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Hello! I’m Carla, and welcome to my site! My goal with this site is to share teaching tips for all areas of literacy including phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, comprehension, and writing for grades K-8. I love sharing resources with teachers, and it makes me happy to help take a little off the overflowing platters of teacher duties. I hope you’ll find my site helpful and my resources worthy of using with your students.

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Takes a little time to prep, but, wow, what a fun and functional resource! My students loved using the summarizing paper bag book. It really helped them solidify this concept in a neat, creative way. Thank you for all you do!
Ariane O.
Third Grade Teacher
Oh my goodness!!! Not only is the seller so quick to respond to questions, she is so sweet!! This set is absolutely amazing! Not only does it have a great variety of holidays and seasons, but there are so many to choose from!!! I love that there are mock ups for both digital and printable resources. I am in love with your work! Thank you so much for these great quality mock ups!
Alisha Satterwhite
Busy Me Plus Three
I have two students who struggle with reading. I needed something to help build their self-esteem, but I didn't want to reinvent the wheel either. This was perfect! We do a poem each week. Monday, we read through it together. After they each do a cold read for me, we highlight our struggling words. Then Tuesday-Thursday, we do the activities. On Friday, they read it once more for me, and we chart their improvement. Their self-esteem has grown so much. They love taking them home to read each week.
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Third Grade
I have bought and love all of your concept of word poems and activities! Now with the updated version, there is so much more to love! Great for teaching Kinders concept of word which is so important to reading! Thank you!
Mary G
Kindergarten Teacher

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