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Secret Sauce for Phonological Awareness: Learning Style

Post Promise: Literacy is vital to our students’ success, and phonological awareness is crucial to mastery of this skill. Today, I’ll share one big reason some of your learners may be having trouble grasping this important concept (hint: it isn’t that they aren’t intelligent enough!). Keeping learning style in mind is vital to gaining phonological …

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Ten Sight-Word Activities to Vitalize Virtual Classrooms

Is the virtual classroom draining the excitement out of your instruction, especially with sight-words? Well, if teaching were a fall festival, this post would be the apple cider, cinnamon stick and all. Because you can’t have fall without apple cider! Today, I’m going to share 10 engaging sight-word activities to spice up your virtual classroom. …

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5 Essential Skills for Phonological Awareness

Get your FREE Phonological Awareness Skills Overview! Send my Reference Sheet!  We respect your privacy. Unsubscribe at anytime. Post Promise: Phonological awareness is vital for our learners to achieve, but it isn’t just one concept. It’s made of many skills. I’ll break them down for you here so you can ensure your students have a …

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3 Easy Active Learning Strategies (That Also Work Virtually)

Hello there, teacher friend! Today, I’m going to share three active learning strategies that will engage your learners whether you are in person or teaching virtually. Plus, if you’re teaching virtually, I’ve got a tool especially for you at the end – The Virtual Classroom Survival Guide. Did you know that I’m sharing content in …

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Classroom Cheers: An Active, Motivational Tool for Primary Teachers (54 Free Cheer Cards to Download)

Post Promise: Classroom cheers aren’t only fun, they are an effective tool for teachers. Today, I will share with you the key benefits of using Cheer Cards in your Primary Classroom, whether you are teaching in-person or virtually. Stick to the end to find your free set of cheer cards (in English and Spanish) created …

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The Primary Teacher Friends Podcast: An Encouraging & Informative Place for K-2 Educators

Hey there, teacher friend! I’m extra excited to share the news I have for you today. Can I get a drum roll? 🥰 The Primary Teacher Friends Podcast is LIVE! I’ll be bringing my quirky Southern voice to you with encouragement, strategies, tips, and insights to make your teaching journey enjoyable and successful. Those two …

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How to Build Authentic Relationships in the Virtual Classroom

During this unusual season of uncertainty and unrest, the anticipation and drive with which educators typically get ready to go back to school might feel more like anxiety and dread. Will we be teaching in-person, hybrid, virtually, or all the above? And though those of us going back virtually may be equipped with the technology …

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What is Phonological Awareness? (v. Phonemic Awareness & Phonics)

Post Promise: Literacy is one of the most vital skills we teach in the primary grades. In this post I’ll help clear up what phonological awareness is and how it’s different from phonemic awareness and phonics. This will set the stage for future posts where I share what skills are involved in phonological awareness and …

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5 Game-Changing Tips for Home-School Success with a FREE Home-School Survival Kit

Post Promise: In this post you will find my TOP FIVE tips for how to manage teaching your K-2 child at home. If you haven’t implemented these ideas, they have the power to transform your home-school experience. Don’t miss the FREE Home-School Survival Kit included below that can help you implement these ideas as soon …

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How to Teach with Flashcards: Flashcard Teacher Secrets for Grades K-2

Post Promise: In this post, I will provide you some helpful tips and resources to help your student(s) master a deck of flashcards- whether these be sight-words, math facts or any other skill. Don’t miss the FREE Rainbow Flashcard System included at the end of this post! See my FB Video Training Here! The Dreaded …

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Virtual Classroom Rewards for K-2: How to Engage Students in Distant Learning

Post Promise: On this page you will find 5 fun classroom incentives that you can use during your distant learning endeavors in grades K-2. With the FREE Virtual Rewards BUNDLE included below and a little prep time, you can implement these strategies as soon as today. Watch the Video of this Content Digital Learning: An …

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Teaching Teen Numbers: A FREE Song & Routine your Students will LOVE

Post Promise: Within this post you’ll find a FREE Teen Number writing routine that will help your students master those tricky teen numbers 10 through 19. With the Teen Number Song and the Teen Number Writing Routine download you’ll find at the end of this post, you can implement this fun and simple strategy as …

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3 Sight-Word Strategies (scientifically-proven) to BOOST Engagement in Primary (K-2)

Post Promise: Are you looking to get your K-2 students more engaged in learning sight words? In this article I will share with you three powerful (and easy-to-implement) sight-word strategies that will boost the engagement and help your students master those sight-words. (Don’t forget to grab the FREE Sight-Word Engagement Guide at the end!) See …

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Writing CVC Words: 3 strategies to help your students become CVC Word Masters

Post Promise: Within this piece, I will provide you with three strategies that will bridge your students from letter/sound practice to CVC-word writing masters. If you are in that transition within your own classroom (or have 1st or 2nd Grade students who need intervention in this area) this information can help you get them there.  …

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Free 100th Day of School Printable Activities for Primary (K-2)

Hey there, Teacher friend.! Looks like you’re gearing up for your 100th Day Celebration in your Primary classroom. Me too! I don’t know about you, but I like activities and projects that are low-prep, created with little hands in mind and and those that are just plain fun for my students. That is why, in …

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Classroom Management: Managing Movement in the Primary Classroom (K-2)

Post Promise: If you teach Primary and are having trouble with too much student traffic and/or movement during inappropriate times during the day- this post is for you. I will tell you how I combat unnecessary traffic in my Kindergarten classroom using class discussion, rules, routines and student hand signals. I’ll even give you a …

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How to Increase Letter & Sound Fluency in Kindergarten

Hey there, friend. I hope you happened upon this post with intentions of helping your students to increase their letter and sound fluency- because I’m totally about to drop that bomb. I will describe an incredibly easy approach that will boost student engagement (whether you’re a teacher or home-school parent) and help your students master …

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Number Formation Practice: A daily routine that will guide your students to number-writing mastery.

Teaching and practicing number formation in Kindergarten can be a daunting task. If you’ve never had 20+ five-year old students in your care who could barely hold a pencil, you may not fully comprehend that statement. If you are on the struggle bus along with me, you’ll love me for what I’m about to tell …

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Simple Class Rules: Unleash their Transformative Power in Your Classroom

Check out this VLOG that corresponds with this content. So, I’m literally psycho about classroom management strategies. As you may have read in some of my earlier posts about Classroom Routines and my favorite Classroom Management Tricks, I’m “un poco loco” ( a little bit crazy) about keeping student behavior under control. This great addiction …

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3 TOP-SECRET Classroom Management Tricks for Primary Grades (K-2) with Video Demos

I created a VLOG to go along with this content. You can see it here: Y’all, I’d never brag on myself- it’s truly against my religion- but I can faithfully say that I live, eat and breath CLASSROOM MANAGEMENT. I sincerely believe without effective classroom management strategies in Kindergarten, First and Second Grade- you’ll never …

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