Classroom Spotlight


Posted March 12, 2018 in

Here is the link to the official phonics position paper I wrote for the International Literacy Association.…  » read more


Posted December 14, 2016 in

Here's a recent blog posting: Bringing Back Some Teacher Control to Reading Instruction.…  » read more

This Week's Must-Read: September 4, 2013

Posted September 4, 2013 in Books of the Week

Every once in a while you pick up a new picture book and instantly know it will become a classic. This is how I felt when I discovered TAP THE MAGIC TREE at my local bookstore. With simple text and il…  » read more


Posted September 4, 2013 in

Listen to this boy read one of my books!    …  » read more

Helpful articles and videos about phonics

Posted August 22, 2013 in Phonics, Resources

Here are some helpful articles and videos about phonics . . . "Wiley Answers the Tough Questions!" — Transcripts Teaching Phonics with Wiley Blevins FAQ about Phoni…  » read more

Phonics: Ten Important Research Findings

Posted August 22, 2013 in Phonics

(download a PDF of this this article) Countless research studies have been conducted on phonics instruction. Much of this research has focused on the usefulness of phonics instruction and the best wa…  » read more

Q: I have a lot of English language learners in my classroom. What can I do to help them?

Posted August 22, 2013 in Questions & Answers

A: I have been working with English learners since my first year teaching at an international school in South America. Most recently, I created an English Language Development program for McGraw-Hill …  » read more

Q: I know teaching my child the alphabet is important for preparing for school. What else can I do?

Posted August 22, 2013 in Questions & Answers

A: Vocabulary, vocabulary, vocabulary! Load your child’s daily experiences with language. Don’t hold back. Use sophisticated language for concepts your child knows. For example, you might …  » read more

Favorite Websites

Posted August 22, 2013 in Resources

Here are some of my favorite websites . . . Scholastic (for Parents): Scholastic (for Teachers): Reading Rockets (for…  » read more