin Math Activities

I have to say I’m just in love with the penguins that my fabulous artist, Kyle, created last year. It’s so much fun using them in our winter themed activities. For my pre-k and kindergarten friends I created these ice fishing scenes that are perfect for centers during the chilly winter months. Of course you could […]

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FREE Bathroom Visuals

If you are a preschool, kindergarten or first grade teacher you know that bathroom issues are a constant battle. Actually, our second grade and third grade friends have difficulty remembering bathroom routines as well. When my children were little I often used strategies that I found helpful for my students with autism such as visuals and […]

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File Folder Phonics for oi and oy

The File Folder Phonics activities have certainly been a hit for working with specific phonics skills during independent practice.  We find that sorting activities are great for students just learning a phonics skill and then writing those words just helps to cement the concept. Many of my first grade friends are now being introduced to […]

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Hockey Themed Sight Word Activities!

I have to admit it, hockey is not my sport. My own kiddos spent hours on the soccer field and on the slopes so there just wasn’t enough time for the skating rink. However, hockey is a very popular sport up in my neck of the woods and I’ve had tons of requests to transfer […]

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All My Favorite Winter Themed Activities

I have to admit that winter is one of my favorite seasons (followed only by autumn). There are so many outdoor activities up here in the great white north that there’s always something to do.  This winter has been off to a slow start so I’m a little late in bringing out all those winter-themed activities. […]

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Coin Sorting Freebie!

My little friend, Eleanor, is just learning the value of money. Sorting activities are the perfect first step in teaching money skills. It certainly helps children identify the differences in the coins.  Students first need to understand that the coins differ in size and shape and identify the coins before accurately count coin values. Although […]

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