• Foundation Fundamentals: Shared Reading Poems!

    Published: October 23, 2017

    Shared Reading Poems provide our students with the bridge to reading and writing! You'll find 2-3 poems that work on 1-2 focus letters per poem in each Unit. Through the vertical phonics approach, children will be introduced to the most frequent sounds of a letter. This will provide students with the skill to recall these sounds when later decoding unfamiliar words. Phonemic awareness and concepts of print are our main focus as we move through each Unit. Remember to: Focus on the sound(...

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  • Juice Up Your Lesson with Ideas from GrapeJUICE!

    Published: October 16, 2017

    Have you checked out GrapeSEED's collaboration blog on Pinterest yet? Don't miss out! Just upload and share your own creative extensions AND gather fresh, new ideas from other talented GrapeSEED teachers to add to your own bag of tricks! Reach out to your Professional Learning Specialist if you need more information about getting started on GrapeJUICE. Remember to click the name GrapeJUICE in the upper right-hand corner to access the boards that correspond with each component in every Unit.

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  • See our new website!

    Published: October 09, 2017

    Tonya simply loves the dynamic look and feel of our fresh, new website, and so will you and your colleagues.  Simply head to www.grapeseedus.com to easily tour the why, the solution, the impact, the research, the testimonials, AND the sheer joy of GrapeSEED! Spread the word!

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  • Foundation Fundamentals: Stories!

    Published: September 28, 2017

    "The stories we love best live in us forever." -J.K. Rowling Stories are invaluable. They provide children 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 GrapeSEED Unit. These components are a powerful way to introduce and reinforce to students a sense of story. They also expose children to common vocabulary and expressions within multiple contexts, as well as continuous text a...

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  • Foundation Fundamentals: Big Books!

    Published: September 22, 2017

    Tonya wants to remind you that when teaching with GrapeSEED Big Books, always remember to: Teach the Big Book twice. Sing it once and then read it once. Singing helps lower the affective filter and builds fluency, while reading will support comprehension. Make sure that your students sing when it's time to sing and read naturally when it's time to read. Developing expressive fluency is key in building the bridge to reading! *Take advantage of the many opportunities to teach concepts of print w...

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