Decodable Books or Leveled Books? Which are better?
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Decodable Books or Leveled Books? Which are better?

The debate over whether to use decodable books or leveled books has really been firing up lately. Opinions are polarized with many teachers totally ditching leveled readers and others staying away from “boring” decodable texts. So what should you use? Which one is better to use? Well, the truth is that they are both good…

Activities That Improve Reading Fluency + Freebies!!
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Activities That Improve Reading Fluency + Freebies!!

Ask any teacher what their students struggle with the most in reading, and all will say fluency, decoding, or comprehension. And those are the 3 key areas of reading instruction so they are important areas to work on every day. In this post, I’m explaining what reading fluency is and sharing the different ways you…

How To Set Up Literacy Blocks That Align With the Science of Reading
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How To Set Up Literacy Blocks That Align With the Science of Reading

Since I have written about the science of reading, heart words, and explicit phonics instruction, so many of you have reached out and asked, “so how do I set up my literacy block and work with students in small groups?” I know it can be overwhelming learning that what you’ve been doing needs to change,…

What is the science of reading? FREE Quick Start Guide!
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What is the science of reading? FREE Quick Start Guide!

The science of reading is a body of research from the last 40 years that has led to evidence-based reading instruction and recommendations for teaching reading. This research has shown that reading is not natural and needs to be explicitly taught in a systematic way for many students to become fluent readers. Read on to…

Literacy & Educational Resources With A Focus On Diversity
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Literacy & Educational Resources With A Focus On Diversity

With all the focus right now on antiracism, many people are looking for quality resources that teach about diversity to use with their children. Reading is such a great way to foster inclusivity and teach about important topics like racism. This is a list of resources I recommend for children to teach about diversity. These…