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group leader:  Michelle Breum of http://beginningreadinghelp.blogspot.com

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Latest Activity: Jul 25, 2014

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We Teach Reading Share - April, 30 2014

Hi Everyone,I thought I'd sent an invite out there to share any posts or great information you'd like to share about teaching reading.Here's an older post, but I'm sharing it anyway. It includes some…Continue

Started by Michelle Breum Apr 30, 2014.

Reading Fluency 3 Replies

Hello!Here is my latest post on reading fluency which includes a few activities to help your child read with more expression and fluency.  Do you have any tips and techniques to share?…Continue

Started by Stephanie Pettifer. Last reply by Michelle Breum Mar 21, 2014.

Reading Workshop on a Snow Day!

Hi All-Anyone in the DC area enjoying another snow day?  How about a little Reading Workshop activity?  It's easy to set up, and I bet you have all the materials in your home.  …Continue

Started by Callie Feyen Mar 3, 2014.

Any Favorite Authors or Books? 19 Replies

Hi Everyone,Let's share some good authors or books with each other. Last week I hit up a children's library I know for some help finding books my kids would love. None of my kids had a book that had…Continue

Started by Michelle Breum. Last reply by clara lauber Feb 5, 2014.

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Comment by Stacey on July 25, 2014 at 3:10pm

Hi all,

I'm trying to find a website/ blog where I type child's first name in a generator and it creates a play dough page of their name. The kids make play dough snakes and lay them inside of the letters so the letters are "fat". Anyone know where I can find this site?

Comment by Dawn Little on January 17, 2014 at 5:59pm
Hi Stacey,

Are you thinking of Miss Smith's Incredible Storybook?
Comment by Stacey on January 17, 2014 at 10:34am


I'm trying to remember the name of a book about a redheaded substitute teacher that has a magical book where the characters jump out of the book, such as Goldilocks and the 3 Bears. Do you know the name?

Comment by iulia kraiter on January 2, 2014 at 4:09am

Hi all, I recently wrote an entry about teaching reading using the look-say method. I took a history of education in America this past semester and in one book I read that in the past, and some people today, taught and teach reading trying to get kids to identify words by just looking at them. This doesn't work, and I talk about why in a discussion I wrote on my blog, but I want to make people aware about this method, so that, if you know someone who teaches using this method, you can talk to them and tell them to stop using that method becuase it doesn't work. (I will call my piece a blog post even though it is in the discussion section.) I want everyone to be aware about this and teach kids how to read in a way that works because  using the look-say method of teaching reading because can be harmful to kids' academic life because it doesn't really let them learn how to read and endangers their education and makes them fall behind in school, which makes it harder for them to catch up, especially if their parents don't catch their deficiencies and their teachers don't remediate their losses. It can be detrimental to a child's future, and like anyone else, I want children to learn how to read and grow up and be able to use their full potential, so if you agree, please talk to people if you know they are using the look-say method to teach kids how to read and get them to stop because it doesn't work.


Comment by Tara Looney on October 21, 2013 at 7:24am

Hello everyone! I'm a newbie here. I've been a reading interventionist for the past nine years. I look forward to sharing ideas with you all!

Comment by The Activity Mom - Nicole on May 6, 2013 at 10:17pm

My son is in love with reading "Fly Guy" books right now. He writes his own Fly Guy books and even thinks Angry Birds should have their own Fly Guy version of the game. =) Does anyone have any extension activities to do with this series of books and/or does anyone know of a series similar to this one that I could introduce him to? I want to take advantage of his excitement!

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Comment by Michelle Breum on April 21, 2013 at 11:59am

Just a reminder to get a submission into the Summer Learning ebook by April 30th. Here's the link.

Comment by Stephanie Pettifer on March 19, 2013 at 4:57am

Hello everyone

I have always found that reading jokes is a great way of encouraging my son to read more.  This is my latest post about a fun activity your child can do to make a joke book and choose their favourite jokes to write in it:


Thanks for reading!


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Comment by Becky on October 24, 2012 at 7:40am

Hi reading teachers,

I'm hosting a Words Their Way giveaway right now (ends tomorrow) and it could use some SERIOUS SHARING LOVE. I've been surprised at the low number of entries! It ends tomorrow night (10-26).  If you've ever used Words Their Way, you know that this is an awesome program for teaching spelling and reading by analogy.  http://thisreadingmama.com/2012/10/21/words-their-way-giveaway/


Thank you in advance!

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Comment by Becky on August 10, 2012 at 7:26am

Hi reading teachers,

Just wanted to share with you a new (and FREE) PreK reading curriculum I've developed called Reading the Alphabet.  It's designed for those young prekinders (like my son) who already know letters/sounds, yet aren't ready for a faster-paced Kindergarten curriculum, yet.  I'd love to have you take a look at my sneak peek lesson 1 that just went live and share it wherever you can.  Thanks in advance for spreading the word!

~Becky (thisreadingmama)


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