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Give Children “I Can Read” Experiences:

September 13, 2016

All young children deserve to experience a collection of books that they can enthusiastically sing and read from cover to cover – books that are a part of our shared cultural heritage.

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Using “I Can Read” Anthology Notebooks in the Classroom

September 9, 2016

Nothing supports a child as a successful reader, writer and speaker more than a rich storehouse of memorized language. It is this familiarity with the English language that allows the child’s decoding to be error free and their reading to be fluent.

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Wondrous Words about the Weather:

September 9, 2016

Wondrous Words about the Weather: A Poetry Ritual. Children love to memorize, recite and perform language from their Poetry Notebooks (a.k.a. I Can Read Anthologies). Consider including the memorable language of the weather as you celebrate language with your children.

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Learning the Language of Weather

September 9, 2016

Parents as Partners: Learning the Language of Weather. Once a month, your child will get to be the weather forecaster. He or she will report to us about what is happening with the weather.

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Organizing I Can Read Anthologies in Kindergarten

September 9, 2016

I Can Read notebooks or anthologies are a collection of poems, songs and finger plays that have been learned at school and can legally be copied to put into the children’s notebooks. They are a very powerful teaching tool in our classrooms. Both the students and the parents really enjoy and appreciate them!

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5 Delightful Ways to Make Friends with Mother Goose in Kindergarten

September 7, 2016

Give Children the Rhythm and Sounds of the English Language We begin the year with Mother Goose Rhymes to effortlessly give children the rhythm and sounds of the English language and to introduce them to “Just Right: I Can Read!” Little Books which they can use during “Read to Self” Time. Marie Clay’s research reminds […]

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Create a Beautiful, Organized, and Joyful Community of Learners

September 4, 2016

Posted by Nellie Edge on August 11, 2016 Once you get the community right, the levels of learning soar. – Ralph Peterson The continuing blog series featuring models of excellence in “Growing Kindergarten Writers” through Joyful Pathways to the Common Core How do we create a high-achieving community of engaged and purposeful writers? We start with nurturing […]

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Give Children The Affirming Language of “Reading is Fun!”:

September 3, 2016

Accelerating language and reading skills simultaneously through singing, dramatizing, and signing songs is a multisensory learning experience that takes advantage of how the brain learns best! It is musical, personally engaging, and incorporates many “best practices”

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Give Young Readers “Books That Sing and Rhyme”:

September 3, 2016

Accelerating language and reading skills simultaneously through singing, dramatizing, and signing songs is a multisensory learning experience that takes advantage of how the brain learns best! It is musical, personally engaging, and incorporates many “best practices”

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All Children Deserve “Magical Memory Reading” Experiences

September 3, 2016

Accelerating language and reading skills simultaneously through singing, dramatizing, and signing songs is a multisensory learning experience that takes advantage of how the brain learns best! It is musical, personally engaging, and incorporates many “best practices”

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Kindergarten Friends Challenge: “I Can Say Every Name!”

September 3, 2016

Accelerating language and reading skills simultaneously through singing, dramatizing, and signing songs is a multisensory learning experience that takes advantage of how the brain learns best! It is musical, personally engaging, and incorporates many “best practices”

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Unique Features of Shared Literacy Experiences

September 3, 2016

Accelerating language and reading skills simultaneously through singing, dramatizing, and signing songs is a multisensory learning experience that takes advantage of how the brain learns best! It is musical, personally engaging, and incorporates many “best practices”

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Sing, Sign, Spell and Read! Program

Audio Samples from Our CDs

September 3, 2016

Children Learn High-frequency “Heart Words” L-o-v-e-Spells-Love (Download mp3) Thank You (Download mp3) This is My House (Download mp3) The “O” Dance (Download mp3) Sing, Sign, Spell, and Read! CD and Accompanying 32 “I Can Read” Pages. Children learn pink and purple “heart words.” Kindergarten Sight Words Bundle (a.k.a. Nellie Edge Heart Word Program) Authentic literacy […]

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September Songs and Poems to Begin On

September 2, 2016

Free Poetry “I Can Read” Notebook Pages September Songs and Poems to Begin On Click on the poem title to download an 8.5″ x 11″ PDF version. Sunflower Children Sunflower Children Sunflower children Nod to the sun. Summer is over School has begun.                        Author […]

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Weekly Focus: Make Friends with Mother Goose! (Part 1)

September 1, 2016

We begin the year with Mother Goose Rhymes to effortlessly give children the rhythm and sounds of the English language and to introduce them to “Just Right: I Can Read!” Little Books which they can use during “Read to Self” Time. Marie Clay’s research reminds us that “Rhymers are readers.” Using classic Mother Goose little books is a research-based approach to simultaneously build phonemic awareness, oral language fluency, reading skills, and delight!

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