• Tonya Says Finish Strong!

    Published: May 18, 2017

    The end of the school year is upon us! During these last weeks--or even days-- with your students, we know that your schedules are filled with assessments, field trips, end of the year picnics, promotional ceremonies and more. As routines become unpredictable for your girls and boys, the structure of their GrapeSEED time becomes all the more important for them! If you’ve successfully completed your final unit of the school year with a few days to spare, why not pull out favorite material...

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  • Keep Parents Involved!

    Published: May 16, 2017

    Parents love nothing more than hearing how their children are learning! Make note of student success during GrapeSEED time! Are they reading with expression and intonation? Have they mastered some key Concepts of Print? Are they speaking in phrases and sentences rather than one-word answers? Are they able to focus for longer periods of time? Find those special successes, no matter how big or small, and be sure your students and their parents know that you are noticing all of their hard work!...

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  • Trainer Talk!

    Published: May 09, 2017

    When Tonya has a GrapeSEED question, idea or success story, she contacts her GrapeSEED Teacher Trainer to share! Your GrapeSEED Trainer is always available to provide feedback, answer your questions, share creative ideas and celebrate the successes of you and your students. Take advantage of the partnership by reaching out to your GrapeSEED Trainer by email, call or text message!

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  • Take Time to Celebrate!

    Published: April 26, 2017

    Tonya thinks that ending a GrapeSEED Unit is cause for celebration! After all, your students have accomplished and learned so much over their 20 exposures with you and during  time interacting with their own book and CD. Here are a few fun and engaging tips for how to do just that! Focus on the color of focus within the GrapeSEED Unit you’re moving on from with a coordinating snack or project! For example, on the last day of Unit One, have a special ‘Red Day’! Invit...

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  • Tonya Needs To Stretch!

    Published: April 25, 2017

    Tonya knows that sitting in one place for 30-40 minutes is difficult for children and adults! Sprinkle movement and transitions throughout your GrapeSEED lesson every 5-8 minutes, giving your students a chance to refocus. You can use Action Activities, an extension activity, or simply ask your students to stand as they sing a Song or recite a Shared Reading Poem.

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