Sight words & Reading

There is a push in lower grades for children to memorize the list of sight words that are comparable to their grade level.   Sight words are frequently used words in a text that students recognize instantly without sounding them out.  They account for about 75% of words that beginning readers see in a book, and … Continue reading Sight words & Reading

Pencil Grasp Development

As your child grows and develops, the way they hold their pencil will begin to change. As you're guiding them, you want to make sure you're allowing their fine and gross motor skills to develop.  You don't want to rush their development. Your child will let you know when they are ready to move forward. Monitor each stage … Continue reading Pencil Grasp Development

But, I don’t have the time…​

Being a parent is one of the hardest jobs in the world. How many times do you wake up in the morning with a checklist that's longer than the 24 hours you've been given? There doesn't seem like there are enough hours in the day to go to work, do homework with your children, drive … Continue reading But, I don’t have the time…​

Mastering Content or Meaningful Content

When planning a meaningful lesson, one of the first things you should ask yourself is, “What’s the end result and how can my students make a real-world connection after the lesson is finished?” There is a difference between mastering content and meaningful content. About a month ago, one of my students (at my tutoring center) … Continue reading Mastering Content or Meaningful Content

Build It + Write It

Please click on this free Build It + Write It resource to use as an activity in the areas of phonemic awareness and phonics.  After you download the activity, laminate it so that your child can write on it with a dry erase marker.  You can use magnetic letters, Bananagrams, or letters that you have in your … Continue reading Build It + Write It