• Green title Literacy Instruction Old vs New thinking in Special Ed. Picture of a young lady under the title placing books on a shelf in what looks like a classroom. Lady is facing toward the front smiling. The background is light blue and there is two red splashes. The photo is jagged for effect.

    Literacy Instruction New vs Old Thinking in Special Ed

    Any instruction for our most complex learners in Special Education, let alone literacy instruction, has always presented a challenge. Old ways of thinking about what we taught included not teaching literacy at all, or teaching superficially without an expectation of learning. In 2021 we know better.

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    So you are ready to teach the alphabet to your students? Great. Where will you begin? Experts in the field have informed us that we should not be teaching one letter a week. In that case, how should we teach the alphabet? Keep reading and I’ll offer some insight based on the recent publication from Karen Erikson and David Koppenhaver.…

  • Picture advertising the BOOM Alphabet Xmas Bundle of three decks 1. Errorless 2. Match 3. Sequence. Three trees with baubles next to them

    BOOM Alphabet Xmas:Trim the Tree Bundle

    Boom Alphabet Xmas is so much fun your students won’t know they are learning. Inside the bundle are three products housed on the WowBoomLearning website. Each deck within the bundle, allows for interactive digital learning and it is printable as well. BOOM Alphabet Xmas Bundle Contains … The three decks inside the bundle contain 25 – 28 cards each. The…

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    AAC BOOM Adapted Book: Focus of Colors and Core

    I have an AAC BOOM Adapted book that provides a great opportunity for learning. Are you looking for an interactive book that your students will love? ‘Uh oh! The Spiders are Coming Home’ will keep them engaged and having fun. They will be asking to play it again and again. Read on to find out more. The Purpose of The…

  • Picture of student walking across a sloped swab holding a tamborine with the picture book Three Billy Goats Gruff. Picture of a rice box with pics from the story and a sequence board and a caption stating Fairy Tales Fun

    Fairy Tales: Fun Lessons That Students Will Love

    Fairy Tales are great to teach a range of goals. Incorporating drama, play, songs, instruments and technology; they can be so much fun. Have you considered this strategy as part of shared reading for teaching comprehension, extending comprehension or assessing? I love to use music, pictures and props to teach retell. Let’s take a look at how it works. Fairy…

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    Teaching Literacy in SpEd- When is it ok to use picture symbols?

    Teaching literacy in Special Education can be such a challenge. Some students have a real struggle with many aspects of reading. It’s hard! They have to learn the alphabet, phonemic awareness, concepts of print; onset and rime; syllables, phonics, sight words, sentence structure, grammar and hardest of all comprehension. Many of our learners also have complex communication needs. In SpEd…

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    Literacy Overview for Very Emergent Learners

    A literacy overview is an important planning step to allow for the best teaching and learning opportunities in a self-contained class. Here is a quick overview of what I plan and a downloadable planner to get you started. Literacy Overview-What to Include Making decisions about what to include can be daunting. Where do we begin to consider what to include…

  • picture of Nursery Rhymes: cow jumping the moon for Hey Diddle Diddle and house, frain pipe and spider for Incy Wincy
    Literacy,  Songs for Teaching

    Incy Wincy Spider and Hey Diddle – BOOM CARDS

    Hey Diddle Diddle and Incy Wincy Spider are two well loved Nursery Rhymes and they can now be enjoyed digitally. This fun product is great for students in Special Education settings or Early years learners either for distance learning or in the classroom. The Boom cards are housed on the wow.boomlearning.com site and available for learning on iPad, desktop or…

  • Picture featuring print: Alphabet Match It letter Ee and some cards that feature from the pack. One with an elbow and the letter E, an Eagle with a card that asks to choose from uppercase E and T. A card that shows a picture of an eel and a choice of two from lowercase l and e.

    Boom Cards: Alphabet Match It – Letter Ee

    Boom cards are digital games that are interactive and fun. I have found them to be a valuable teaching tool. What are they? Why do I love them? How do you get them? Read on to find out more and download a FREE Match It Letter Ee while you are here. Boom Cards: What are they? Boom cards are digital…

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    Tar Heel Reader – Adaptable Online Learning

    Tar Heel Reader Website is a great resource to help families (and teachers) educate their children. The COVID-19 worldwide health crisis has made all educators rethink how to deliver teaching and learning. Many of us are looking to the internet. Are you looking for an online, free, easy to differentiate reading resource? Do you have a range of abilities including…