Benefits of and Tips for Teaching Sight Words

I encourage you not to neglect teaching sight words to your children. When used in conjunction with a phonetic teaching approach, sight word memorisation has many benefits. In this post, I’ll focus on the benefits of teaching sight words, and share some tips for making the most of this teaching approach. 

Lists, Rules & Exceptions – 11 Engaging & Effective Tips for Teaching Children Spelling and Vocabulary

There are so, so many options for activities and strategies to use when it comes to teaching and practising spelling. Yet, I know that sometimes as teachers we can still find ourselves searching for new ways to try to keep our students interested in their spelling work. That’s why I’ve compiled a list of some of my favourite tips for teaching spelling and vocabulary to students that will not only keep them engaged, but will also be effective for helping them practise that tricky English language. 

A Picture is Worth 1,000 Words – Navigating Narrative Writing Part 1

A completed narrative is quite a lengthy assignment for children compared to the other sorts of projects they are usually tasked with. That is why it is helpful to have some strategies up your sleeve to encourage your children as they work on their narrative writing skills. I have taken the time to put together some of my top tips for teaching narrative writing so that you can find them all in one place and start using them today!

How To Use Student Choice Boards for ELA Assessment

Assessing English Language Arts (ELA) can be quite a challenge. There’s so much to cover and it’s hard to know where to start. Well, let me share a strategy with you that will be able to make your ELA assessments a little easier.

Don’t Forget to Write! – Grappling with Grammar Part 1

Grammar is almost never at the top of students’ ‘favourite subjects’ lists and can often be taught in ways that are repetitive or just plain boring. This is likely because English grammar involves so many rules, and repetitive practice is necessary for memorizing rules. That doesn’t mean that it can’t still be fun to learn though!

Meet the (Word) Family – Developing Decoding Skills Part 3

Now let us imagine that you’ve used some of the other strategies I’ve shared to help your child with reading, and you’re starting to see them develop more confidence when presented with new words. How delightful! If your child has some alphabet knowledge already and is able to read simple words on their own, here is a list of things you can do to keep encouraging those decoding skills to develop.

Sing, Sing a Song – Developing Decoding Skills Part 2

In my last post I talked about the importance of setting a foundation for reading in the early years, and listed some ways that you can help your child to practise their decoding skills. I have another list of ideas to share with you today! Remember, learning to read takes time, so be patient with your children and try to focus on making reading time an enjoyable experience for you both.

Let’s Start at the Very Beginning – Developing Decoding Skills Part 1

Learning to read takes a lot of time and practice. When we read a new word there are a number of different strategies we can use to figure out what the word says. The term ‘decoding’ refers to the process of deciphering new words by applying your knowledge of letter-sound relationships and patterns.