Sunday, January 29, 2017

Read to Inspire Kindness and Inclusion

As usual, I feel like I'm a day late and a dollar short. When I was teaching full-time, I felt as if I would never catch up with everything on my must-do list. My mantra became "I'll be finished in June". Well, in retirement the only deadlines are self-imposed and June never comes!

I had intended to write this post last weekend to join with others on Teachers Pay Teachers in promoting a #kindness nation with a collection of free teaching resources. Instead of feeling as if I'm late, I've decided to focus on the timeless quality of kindness. A little bit of internet searching revealed:
  • February 17th is National Random Acts of Kindness Day
  • February 12th - 18th is Random Acts of Kindness Week
  • November 13th is World Kindness Day
  • November 24th is Random Acts of Kindness Friday

Sunday, January 15, 2017

How to Get Started With Segmenting Phonemes

I must be a cookbook collector! I just counted over 30 cookbooks lined up on a shelf in my pantry. That doesn't include my two file boxes stuffed with recipe booklets (at least a dozen with chocolate in the title) picked up in the checkout line at the grocery store or the cookbooks delegated to a bottom cabinet. I typically use only a handful of favorite recipes from each book. I still have my first, "Betty Crocker's Cookbook", purchased 40 years ago. I continue to rely on the pie crust, strawberry shortcake, and bean soup recipes from this cookbook!

Like cookbooks, I collected many program manuals during my teaching career. Like cookbooks, I tended to try everything in the manual and then over time narrowed my focus to one or two components of the program.

Read this post to discover fabulous ways for teaching the foundational skill of phoneme segmentation with young or struggling learners.
Photo by Fresh Snaps

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Wonderful Wintery Ways to Review Letters and Sounds

The weather in my part of Virginia is forecast to be sunny and in the mid-50's today. The possibility of snow is in the forecast for two of the next three days! This is a typical Virginia winter with a wide variety of weather to please everyone; highs ranging from 15 to 65 degrees, sunny, windy, rainy, a coating of ice, a dusting of snow, oh wait a minute, make that two feet of snow!

As you return to your classroom in this new calendar year for a new semester of teaching and learning, your students will exhibit an equally wide variety of achievement levels and readiness to take on new tasks. Some of your littles will undoubtedly still need a daily review of letters and sounds.

Check out this post for free printable winter hat letter and number cards, perfect for preschool and kindergarten, along with links to other resources.