H.E.L.P.S. Program


Since I am implementing a new RTI program at my school, I’ve been researching various programs. One such program that I’ve come across is the H.E.L.P.S. Program or Helping Early Literacy with Practice Strategies. It was developed by  Dr. John Begeny. You can either print the materials for free or pay the company $45 to bind and ship everything for you. I like the option of paying the company to bind it and ship it because the thought of printing out a 156 page manual, buying a binder, putting them in page protectors, and hole punching them is not something I want to do. If the school secretary is willing to do it, that’s fine with me.

So, check it out. If you’re interested, click on the link & tell me what you think. Here’s the link: H.E.L.P.S. Program

The Little Engine That Could!


Dear Readers,

I am sorry to inform you that this is not a book review of The Little Engine That Could. It is a review, or rather preview of my professional year to come. It’s the reason I am so worried. I am beginning to feel overwhelmed and I haven’t even begun. What is worrying me and threatening to overwhelm me? Well, I am really nervous about finishing my program because… well, I didn’t finish the first time. I was overwhelmed then as I’m thinking I will be now. I simply did not have the energy to teach full-time, go to school full-time, & be a full-time mother. Though I have to admit that my husband and sons took over the duties of cooking and cleaning during the school year. It was still too much for me. And (I know I’m not supposed to start the sentence with and, but I did), to tell the truth, nothing has really changed. Oh, and did I mention that I am implementing a school-wide RTI and doing the tutoring for the at-risk students? I know I put all of “this” in my plate, but that’s not the point. The point is that I need to get it done. I need to finish my Master’s degree & get my teaching credential. I can see this is gearing up to be a rather productive (albeit challenging) year for me personally & professionally.

One part of me knows that I can do it, while another thinks I can. I am definitely the little engine that could. Now, all I need to do is make it up that hill!!!

Curriculum Mapping…Kinda’ Slow!


I am plodding on slowly but surely on mapping my curriculum. It’s a really involved process, but it’s so worth. I can see the whole year planned out at a glance. So far, I’m about 1/4 of the way through 5th grade Social Studies. I’m having a pretty easy time with this because I have all my lesson plans, complete with MUST DO Packets & tests in a big binder. I’m adding projects as I go along. I’ll give it another 2 days of working on this until I move on to the 4th grade Social Studies. I know I have my work cut out for me with Science & Math since they are my weaker subjects, but I am going to do it. I have to go up to my job on Friday to get the Science books so that I can get started on Science next week. I surely have my work cut out for me, but I am determined.

So, bye for now!