Multisensory Monday- Consonant-le Uno Game

My students, especially my older ones, love to play games, but I am always struggling to find games that are fun and engaging while still teaching the skills my students need. Uno, however, appeals to the older student and can be customized to meet my students’ learning needs. To play, I created an Uno card Continue Reading

Multisensory Monday: The Story of Y

Many students struggle with understanding the sounds of  “Y”. Here is a cute story to introduce your students to the many sounds of “Y”! Rainbow City Presents: The Story of Y as a Chameleon It’s a very exciting time in Rainbow City. All of the letters are graduating from Alphabet High School. They will soon Continue Reading

Multisensory Monday: Short Vowel Ed the Elephant

  Students will love making or assembling their very own Ed the Elephant when learning about the short-E sound! Gather your materials: You will need a sheet of construction paper (any color), a scrap piece of white paper, a black marker or crayon, a straw, a glue stick, scissors, and tape.    Cut your pieces:  From Continue Reading

How a Mother’s Survival Led to a Teacher’s Revival

I have been a teacher for the past 26 years. I am also the mother of two wonderful and amazing children. My daughter, Lauren, is 20 years old and completing her senior year at the University of Arkansas, majoring in Information Systems.  My son, Zane, is 16 years old and about to start his junior Continue Reading

Multisensory Monday- Vowel Pie

Vowel intensives are quick, short activities that help students practice differentiating between vowel sounds. Vowels are the most elusive sounds in the English language so it is important to practice often. Here’s a fun way to change up your normal routine. Once your students are fairly comfortable listening for short vowel sounds, you can try Continue Reading

The Cognitive Benefits of Recess

Recess is more than just a break from the classroom. This period of unstructured play gives children an opportunity to be physically active, creative, imaginative, and social. Studies show that recess has a positive impact on focus, attention, and mood for a child. Similarly, adults report increased mental clarity and a better disposition after a Continue Reading

Multisensory Monday- Mystery Words Game

Student engagement is a critical part of reading remediation.  For students who struggle with reading and spelling, the repetitive skills required daily can lead to anxiety!  This is why it is important to offer a variety of multisensory activities to help students practice reading and spelling skills in an engaging manner.  Here is a fun, Continue Reading

Scientist, Psychologist, Explorer

When I watch my two-year-old son play with his toys I usually admire his efforts and think to myself how cute he is. But when I stop to think about it, I am amazed at how his play is really his job. Young children have an important job that they take very seriously. Through play Continue Reading

Multisensory Monday- Phonics Word Yahtzee

I am always looking for ways to engage my older students, and games seem to be just the right thing for them. One game all my students seem to love is Word Yahtzee! It is fun to play and can be customized to meet the unique needs of each student. I have a standard score Continue Reading

Indoor Recess: What a Blast!

Many times throughout the school year kids hear those two words they don’t want to hear—indoor recess, which often times means kids spend more time sitting and engaging in more sedentary activities like watching videos.  Are your students restless from being cooped up inside due to rain or cold? Have no fear! Indoor recess can Continue Reading