Why You Should Use Games in Your Reading Instruction

We’ve learned that by turning simple reading tasks into games it will provide students with the repetition they need to see success. We try to turn EVERYTHING into games and you’d be surprised because even those of you with older students will see that they enjoy this “gamification” of instruction as well.

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Developing Early Literacy Using Storybook Companions

There are several components that need to come together for early readers and young students to be able to read and write effectively and efficiently. We absolutely LOVE using Storybook Companions. What are Storybook Companions you ask? These are targeted lessons that have fun reading activities and games that are created to align with common core standards and necessary foundational reading skills using some of our favorite books.

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How to Support Early Reading Skill Development

Teaching early reading skills relies on working from the most basic skills and activities that students need to learn to be successful in the classroom and building a slow and steady progression of sounds. We recognize that teaching letter sounds and beginning blending is truly only one aspect to learning to read but it’s absolutely critical.

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How do I Improve Phonological Awareness?

Phonological awareness is a key foundation of building early reading skills.

It's an umbrella term that essentially refers to the ability to break words into individual sounds, blend sounds to create words (sounding it out), and the ability to manipulate sounds in our language through tasks like rhyming, changing the ending sounds of words or the order of words (like in Pig Latin).

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How to Teach Syllable Types & Syllable Division

One of the most effective ways to teach reading and spelling skills is to teach students about the Six Syllable Types and how to divide words into syllables using syllable division strategies. When we teach reading, we teach our students that sounds (consonant sounds and vowel sounds) come together to create syllables, syllables come together to create words, words come together to create phrases and sentences, and sentences come together to create paragraphs, which come together to create stories or information text.

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The Biggest Struggle I Faced as an Educator

I was reflecting on why this field can be so difficult at times. I was considering the beliefs we have, the realities we face. This field is beyond rewarding and the impact we make as therapists as educators is truly second to none. But it’s hard.

And part of the reason it’s so hard is because we expect a lot from ourselves. And then we never seem to measure up no matter how many hours we put in. It often feels like there is no winning. When I started out in this field I thought I had two choices. I could only be one of two types of educators.

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When Orton-Gillingham Wasn't Enough

When I started out in this field, shifting from working purely as an Assessment Specialist (psychometrist if we want to get fancy) working alongside psychologists I was enamored with this approach that I heard so much about. I took the fancy Orton-GIllingham trainings, I made OG based activities & games, created OG based lessons, followed an OG Scope and Sequence…but it wasn’t enough. Here’s what I did next.

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