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Grumpy Monkey: Managing Emotions with Picture Books Cathy Collier

Grumpy Monkey: Managing Emotions with 9 Picture Books

Grumpy. Grouchy. Cranky. Irritable. Crabby. You name it…we’ve all felt it. Most adults have ways of managing our emotions, but children haven’t figured it out yet. Emotions often run wild and unchecked. As adults, guiding children through the maze of

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Phoneme Segmenting and Blending: 5 Fun Ideas Cathy Collier

5 Fun & Easy Ideas for Segmenting and Blending Phonemes

Segmenting and Blending phonemes in the early grades is not just a game, it’s crucial. This vital part of phonemic awareness will lead to future success in decoding and encoding. For kindergarten and first-grade teachers, fostering phoneme segmenting and blending

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4 Square Writing Sample Resource

Learn about 4 square writing with a Lesson on me!

At its most basic, 4 square is a template for writing. It asks the student to move from topic (center box) to details (top to bottom, left to right). It can be differentiated and easily scaffolded. 

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Hello and Welcome to Cathy Collier’s The W.I.S.E. Owl. I am a Reading Specialist and Literacy Advocate for more than 30 years. BUT I was born to be a teacher. I am blessed with a very supportive husband and two grown boys. I am a teacher, talker, trainer, and passionate presenter. I’d love to talk about Reading and Writing for the Emergent Learner with your class, your school, your division, or your council. Invite me!

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