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July 7, 2020 / by LiteracyUntangled

Tip Tuesday – Scrambled Sentences

Welcome to Tip Tuesday! This Tuesday we are going to unscramble some scrambled sentences. How is this related to learning how to read? Quite simply, reading does not exist on an island all by itself. It is related and connected to the wider world and mechanisms of language: oral, written, and writing. Unscrambling sentences is an excellent way to introduce and reinforce the use of syntax, the concept of complete sentences, and the rules of punctuation and capitalization with your child. This very deceptively simple activity does a lot of heavy lifting towards becoming a better reader and writer! (Plus I talk about how I channel my inner Yoda!)

June 16, 2020 / by LiteracyUntangled

Tip Tuesday – Fishing for Sounds

Welcome to Tip Tuesday! This Tuesday’s we are going to go fishing for sounds! Fishing for Sounds is similar to the classic children’s magnetic fishing toy: “fishing rods” with magnets at the end and “fish” with metallic disks. Your child can play this alone or with siblings. For every “fish” caught, a player reads the word on the card. Read the word on the card correctly and the player gets to keep their “catch”. The best part – this game also helps to build eye/hand coordination – building better readers and writers!

May 19, 2020 / by LiteracyUntangled

Tip Tuesday – Bowling for Sounds

Welcome to Tip Tuesday! This Tuesday’s reading tip is twist on the classic game of bowling. Bowling for Sounds is set up and played similar to classic bowling; the main difference being how you score points. For every pin knocked down, a player reads 5 words using the pattern/skill written on the pin; they receive 1 point for each word read correctly. The player with the most points at the end of 10 rounds, wins!

April 21, 2020 / by LiteracyUntangled

Tip Tuesday – Word Boxes

Welcome to Tip Tuesday! This Tuesday’s reading tip is a game known as Word Boxes. Players take turns drawing lines by connecting dots and reading words on either side of the line. The player who “owns” the most boxes, wins!

April 7, 2020 / by LiteracyUntangled

Tip Tuesday – No Whiteboard, No Problem

Welcome to Tip Tuesday – No Whiteboard, No Problem! Whiteboards, chalkboards, you name them, I love them. They are especially handy when it comes to teaching reading. I use them for the auditory drill, dictation drills, teaching new concepts, and even games. It’s amazing how often my small whiteboard gets used!

March 17, 2020 / by LiteracyUntangled

Resources to Help Keep You Sane While Social Distancing

Today, I touched base with my sisters, both who now have kids at home for the foreseeable future. Based on their “School is Closed: Day 1” reports, parents are going to need all the help and diversions they can get! In an effort to help, and provide parents with an outlet or two, I pulled together a wide variety of resources (from read alouds to dance classes) to share with you all.

Good Luck and May the Force be with You!

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