Reading & Writing

How to Teach Phonics and Decoding Skills to Elementary Students

Let’s explore phonics! Phonics refers to the ability to match letters and letter-sounds, which can help your students “break the reading code.” In this article, you’ll learn more about why phonics skills are so important for literacy development, then discover helpful strategies for teaching elementary students—with five free downloadable teacher

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Understanding and Teaching Reading Fluency in Your Classroom

Let’s explore reading fluency, an important foundation for reading comprehension. In this article you’ll discover strategies for fostering reading fluency in the classroom, along with five free activities you can use with your students! What Is Reading Fluency? Reading fluency, in a nutshell, is the ability to read at an

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How to Build Phonological Awareness Skills in Your Classroom

In this article we’ll first explore phonological awareness, the listening skills that help students understand the structure of spoken language. These skills are a foundational part of learning to read. Then, we’ll share strategies you can use to help your students develop phonological awareness skills—with free rhyming books for classroom

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The Science of Reading: How to Understand and Apply the Basics

Teaching students to read is so much more than sitting them down in front of a book. It takes an intentional mix of explicit classroom lessons, individualized support, and family engagement to help children develop strong reading skills. But, how do we know what strategies will work best? Have you

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31 Halloween Learning Activities for Kids

Looking for educational Halloween activities with all treats, no tricks? You’ve come to the right place! Here, you’ll find a total of 31 Halloween activities that you can use to teach or practice learning skills from home–one idea for each day of October. First, you’ll find 13 Halloween-themed STEM activities

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9 Ways to Celebrate Digital Citizenship Week as a Family

Digital Citizenship Week is right around the corner. This year, it’s from October 17th to the 21st! Held every year by the nonprofit Common Sense Media, this event encourages families to teach their little ones the skills kids need to stay safe and informed online. But what are these skills,

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Celebrating International Literacy Day in the Classroom

International Literacy Day is a worldwide celebration that takes place on September 8. It is a wonderful event created by UNESCO in 1967 to encourage literacy and promote the value of teaching children to read. Keep reading to discover fun and engaging ways to celebrate all forms of literacy with

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52 Journal Prompts for Kids to Reflect and Practice Writing Skills

Keeping a journal can have many benefits for your child, whether they keep it by themselves or with your help. In addition to practicing writing, journaling can give children a way to capture their thoughts and memories. Plus, journaling can boost your child’s mood and mental well-being because it teaches

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