We use both “oi” and “oy” to make the /oi/ sound (think of the words “boy” and “foil”). When that sound comes in the middle of a word, we use “oi.” If it comes at the end of the word, we will use “oy.” Keep reading to learn more about how we teach our students all about this vowel team!Read More
Vowel teams can be tricky for students, but we have found that teaching them in this way has made a massive difference. Keep reading for ideas for teaching the OA/OE vowel teams!Read More
Running summer groups was one of the best decisions for us and we know it can be for you too!Read More
Is a side hustle right for me? We see this question all of the time. Click through for our 3 ways to know if a side hustle is or isn’t for you.Read More
It is an unfortunate reality that our teachers are drastically underpaid. There are tons of ways for teachers to make money for a summer side hustle, because while we love our summer breaks, sometimes we need to make some extra money over the summer. In this blog, we will talk about all the summer teacher side hustle options so you can decide which summer job would work best for you.Read More
We know we are strange but absolutely LOVE data tracking and data analysis. Not joking. Part of the reason we love data is because Data Tracking & Data Analysis are the absolute best way to see how much growth our reading intervention students have made and to see where they need continued practice.
Your data is your road map, your GPS, for literacy intervention. One of the best things we can do is to get a good look at how our students are performing overall. This data will be invaluable to parents, other professionals, and next year’s teacher.Read More
With so many ways to get long E sound we wanted to show you how we teach the ‘ee’ and ‘ey’ vowel teams.Read More
Both “ai” and “ay” say the long A sound. We use “ai” in the middle of the word (think rain, pail, train, mail) and “ay” at the end of the word (play, stay, day, May).Read More
I love to provide literacy based centers that reinforce the learning that took place during the small group time. Students rotate through a series of centers where they can work independently (or with a partner at times) to further engage with literacy experiences.
If you look at our Suggested Literacy Block schedule, you will note that SMARTER Intervention lends itself nicely to this type of classroom system.Read More
We try to progress monitor consistently to make sure students are on track with the concepts we are teaching. It is important that we are consistently spiraling back to previously instructed concepts to make sure they are getting it. Therefore, because we are already doing this it makes sense for us to create goals around mastery of words we have explicitly taught.Read More