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Poems for Kids: Over 600 poems for teaching poetry terms & poetic devices to children in grades 3-6

Oh, the best laid plans…I was really hoping Poems for Kids: Over 600 poems for teaching poetry terms & poetic devices to children in grades 3-6 was going to be published in March just before National Poetry Month in April, but sometimes projects just take a little bit longer than expected. It’s now June, and …

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Learning to Read Starts with the Ears

It may be surprising, but learning how to read actually starts with the ears, not the eyes. Hearing and discriminating sounds comes first, before learning alphabet letters. There are five essential components to reading instruction, but at the very foundation is phonological awareness & phonemic awareness.  So…what is the difference between phonological awareness & phonemic …

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Get 5 FREE Summer Coloring Pages

Anyone who knows me knows that I love FREE teaching stuff. I’m always on the lookout for fun free teaching resources and I just discovered some awesome summer coloring pages that make the perfect inside activity when things get just a little bit too hot outside. I’m a superfan of Melissa & Doug Educational Toys …

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Teach Phonics with Summer Poems

Like everyone, I’ve been spending more time than usual inside this summer due to Covid-19, but I live in a wonderful little coastal town in North County San Diego and it’s still nice to be able to get some fresh air at the beach when it’s a bit less crowded on a week day. One …

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