February 7, 2023
Sticky Units of Sound: Long O + All

Sticky Units of Sound: Long O + All Hey-O! Today, we continue our journey through our sticky units of sound. By now, we have discovered our -NK and -NG unit families and have landed on our next, slightly=blended, family of units: those units that contain the long O sound, plus our unit ALL. Photo by […]

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December 8, 2022
Sticky Units of Sound: NK

Sticky Units of Sound: NK Hello! We are back with another discussion about sticky units of sound. This is the second blog in our sticky units series, and I thINK you will enjoy what I have to offer you. If you’ve already read my previous posting, I’d like to thANK you for taking the time […]

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November 16, 2022
Sticky Units of Sound: NG

Sticky Units of Sound: NG When I was growing up, we used to have competitions for nearly everything: highest jump, fastest sprint, and even, the longest to hold their breath underwater. So, it’s no surprise that on the occasion we had that delicious, sticky bubble gum, we also would compete to see who could blow […]

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July 5, 2022
Family Cinema

Family Cinema The final stop on our quest to master schwa will take us to the movies, so pile your crew into the car and get ready to enjoy the latest flick. If you close your eyes, you may just pick up the scent of fresh, buttery popcorn and detect the excited whispers of families […]

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May 3, 2022
Bacon Salad and Travel by Camel

Bacon Salad and Travel by Camel Good food and traveling?! How can this blog get any better? Today I’m going to take you on a little trip via an unconventional mode: between the bumps and humps of a camel. Along our journey, we will make one stop for lunch, and you guessed it, we will […]

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March 15, 2022
Queen Quail and Emu on the Menu

The queen wanted a quick fix to the ‘Qu’ query. You see, everyone was asking her why she never did anything without her loyal ‘U,’ and quite frankly, she quaked at the thought of being without her ‘U’! I wonder if you’ve caught on to my quips, but if you haven’t, we are going to […]

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February 9, 2022
A Follow-up to The Gentle Giraffe | The Huge Hedgehog

The Huge Hedgehog This rule is a follow-up to the Gentle Giraffe rule.  It involves this spunky, slightly huge, hedgehog! Because words in English cannot end with the letter J, it’s important to let your student know that when they hear  /j/ at the end, they must choose a different spelling. To introduce this spelling […]

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January 26, 2022
The Gentle Giraffe

Let’s start with a scenario. I am working with a student on the basic letter sound correspondences, and I get to the letter G. I don’t know about you, but this is one letter sound correspondence that makes me hold my breath. Why? Let’s reenact a  conversation that I’ve had many times while showing students […]

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December 22, 2021
Extra Exam

Extra Exam We’ve all been there: palms sweaty and heart racing just before we are supposed to take the exam that we feel completely unprepared for. To make matters worse, we are surrounded by classmates who seem to know exactly what they’re doing while we flounder in our own panic! Photo by Thought Catalog on […]

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September 17, 2021
Have You Met My Friend, Schwa?

Have You Met My Friend, Schwa? As a natural English language inquirer, my friends have come to see me as the resident spelling guru of our group, so naturally, I get all the puzzling spelling questions. My most recent inquiry was, “I heard that something called schwa is the most common vowel in the English […]

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