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Fun with Emojis: An “Emotional” Fluency Activity

Fun with Emojis two cute emojis

Whether it’s a simple winky face or an encouraging thumbs up, emojis can bring a bit of fun to everyday communication.😊 But did you know that you can use emojis to improve your child’s reading, too? It’s true! Here’s how.

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K Is for Koala Craft

mom and child assemble lowercase k craft

A shy koala is perched high atop this delightful lowercase K craft, and she’s waiting patiently to learn letter K with your child! Get ready to be charmed by her fluffy ears and her big black nose.

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Tumtum and Nutmeg Chapter Books

cute mice tumtum and nutmeg on a boat

There’s a secret living inside a hidden broom cupboard in a ramshackle English cottage. Two secrets, actually—two remarkable mice! It’s not easy to take care of human children when you’re so small, but these tiny heroes give it their best in this charming series of chapter books.

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J Is for Jaguar Craft

child colors spots on lowercase j craft

What is this mysterious animal creeping through the jungle? Her fancy camouflage makes it easy for her to hide, but she is proudly parading her spots! This jolly lowercase J craft will make your little one jump for joy!

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Using Phonics Dominoes to Build Language Skills

phonics dominoes tiles

Fun and Interactive Word Building!

Where has this game been all of my life?

Phonics Dominoes is a fantastic way to practice word-building and decoding skills. There are several versions available: Short Vowels, Long Vowels, Blends and Digraphs, Word-Building, and for more advanced students, Sentence-Building dominoes.

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I Is for Iguana Craft

child applies googly eyes to lowercase i craft

Take a look at this squirmy lowercase I craft before he crawls away! Iguanas can be found in many different colors and patterns, so let your preschoolers’ imaginations run wild as they make their own crafty creature.

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Spelling Rules for Making Words Plural

ice cream cone rules making words plural

When making words plural, why do you add S to some words but ES to others? And when a word ends with Y, how do you know whether to change the Y to I before adding the plural suffix? And why on earth does the word knife become knives?

You can unravel these mysteries with six scoops of ice cream. Just click the play button below for a yummy treat, and then read on for free printable spelling rule posters and sample lessons!

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H Is for Horse Craft

child attaches piece to her lowercase h craft

This high-spirited horse is happy to help teach lowercase letter H—and all he asks is a little hay in return! Your little cowpokes will be giddy-up with glee over this wild ABC Craft. This adorable critter is bound to feel right at home on the range!

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7 Ways to Be the Teacher Your Child Needs

Think back a few years to when you were in school. Did you have a favorite teacher?

At the time, you probably didn’t consider why you preferred one teacher over another. You just knew that you felt valued, loved, and understood in Miss Smith’s classroom. In fact, you still feel kind of warm and fuzzy when you think about sweet Miss Smith!

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G Is for Goose Craft

child touches gooses beak lowercase g craft

Is it a chicken? Is it a duck? Don’t confuse this bird with any of her fine-feathered cousins—this gregarious goose would have a lot to say about that! But if you’re careful not to ruffle her pretty feathers, she’ll make a great lowercase letter G craft for your preschooler!

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How to Make Reading and Spelling “Stick”

tree frog on a skate board

Have you ever taught your child something one day, only to have him completely forget it the next? That is one of the most frustrating things as a teacher, isn’t it? One of your main goals is to make reading and spelling “stick” in your child’s brain, and this blog post will give you solid techniques for doing just that.

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F Is for Flower Craft

children assemble lowercase F Craft

No two flowers are the same, and no two lowercase F craft projects have to be the same, either! Your preschooler can make an entire gardenful of colorful blooms with this simple and fun ABC Craft. And this flower doesn’t even have to be watered! How cool is that?

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