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Want to know how the Science of Reading applies to your classroom? Keep reading to discover what the research suggests, and how we should teach phonics and phonemic awareness to help all students learn to read.

In general, I don’t play games every day with my students (or every week.)  There is one huge exception to that rule, though:  kindergarten.  In my kindergarten groups with students who are still learning their letters, I play games almost daily.  The reason why is two-fold.  For starters, kindergarteners are still learning to adjust to school and need to shift
In the past 12 years of teaching, 5 as a reading specialist, I’ve changed how I organize my groups.  A LOT.  Today, I want to share the system I have finally settled on that makes my groups run as smoothly as possible.  And look friends, this isn’t going to be pretty.  You know I don’t do cutesy, and let’s face
Synthetic phonics is more effective than embedded phonics. Phonics is ubiquitous. You honestly can’t read an education article or listen to a podcast without hearing about the importance of phonics. But what does the research actually suggest concerning phonics instruction? I believe that knowledge is power, and today I want to give you key points about the effects of phonics
   I am the queen of simplicity and anti-hoarding.  If I haven’t used it in the past year or two, it’s going in the trash or the recycling bin.  I don’t get attached to objects in my classroom just because money has been spent on them, especially if they are not aligned with best practices.  I don’t keep stinky books, outdated
This is one of the decodable texts I use from The Literacy Nest.                Do you want your students to become more proficient, automatic readers?  We all do, right?  This may sound like an oversimplification, but the one thing I suggest we all need a lot more of is practice.  If we want our children to become more automatic word