• Introducing the GrapeSEED Store

    Published: December 06, 2016

    The GrapeSEED Store is now open just in time for the holidays! There are wall hangs, stuffed animals, bracelets, and more now available for purchase to liven up your classroom. Simply click here to see what’s available and imagine all the ways you could further incorporate GrapeSEED into your day. For instance, one preschool teacher had a Jonny Bear stuffed animal and was able to send him home with a different student each weekend along with a letter.  It explained to parents that ...

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  • Back to Basics: Big Books

    Published: November 29, 2016

    Do you know why big books are called big books? Because they’re big, and they’re books. Bad jokes aside, big books are designed to help students learn the phrasing and structure of our language as well as phonics principles, proper pronunciation, natural expression, and concepts of print. Big books can also be used to teach and review important vocabulary and expressions. Remember to: Always teach each big book twice. Sing it once and then read it once. Singing...

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  • Be a Resource!

    Published: November 22, 2016

    Many of you are lucky enough to have other people in the building (or district) who are learning to teach GrapeSEED just like you are. In fact, oftentimes, you’re progressing through the units at a similar pace. Talk to your fellow teachers if you aren’t sure about the tune of a song, or if you are looking for good questions and extensions for a particular story, chant, or poem. In turn, share with your colleagues a meaningful GrapeSEED activity that you and your students had a bla...

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  • Back to Basics: Poems

    Published: November 15, 2016

    Through poems, we provide students with reinforcement and exposure in their beginning literacy skills. Each unit (in the beginning units) has 3 poems that work on 1-2 focus letters per poem. Through the vertical phonics approach, we introduce students to the most frequent sounds of a letter in order to provide them with the skill to recall these sounds when later decoding unfamiliar words. Phonemic awareness and print concepts are our main focuses as we move through each unit, and the poems al...

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  • Back to Basics: Stories

    Published: November 01, 2016

    "The world is not made of atoms. It is made of stories." - Muriel Ruykeser  Stories, as a part of the fabric of a child’s growth, are invaluable. They provide young ones with the wonderment of far off places, bring them into unique situations, and help them acquire vast amounts of information. There are three to five stories in each Unit of GrapeSEED. These tools are a powerful way to introduce and reinforce to students a sense of story and exposure to common vocabulary and expressi...

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