Author Kevin Bolger
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Author of "Gran on a Fan" (K-2), "Zombiekins" (MG)+ more: www.kevinbolger.com
 
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Tired of seeing the same dad-blamed spelling mistakes in everything your students write? This handy reference guide to “Most Wanted” spellings will help kids hog-tie those tricky high frequency words. It’s a fun and easy-to-use personal word wall
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Ninety short a cards, organized into the following word families: -ab, -ad, -ag, ap, -at, -ax, -and, -ack, -ash and –atch. Words progress in difficulty from the simplest consonant-vowel-consonant words to trickier words with blends and digraphs.
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Sixty short i cards, organized into the following word families: -ib, -ig, -ill, in, -ip, -it, -ick, and –ing. Words progress in difficulty from the simplest consonant-vowel-consonant words to trickier words with blends and digraphs. Use for
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Thirty-nine short o word cards, organized into the following word families: -ob, -og, -op, ot, and –ock. Words progress in difficulty from the simplest consonant-vowel-consonant words to trickier words with blends and digraphs. Use for word
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Forty short e cards, organized into the following word families: -ed, -en, -et, ell, and –est. Words progress in difficulty from the simplest consonant-vowel-consonant words to trickier words with blends and digraphs. Use for word sorts, as
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Fifty-six short u cards, organized into the following word families: -ub, -ug, -un, -ut, -utt, -uck and –unk. Words progress in difficulty from the simplest consonant-vowel-consonant words to trickier words with blends and digraphs. Use for word
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Short u/Long a Word Sort This literacy center activity teaches beginning and developing readers to read and distinguish between long and short a. No prep: Just print one blank sorting chart and an appropriate word list for each student. They read
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Short e/Long e Word sort This literacy center activity teaches beginning and developing readers to read and distinguish between long and short e. No prep: Just print one blank sorting chart and an appropriate word list for each student. They read
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Short i/Long i Word sort This literacy center activity teaches beginning and developing readers to read and distinguish between long and short i. No prep: Just print one blank sorting chart and an appropriate word list for each student. They read
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Short u/Long u Word sort This literacy center activity teaches beginning and developing readers to read and distinguish between long and short u. No prep: Just print one blank sorting chart and an appropriate word list for each student. They read
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Here is a fun game where kids can practice their spelling skills. The kid-friendly instruction sheet is also written with controlled vocabulary and lots of illustrations to make it readable for young readers. Makes a perfect self-directed reading
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

I am an elementary Reading Specialist and the author of five books for children, with another on the way. "Reading Specialist" is a designation you get for taking some extra courses, but I have actually taught nothing but Language Arts (usually four classes per day) for most of the last 15 years. I am particularly interested in strategies for teaching beginner and struggling readers. My first two books, the middle-grade novels “Zombiekins” and “Sir Fartsalot Hunts the Booger,” are generally labeled “reluctant reader” titles because their edgy humor and cool illustrations appeal to kids who aren’t otherwise keen on reading. As a primary reading teacher, I thought, Why isn’t anyone making books like that for beginner readers? You know, to hook kids (especially boys) on reading at the starting line, before they become “reluctant readers”? So now I am combining my two passions to develop a series of beginner reader books with reluctant reader appeal for HarperCollins. The first two books, "Gran on a Fan" and "Lazy Bear, Crazy Bear," are collections of zany cartoons that teach short and long vowels, respectively. I guarantee they are like no phonics primer you've read before! Illustrator Ben Hodson and I plan to make available here on TPT some printable activities featuring the characters from those books that will reinforce these foundational reading skills. We hope you and your young readers enjoy them.

MY TEACHING STYLE

"Make the work interesting and the discipline will take care of itself."--E.B. White

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MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

B. Ed., Reading Specialist, completing my Special Education Specialist

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

Author of the middle grade novels "Zombiekins" and Sir Fartsalot Hunts the Booger," and the beginner reader books "Gran on a Fan" and "Lazy Bear, Crazy Bear," two books of zany cartoons that teach short vowels and long vowels, respectively.

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