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What To Do When Your Students Don’t Know The Alphabet

How do we help teach the alphabet to students who are already behind their peers? It’s the goal of kindergarten to teach our students to read. The very first step is learning the alphabet. Many students come to kindergarten already reading. Most of our students will know many letters. But

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Best Alphabet Books

Alphabet books are a great tool for beginning readers.     One of the best ways to get your students fluent with alphabet skills is to read, read, read. Alphabet books are a great way for your students to have exposure and experience with the letters. Read my top tips

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The BEST way to teach sight words.

Whether you call them sight words, trick words or high-frequency words, if you want your kids to be fluent readers they need to know the words that don’t follow the rules. It’s crucial that our students have a library of words they know. If you look closely at the leveled texts

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November STEM Challenges

Fun STEM idea for Thanksgiving. Here comes Thanksgiving. As soon as Halloween is over my mind shifts to Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. No gifts, no stress, just a great meal with family and friends. It’s fun to celebrate Thanksgiving at school as well. My focus has been on

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Using Picture Passwords on Boom Learning

Picture Passwords are a game-changer for primary students. If you have spent any time in the younger grades you know that getting your students logged in is the hardest part of using Chromebooks and iPads in kindergarten. Well, not anymore. Boom Learning has announced picture logins. Using images instead of letters,

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Using Boom Cards in The Primary Classroom

Using Boom Cards in The Primary Classroom Boom Cards provide the digital resources you need to bring digital learning into your primary classroom. Boom Cards are self-checking digital task cards that provide immediate feedback to students. Teachers have access to the data through Boom’s reports feature. Giving teachers a powerful

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Why learning the alphabet is so important.

Knowing the alphabet is the best predictor of reading success. I have been teaching in the primary grades for over 30 years. In that time I have seen expectations change for kindergarten students. What started out as social-emotional growth, learning to play with friends, fine motor skills, and alphabet skills

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Tips for Logging Kindergarten Students onto a Chromebook

  The hardest part about using digital resources in the primary grades is getting your kids logged in. You don’t need to be an early childhood expert to quickly figure out that getting to log into Google Classroom is the biggest challenge. If you have spent any time with young children

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How do we differentiate instruction?

If you have spent any time in a classroom recently you know that teachers are constantly asked to differentiate. So let’s talk differentiation in the classroom. What exactly does it mean when we say we differentiate our instruction to meet all our learners? I have yet to go to a

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