How to Find Balance with Virtual Learning

Aug 30th 2020

Love or hate it, virtual learning has become our new reality. As a reading interventionist and kindergarten teacher, this has been a difficult and daunting shift for us as we wholeheartedly believe in multi-modal, hands-on instruction. One of our biggest […]

Rhyming Made Easy

Aug 16th 2020

“Reggie the Rhyming Raccoon is my name.Learning to rhyme is my game!When words rhyme, they have the same ending sound–You can hear this in the words ground and found.I’ll teach you to hear and find the rhyme.With my help, you’ll […]

Boost Alphabet Skills with Leroy the Letter Lynx!

Jul 12th 2020

“Hi, I’m Leroy the Letter Lynx.           I’ll help you name letters quick as a wink! Alphabet letters are all around. My job is to teach you their names, shapes and sounds. I’ll teach you capital letters and lowercase too. I […]

Distance Learning: Retelling Made Easy

Apr 30th 2020

As both an educator and a parent, I understand that distance learning can be difficult, especially when teaching reading.  Our multi-sensory retelling activity is engaging and requires no prep–it’s perfect for distance learning! Plus it’s FREE right now: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Retell-Strategy-Unit-Distance-Learning-1742591 What […]

How to Boost Reading Fluency during Remote Learning

Apr 22nd 2020

Like many other educators, I’ve been missing my students greatly and have been trying to wrap my head around providing quality specialized intervention instruction during distance learning and remote instruction. Most of my students have goals in the area of […]

Favorite Multi-Sensory Sight Word Activities for At-Home Learning

Apr 21st 2020

When learning how to read and spell, children respond best to hands-on strategies.  What better way to practice sight words than to use materials that will engage the visual, tactile, kinesthetic, and auditory senses. These are great activities for at-home […]

Scaffolding Text-Dependent Questions for Struggling Readers

Mar 18th 2020

FREE TEXT DEPENDENT QUESTIONING UNIT! “Hey, I’m Quinn the Questioning Quail; use me when you read. Questions are the way to get the information you need. Good readers ask questions to help them understand; They read the text to find […]

7 FREE, NO PREP Christmas Reading & Math Activities

Dec 1st 2019

Christmas is right around the corner and as veteran teachers, we know these next few weeks can be extremely busy and exhausting. We are here to help! We’ve created  FREE, NO PREP Christmas reading and math activities to keep your students engaged […]

Best of Back to School Activities & Lessons

Aug 19th 2019

**Visit our Astute Hoot TPT store on August 20 for a bonus sale of 25% off using the code BTSBONUS19. Planning back to school lessons is similar to cooking a gourmet meal—you need several elaborate ingredients, thorough instructions, specific materials and a great […]

5 Easy Organization Hacks for Back to School

Aug 18th 2019

**Visit our Astute Hoot TPT store  for more  great deals! As veteran teachers, we know that Back to School often means countless meetings, endless hours of preparation and a great deal of stress.  Combat the chaos of the classroom with […]

Mother’s Day Mother of the Year Writing & Art Project

May 6th 2019

Mother’s Day is right around the corner and what better way to celebrate Mom than with her own Mother of the Year magazine cover and article. Inspired by Time Magazine’s Woman of the Year issue, this persuasive writing and art […]

Boost Intervention and Tutoring Success in 3 Easy Steps

Apr 28th 2019

As I’m wrapping up this school year, I’ve had the opportunity to reflect on what went well and what I could have done better in my intervention groups. One thing that I would have liked to have done better was […]

Secrets for Teaching Opinion & Persuasive Writing

Apr 9th 2019

Teaching opinion and persuasive writing can be difficult, but not any more. Here are 3 secrets for delivering engaging, differentiated writing instruction from our latest strategy-based resource, Cats vs Dogs: A Common Core Research Opinion Writing Unit. Plus, it’s on […]

Happy 100! Celebrating the 100th Day of School

Jan 16th 2019

I can’t believe we’ve already been in school for 100 days! Where does time go? To celebrate this momentous occasion, my class participated in several 100 Day activities. Here are a few highlights from our special day: 1. If I […]

A New Year, A New Office

Jan 2nd 2019

Designing a stylish workspace was our New Year’s Resolution as our original workspace was cluttered, dull and lacked the pizazz needed to channel creativity and promote productivity. Jen and I focused on 3 key components: color, organization and inspiration. Color: […]

Looking For A Last Minute Holiday Project?

Dec 6th 2018

                                            Looking for a last minute holiday art project? Check out these easy, adorable activities that require minimal prep […]

Holiday Survival Guide for Teachers

Dec 3rd 2018

Our school recently kicked off the holiday season with a Winter Wonderland celebration this past week.  In Arizona, that means delivering 12 tons of snow to school grounds!  The kids are super excited for all of the wonders of this […]

Calming Christmas Craziness

Dec 1st 2018

Is Christmas craziness taking over your classroom? As a veteran teacher, I’ve tried every behavior management trick and technique to calm holiday chaos that predictably arrives every year around December 1 and found limited success. These three weeks should be […]

Move Over Elf on the Shelf–The Reindeer is in the Room

Nov 29th 2018

Is Christmas craziness taking over your classroom? As a veteran teacher, I’ve tried every behavior management trick and technique to calm holiday chaos that predictably arrives every year around December 1 and have found limited success. These three weeks should […]

Hanukkah Essentials: Latkes, Dreidels, Menorahs & More

Nov 27th 2018

  Hanukkah is here and what better way to engage students than through integrated Hanukkah activities aligned to Common Core Standards. Here are highlights from our Hanukkah Essentials Unit: 1. KWL menorah: To start our unit, students completed a Hanukkah […]

The Ugly Truth About Halloween

Oct 15th 2018

Halloween is just around the corner and kids are focused on costumes, candy and creepy creatures–it’s enough to make you batty before Halloween even arrives! It’s tempting to use Halloween coloring pages and other fluffy activities to keep students calm […]

Fantasies of a Special Education Teacher

Sep 3rd 2018

Are you exhausted? Are you suffocating under a mountain of IEP paperwork? Have you fantasized about applying for a job at the mall? Are you already dreaming about your next beach vacation? Do you wish you had more time for […]

Guided Reading Survival Guide Part 4

Jul 21st 2018

Guided reading challenging, even to veteran teachers because there are so many factors to consider. In my 4 part blog series, Guided Reading Survival Guide, I explain how to go beyond the basal and provide engaging, authentic supplemental texts; teach research-based […]

Last Day of School Blues

May 28th 2018

                                            Looking for an engaging last day of school project? Use our Last Day of School Blues FREE Activity to […]

Celebrate Earth Day with The Lorax

Apr 22nd 2018

Earth Day is fast approaching and with spring fever in full force, our engaging, comprehensive Lorax literature study is the perfect solution! Our Lorax literature study integrates elements from our Guided Reading Strategies Bundle which teaches critical reading strategies in a child-friendly way. […]

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