Teacher & Parent Resources

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Book Share


In light of the holiday season, I am sharing with you a special book that encourages positive behavior as children learn the importance in expressing kindness, appreciation and love. We want our children to be bucket fillers!

 Discussion Starters/Statements/Ideas:

  • What makes a bucket filler? What makes a bucket dipper? 
  • Did you fill someone’s bucket today: How did it make you feel?
  • “Thank you! That really filled my bucket!” OR “That is really dipping into my bucket and I don’t like that.”
  • In our family, we use a bucket/marble jar. Every time I notice my daughter saying kind words or helping around the house. I give her a marble. She tries to fill the jar and earn her rewards. Then we discuss how it made her feel to fill a whole jar. 
  • We have used the bucket filler concept to roll into acts of kindness around town (i.e. neighborhood clean-up, lemonade stand and donate the proceeds, food drives, and making cards, etc.) We always have a discussion on how she felt and how she might think others felt due to the actions she took.
  • This book can tie into discussions about the holidays and what your kids are grateful and thankful for. Also what you as a family, can do to fill buckets during this holiday season. 
  •  Another great book is The Kindness Quilt by Nancy Elizabeth Wallace.                     Purchasing Information

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Phoneme Segmentation/Blending with Elkonin Boxes

Elkonin boxes build phonological awareness skills by segmenting words into individual sounds, or phonemes. To use Elkonin boxes, a child listens to a word and moves a token into a box for each sound or phoneme. In some cases different colored tokens may be used for consonants and vowels or just for each phoneme in the word. 

Reading Recovery

Informational video 
for parents & teachers