Differentiating Literacy Centers – Week 3

Differentiating Literacy Centers - Week 3

Did you know that you can launch differentiated literacy centers within the first three weeks of school? If you’ve been keeping up with Reading Simplified, you’ll know that we’ve reached the final installment of our four-week Differentiating Literacy Centers series. And if you’re just joining us, you can catch up with the series by reading the […]

Differentiating Literacy Centers – Week 2

Differentiating Literacy Centers - Week 2

Have you tried to get your students into small groups by the second week of school? Sounds a little crazy, doesn’t it? Especially if you’re a kindergarten or first-grade teacher but let me tell you a secret…grouping your kids by the second week of the new school year IS possible. And I’m going to show you exactly […]

Differentiating Literacy Centers – Week 1

Differentiating Literacy Centers - Week 1

Preparing for the first week of school can be incredibly daunting, especially when it comes to planning for differentiating literacy centers. How can you work with a classroom of students where some are at higher or lower reading levels than others? It’s easy to get confused and even easier to overlook a struggling reader who may […]

3 Key Ingredients for Guided Reading with Beginners

3 Key Ingredients for Guided Reading with Beginners

Do you have a non-reader who seems stuck and unable to budge? Or perhaps you have a group of kids who are at a lower reading level, and you’ve got no idea how you can help them climb the reading ladder? Sound familiar?Well, I’ve got 3 KEY ingredients for a strong guided reading session for beginners […]

Big Rocks for Reading Achievement

Big Rocks for Reading Achievement

Have you heard of the “Rock, Pebbles, and Sand” story?  Here’s a quick reminder…Imagine a jar filled with rocks, sand, and pebbles. The big stones take up most of the space and the cracks in-between are filled with small pebbles and grains of sand. The jar is full. But what would happen if you put the […]

Repeated Reading Routine for Fluency

Repeated Reading Routine for Fluency

Sight words, (otherwise known as high-frequency sight words), are common words that kids are taught to read automatically at first sight without having to use any decoding strategies. As you can imagine, there are a lot of sight words. Since there’s no way to master sight words other than repeated reading and lots of practice, teaching kids […]

Oral Reading: The Importance of Strategic Practice

Oral Reading: The Importance of Strategic Practice

Why do some kids struggle with reading more than others? Are they missing something? And if so, what is it? If you ask me what beginner or struggling readers are neglecting, I’d tell you that it’s a lack of oral reading practice with a teacher’s feedback.Strategic oral reading practice with a teacher’s feedback is the NUMBER ONE […]

Shortcuts for Word Work

Shortcuts for Word Work

Our classroom reading instruction time can often feel rushed and ineffective. Why?Well, most of us can only dedicate 10 to 20 minutes of reading time per day. There’s so much to cover in such a short space of time that it’s almost impossible to get it all done using traditional teaching methods. According to several different […]

Reading Instruction Shortcuts for Switch It

Reading Instruction Shortcuts for Switch It

Are you struggling to get the most out of reading instruction time with your kids? Maybe you’ve got 20 minutes or less to work on their phonemic segmentation and phonemic manipulation skills, but you’re crunched for time? I know the feeling!It can be so frustrating when you’re only halfway through the lesson, and the school bell interrupts […]

Play the Phonics Intervention Game!

Play the Phonics Intervention Game!

Most struggling readers have poor sound-based decoding skills, which means they lack the core foundation of being a good reader. They’re unable to line-up each sound of a word with each individual letter sound and thus, reading breaks down.But what if I told you there was an intervention plan that solves most reading problems for […]