When I was little, I remember struggling with how to tie my shoes. I watched my mom show me 1000 times, but I just could not get it. It wasn't until she helped me do it by placing her hands over mine while showing me, that I was able to learn independently. Many kids need to learn by DOING. You can tell them and model something a bunch of times, but sometimes it takes them doing it or using ... Read More about My 3 Favorite Supplies for Tactile Learning
Teachers are often missing one simple key to their phonics lesson: visuals. You need to include visual instruction when planning your systematic and explicit phonics lessons. Visuals are essential to multi-sensory learning, and effective lessons will always start with some phonics type of visual reference. This is probably the simplest piece of planning your phonics lesson, so let's talk about 2 ... Read More about 2 Simple Ways to Incorporate Visuals in a Multi-Sensory Phonics Lesson
You may have heard of a term floating around called "multi-sensory learning". Maybe you know what it is but need help applying it to your daily lessons. Today, I am going to share what multi-sensory learning is and why it is important for early childhood educators. What is Multi-Sensory Learning? The multi-sensory approach to learning incorporates the use of visual, auditory, and ... Read More about What is Multi-Sensory Learning and Why is it Important?
Did you know that teaching kids to how to spell starts with phonemic awareness? Spelling, or encoding, directly correlates to oral segmentation, just like decoding stems from oral blending. Before a student can spell a word, like h-a-t spells hat, they need to know how to orally segment the word. The next step in this process is dictation. Today, I will share how to practice dictation to help ... Read More about How to Practice Dictation to Help Your Students Spell Independently
Are you looking for a last-minute, no-prep Kindergarten writing activity? As teachers, we tend to overthink and plan elaborate and engaging lessons every day. In reality, we need simple and no-prep activities that you can do with your students repeatedly. I've always liked to keep a list of quick writing activities I can do with my students, whether I need a last-minute small group lesson or ... Read More about 3 Simple No-Prep Kindergarten Writing Activities with Just Paper