A New Year…Are You Ready???

I hope everyone is enjoying their summer!  For me this is about the halfway point.  I know some of you start your new year very soon, sorry!  If you are anything like me you are a little torn about this part of your summer.  I absolutely love being home but I find at this part {Read More…}

Nouns, Adjectives, Verbs Oh MY!

Working with struggling older students comes with numerous challenges.  I often find my 5th & 6th graders struggling with basic grammar.  I realized grammar was becoming an issue when I had 15 kids sit in front of me and not one of them could tell me what dialogue was, or even a noun for that {Read More…}

Strategies For Teaching Close Reading

Close reading has become the next best thing in reading.  It’s really just a new catch phrase for something many people do automatically while they read.  Will this stick around?  Obviously, I don’t know the answer but I do believe that it should.  Teaching students to break down a text, whether it be a nonfiction {Read More…}

The Perfect Kindergarten Read Alouds!

  I absolutely love read alouds.  They are by far my favorite part of being a reading specialist.  Bringing the magic of books to my students brings me so much joy.  There are so many picture books out there.  Many of which are just amazing.  I decided I would share 5 of my favorite read {Read More…}

Keeping Your Sanity With Guided Reading

Guided reading is a very beneficial practice.  It involves working in a small group with a test that is on the students INSTRUCTIONAL reading level.  You should not be working on the same text with all your guided groups.  That is not true guided reading. I want to focus today on how to prepare for {Read More…}

Introducing Sight Words to Make it Count!

This is such an important topic, sight words! There are so many different thoughts on how to teach them so I’m just going to put in my 2 cents! Sight words make up many of the words your child or student will be reading.  The problem with these words are that they are NOT ALWAYS {Read More…}

Using High Interest Topics To Teach Everyday Skills!

Are you struggling with motivation?  Are you having a hard time grabbing your students attention while trying to teach them basic phonics and math skills?  I too was having this problem.  My son was so eager to learn but when I sat down to just drill letters he lost interest so fast.  When I thought {Read More…}

But Seriously… Tracing?

When my son started preschool my major concern was honestly not even learning letters or numbers but more the social aspect of life and how to be a good person.  As a three year old he is super great at home but how would he be in a situation where Mama and Dada aren’t around… {Read More…}

Why Journal?

  Well it’s the beginning of August, for us in New York this means we are about halfway through summer.  I know some of you have already started, SORRY!!  Well I can say that I am still really enjoying the beach life and am definitely not ready to go back yet but I have started {Read More…}

A New Start

A new start with a new focus. As you might have noticed I haven’t written in a while. It’s not that I didn’t want to but let’s be honest I’m a full time working mom of two young boys! Who has time?!? As I spend my days trying to find the secret to making all {Read More…}