• 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…

  • 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…

  • 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

    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…

  • 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…

  • Picture advertising Boo! Clip it book and Prewriting patterns. Includes picture of a ghost and a sample page of clip it and pre-writing patterns.

    BOO! Halloween Clip It, Book and Pre-writing Patterns

    Boo! Let the fun begin. Do you celebrate all things Halloween in your class? In New Zealand we have really only started getting into Halloween in the last decade. My students love it, so I made some products for them and I thought I would share. The interactive activities will engage students and they are coming to you for free!…

  • Picture of bookmarks containing pictures and words.

    Bookmarks – For all Readers

    Bookmarks in our class are used to encourage students to read books, to support the staff when reading with kids, and to support parents when reading at home. Ready to find out more? Read on and download a copy for your students. Why use bookmarks? Ok, I know kids love viewing stories and reading stories on iPads and computers. However,…

  • Picture showing two pages (letter A and Y) from the Alphabet Uppercase Dot and Color Pack.

    Alphabet Uppercase Dot and Color

    Alphabet dot and color is a fun activity that I am sure your students will love. After all that’s what we all want, happy, engaged learners. You can read how I incorporate the activity, then download a copy for yourself. What is it about dotting? I am not sure why the kids love to dot so much. But, love it…

  • Non-Fiction Books Shared Reading for Emergent Learners

    Non-fiction books can be very engaging for kids in Special Education but how do we move from ‘all about me’ and their focused interest areas? What non-fiction texts would grab the attention of our learners and hold it, during group time? Read on for some great ideas shared from the fabulous Jodie Rodriguez. Growing Book by Book Jodie Rodriguez from…