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How Can I Teach Literacy Skills in PreK? (Part 4: Embedding Practice Opportunities)

The last one in this PreK series, this blog will discuss meaningful ways to embed brief opportunities to practice skills to develop word recognition throughout the day, not just during “reading time”. I’ve also used some of these, such as “Say the Password!”, in Kindergarten and 1st grade! Adapt as you see fit. These specificContinue reading “How Can I Teach Literacy Skills in PreK? (Part 4: Embedding Practice Opportunities)”

How Can I Teach Literacy Skills in PreK? (Part 3: Literacy Centers)

I’ve recently discussed how you might align practice with research on teaching word recognition skills during whole group and small group lessons in PreK. This post will focus on what the rest of your students could be doing while you are working with a small group. I’ll lay out ideas for varied activities focusing onContinue reading “How Can I Teach Literacy Skills in PreK? (Part 3: Literacy Centers)”

How Can I Teach Literacy Skills in PreK? (Part 2: Small Group)

This is Part 2 in the “How Can I Teach Literacy Skills in PreK?” series. This one focuses on small group instruction for PreK literacy that complements the whole group instruction described in Part 1. These activities are designed to promote students’ understanding of the alphabetic principle (understanding that speech can be represented by print)Continue reading “How Can I Teach Literacy Skills in PreK? (Part 2: Small Group)”

How Can I Teach Literacy Skills in PreK? (Part 1: Overview & Whole Group)

I’ve recently received questions and seen more discussion around what high-quality literacy instruction looks like in PreK. Below I will outline a simple plan for introducing the foundation for word recognition skills. This is a very similar outline to how I taught in my own PreK classroom, and hope it helps those teaching PreK now.Continue reading “How Can I Teach Literacy Skills in PreK? (Part 1: Overview & Whole Group)”

2021 Summer Book Study

Want to learn more about the Science of Reading? Learn evidence-aligned strategies for teaching foundational reading skills? How word recognition instruction looks in practice? We are holding a summer book club around one of the most comprehensive research to practice texts there is–CORE’s Teaching Reading Sourcebook–every Saturday in July. More info just released here: https://bit.ly/COREsummerbookstudysignup

The Practicalities of Teaching in a First Grade Classroom: Part 2

Let’s continue with how the science of reading may look in a first grade classroom. The last post discussed phonemic awareness, phonics, spelling, and high-frequency word instruction in a whole group setting, as well as differentiated spelling instruction. In this post, I’ll discuss what small-group reading instruction, when informed by research, may look like inContinue reading “The Practicalities of Teaching in a First Grade Classroom: Part 2”

The Practicalities of Teaching in a First Grade Classroom: Part 1

We all know that using evidence-aligned practices in our classrooms is important. But how does this look, practically, in a first grade classroom? This post is not meant to be prescriptive, but descriptive–meaning these are the practices that have worked for me in the classroom and that are aligned to the evidence about what isContinue reading “The Practicalities of Teaching in a First Grade Classroom: Part 1”

The Foundational Importance of Phonemic Awareness

Phonemic awareness, although of great importance, is one of the least understood components of reading instruction. Less than a third of teacher prep programs reviewed by the National Council for Teacher Quality are providing training in phonemic awareness. This is probably why many teachers and teacher educators have misconceptions about phonemic awareness and have troubleContinue reading “The Foundational Importance of Phonemic Awareness”

What is dyslexia?

Let’s start off with a little test-yourself time! True or false: A characteristic of dyslexia is to see letters or words backwards. Dyslexia is a visual-perceptual difficulty. Dyslexia is a disability that is recognized by law in schools. Have you answered? What did you think? What is dyslexia?? Over 80% of pre-service and in-service teachersContinue reading “What is dyslexia?”


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