Reading Café

Contributor: Arlene Birt | File type : Blog Post

My first-graders enjoyed hosting a Reading Café where, instead of serving food, we served stories!  This was a fun culmination to our reading classes.  Each first-grader was to choose three sto... Read More

Four Classic Books for a Teacher’s Summer

Contributor: Peter Goertzen | File type : Blog Post

As your school year ends, it’s a good time to think about how you can grow in preparation for next year. Reading, of course, is a valuable catalyst for growth. Last year, I wrote a post on summer re... Read More

Laying a Solid Pre-School Foundation

Contributor: Jonas Sauder | File type : Document

How should parents prepare their children for school (and life in general)? How does a school assess whether a child is ready to enroll in first grade? Jonas offers this list of preparation goals. ... Read More

Read with a Plan

Contributor: Melvin Lehman | Length : 2 | File type : Audio

You know that reading is a path of growth. But what kind of reading will benefit your teaching the most? Develop a plan, says Melvin, and read with intention.This clip is taken from Melvin... Read More

Developing Speaking Skills Across The Curriculum (Jonas Sauder)

Contributor: Jonas Sauder | Length : 61 | File type : Audio

Sometimes students can learn to express clearly articulated thoughts better in settings that are not formally called “public speaking." We will consider ways to develop students' oral skills as they... Read More

Learning By Stories (Chester Weaver)

Contributor: Chester Weaver | Length : 66 | File type : Audio

Stories are engaging, retention-helping, and humanizing. You will hear why stories are so valuable, be encouraged to do teacher story-telling, and experience stories!

Building Fluency: How We Use the Barton System

Contributor: Yvonne King | Length : 7 | File type : Video

How does the Barton System enable small schools and tutors to improve students' fluency in reading and writing? Katie Groff and Yvonne King discuss the strengths of Barton and how their schools impl... Read More

Helping Struggling Readers

Contributor: Karen Yoder | Length : 5 | File type : Video

How do you help your struggling readers to gain confidence and proficiency? Martha Stoltzfus and Karen Yoder share their techniques. Martha suggests: 1. Writing stories on the board to help stud... Read More

35 Books for Lower Elementary

Contributor: Yvonne King | File type : Curricular

Yvonne offers a list of books to consider with your elementary students. Some of my favorite story time books for Grades 1-3:1-5. Little House in the Big Woods, Little House on the Prairie, Far... Read More

Helen Keller Reading Guide

Contributor: Betty Yoder | File type : Teaching Material

Betty Yoder's reading guide for Helen Keller by Margaret Davidson includes goals, objectives, instructions, and project ideas for use with second-grade class. Betty also includes helpful vocab definit... Read More