Archive for October 2020

Are You Looking for Social Narratives and Other Resources for Grief and Loss?

  When I worked at the Phoenix Day School for the Deaf, I remember watching a bus load of students heading home on the last day of school.  They were sitting on the bus crying.  That was such a shock to me because I had often watched buses of hearing students leaving for summer break and their attitude was excitement and joy.  When I asked a colleague why the kids […]

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Make Sure You Teach Your Students the “e” Rule and the “y” Rule!

Don’t think that because this is my 4th spelling rule video that there are only 4 rules.  There are actually SEVERAL more as you will learn in future videos! Just like the three previous rules, knowing this one today would have saved me lots of time with my dictionary! Take a look! We are in the middle of a global pandemic that affects all of us.  We would be naïve […]

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The FLOSS Pattern! Do You Know This Spelling Rule?

You get spelling rule # 4 today, BUT there are so many more!  This one is easy and fun and who doesn’t like a bonus??  Anything that we can repeat, really seems to make things easier, right? Anna Gillingham calls adding a bonus letter to /f/, /l/, /s/ ( and sometimes /z/) the FLOSS Pattern.  That stands for f..l..or s   “floss”. Some people like to come up with their own […]

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Do You Know the Doubling Rule and How to Teach it?

I wish I could have back all the time I’ve spent looking up whether or not I doubled the consonant in a word when I added a suffix!  I know that sounds a bit ridiculous but think about all of the words you’ve spelled in your life and how many times you’ve needed to know this concept.   For some reason I always thought that this was one of those things […]

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