Current eBook Series: Short Vowel Shorts


  • How To Read An Elephant

    By Tate Johnston on October 9, 2013
    You may have heard the quandary: How do you eat an elephant? And it’s answer: One bite at a time. But how do you read: “an elephant?” Same answer: One bite at a time. Learning to read is something that happens over time. Little by little. Bit by bit. As the saying goes: “You can’t cram farming.” (As in, it […]
  • Hopping Stones: Leverage “The Power of Small Wins” in Teaching Kids to Read

    By Tate Johnston on September 17, 2013
    “Some children might not be ready for as big a jump from letter sounds to reading words and sentences and would benefit from making it a few little hops instead of a bigger jump.” –  Jordan K., Elementary School Librarian The Creek Is Wide Have you ever taken a walk through the woods with your small children and come to […]
  • Up The Up Escalator: The Twin Engines of Identity and Mindset in Teaching Kids to Read

    By Tate Johnston on August 6, 2013
    Trying to Climb Up the Down Escalator In their excellent book, Switch: How to Change When Change is Hard (highly recommend!), Chip & Dan Heath describe the power of identity in hindering or facilitating change.  They state that “[a]ny change effort that violates someone’s identity is likely doomed to failure.” When deciding what to do or not to do, we […]