When students spell based on their current letter/sound knowledge and what they are able to hear when thinking about the word, they are using invented spelling. Though the word may not be spelled in the conventional way, it is far from invented. This type of spelling encourages students to think about and apply their current knowledge of how our language works and provides opportunities for teach...

Phonological awareness is a key predictor of later reading success. It begins about the age of three with listening to rhyme and alliteration. However, some of the more difficult aspects of phonological awareness are not fully developed until the age of nine. Phonological awareness is the auditory processing of sounds starting with larger chunks of sounds, including rhyme, alliteration, blending and s...

I want to use music in my classroom.  It helps children learn vocabulary, musicality, rhythm, keeping a beat, sequencing, patterning, and it’s fun!  However, every song I sing sounds the same because I cannot carry a tune to save my life!

If this scenario is something you can relate to, no need to worry.  There are several ways to provide musical experiences to your students regardless of your own...

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1st-3rd grade educators worked together to learn engaging ways to develop number sense. Students will develop fact fluency while playing games that use their number sense strategies. By learning their facts in this way, students are not merely memorizing, but rather learning to work with numbers flexibly.  “Low achievers are often low achievers not because they know less but because they don’t use numbers flexibly – they have been set on the wrong path, often from an early age, of trying to memorize methods instead of interacting with numbers flexibly.” Jo Boaler,  Stanford University, 2009


April 8, 2019

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