How to Teach a Kinder with No Sound Knowledge

letter-sound correspondence instruction for kindergarteners

[Flashback Facebook episode on letter-sound correspondences instruction] Hello! I’m Marnie Ginsberg from Reading Simplified, where we help classroom teachers and homeschool parents streamline their instruction in reading so they can see their students accelerate their achievement. I am here today with a short little answer to one of our reader’s questions about letter-sound correspondences instruction. […]

Quick Help for Blending Challenges

Got blending problems? It’s a classic new-reader challenge. Even if your students can blend CVC (3-sound) words, they may not be able to blend CVCC or CCVC words. Watch a rising 1st grader get better and better at her blending using a simple technique–Blend As You Read. AND, you are invited to learn more about […]

Quickest Way to Teach the Main Decoding Strategy

[Transcript of the Quickest Way to Teach the Main Decoding Strategy] Marnie: Hello, I’m Marnie Ginsberg of Reading Simplified, where it’s our mission to help classroom teachers streamline their reading instruction and accelerate their students’ reading achievement. So today we’re going to show you “Blend As You Read.” This is a super-simple activity that is […]

Reading Tests That Inform Instruction

cartoon teacher small group of students smiling

“Houston, we have a problem.” Beyond the 2nd grade, most classroom teachers do not have access to specific assessment information about reading that can inform instruction. This is a big problem. In the U.S., for instance, nearly 65% of 4th grade readers are NOT proficient in reading. Teachers of these struggling readers are likely aware […]

Netflix for English Teachers–15 Nights of PD via Facebook Live

ELA live 15 days of PD on FB

What’s the most ridiculous PD experience you’ve had? My funniest was my first day as brand-spanking-new teacher after 2 years of preparation….The district curriculum director gathered all the new recruits for the district into a small conference room and trapped us there.  All. Day. Ok, I bet you’re thinking…”I’ve had to do that. That’s no […]