Personal Spelling Card

Personal Spelling Card

The personal spelling card is another resource that students can use when they are writing.  I always encourage phonetic spelling as a part of writing development, but when students are consistently misspelling a word that they use frequently, these misspellings can become visually imprinted and harder to correct down the road.

A Handwriting Order that Makes Sense

A Handwriting Order that Makes Sense


I am describing an order of presentation for lowercase letter formation that has always been successful in my classroom. 

Important Word Cards : Reading Motivators: Personalized Reference

Important Word Cards: 



My students have always been more motivated to learn words that are important to them.  

Teaching Phonics in a Meaningful Way

Teaching Phonics
I have found that making phonics enjoyable and meaningful by immediately using phonemes in context makes the teaching and learning much more enjoyable and relevant. 

A Football Freebie & Signs of Fall in Kindergarten and First Grade

WELCOME FALL!



It's hard to believe FALL is on its way!  I always like to be sure that my young learners are noticing the changes that occur each season. I used to do this with my own daughters (who are now both teachers),

Paperless Classroom: Boom Cards and Products for Google Apps

Beginning Sounds, Rhyming, Letter Recognition, Color Recognition, Consonant Digraphs, Short Vowels, Silent e, Counting, Place Value, Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication for Personal Devices, SmartBoards or Projectors


Sight Word Assessment in First Grade

Sight Word Assessment in First Grade 

I am writing about a sight word assessment I have used every year that really helps me evaluate my students' word recognition skills. 

First Week of School for Kindergarten and First Grade 2019


Off To A Great Start!

      Here are some back to school ideas for the first week of school in first grade that help to make each young learner feel welcome and special!