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This was such a fun way to practice the Secret Stories! ... See MoreSee Less

May 4th, 5:04 pm

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Heather Richardson

Love this!!

Love this! I will steal it ;)

Kathleen, this looks like a fun idea!

Great idea!

Linda Brim Noble 1st graders tomorrow!!! Get them rolling with these secrets!

Jen, Ashley!

Kristina Kreger. I have the little cards!

Sarah Sanchez Denise Nesbitt Gibson ❤️

Lexi Vickers

Can’t wait to do this with my class!

I giggle every time the kiddo says “I got more again!” 😀

Madison Cate May Lauren Dorman Sherry Cate Sara-Matt Rabjohn

Cynthia Eslteacher , Samantha Courson Taylor, Natalie Sauls

Toni DeBernardi cute idea for next year!

Gage Burke I’m doing this with my class tomorrow! I love this idea!

Kelly Ann Smith

Heidi VigarioRebekah Knee Carvalho Krissy Lorz

Love this idea!

Cute!

Can’t wait to try this!

Adriana Sobrepera

As if we need another reason to show how amazing and versatile Secret Stories are! 🙂 What a fun idea! Thanks for sharing!!!!

What a fun idea!!!

I am thinking of buying Secret Stories, what do y'all recommend?

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I'm curious if some Science of Reading people have a beef with Secret Stories. I was surprised to find my post on Science of Reading Grade 1/2 was removed when I recommended Secret Stories to someone who was asking for recommendations for resources to spend money on. I asked why but that was removed too. My first experience with having anything removed. 😯 ... See MoreSee Less

April 7th, 9:42 pm

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I LOVE Secret Stories.... and so do my students! Since it isn't a curriculum, but rather supplements any explicit, systematic SOR curriculum you are using, I personally think SS and SOR mesh together perfectly!

I’ve had it removed also.

I’ve had this happen two times! I’m confused to why also!

I had a post removed about secret stories in an SOR group as well.

My kids love them!

Maybe it could be considered advertising. 🤷‍♀️ ❤️❤️❤️SS!!!

Yes. I left that group. Super judgmental

I had the same thing happen to me. When I asked why they said it was because I was trying to sell the secret stories. 🤷‍♀️ All I did was suggest it as a teaching tool

Are they selling their own curriculum?

Some of those groups are just plain mean. I left one because anytime someone asked a question or had a differing opinion, they attacked like sharks. I am all about SOTR, but I am more about kindness!

Yes. The SOR group will remove posts about Secret Stories. Very frustrating, especially when they allow people to post about other TPT products.

Not sure! I had one deleted because I referenced a TpT product...that multiple people have since referenced! Since the seller and I share the same name, maybe they thought I was self-promoting? Who knows. Wonder why they deleted your comment. Wish they would tell you.

Personally I think they don’t like how popular SS are and how so many of us love how they compliment SOR.

That’s so strange because Jen Jones from Hello Literacy talks about Secret Stories all the time, and she is doing SOR trainings?

Secret stories are great to supplement with. Children connect with information and construct knowledge in different ways. I use songs and stories as well as SOR to teach sounds and spelling patterns. I add gestures to songs or chants. Kids can act out the stories. It’s just another way of differentiation and being sensitive to different students’ learning styles and intelligences. The more of the brain you activate during learning the more kids will learn in a way that sticks.

It’s all about $$. Apparently SOR doesn’t want anyone else to get a piece of the pie. Secret Stories is AMAZING in my opinion. During summer school, just by playing the better alphabet song a couple of times a day, my colleague’s class of kinders knew all of their sounds (in 3 weeks time).

I have had it removed from the science of reading what I should have learned in college page. It said something about promoting products, BUT several products are promoted and SS does have research to back it up.

It’s always being spoken about in here. Not sure why.

My posts about SS were removed twice. I chose to leave the group.

I was told it’s “advertising “ a product …. Which is not allowed.

I had a post removed and I happened to have mentioned Secret Stories in it too. I wasn’t sure why it was removed. Thanks for sharing this.

That’s odd. The only thing I can think of is the fact that it’s not really a systematic system. It is meant to supplement core instruction. ❤️

I love secret stories! I really can’t understand why it would be removed because it falls into SOR when you think about it.

It happened to me. I was told that the Secret Stories doesn’t align with SOR in this particular groups opinions

I am a complete believer in Science of Reading and have had a lot of training and PD in that area. I started using Secret Stories in January and have seen more growth in my students in three months than I’ve ever seen before. The stories are all about phonics, they actually make it easier for young kids to understand these complicated rules

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This is hilarious and amazing at the same time! I never imagined my Kindergarteners being able write so well. Thank you Secret Stories!

This is hilarious and amazing at the same time! I never imagined my Kindergarteners being able write so well. Thank you Secret Stories! ... See MoreSee Less

May 5th, 11:59 pm

Hello! I was lucky enough to pilot SS for my school this year, my curriculum director was blown away by the results she’s purchasing kits for K-3!!!

Next year I get to pilot a new curriculum as well, as I am not a fan of our current Letterland curriculum and know there are better options out there.

