Instruction for Advanced Readers

Instruction For Advanced Readers

​​​We talk about beginners and struggling readers a lot here on Reading Simplified. But not all kids struggle to get the code. Some readers accelerate faster than other members of the classroom, and it’s important to support this rapid growth so that they can become even better readers.   We need to think about our readers and the stage they’re currently […]

Phonemic Awareness and Phonics Knowledge Boost

Phonemic Awareness and Phonics Knowledge Boost

Researchers have noticed that teachers across the board (and the world) from pre-service teachers to highly experienced teachers lack knowledge in fundamental early reading skills about things like phonemic awareness and phonics knowledge. Most of these teachers don’t even realize they lack in this area. But if they were to get a little booster (say, around […]

After School Routine: Extreme Makeover

After School Routine: Extreme Makeover

I’m very excited to introduce you all to Kelli Wise, the mastermind behind the “Chalk Full of Life” podcast. Kelli is an inspiring woman who coaches teachers to live a more balanced life and regain peace, joy, and fulfillment as teachers. In my interview with her, we talk about how you can develop new after-school routines […]

Halloween Sort It Freebie

Here’s a Treat for you, Dear Teacher!Can’t deliver candy to you on this Halloween, but I give you the next best thing…a Halloween activity page. AND, one that will help make your readers smarter.Now, that’s Sweet! Enjoy this 1-page Sort It worksheet (below). Sort It is our #1 streamlined tool for helping all beginning and struggling […]

How to Teach Blending Sounds to Read Words

How to Teach Blending Sounds to Read Words

Do you have kids in your classroom (or at home) who are learning letter-sounds and segmenting their words, but once they try and attack an unknown word, things fall apart? Do you have kids who can’t get past the first or second sound of a word?If you’ve got kids with blending problems, you’re in the right […]

Learning Phonics Quickly with Switch It

Learning Phonics Quickly

Do you ever stop and think…why do so many reading programs encourage us to teach reading sub-skills in isolated instruction? When you integrate early reading steps simultaneously into the context of words, it saves a lot of time and reduces your anxiety as the teacher. Because let’s be honest, teaching dozens of reading sub-skills to early […]

Lesson Plans for Developing Readers

Lesson Plans for Developing Readers

What if I told you there was a 3-part lesson plan that not only works for developing readers but works for first-graders straight through to struggling high school readers? How amazing would that be? Well, you can stop dreaming because, in this blog post, I share a 3-part lesson plan that moves the needle along for almost […]

Lesson Plans for Kindergarten Reading

Lesson Plans for Kindergarten Reading

Do you love getting free lesson plans as much as I do? In this post, I’m going to share the second week of lesson plans from the 3-part series we’ve got going on here at Reading Simplified. Previously, I shared lesson plans for brand new readers (which you can view here but this time, we’re taking […]

Lesson Plans for Brand New Readers

Lesson Plans for Brand New Readers

What’s the best gift you’ve received as a teacher? Whenever I receive a gift from one of my students, I cherish it. I love how a simple gift can hold so many wonderful memories, but I’d have to say that there’s one gift, in particular, I favor above ALL others. Can you guess what it is?That’s right, […]

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 […]