A Phonics Primer for New Teachers (Part 1)

When I first started teaching, I knew nothing about phonics because I wasn’t taught phonics at school. Initially, the training I received made it seem really simple. Having begun a deep dive into literacy and phonics, I’m not so sure I feel that way...

A phonics power hack

Here’s a quick tip a colleague showed me when I first started teaching. Sometimes you want to use words in your phonics classes that are CVCs, CCVCs, or that use a particular digraph or trigraph. Rather than trying to think of words that contain the particular...

Going all out with glitter!

  Let’s see the New Year out with some glitter! I’m currently in the process of making some mini flash cards alphabet letters out of glitter. I’m also going to use them on my virtual IWB for a variety of projects. And you can use them in your...

Alphastrokes Font Review

      Today, I want to talk about a problem many teachers face, that is, having to use resources for your classes that are ‘not quite right’, and my quest for perfect fonts. In the language school that I work for, sadly, one of the primary...

Phonics Bingo

  Last night I played phonics bingo using CVCs, with my young learners. It worked really well. (You could also use individual letter sounds.) Bingo works really well with very young learners, too. It might take a little demonstrating, but VYLS can understand and...