Why Phonics Matters

    Why Phonics Matters  Thirty-five years ago, when I began teaching, phonics reigned supreme as the preeminent way to teach children to read. Isolating letters and sounds was the way I was taught to read, so that’s the way I began …
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    Supporting the Reluctant Reader

    Follow me through a typical day and you will see me reading: reading microwave cooking directions on the side of a frozen food container, reading articles on travel or exercise or cures for wrinkles, scrolling through educational websites, and at …
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    Storytelling Strategy

    This month, I would like to explain one strategy our teachers use with our students from early childhood to fifth grade, Telling a Story Across Five Fingers. This strategy comes from the writing workshop approach developed by Lucy Calkins at …
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