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In this post, I offer a 90-minute literacy block schedule that can be used in kindergarten, first, and second-grade classrooms.  The literacy block is broken up into whole group phonics instruction, small group instruction, and whole group language comprehension.  I explain what skills should be taught in each part of the literacy block and leave you with a FREE downloadable template to help you plan your 90-minute literacy block.

I suggest a schedule for your 90-minute literacy block that can be used in kindergarten, first, and second-grade classrooms. I break it into three parts 1) whole group phonics instruction 2) small group instruction and 3) whole group language comprehension. I explain what specific literacy skills should be taught in each part of the 90-minute block. Finally, I leave you with a FREE downloadable 90-minute literacy block planning template.

How to Use Technology to Make Vocabulary Words Memorable

How to use technology to make vocabulary words come alive. Google Drawing for laptops and Chromebooks as well as the PicCollage app for iPads are the two digital tools used to make vocabulary words come alive. Technology in the classroom

Teaching Reading Virtually - Teaching with Jennifer Findley

Are you teaching reading virtually and looking for ideas and strategies? This post shares one way to structure your weekly digital reading instruction.

Establishing a differentiated, responsive classroom

I've been reading the book, Mindsets in the Classroom by Mary Cay Ricci, and just finished chapter 3. It was a real eye-opener. Through all of my years of teaching, I thought I was differentiating by planning and implementing reteaching and enrichment lessons and activities as my class worked through a unit. But in this chapter, I learned how important it is to start the differentiation before the unit even begins! This process begins with the preassessment. So much valuable information can…

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20 Cheap & Easy Dinner Recipes For Your Picky Family

If you’re a busy mom or dad on a budget with picky eaters to feed, you’ve got to check out this list of CRAZY EASY family meals! All of these yummy recipes are made with just a few budget friendly ingredients.


Self-reflection is the most powerful practice you can adopt to improve your teachingl. Reflection can transform you from a good teacher to a great one!

Students have different learning style preferences. While some are visual learners and prefer to see charts, pictures, diagrams, etc., others prefer to learn by hearing, doing, reading or writing! The VARK model describes 4 learning preferences: visual, auditory, kinesthetic, and reading/ writing. This post has strategies and tips for teachers to use when planning instruction, to meet the needs of all kinds of learners. #tejedastots

Tips and strategies for incorporating different teaching methods to meet the needs of all learners, whether they have visual, auditory, reading/ writing, or kinesthetic learning preferences.

A Phonics Scope and Sequence Aligned to the Science of Reading

In this post, I discuss the qualities of effective phonics instruction and offer you a science of reading-aligned phonics scope and sequence for Kindergarten, first and second-grade students.