New Readers are Like New Drivers

There is a lot of talk about fluency in reading. What is it and why is it important? Think of it like driving a car. You can go different speeds, but at each speed, you want the car to move fairly consistently and smoothly. A beginning driver might practice in a parking lot. He might […]

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Why Assessments?

Here is a picture of my sad, sad holly plant. I was taking good care of it, I promise.  Only… I didn’t know that it had to be watered from the bottom, not the top.  All of the water was pouring out the bottom instead of getting to the roots.  Now I’m not sure it […]

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How to know when a child is ready for phonics

Emerging literacy skills are on a continuum.  The skills build on each other.  They start to build when a young baby first hears language.  The child’s readiness will grow through many experiences with literacy—some of them direct instruction, modeling, and practice types of experiences and ideally, many more experiences will be natural parts of living […]

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It’s never too early

A group of us do a little preschool music group once a week, which my 4 year old adores.  I always bring my baby, but never thought that she got much out of it.  We start each week with a hello song.  We sing “Let’s sing hello to (and we name each child)”.  We hold […]

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Animal Freeze Dance

For preschool time today, we danced to the Animal Freeze Dance.  This is the very first part of our Listening Skills Kit in our Level one Phonological Awareness Curriculum. Michael and I LOVE this action song.  Of course anything with animals is a big hit with him!  I love it because he is having so much […]

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