Professional Development

Virtual Shared Reading: A Step-by-Step Guide

One of the balanced literacy components my students always loved was shared reading. They loved getting to read fun poems, read big books, and sing songs. I loved the opportunity to model fluent reading and how to think like a reader. As distance learning for many is beginning this fall, I wanted to take a […]

Balanced Literacy in Kindergarten and First Grade

Balanced literacy in kindergarten and first grade is a crucial part of the day. See how this teacher explains each element and teaches it in her classroom.

Balanced literacy is truly a passion of mine.  I was lucky enough to be surrounded by amazing teachers who took me under their wings my first few years of teaching and really taught me how balanced literacy in kindergarten and first grade should look.  I have had several questions about when to do guided reading and […]

What is Shared Reading?: An Easy Start Guide

Shared reading instruction can seem tricky, but it doesn't have to be! This how-to guide makes it super simple and manageable for kindergarten and first grade! I love what they do after a week of instruction and practicing strategies, too! #balancedliteracy #sharedreading

Shared reading is a valuable part of the balanced literacy approach. You may be wondering what it is or how it’s different than a read aloud. Because it takes up such a small amount of time, it often is left out. But I am here to tell you that the 15 minutes spent on shared […]

Integrating Science into Reading and Writing

Integrating science into reading and writing is a breeze once you see how this teacher does it! She provides a detailed look into how she squeezes it all in!

Science was, hands down, a favorite time in my class for all of my students year after year! We were not only able to explore fun topics, but we were able to get our hands dirty and carry the topic throughout the day as we learned reading and writing skills.  And let’s be honest–with everything […]

Martin Luther King, Jr. Poem and Activities

Martin Luther King, Jr. is honored on the third Monday of January every year. For years a man by the name of John Conyers, a congressman from Michigan, worked to honor MLK with a national holiday. It wasn’t until 2000 that every state finally recognized this day. Teacher friends, we still have so much work […]

A Glimpse at Shared Reading and a Facebook FREEBIE

Great tools to use for shared reading! I also love the weekly teaching guided she shares. It makes shared reading a breeze to implement!

Shared reading is one of my most favorite parts of the day!! It is a time for me to model what great reading looks like, sounds like, and even how great readers think.  The best part is that the students get the joy of reading the on-level text with me! When I taught Kindergarten in […]

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