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Post 9: Blending

If you have students who are just at the beginning of their reading journey, blending practice is a must. Students need to learn how to blend sounds slowly together in order to read words. One way to practice this skill … Continue reading

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Post 8: Closed Syllable Spelling Patterns

When teaching students about Closed Syllables, it is important to include lessons on spelling patterns. There are several related patterns that are easy for students to learn and can help their overall spelling. ‘ck’ pattern in a one-syllable word, use … Continue reading

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Post 7: Using Multi-Sensory Materials

If you are working with a student who is struggling to learn, retain and quickly recall letters and letter combinations, multi-sensory materials can help. Here’s one way to do it. I make my own multi-sensory boards out of fluorescent light … Continue reading

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Post 6: Consolidation Activities

Once you have introduced a type of syllable, it is important to give students an opportunity to consolidate their understanding. The below activities can be done with any syllable types, but for demonstration purposes, we’ll focus on Closed Syllable examples. … Continue reading

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Post 5. Closed Syllable Introduction

The first syllable type that I like to introduce is Closed Syllables. Before you introduce Closed Syllables, it is important that your students understand what a syllable is, what vowels are, and have knowledge of short and long vowel sounds. … Continue reading

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Post 4: Syllable Types

A syllable is a word, or part of a word, with 1 vowel sound. A simple trick to help students understand and count syllables is to put your hand under your jaw. Due to the fact that each syllable has … Continue reading

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Post 3: All About Vowels

It is important that readers know about vowels and how vowels are different from consonants. Merriam-Webster gives the following definition of a vowel: one of a class of speech sounds in the articulation of which the oral part of the … Continue reading

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Post 2: Beyond running records – how to determine the next steps for your struggling reader

So you have a struggling reader. Our normal first “go-to” is to complete a running record using an instructional text. A careful running record analysis can give you a lot of clues as to where and how a student is … Continue reading

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Post 1: Unpacking Practices: Whole Language, Phonics Instruction, and Balanced Literacy Defined

Whole Language Instruction So how can we define “whole language instruction”? It turns out, that’s more easily said than done. Wikipedia describes it as a “literacy philosophy” which emphasizes that children should focus on “meaning and strategy” instruction. Teachers strive … Continue reading

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