I’m thinking of piloting the Foundations by Logic of English and am looking for feedback on those who have experience with the curriculum.

Two main questions I have are below.

1. How do you like it with SS?
2. Do you recommend the digital subscription or classroom kits of Foundations?
3. Is there a better curriculum out there that you would recommend instead of Foundations?

Thank you for feedback!
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May 5th, 9:01 pm

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I don't know foundations but I love really great reading

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Hey! We are starting SS next year and are trying to adjust our spelling lists according to the sounds. I’m struggling finding age appropriate, hard ch words. Do any of you include these words on your spelling lists? I am only really finding multisyllabic words or words that I just don’t really love. I teach first! TIA ... See MoreSee Less

May 5th, 7:22 pm

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I personally wouldn’t make a spelling list for this sound in grade one, but I would explain the rule. My students know the secret (I also teach first), so it helps explain “why” when we come across a word where ch says /k/ instead of /ch/. I would focus on the few words they would come across throughout the year - like “school”, Christmas”, “Chloe” - if there is a student with that name. The /k/ sound is because the origin of the word is Greek, so that also helps explain the different sound. Once students know the reason, it will help them when they come across content words when reading.

One of my spelling words for the week I teach ch (also teach wh, th, and sh that week) is enchanted. Also 1st grade teacher!

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My school is deep into TCRW (Lucy Calkins). How can I convince them that Secret stories is THE resource to use, especially for k-2? What should I include in my pitch? :) Thank-you!! ... See MoreSee Less

May 4th, 9:15 pm

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I think you need two things - one for the phonics portion (SS) and one for the craft of writing (personal narrative, information etc)

Can't they supplement each other?

Secret Stories isn’t enough… it’s great, but you still need an explicit, systematic phonics curriculum.

You are trying to use Secret Stories to supplement Lucy Calkins correct? What we did was ask the school to pilot the use of Secret Stories to supplement our curriculum because it is a tool, not a curriculum. Then, the Kindergarten student's assessment scores and writing spoke for itself and starting next year everyone in the school will have Secret Stories.

We use Lucy for all reading, writing, and phonics - and this year I bought Secret Stories and also used Kindergarten Smorgasboard items (like bootcamps for word families, etc) to supplement units. My Kinders are well in their way to above the expected spot for the end of the year. I think it takes a good mix of things you find that when used together cover all the bases.

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I just saw a shirt on the Secret Stories website that is fantastic! A girl wearing ou with a bandaid. How cool would it be to have shirts with secret stories on them to wear while we teach? ... See MoreSee Less

May 4th, 12:44 pm

3 CommentsComment on Facebook

For sure!

There was a teacher who had an apron with a front clear pocket and she'd put the secret story in her pocket. Bless her soul. 💕

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This student started fist grade this year never having been in school before.  She didn’t know many letters or sounds and had no clue how to write.  She is now one of the best writers!

This student started fist grade this year never having been in school before. She didn’t know many letters or sounds and had no clue how to write. She is now one of the best writers! ... See MoreSee Less

May 5th, 6:10 am

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Wow. That's very impressive. I would like to ask - can secret stories help to learn single phonemes or its mostly for digraphs, vowel teams and rules ? TY❤️

LOVE!😍😍😍

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My students just loved this today.  We used wheelofnames.com and the Secret Stories Digital Stickers for this activity.  The Secret Stories images can be found at this link bit.ly/SSStickers
We spun the wheel told the secret and then thought of words to spell with the secret.

My students just loved this today. We used wheelofnames.com and the Secret Stories Digital Stickers for this activity. The Secret Stories images can be found at this link bit.ly/SSStickers
We spun the wheel told the secret and then thought of words to spell with the secret.
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April 29th, 2:02 pm

50 CommentsComment on Facebook

Jamie Blosser Hostetter

This is cool! Thanks for sharing

Sharon Smith

My kids love this activity too! I teach on line so it is such a great activity I can do with them!

Kristin Marie

Oh I love use this for sight words, never thought to use for secrets! Great idea!

Jen LaPlante

Kaitlynn Geven

cool!!!!!!

Fun!

Jeni Cox-Howard

Love this.Have used the Wheel ofNames great addition to add the Secret Stories letters . Thank you or sharing.

Hannah Gaddy Another fun idea!!

Laura Rose Lieberman

Lisa Koon Natasha Hawkins this looks like fun

Jennifer Rind

How are you printing your stickers? Color printer with sticker paper? TIA. Is there something portable/affordable I can set up in my classroom to print to. My only option is to a shared b/w copier in the teachers lounge. No colt

We did this too, they loved it!!

Can you explain how you got the digital stickers on the wheel of names

Can u share the link to the wheelofnames pls ty

Epic!!!

Michelle Martin Cullum gotta remember this!

Sherrie Kaylor Deanna Nichols Andrea Crossley this is so cute

What about the background of the SS images? Did you use a background remover?

I am totally going to do this as a center!! I am going to play around with it to figure out how to get the stickers on it!! I’ve always just used words/names

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