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Teaching Phonics with the 🧠 Brain in Mind

Every morning in Kindergarten the kiddos look for Secrets in our Message of the Day and we mark it up and they tell me the Story. Morning message went from a minute or two to 5-10 minutes or longer everyday… and I ❤️ it! Notice the train shape around /ch/ and the thinking bubbles above /or/.

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Love this! I did CH today! Such a cute story

I love this Gina Meintel!!! Your class always seems so engaging and fun!!!

Love this ❤️ Jessica McDaniel

Wow love it

Jessica Renee this is cool!!

Fabulous idea!

Love it! ❤️

Great idea!

Love it!! Post a couple more morning messages. I’d like to start doing this!


This is such a cute idea Heather Renae

Lora Milligan Vassallo-Smith check this out

Amy Gean Lovelady

Love it!! I have been trying to think of how to implement a morning message, and you just motivated me!! It can just be one sentence with specific, planned secrets!! Thank you!!

This is a fantastic idea!!

Love this!

We need these secrets Ashley Reid Csinos!

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Special Education is doing Secret Stories! I’m a high school teacher who works with students with moderate / severe disabilities (many with vision and/or fine motor issues, which makes these magnet boards legit)! So exciting to see how students have been growing just using the flash cards and boards… and now we have the big posters and a large board for my vision impaired young lady! She’s so excited to be able to actually do the same activity as her peers!Image attachmentImage attachment

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Where did you get the boards?

The centers are here: I made them magnetic since my high schoolers think Velcro is for babies, haha. For my visually impaired student, I had to blow up the photos so they would be large enough for her to see!

This is awesome!!

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Hi... I'm trying to make our high frequency words for next week with the grid stickers. How do I do the le in people? ... See MoreSee Less

December 2nd, 7:27 pm

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I don’t think it’s a secret story??? The children would know the “L” sound…but I’m a newbie! 😉

The -ple is a consonant le syllable type.

The L says /l/ as expected. The mama e is too far away for the vowel to listen to her. The secret is only in the eo part.

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I am wondering if anyone here is Orton Gillingham trained and uses Secret Stories. ... See MoreSee Less

November 30th, 8:02 pm

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I am OG trained and use Secret Stories. They work well together!

I am/do!


YES! Very easy to use with the OG approach!

I do!








I took a class last summer about Orton Gillingham. I'm very interested. I really want to do the training. I teach 1st grade. I dream of tutoring kids all day but don't think I could make much. Has your training been valuable as a classroom teacher?

They work really well together!!!!

Yep 👍🏻


Thank you! This is great to hear. I am hoping to be trained this summer.

Me👋🏻SS and Lively Letters

Me! A perfect match!

Yes! And some Tucker signing because my life is not complicated enough! 😂



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Hi, how would I write do with secret stickers as a heart word? Thank you. ... See MoreSee Less

December 1st, 11:14 pm

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I teach it with “to” as an irregular heart word using the owl above the heart.

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