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Category: Phonics

A young boy reading a fluency grid.

Fluency Grids: Practices That Work

Decodable Texts: When and How to Use

10 Phonics Terms You Should Know

Today, I want to keep it simple.  When you first learn about the Science of Reading, it can be overwhelming. 

The History of the English Language

               I have to be honest:  I am a full-on history nerd.  As an undergrad, I was a religious studies

My Favorite Alphabet Games

In general, I don’t play games every day with my students (or every week.)  There is one huge exception to

What the National Reading Panel Says About: Phonics

Synthetic phonics is more effective than embedded phonics. Phonics is ubiquitous. You honestly can’t read an education article or listen

My 5 Phonics Must-Haves

   I am the queen of simplicity and anti-hoarding.  If I haven’t used it in the past year or two, it’s

The Decodable Story We All Need: An Interview with “Monster and Friends”

When I first heard from the author of “Monster and Friends,” I didn’t really think much about it. The author

The Power of Decodable Folders

This is one of the decodable texts I use from The Literacy Nest.                Do you want your students to

Practices That Work: Sound-Symbol Mapping

A  few months ago, I started a series of blog posts where I do a deep dive into specific instructional

My Favorite Reading Games

There’s nothing quite like a game to take worn-out and wound-up children and bring them back to center.  There have

Spring 2022 Decodable Awards

You know I love decodables.  One of my first blog posts was about why they are important and the difference