emergent literacy

Easy Peasy Comprehension Builders and Boosters!

Happy Back-To-School 2019! I’m so excited for you! Just in time, sharing some of my favorite strategies, time-tested ways to build kids’ understanding when they read. Snap! These hacks work. What do ‘good’ readers do? Comprehension is the goal of all reading.  Children make sense of their world through discovery. Meeting new friends, taking trips […]

Teaching Littlest Kids To Read, Or Not?

child reading

Littles say the funniest things. The other day I asked “What’s your Mommy’s name?” Reply- Mommy.” Get what you ask for, right? Childhood is a precious time. What’s the rush? I’m back at school, year two, one week in, hired under a Literacy Grant, a good thing and not so good. What’s great is I […]

Early Literacy: Just Focus on These 5 Things and Stop the Other Stuff

letter flashcards

It’s becoming more and more commonplace to see programs using flashcards and worksheets in their attempt to jumpstart literacy development. These early academic activities are touted as best approaches and provide tangible take-homes for anxious parents who don’t want their children to “get behind.” Unfortunately, what’s really important to early literacy is largely being overlooked […]

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 […]

A Conversation about Conversation in Early Childhood Classrooms

Conversation Compass

Although there are four components of the language arts, it seems we give the most attention to reading and writing. But listening and speaking are equally important and lead up to reading and writing in a developmental progression. In fact, literacy expert Gay Su Pinnell has stated that oral language is the foundation of literacy […]

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