Earlier this week we talked about the importance of teaching your students in a systematic way. Our brains are designed to learn in a way that starts with the most basic concept and works its way up to the most advanced concepts.Read More
It can be difficult to keep track of #allthethings and sometimes there can be a lot of ambiguity in what evidence based practice really looks like for literacy and what needs to be included. You can check out our blog from earlier this week to see what SMARTER is all about. But we also wanted to give additional background information on each of the key components.Read More
So we absolutely LOVE Speech Language Pathologists and know that they can bring so much to the field of literacy intervention. As an SLP it can be hard to determine if such a broad scope of practice is a good thing or a bad thing but the bottom line is that with your training in the development of language you are often best positioned to support students with language-based literacy disorders.Read More
Today I’m sharing a great game that is perfect for reviewing concepts you’ve already learned about! It’s call Syllable Type Sort. The basic concept of the game is that each person picks a “team” (a.k.a. a syllable type) and then take turns reading and sorting words for 3 minutes (you could set this for any length of time, though!). At the end of the time, whoever has the most cards in their “team” wins!Read More
Today I’m super excited to share with you our -ck Layer Bundle. This includes a lot of the resources I use to teach my students the -ck phonogram using the acronym SMARTER to guide my session.Read More
With any kind of literacy instruction, it is important to be taking data. This form was made to help you do just that! It is comprehensive enough to hit on multiple components of your lesson.Read More
Happy Freebie Friday, Friends!
We are so excited about this week’s free resource because it is something we use with our students every. single. day.
This week’s freebie is our Sound Drill.
Also known as the phonogram drill.Read More
There’s a lot to Structured Literacy…it can be overwhelming trying to get it all pulled together between trying to remember what materials you need to trying to remember what order you are trying to teach the skills.
Wait…what is structured literacy?
If you find yourself asking yourself this question, you are not alone!Read More
Earlier this week, we took a look at the fact that the Jenga Tower is symbolic of the reading skills or the foundation of reading strategies that a student possesses. Each block that is carefully and strategically placed, represents a specific skill that contributes to a student’s overall reading proficiency.Read More
Happy Freebie Friday!
If you are looking for an easy way to track your readers’ data and form small groups, here is an easy tool that will save the day! Use the Diamond Tip sheet to sort your students by a single data point. You can use the DRA level, STAR test level, iReady score, etc.Read More
Happy Friday, Everyone! We absolutely can not believe that October is already over. Holy moly! With October coming to a close, that means we are also finishing up with Dyslexia Awareness month. Our team was lucky enough to get to travel to the International Dyslexia Association’s National Conference last week - which was AMAZING.Read More
Okay everyone, we’ve got some heavy stuff for you this Friday. But here’s the thing we are super amped up about it right now because we are at the International Dyslexia Association National Conference and just had the opportunity to present this information about our favorite thing since sliced bread.Read More
Happy Friday…wow this week went fast, can’t say we are complaining! So we are wrapping up our six syllable types this week with our final syllable type. This last syllable type is called “stable final” syllables but the most common stable final syllable is Consonant LE so this week we are sharing our Consonant-LE anchor chart with you! Again, this resource is great for students who benefit from a reminder or review on the different syllable types.Read More
Happy Freebie Friday, everybody! WE hope you all have had an awesome week and are looking forward to a break this weekend. To make this week even sweeter, we are giving you ANOTHER anchor chart, perfect to help your students remember their syllable type rules.Read More
I love anchor charts! I am a big believer in providing visual anchors for our students. While I know that all students benefit from a visual cue, it is our impacted students or students with dyslexia that need this resource made available to them.Read More
Happy Friday, everyone! I can’t believe this month is already coming to a close! Don’t worry though - we still have 3 more Syllable Types to talk about next month! Boy, are we excited to share all of our Reading and Spelling Rules that Nobody Ever Taught You! If you missed this week’s blog about Bossy RRead More
Happy Friday, everyone! Hope you are all having a fantastic week! This week we are sharing our VCE or Magic E anchor chart with you! This resource is great for students who benefit from a reminder or review on the different syllable types.Read More
Happy Friday! It’s our favorite day because it means we get to share a new free resource with you! This week we are sharing our Closed Syllable anchor chart with you, which is a great way to help your students remember exactly what Closed Syllables are!Read More
One of the most challenging things about walking into an IEP meeting for both parents and educators is that there are so many things you need to be considering.
We are so excited to share with you this printable that we have that helps us to organize IEP Services.Read More
If you are like me, I need a check list to keep myself organized! This week we have been talking about how to organize your intervention materials. If you haven't read this week's blog post yet, you can check it out here. Here is a checklist of all of the things you would want to use with a SMARTER Intervention lesson. If you are in a school setting (classroom or intervention), one lesson could last a week. This checklist can be used weekly.Read More