Data Tracking with Word Lists

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.

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A Break from ALL the Things

Every single Friday, we come to you with new resources you can implement in your intervention session. But, this week….we wanted to do something a little different.

If you’re on our email list you know that we just did a 7 Days of Love and Freebies series and we know that if you’re anything like us…you’ve saved those to your inbox because you’re excited to use them and are going to print them off and laminate them just as soon as you have a chance. You are right?!

But, we also know it can be overwhelming - when you have all the things you want to be doing for your students but you’re also absolutely exhausted by all of those things.

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Explicit Instruction From the Beginning

Today we wanted to share another resource with you that you can use to explicitly teach concepts to your younger students. We get a lot of questions from people asking what this looks like to make sure we are setting appropriate literacy foundations from the very beginning with explicit teaching. This resource will help you to do exactly that starting with your pre-K students.

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Evidence Based Reading Intervention Checklist

This week’s freebie was built to help you understand “research-based” instruction.

As interventionists, teachers, SLPs, educators, and parents, I am sure we have heard that the materials our kids are using need to be “evidence-based.” Without a true and valid scientific backing, there is no guarantee that a program is going to deliver results.

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Semantics Assessment

For struggling students, we spend so much time working to build phonological awareness and phonics skills that we rarely get to the higher-level skills of building vocabulary knowledge and comprehension. We assume those skills will come naturally once a child has the necessary foundational skills required to decode. But the problem is that for many students, those higher-level skills don’t come.

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Scope and Sequence

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.

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SMARTER Framework

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.

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SLPs Ultimate Guide to Literacy Intervention

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.

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Syllable Type Sort

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!

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-ck Layer Bundle

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.

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Sound Drill Freebie Friday!

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.

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Getting Started with Structured Literacy Guide

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!

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Tiered Levels of Instruction Freebie

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.

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Dyslexia Symptoms Checklist

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.

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