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A Mindful Moment

In the moment that we notice, lies the potential for change. Mindfulness is about noticing, paying attention, and being aware. Mindfulness can mean observing the world around us. When we are mindful, we notice a beautiful sunset, inhale the smell

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The Building Blocks of Positive Shift: BE MEASURING

The building blocks of positive shift are not complicated. You likley have heard of some of them before. They are simple, and most of them are not hard to do. Why, then, do we often fail to practice them? They

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Reading Lesson Plan

This plan to follow for tutoring students learning to read was Inspired by Phonics Intervention from Sarah’s First Grade Snippets. The amount of time spent on different activities varies depending on the needs of the student. The assessments at the

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Bossy R Variations

Vowels can vary in the sounds they make. Here are some of the ways that Bossy R words can vary. First let’s look at what happens when words have both a Silent e and a Bossy R. Silent e vs Bossy

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More Ways That Vowels Can Be Long

Vowels can be long with the Silent e pattern, Vowel Teams, Open Syllables, and Tricky Y. Two more important long vowel patterns to learn are: i and o can be long when followed by two consonants, and open syllables in

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Letters With More Than One Sound: the Vowels

We have met OO/OO, one of the diphthongs. Which might be a foot that is short, or a boot that is too long. More vowels that can vary are OW, EA, IE. The letter Y can be Tricky indeed with the sounds

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Blends and Blending

Two (or more) consonants may blend together with each sound heard in the blend. Blends are often introduced after learning about short vowels, so it’s a good idea to begin practicing with blends that have short vowels. Blends with other

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