Entries by Katie Garner

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Orthographic Mapping with Secret Stories® Science of Reading Center Mats

  How to Make Phoneme Grapheme Word Mapping Mats This blog post has been reproduced, with permission, from Shelly Mahn’s blog. It provides step-by-step directions on make the Secret Stories® Phoneme Grapheme Word Mapping Mats that are included in the Science of Reading Secret Stories® Centers on TpT. (All links mentioned can be found inside […]

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Teaching My “Differently-Wired” Child How to Read

A guest post by Elizabeth George, a mother and “unexpected homeschool teacher” to a neurodiverse first grader with Autism.     Teaching Neurodiverse Learners Dyslexia, Autism, ADHD and More I am the parent of a neurodiverse child, which means that my child’s brain is wired differently. This causes him to think, learn and sometimes behave differently. […]

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A Secret Sound Wall for Reading, Writing & Spelling

  I love watching the kids use our Secret posters on the wall to read and write whatever they want. It’s amazing what our youngest learners can do and how easily they can do it when we just give them the tools they need and let them ‘play!’     Sound Walls, Word Walls and […]

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When Teaching Phonics Feels Perfectly Right

  A guest post by first grade teacher, Karrie Kehrig. Teacher Overwhelm It was the first week of October, and even though school hadn’t started until the end of August, I was already feeling overwhelmed and exhausted. As a hybrid classroom for distance learning, I have 22 students in person and 7 online, and teaching […]

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How To Know If Your Phonics Instruction is Working

How to Know if Your Phonics Instruction is Really Working by Kristina Weller​, author of Writing and Laughing Blog Yeah, I know. Super sexy blog title! You’re probably here because of that burning question: How do I know if my phonics instruction is actually working? Well, I have two answers for you, but first, a little […]

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Tips for Teaching Your Child to Read

 The following post has been reprinted with permission from https://parisjeske.com. Where to start? The past six or so months, Finley has really picked up on reading and it has become one of my favorite parts of our homeschool day. We don’t use any specific curriculum, but are slightly more structured than “unschooling.” While I’m certainly […]

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Teaching English Language Learners in Pre-K & Kindergarten How to Read

How to Teach Reading to English Language Learners I went from knowing nothing about phonics to becoming a “code-cracking” expert, and then I helped my kids do the same! By Ariana Curcó, pre-k/kindergarten Teacher in Monterrey, Mexico If you’re anything like me and/or if you’re here, reading this, it’s because you’re doing everything you can […]

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Phonics Intervention for Struggling Readers

(This post was originally posted on I Teach What’s Your Super Power Blog, and excerpts pertaining to the Secret Stories® have been shared here, with permission from the author.) Struggling Readers and the Phonics Divide I had never heard of the Secret Stories until a teacher I thought highly of at a previous school swore by it with […]

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Teaching Struggling Readers in a Title I “Turn-Around” School

A guest post by second grade teacher, Kelli Gunkle. Struggling Readers + Failing School = No Time for “Cute” My name is Kelli Gunkle and I am a second grade teacher in Daytona Beach, Florida. I have been teaching for 5 years in a low-income, DDD, turn-around school with many struggling readers. If you are […]