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May 2014 Newsletter

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Revolutionizing the Word Wall

Rather than organizing your word wall alphabetically, how about organizing it by sound?

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Nerf Guns & Shaving Cream Handout - MACHE 2014

Here is the handout for the presentation at MACHE 2014 in Duluth, MN.

We hope it was an encouragement for you!

The Spelling of "Who"

Today as I was working on writing Foundations D, I made a discovery about the spelling of the word who. I had always thought this word was one of the 2% of words that are true exceptions. However, now I know there is a logic to its spelling.

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How to Use a Spelling Journal

The trickiest English words to spell are ones that include sounds that can be spelled in multiple ways. For example, /ā/ can be spelled ai as in plain, ay as in way, ea as in great, or with five other spellings.

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What next after Essentials?

Most teachers and students are excited by the information they have learned in Essentials and are eager to continue to reinforce the concepts as well as to dig deeper. As a result, a common question we receive is "Where do you go once you finish Essentials?"

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January 2014 Newsletter

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December 2013 Newsletter

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B and D confusion: tips for learning phonograms

Today an LOE teacher shared the following difficulty her student is facing: 

"My kindergartener is really struggling with differentiating the 'b' and the "d." We have tried the whole "bed" trick, but she doesn't seem to get it. At this point, she just guesses until she gets the right answer. Do you have any tips or activities that I can try to help her grasp this?" 

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