early reading

Yes, Graphic Novels Are Real Books

Young boy reading manga

I’ve had a couple of parents approach me recently with questions akin to: “How do I get my child to read something else besides graphic novel? I want him to read real chapter books.” To which I say: “Why do you need to do this?” If your child is reading graphic novels, then he is […]

Learning To Teach Littlest Angels, Life Lessons For All


Leaving a Legacy. Walking the Talk I never dreamed I’d take my biggest educational risk ever, teaching the littles, but I did. Although for several years I was a Preschool Principal, it’s not the same as this. After summer volunteering, a literacy grant was awarded this special preschool, just my thing, so I’m back in […]

I Am a Shameless Briber of Readers!

Girl reading

I have returned from an incredibly inspiring reading conference. Some of the most notable literacy experts in the country presented. I attended many break-out sessions to increase my knowledge of great literacy practices. I even presented one myself entitled, ”Creating a School-Wide Culture of Literacy.” One of the controversial topics that was addressed often was […]

Dick and Jane Go To Kindergarten. Yikes!

What should Kindergartners be expected to know? Ginn’s Dick and Jane Big Book, 1948 What should kindergarteners know about reading? Dick and Janetaught a lot of kids how to read, even though not every yard had a pony. We’ve come a long way with rich literature and real life writing. But there is a chasm […]

How to Use Nursery Rhymes to Meet the Standards


With all the material teachers have to cover, it is essential to be highly efficient in our teaching. One of the most powerful tools for efficient teaching is nursery rhymes and folk songs. Iuse nursery rhymes and folk songs to teach rhyming, fluency, one-to-one correspondence in reading, sight words, directionality, phonics, decoding skills, encoding skills, […]

Something like magic


My son started reading last week. Just like that – one day he wasn’t and the next day he was… fluently. Now, you may not consider this too spectacular, after all he’s six, almost seven. Maybe you’re thinking that it’s about time he started to read, already. But here’s the piece I left out: he […]

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