Learning to Read is Like Playing Jenga

When we think of Reading Intervention, we often refer to the Jenga Tower. This stems from the game Jenga where players take turns strategically pulling  blocks out of a tower. Each block is then placed on top of the tower, creating a progressively taller and more unstable structure.

Read More
Ability Grouping Made Easy

With conferences upon us and a new reporting period staring us down, it is the perfect time to evaluate where are students stand after their first reporting period, and to possibly re-adjust our grouping.

Using data you gathered during this first quarter (DRA, iReady, STAR testing, or another common assessment) you can plot your students on our this diamond in order to get a clear picture about how to proceed with ability based grouping for the upcoming quarter.

Read More
My Name is Mackenzie, and I am Dyslexic.

My name is Mackenzie, and I am dyslexic.

Some of my earliest memories of school are feelings of frustration, confusion, sadness, and feeling lonely. Another memory that still makes my stomach hurt today is trying to memorize math facts. I have a great memory for some things; song lyrics, things people say, and pictures. But, remembering letters and numbers is a totally different story.

Read More
How Do I Pick Relevant Activities for My Reading Intervention Students?

So this can be one of the most challenging things we face as interventionists - what activities do I pull to target specific weaknesses for my students? And how can I do that without spending a TON of extra time that I don’t really have?

We all want the very best for our students, it’s our mission and our goal to be providing the best possible instruction to help completely eliminate reading and spelling gaps.

Read More
Corey PollardComment
Vowel Teams - The Reading & Spelling Rules That Nobody Taught You

Thanks for sticking with us and our series of The Reading & Spelling Rules Nobody Ever Taught You. The fifth syllable type we talk about is Vowel Teams.  This is when two vowels stick together to make one sound.  Think of the vowel sounds in words like rain, play, green, key, goat, boil, etc. Vowel teams can be kind of tricky so we have added a FREE bonus at the end of this blog!

Read More
Mikayla StoreyComment
Bossy R Syllables - The Reading and Spelling Rules That Nobody Taught You

So we’ve been talking all about the reading and spelling rules that were brand new to us when we began to learn about Structured Literacy and the “science” behind the English language. Check out our blogs on Closed Syllable Rules and Magic E (VCE) Rules over here.

If you are anything like me, these rules actually start to become Earth shattering. Like why did I not know this? How come no one ever taught me when to use c versus k versus ck? That would have been so helpful…

Read More
Corey PollardComment