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A Color Word Letter Sort - FREEBIE! Posted on 04 Jan 08:10 , 0 comments

In this free activity, children can cut the letters apart and sort them by the letter of the alphabet. This is meant to mimic the activity in which children search for large letters in environmental print, such as magazines and newspapers. For children that are learning to read the color words, these words qualify as environmental print for them.  It also helps them focus on each letter found in each word!

10 Simple Memory Tricks to Help Kids Learn the Alphabet Posted on 30 Nov 11:48 , 0 comments

Sometimes, kids have trouble learning the alphabet.  And when this happens, teachers and parents will use anything and everything to help them learn.  And often, inventing a mnemonic device (also known as a memory trick, a memory booster, or even a gimmick) about the more difficult letters can really help!  In this article, I'm going to share the little tricks I use to help my kids that struggle remember the letter NAMES.

17 Out of 22 Kids Learned the Alphabet in Just 11 Weeks. But How? Posted on 16 Nov 11:27 , 0 comments

Here are some of the methods I used to teach the alphabet with my transitional kindergarten (TK) class this fall. 17 out of 22 of them learned ALL of the letters and sounds in less than 11 weeks, and that's pretty amazing when you consider that they were ALL four years old when school started!

A Back to School Round Up! (FREEBIES!) Posted on 17 Aug 08:37 , 0 comments

Here are a few Back to School blog posts that I hope will help and inspire you as you start your new school year!

New! Alphabet Trace and Sound Circle Worksheets! Posted on 20 Jul 10:09 , 0 comments

Here is a brand, new product for those of you that teach the letters and sounds, especially within the "Letter of the Week" format:  It's our Alphabet trace and Sound Circle Worksheets!  I love these because they are simple, straightforward, and to the point, and can usually be done in ten minutes or less. 

How I Got All My Kids to Learn 100% of the Letters & Sounds Posted on 19 Jun 13:12 , 0 comments

Here are my weekly routines for teaching and reviewing the alphabet and letter sounds that led to 100% mastery for every single student in my class- even the children that struggled to learn!

Tips for Teaching Kids to Write on Lined Paper! Posted on 04 May 08:49 , 1 comment

Here are some great tips to help teach kids to write on lined paper! It's always been one of my LEAST favorite things to do in kinder, but I've gathered some ideas that seem to work well! Continue reading

New Workshop with Heidi, Palma, & Drew in June! Posted on 23 Mar 09:38 , 0 comments

Today I am excited to announce that I will be giving a workshop with Palma Lindsay and Drew Giles on Saturday June 2, 2018, in Albany, CA!  Our workshop will be just for Pre-K, Transitional Kindergarten (TK), and Kindergarten teachers … Continue reading

How to Teach the Alphabet! Posted on 05 Jan 10:52 , 0 comments

Here's how I teach the alphabet, all 52 letters and sounds! My method uses movement, music, manipulatives, & mnemonic devices (things to help jog the memory) to help kids learn. Kids love it because it is fun and active, but the most important thing is that IT WORKS!

Mega Bloks Alphabet & Beginning Sounds Match Idea Posted on 17 Nov 08:50 , 0 comments

A fun idea for those Mega Bloks that are sitting in a tub, just waiting to be put to good use! It’s easy-peasy and so much fun for the kids to put together! And if you already have our Alphabet Workbook Volume 2, then you already have what you need!