Repeated Exposure and Practice

Have you ever found yourself thinking “If I had a nickel for every time I repeated myself today, I could retire early!”? How about “I feel like a broken record … saying the same thing over and over again!”? If you work with children (or...

Language Arts

If you’ve been involved in education for any length of time, you’ve surely seen trends come and you’ve surely seen those same trends go. You’ve likely heard about that ‘swinging pendulum’ and may even have started a running list of the latest educational buzzwords...

Controlled Vocabulary

When it comes to young children acquiring a new language, we know that vocabulary will likely play a key role. But how much is “too much”? Does there come a point where we are bombarding children with new terminology simply for the sake of being able to boast that...

The Functional-Notional Approach

As an administrator, teacher, or paraprofessional, you’re faced with the incredible task of teaching engaging, age-appropriate, school/district/state aligned content with clear, impactful, carefully crafted objectives on a daily, if not hourly and even minute by...

Vertical Phonics

Phonological awareness, or being able to hear the sounds that make up spoken words, is essential and one of the first steps for any young learner to become a successful reader and writer. As children learn to associate those spoken sounds with written letters and...