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Successive Blending: The Magic of Hands-On Decoding Cathy Collier

Successive Blending: The Magic of Hands-On Decoding

Successive Blending can help new reader with decoding automaticity. Kindergarten is a magical time in a child’s life where the foundations for learning are laid, and curiosity is at its peak. I talked about the importance of blending, Phonological Awareness

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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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