Entries by Katie Garner

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

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

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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

If you follow my daily Instagram feed (yes, I post daily, as Instagram has trained me well!) then you know it’s like a running “stream of consciousness” for me. (If you’re not on Instagram, I used to be you!!!) However, now that I’ve made the leap, you can find me here…. and I highly recommend […]

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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 […]

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How to Teach Persuasive Writing in First Grade

How to Teach First Graders About Persuasive Writing Teaching persuasive writing is not easy, and getting kids excited about doing it, especially first graders, is even harder….but not when there are leprechauns involved! Now you might be thinking, “This lady is crazy! Look at that mess! Why would anyone purposely ransack their own classroom for […]

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The Phonics “Home-School” Connection for Reading

Phonics “Secrets” to Support Reading and Writing at Home This was originally posted on Tara Settle’s popular (and totally FREE & AWESOME!) teacher blog, Settle on In, entitled, “The BEST GIFT I Have Ever Given. It’s about the holiday gift that she gave to her students this year, and I asked Tara if she would […]

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“Secret Sundays” with Katie Garner LIVE on YouTube 5pm EST | Brain-Based Phonics for Accelerated Reading and Writing

Join me LIVE on Youtube for “Secret Sundays” at 5pm EST for Brain Based Phonics for Accelerated Reading and Writing Instruction! If you tuned in last Sunday for the very first Secret Sundays LIVE at 5 on YouTube, then you know it was a blast! (And if you didn’t, you can catch it by clicking on […]

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Transforming Phonics Instruction: Becoming a “Secret Agent” of Change in Your School!

Title I Teacher (a.k.a. “Secret Agent” Amy Mitchel) Goes Undercover…. and takes her “student detectives” with her! My name is Amy Mitchell. I am a reading specialist and Title I teacher in Wyoming County, West Virginia. In all the years that I’ve been working with kids, I have never had more fun or more success […]

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Boost Your Existing Reading Program with Brain Based Phonics Instruction!

When Kids Can’t READ the Reading Program Fast-Tracking the “Too-Slow” Pace of  Traditional Phonics Skill Instruction If you’re frustrated with your reading program and the intractably SLOW pace of phonics skill instruction, or, if you are feeling overwhelmed by all of the sight words that kids have to memorize because they can’t read them, then […]