April 6, 2020

Craving low-prep, playful, and inherently flexible ways to continue learning at home? Word exploring may be your answer! Investigating words leads to important discoveries. Beyond that, word learning is F-U-N. During this time of distance learning, we can continue nurturing vocabularies (meaning-based work), phonological & phonemic awareness (sound-based work), and phonics and spelling pattern und...

October 29, 2018


When I was growing up, there was no word study in schools. We had phonics, and then spelling, and then word of the day. My classmates and I were keenly aware of who who got the colorful stickers, and who didn’t. New words appeared on the chalkboard and in our lives as lists to be memorized—and forgotten. They were a part of school, but never a meaningful part of us. There was no curiosity about w...

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