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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 the Science of […]

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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: How I went from knowing nothing about phonics to a “code-cracking” expert, and how I helped my kids do the same! A Guest-Post By Ariana Curcó, a 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 […]

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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 […]

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Fast-Track Phonics with Play-Based Learning

A Guest Post By Melissa Gregory —Kindergarten Teacher at Title I School in Ohio Kindergarten- End of October Who says kindergartners can’t have access to ALL of the code needed to read and write in a short amount of time???? By the end of the FIRST NINE WEEKS, these cuties are taking off in reading […]

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Tricking the Dyslexic Brain Into Reading: A Backdoor Approach to Phonics

Dyslexia, Reading, Phonics & the Brain Dyslexia So what is dyslexia? Dyslexia is a specific learning disability that is often genetic, and that is neurological in origin. It is characterized by difficulties with accurate and/or fluent word recognition and by poor spelling and decoding abilities. These difficulties typically result from a deficit in the phonological […]