Hoo is Ready for School? alphabet flashcards on sale for $9.99

Hoo is Ready for School? flashcards are different from other flashcards because they not only teach the letters and sounds, but also teach key phonemic awareness skills such as rhyming and segmenting words.  These are key skills for beginning readers.  In addition, the cards teach positional words which are important vocabulary words and concepts for children to understand for reading and math (e.g., behind, next to, over, under, etc.).  There are many ways to play the game.  My students and children love when I take a few cards and fan them out.  Then I say “Pick a card, any card.”  Kids can also pick from the top of the deck or the cards can be dealt out.  Hoo is Ready for School? flashcards are great for toddlers, preschoolers and students in the grades K-1.



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Hazel’s Reading Roost Bulletin Board

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This colorful and engaging bulletin board introduces 10 research-based comprehension and decoding strategies to children. Each animal character represents a strategy such as Chunking Chipmunk, Visualizing Vulture, and Predicting Possum. Detailed explanations and directions are provided. Students LOVE to meet each new animal as they introduce their strategy.

Games That Teach: Part 2

Use a Sharpie or sticker to put letters or numbers on the hoods of matchbox cars. Children can practice letter, sound and/or number recognition as they play. They can also practice lining them up in alphabetical or numerical order. This a great way to “trick” them into playing learning games. It worked for my boys! 🙂


Games That Teach: Part 1

  1. Turn Hopscotch into a fun learning game!  Use chalk to draw a hopscotch and fill in the squares with a specific concept (numbers, shapes, letters, sight words, etc.).  Kids will have so much fun jumping and moving while learning basic academic skills.


Reading with your kiddos at home…

Parents, does this sound familiar:  “I’m too tired to read,” “You read it to me mommy,”  “I already read at school today.”  Sometimes having kids practice their reading at home can turn into a chore or a fight, even when children are capable readers.  I was experiencing this at home with my own son, and my students at school.  This inspired me to collaborate with my partners and develop the “Hoo Can Read?” flashcards.  This learning game makes reading time fun and eliminates all the anxieties and frustrations children have with reading.  By providing choices, support, and taking turns reading, children begin to experience success, increase their confidence, and become motivated to read.  It is truly amazing to me that now my son and my students who used to avoid reading, now BEG me to get the “owl” cards and read with them!

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