Category: Phonics

  • How to Teach the Silent E Rule (or Magic E) to your students

    How to Teach the Silent E Rule (or Magic E) to your students

    Whether you call it VCE, Magic E, or Silent E rule, it’s a phonics rule that makes a huge impact on decoding. It opens up SO many more words to decode for students used to reading simple CVC words. It’s also my favorite phonics rule to teach! In this post, I’ll explain what the Silent…

  • How to Teach Digraphs: 8 Ways to Make it Fun!

    How to Teach Digraphs: 8 Ways to Make it Fun!

    I love cheese and I love salsa both on their own. Yum, yum, yum.  BUT… when you put them together and make queso, it’s a match made in heaven! The cheese and the salsa come together to make something even better together than they are on their own! That reminds me of digraphs! You take…

  • Phonics-Based Sight Word Activities

    Phonics-Based Sight Word Activities

    For years, kids have been taught to memorize high-frequency sight words because they don’t follow phonics rules. I’m guilty of having done this, but changed my practices and learned how to really make sight words stick, using phonics. Now that we know that kids need to learn words by orthographically mapping them out (learn the…

  • How to Teach the Chunky Monkey Reading Strategy

    How to Teach the Chunky Monkey Reading Strategy

    By now, I think all educators can agree that phonics instruction is key in teaching kids to read. Decoding strategies should be phonics-based to ensure kids focus on the print first, rather than pictures or context clues. This will help them later on when pictures disappear with more advanced text. I’ve written about decoding strategies…

  • How to Use Guided Reading Warm-ups

    How to Use Guided Reading Warm-ups

    If you teach kindergarten through 2nd grade, you know that guided reading is an essential component of literacy instruction. The way I’ve conducted guided reading has changed over the years and some people aren’t fond of the term guided reading, but small-group reading instruction is essential in order to differentiate and meet your students’ needs…

  • Spelling Strategies for Beginning Writers

    Spelling Strategies for Beginning Writers

    “Teacher, how do you spell (insert any word here)?” If you teach kindergarten or first grade, it’s a question you likely hear all. the. time! I know we wish we could clone ourselves during writing time so we could sit with each student and help them with their spelling, BUT of course we can’t. If…

  • Tricks for Teaching Syllable Types and Division

    Tricks for Teaching Syllable Types and Division

    Do your students give up when they approach a long word? Even if it’s a word they can most likely decode, like rabbit or muffin, some kids get overwhelmed by word length and don’t even try. If they’re not taught how to decode these words, they may even start guessing rather than trying. Of course,…