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Hi there! I’m a mom, wife, first grade teacher, and curriculum designer. I love teaching and I also enjoy creating resources that engage and inspire our little learners. My goal is to save you time while providing researched based, high quality, engaging lessons and activities that can be adapted to meet the needs of ALL students. I hope you’ll stay for a while. I’m so glad you’re here.

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Fluency and Comprehension with Phonics Brochures

Fluency and Comprehension with Phonics Brochures

Fluency.... It's all about WORDS... right?!? Words are the building building blocks of reading. As a first grade teacher, I need my students to recognize words instantly. I want them to enjoy reading... to be able to pick up ANY book and read for enjoyment rather than...

Guided Reading and the Reading Process – Step 2 READING

Guided Reading and the Reading Process – Step 2 READING

After pre-reading comes the FUN PART - READING! You can read all about pre-reading HERE! Reading is when my little learners apply what they have learned! They apply knowledge of sight words, phonics skills, decoding, vocabulary skills, word identification, and reading...

Guided Reading and The Reading Process: Step 1 Pre-Reading

Guided Reading and The Reading Process: Step 1 Pre-Reading

Sixteen years ago... I was a first year teacher... I had NO IDEA what I was doing when it came to guided reading groups! I DREADED that small group time! I taught a 1/2 split and my kids were on so many different levels. I couldn't figure out how to organize my...

Virtual Classroom Games for WINTER

Virtual Classroom Games for WINTER

2020 has been one for the books! I've learned things I never thought I would... I'm using technology to implement my instruction... I've learned google slides, google forms, google classroom, google meet, ZOOM... What in the world? THIS IS SO NOT ME! I know technology...

Virtual Classroom Games – Fall, Halloween, Thanksgiving

Virtual Classroom Games – Fall, Halloween, Thanksgiving

It's November and I'm still teaching first grade VIRTUALLY! We are live for an hour each morning for ELA... my students get a 15 minute break and we're live again for 45 minutes of math. During those live sessions I do my best to keep my students engaged, working, and...

Decoding Drills for Fluency – Phonics Fast Reads

Decoding Drills for Fluency – Phonics Fast Reads

As a first grade teacher, my goal is for my students to become fluent readers. I want them to enjoy reading, and I want them to leave me and enter second grade knowing that they can pick up any book and read for enjoyment. While fluency is only one key ingredient in...