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The 44 Sounds of English

One of the reasons that English is challenging to learn to read is that 26 letters make 44 sounds! In addition to that, there can be lots of exceptions, so the “rules” are more like guidelines. With a few exceptions,

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Cleaning Checklist

Staying on top of cleaning chores can be quite a challenge. Finally I have a cleaning checklist that works for me. Inspired by this one from clean mama, this very simple routine (just the way I like it!) is customized

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Development Plans Are Not Just for Work

While Performance Plans for work may be called a Personal Development Plan, work is only one small part of personal development. To make a plan for Personal Development, consider many life areas that can be improved. While going through some

Posted in goals, personal development, work skills

The ABCs of Games For Reading

The ABCs of Games for Reading When it comes to hands-on games to practice reading skills, a good mix includes Active Games, Board Games, and Card Games. (For free online games for phonics, check out this Symbaloo.) This post contains

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Incentives for Reading

The statistics below paint a graphic picture of the importance of literacy. Two thirds of students who can’t read proficiently by the end of 4th grade end up in jail or on welfare…and 37% of fourth graders cannot read at

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7 Work Smarter Principles

I recently finished “Great at Work” by Morten T Hansen, who illustrates with examples and research 7 principles for working smarter. I was most interested in the first part of the book, which covers mastering your own work. The second

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Annual Review Toolkit

The Annual Review Toolkit contains 27 printable tools in a 30 page pdf to create a binder with everything you need to stay on top of regular reviews and on target with goals that align with your values. It includes Productivity Tools for

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