Dig Up the Letters! Match the Sounds!

I love The Measured Mom!  She has such terrific ideas and beautiful free printables. Check out this post she wrote recently about matching letters to beginning sound pictures.  Dig Up the Letters I bought the letter tiles she mentioned in her post, and they are very nice. I also found some colored rice on Amazon.  Karma Keepers Rainbow Colored Rice Dig Up the Letters Printable from The Measure Mom. Karma Keepers Colored Rice with Hidden Letters I can’t wait to try this with my 2 1/2 year-old grandson when he returns from his little jaunt to England with his parents. My 7 year-old grandson loved matching the letters to the pictures and burying them in the rice for his...

SNAP! Learning: A New Reading Program

A few days ago, I received a Demo code to check out SNAP! Learning, a reading program developed by Sullivan Learning Systems.  After doing a little research, I found out that the company is located in Fresno, where I live.  I made an appointment to meet Mark Sullivan, the President and Founder of Sullivan Learning Systems. There’s nothing like a personal demonstration of a product to generate excitement! SNAP Learning is designed to support students and teachers in the implementation of Common Core State Standards.   What I like about SNAP Learning: The titles cover grade levels Pre-K through 8th grade Books can be read on the iPad or printed out in PDF format The iPad version contains interactive elements Scores on Cloze, Multiple Choice, and Fluency activities on the iPad are uploaded to the website Measure section There are comprehensive lesson plans for the teacher, available as PDFs on the website, or on the iPad when you are logged in as the teacher There are many non-fiction stories, especially at the upper grade levels The audio for the stories uses a clear and pleasant voice The visuals are supportive rather than distracting The support via email or phone is excellent Color versions of the books, lesson plans, and record books are available for individual purchase The app is available for Android and Kindle Fire also (I only reviewed the iPad version) DRA, Fountas & Pinnell, Rigby, and Reading Recovery, and Grade Levels are provided for Pre-K through 1st Grade Lexile and Flesch-Kincaid readability levels are provided for 2 through 8th Grade Information on CCSS (Common Core State Standards)...

Online Teaching: Virtual Prof Leslie Bowman

Leslie was one of my inspirations for trying online tutoring.  She teaches for a variety of colleges that have online classes.  As it says on her blog, Teach Online: Leslie Bowman is a full time online professor specializing in course design, development and instruction in the following fields/subject areas: English Comp Developmental English Professional Writing Developmental Writing Personal and Professional Communications Educational Technology Online Teaching Criminal Justice. Leslie graciously allowed me to write a guest post, Effective Online Tutoring, which describes the process I’m currently using with one of my tutoring clients who is in another state....

Watch a Skype Tutoring Lesson!

Yes, I’m tutoring via Skype now.  This client is in Chicago!!  We’ve been working together since October and it’s going really well. Check it out!  Maybe Skype tutoring would work for you, too.  Even if we are in the same city, think of the time and gas you will save tutoring via Skype!...