“If students are to make knowledge their own, they must struggle with the details, wrestle with the facts, and rework raw information and dimly understood concepts into language they can communicate to someone else. In short, if students are to learn, they must write.”
– The National Commission on Writing for America’s Families, Schools, and Colleges, 2003.
“The only thing worse than being blind is having sight and no vision.”
Is it too soon to be thinking about summer?
My students have 15 more school days left–the countdown has begun!
I am really looking forward to having more time to devote to writing, gardening, and relaxing!
Click here to download: Summertime
“Spring won’t let me stay in this house any longer! I must get out and breathe the air deeply again.” –Gustav Mahler
It is a fun time of year to be out doors–for students too!
I thought I would share some of the online reading resources that I like and have found useful. For all of these, they ask that you create a login account.
- wegivebooks.org These are free books online, and the selection changes.
- spellingcity.com This has a free component where you can enter spelling words, play games, and practice. There is also a paid component, but you can just use the free portion.
- readingeggs.com (and readingeggspress.com is the next level) This is a paid program, but you can do a two week trial to see if your child/student likes it. (If you are a teacher, it is a four week trial). This is a phonics based program, and the one I would recommend for students with specific learning disabilities/struggling with reading.
- readinga-z.com This is a paid program with a one week free trial. It has leveled books, comprehension quizzes, worksheets, and also reading passages that allow you to determine a student’s fluency. There are a lot of good nonfiction stories that I like to use.
- raz-kids.com This is also a paid program with many of the same stories as readinga-z, but it has more of a game theme with points students can earn, and students can record themselves as they read the stories (something most students love to do). There is a two week free trial.
This is not a paid endorsement!
It is interesting, some students really like one program over the other, so look for the best fit for your child/students.
I haven’t included links, so just copy and paste addresses in your browser if you are interested. Also, if you have any other reading programs you like, please share!