Sunday, September 18, 2016

How to Effectively Introduce Letters & Sounds the Multi-Sensory Way

By the end of my teaching career, I felt like I was hanging on to my chalkboard by the tips of my fingers. Every year, my principal tried to persuade me to trade it in for a brand new, shiny whiteboard. And every year, I politely declined, insisting I needed my chalkboard. Perhaps you think I'm just nostalgic about chalk dust. Actually, not at all! But using chalk on a chalkboard does produce a drag which provides sensory input. Compare this to the smoothness of a marker on a whiteboard. My chalkboard was an essential tool for teaching letters and sounds using a multi-sensory approach.

This post provides guidance for introducing letters and sounds using multi-sensory techniques. Free letter/ sound picture cards are featured.


Some children learn letters and sounds easily with exposure to alphabet books, environmental print, and sound play. Other children require explicit instruction. This post is for teachers working with children who benefit from explicit instruction.

Friday, September 9, 2016

Opportunity to Win a $25 Teachers Pay Teachers Gift Card

You've been facing a classroom of eager learners for at least a week (maybe even 4 or 5 weeks) and are starting to pinpoint their instructional needs. If you are at all like me, you're always searching for that next "best teaching tool" to meet your students' needs. Take this opportunity for a chance to win a $25 Teachers Pay Teachers gift card to help fulfill their needs (or maybe just your wants)!

Enter before 9/16/16 for the chance to win a $25 Teachers Pay Teachers gift card!


Sunday, September 4, 2016

Why Is That Scolding Hawk on My Balcony?

One recent afternoon, I was relaxing on my couch reading a book and drinking my cup of tea, as I happened to glance out the sliding glass door in an adjacent room. I couldn't believe what I was seeing! Could that be an owl perched on my balcony? I obviously had owls on my mind, as I had been creating owl themed resources. (Please keep reading as there is a free writing prompt in this post!)

Read about the hawk on my balcony. A free photo writing prompt appropriate for first, second, and third graders is included.