We want children to hear individual sounds and learn to blend them to make words for reading and writing. Teachers routinely exaggerate the sounds in words to help students hear them more clearly.
But have you considered that when you stretch out sounds for segmenting or blending, you may actually be doing it incorrectly? And, thus, making it more difficult for your students to learn the sounds and blend them?Read More
It’s time for hair-raising Halloween and it seems students are increasingly excited about this typically American holiday. What began as a religious celebration on the eve of All Hallow’s Day in remembrance of the dead, has became the commercial trick-or-treating, costume-wearing, pumpkin-carving and apple-bobbing celebration it is today. So rather than treat it as a simple classroom craft opportunity, why not try to weave a ghoulish theme across the learning areas for some spine-chilling results?Read More
It seems schools these days are struggling with issues of bullying and falling literacy rates, not to mention the increasing focus on digital technologies and critical and creative thinking in classroom learning. That’s a lot for teachers to keep up with to best meet the needs of their students.Read More