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  • How to Teach Toddlers the Alphabet

    Think back to a time when you had to study for a test. To learn the material, you probably had to use flashcards, take practice tests, have a friend ask you questions, and so on. You needed to be actively doing something to learn, and when toddlers are learning the alphabet, they are no exception.

    Literacy Infant & Toddler
  • Our Favorite Preschool Literacy Anchor Charts

    Do you need a way to engage students while teaching literacy concepts? Try literacy anchor charts!

    Literacy Art Lesson Planning
  • Evidence-Based Vocabulary Interventions for Struggling Students

    As globalization makes it easier for people to cross national borders and enter new cultures, teachers find themselves with more and more children for whom English is a second language. Dual Language Learners (DLL) experience early education in a way that is unique and sometimes confusing, the language they are still learning at home shifting to a different language whenever they enter the classroom. This back and forth can lead to literacy difficulties and stunted vocabulary as these children struggle to learn two languages at once.

    Literacy Lesson Planning
  • Paint-Chip Play Ideas

    Everyone has gone to the hardware store and seen the massive wall of cards showing the plethora of paint colors. But have you ever thought of incorporating them into the classroom?

    Math Literacy Lesson Planning
  • Interactive Bulletin Board Ideas for Preschool

    Bulletin boards have always been a staple of preschool classrooms, but recently, teachers have begun creating interactive bulletin boards perfect for hands-on learning and creativity. When deciding on a preschool classroom theme many teachers may wonder “what is an interactive bulletin board?” or “how is it different from a regular bulletin board?”

    Literacy Art Lesson Planning Science
  • Silly Syllable Activity Ideas for Kindergarten

    Early childhood literacy plays a crucial role in the future development of young children, impacting them cognitively and in academic areas beyond literacy, like math and science. Early literacy development allows children to start forming their own understanding of concepts like problem solving, critical thinking, and creativity while improving their own pre reading skills. Lessons focusing on literacy concepts like syllables, and other early literacy activities for Kindergarten are a great way to prepare your little learner for growth in their early literacy skills.

    Literacy Lesson Planning Infant & Toddler
  • 5 Fun Fingerplays for Preschoolers

    Preschool fingerplays are a method of introducing critical pre-reading skills all in the package of fun preschool music and movement songs. Fingerplays for preschoolers also teach listening skills, order and sequence, memory skills, spatial awareness, imagination, and so much more. Just when the day seems long and dull, introduce preschool music activities with these fun little fingerplays from the popular Gryphon House book The Complete Book and CD Set of Rhymes, Songs, Poems, Fingerplays, and Chants (Also available book-only, here). With more than 700 selections, this book by veteran educators Jackie Silberg and Pam Schiller will keep your students moving, singing, and learning all year long!

    Movement and Play Literacy Lesson Planning
  • Teaching Perspective and Perception to Future Innovators

    Teacher’s hold the future in their hands. It might not seem like it now, but the children in early education classrooms will one day be politicians, business people, artists, and scientists. A teachers job includes more than making sure these children can read and write; it also makes sure future leaders learn to treat others with respect. Sometimes that means relying on some creative resources for the early childhood classroom. One such resource is Ellen Booth Church’s new book Nurturing Next-Generation Innovators: Open-Ended Activities to Support Global Thinking.

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  • Ready to Read Activities for Preschoolers

    Are your students ready to start reading on their own? With the school year half over, this isn’t a surprise! After several months of early literacy activities, children are ready to move beyond reciting the alphabet. Teachers can broaden their students’ early literacy skills by introducing writing activities and reading games to the classroom curriculum. Simple activities that focus on stringing letters together to form words encourage children to begin reading on their own and will build their confidence as they begin to read and write independently. 


Use "baby talk" with infants to encourage language development. Watch how toddlers lip-read to pick up language sounds. Explore more complex language with preschoolers. Find all these resources and easy activities from Gryphon House experts in literacy.

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