How To Set Up a Sound Wall in Your Classroom

All the conversations happening about literacy learning and the science of reading definitely encourage teachers and schools to look carefully at their instructional practices—and, often, to explore new ones that help kids. One of these is the sound wall. Check out these fantastic resources to get you started using one in your classroom.

What is a sound wall?

This student resource shows the 44 phonemes (sounds) in the English language. It includes consonant sounds and vowel sounds and the various ways to spell each sound.

How is a sound wall different from a word wall?

A sound wall is not a word wall. These two resources are different because:

  • To use a word wall, one must be able to read the words, so kids often need teacher help. A sound wall encourages independent use. It helps kids progress from what they can do—say sounds—to what they are learning to do—spell
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New Year Quotes to Inspire and Motivate You in 2023

As we say goodbye to another year, it’s normal to have mixed feelings. When we look back, it might be easy to focus on all of the things that didn’t work out, but it’s more important to celebrate our accomplishments—no matter how small. If you’re ready for a fresh start, we’ve put together this list of New Year quotes to motivate and inspire you. The best is yet to come!

New Year Quotes by Poets and Playwrights

Good resolutions are simply checks that men draw on a bank where they have no account. —Oscar Wilde

Good resolutions are simply checks that men draw on a bank where they have no account. —Oscar Wilde- new year quotes

You can get excited about the future. The past won’t mind. —Hillary DePiano

You can get excited about the future. The past won't mind. —Hillary DePiano

We all get the exact same 365 days. The only difference is what we do with them. —Hillary DePiano

We all get the exact same 365 days. The only difference is what we do with them. —Hillary DePiano

The New Year is a painting not yet painted; a path not yet stepped on; a wing not yet taken off! Things haven’t

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The Best Playground Equipment for Schools (and Where To Buy It)

It’s hard to imagine an elementary school without a playground! Swings, slides, monkey bars … playground equipment for schools pretty much looked the same for a long time. These days, though, there are so many fun options. We’ve rounded up our favorite playground must-haves, along with advice on where to buy them—and how to afford them.

Playground Equipment Suppliers

Wondering where to buy outdoor playground equipment for schools? Here are some of the top suppliers, known for their quality and commitment to safety. Some offer complete playground design and installation, while others simply supply the equipment you need. Choose the one that’s right for your school.

Grants for Playground Equipment

There’s no doubt about it: Playground equipment is pricey. Whether you want to add a piece of equipment or build a whole new play space, you’re looking at thousands of dollars, minimum. If your school doesn’t have those kinds of

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TikTok Teacher Shares How She Keeps Track of Every Student

With all the challenges teachers are currently facing, it’s often too easy to lose sight of the good parts of the job—like the incalculable reach most of us end up having on the next generation. Maybe that’s why we got a little teary when we saw TikTok teacher Stephanie Cowman go viral for her creative way of tracking her students over the years.

@mrscowmansclassroom

And each one means the world to me 🥹 #teachertok #teachersoftiktok #tiktokteacher #happyteacher #teacherlife #teacherfyp #fyp #teachertips #goodnews #upworthy

♬ Pieces (Solo Piano Version) – Danilo Stankovic

The idea is simple. Cowman simply adds a colored bead for every student in her class for every year she’s taught to a glass vase.

The end result? A powerful (and beautiful) representation of the impact she’s made. While Cowman isn’t the first teacher to keep track of her students this way, several commenters noted that “you’re the first

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Best Winter Picture Books for the Classroom

The winter solstice takes place each year on December 21st, in the midst of the winter holiday season. Whether your winters involve cold rain and snow or sunshine and palm trees, your students will love our favorite winter-themed picture books. Help your students relate to the changes in the world around them with these charming fiction and informative non-fiction selections. Stay warm and cozy out there!

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1. Goodbye Autumn, Hello Winter by Kenard Pak (PreK-1)

A brother and sister take a late-autumn walk and notice subtle signs of winter’s upcoming arrival. Read it, and then bundle up for your own “hello winter” walk outside.

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2. Little Penguins by Cynthia Rylant (PreK–1)

This simple story perfectly captures a typical

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