Special Education is a Service

Your child or students may be receiving special education services.

I want to emphasize:

Special education is a service. Special education does not refer to a place, and it does not refer to a person.

These services may be offered in a variety of settings ranging from the least restrictive, in the general education classroom, to more restrictive, such as a separate classroom. Some students flourish in a more restrictive environment, and some students flourish in a less restrictive environment; it is highly individualized.

As a rule:

The environment should best meet the needs of the student in the least restrictive environment (LRE).


Monday Mornings: Proverbs, Quotes, and More

Monday Mornings: Proverbs, Quotes, and More

“A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” Lao-tzu, Chinese philosopher (604 BC – 531 BC)

I have always loved this quote. Some ideas and projects can feel overwhelming–but at some point, you just need to start. Breaking large tasks and assignments into smaller chunks is an effective way to handle this.

It is good to do this in teaching as well. I like to keep a portfolio with work samples for each of my students. At the end of the year, I show them how much progress they have made. They love seeing the growth! You can emphasize the proverb, “Slow and steady wins the race” as well.

Free CVCe Word List!

Free CVCe Word List!

Here is a FREE CVCe word list download!

I have had requests for a consonant-vowel-consonant-silent e word list.

Remember to teach the rule: the e at the end of the word is silent and makes the previous vowel a long vowel sound. Some teachers call it the “magic e” because it makes the previous vowel say its name (see my other posts on CVCe words for teaching tips).

I hope this helps!

Click here to download:  CVCe Word List

The Benefits of Oral Rereading

There are many benefits to having your child/students orally reread stories.

The texts should be at an independent reading level (meaning the student should be able to independently read the text with about 95% accuracy). The student’s reading should be supervised by an adult, older sibling, etc. It is fine to model reading the story first.

Oral rereading of texts improves:

  • fluency
  • comprehension
  • reading confidence

Time your child’s initial reading of a passage, then the second and third re-reading–you will be surprised by how much he or she improves!

A good goal for which to aim is to have your child/student reread a familiar text three to four times.