How to Have Fun with Phonics with Guest Aylin Claahsen


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There is a huge shift in how schools are teaching reading. They are moving away from Guided Reading and moving towards Science of Reading with a focus on phonics and phonemic awareness. Today, Aylin Claahsen is joining us to share her expertise on teaching younger students early literacy skills.

Ensuring that our ELLs are receiving the best literacy instruction we can give them is so important and Aylin is sharing so much helpful information with us! We are covering what the difference between phonemic awareness and phonics is, where to begin with phonemic awareness and phonics instruction, how literacy instruction is changing with the shift to Science of Reading, and fun and engaging ways to teach phonics. 

Aylin is a certified reading specialist, literacy consultant and curriculum designer who loves sharing literacy tips for teaching readers. Specializing in Kindergarten-5th Grade, she can be found sharing literacy tips on her blog or social media at Literacy with Aylin Claahsen, or in her newsletter. Aylin has a huge passion for small group instruction as she’s seen the impact it has on readers of all ability levels. Writing engaging passages is one way that Aylin gets to connect with students and teachers all around the world. She believes that building confidence in readers is one of the most important things teachers can do. 

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Topics discussed in this episode:

  • What the difference between phonemic awareness and phonics is
  • Where to begin with early literacy instruction and the progression of teaching phonics and phonemic awareness
  • How to fit phonemic awareness practice into an already packed schedule
  • What changes are happening in literacy instruction with the shift from focusing on guided reading and leveled readers to Science of Reading
  • Fun and engaging ideas for teaching phonics


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We all know that teaching isn’t easy, but it doesn’t have to be this hard. Equipping ELLs is a podcast for both ESL specialists and homeroom teachers who are looking for effective and engaging ways to support their English Language Learners without adding to their endless to-do list. Tune in each week to hear tips, strategies, and inspirational stories that will empower you to better reach your ELL students, equip them with life-long skills, and strengthen relationships with colleagues and parents.

Your host, Beth Vaucher, is the founder of Inspiring Young Learners. She is an ESL certified homeroom teacher with over 10 years of experience teaching in the US and internationally. Her background of M.Ed in ESL and Curriculum and Instruction combined with her experience has led her to develop a bestselling newcomer curriculum that has sold in over 90 countries around the globe. She brings a different perspective to teaching ELLs from her years teaching and living abroad and working with ELLs from around the world. You will walk away from each episode with the ideas and tools you need to transform your experience as a teacher and cultivate a thriving and welcoming environment for your ELL students.


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