The latest news, this month’s free book and poem, and other helpful resources from JillE Literacy.
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JillE Literacy

January 2023

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Trivia Tidbit

January got its name from the Roman god Janus who had two faces — one to look backward into the past, and the other to look forward into the future.

Book Bag

How do I support students who are reading more challenging texts?

This is the number one question teachers face once students progress beyond the early stages of reading development.

The Certificate and other higher-level JillE Literacy books answer this question with science-based support for teachers embedded in every text that targets the key skills students need at their precise developmental level. 

Advancing readers may be independent readers in some ways, but they still need teacher support as they learn to dig deeper into increasingly complex texts, to use more advanced reading strategies, and to apply what they learn to their reading. 

Using JillE Literacy is like having an experienced literacy coach beside you every step of the way.

How does JillE Literacy support the science of reading?

The Certificate engages readers with a story they can relate to and sparks meaningful discussions about the SEL competency of building relationships and other related topics, including sibling rivalry, risk-taking and dares, and examining consequences.

The student version (on the left below) features vibrant illustrations and engaging text that is carefully controlled for advancing readers, along with built-in activities that bridge reading and writing.

The teacher version (on the right) is identical, with the exception of built-in teaching panels on every two-page spread, which make it easy to take advantage of the instructional opportunities embedded in the text, which offer support across all strands of literacy.

The Partner Talk and Going Solo activities (the blue pages below) appear at the end of both versions of the book, and are further supported by a printable graphic organizer. In these activities, student talk builds a bridge from reading to writing, a practice that helps students recognize that if they can say it, they can write it.

Visit the Book of the Month page during January and February to access the free sample e-book and support your advancing readers with JillE Literacy!

Poetry Power

January’s poem is Fly Feet, one of many poems in the JillE Literacy collection that proves you can’t feel anxious about reading when you’re laughing!

Humor engages all students and helps them see reading as something that can be fun, not just something they have to do at school.

Humorous poetry is an especially effective way to engage all readers by encouraging active participation in brief shared reading experiences that develop word-solving skills, vocabulary, fluency, and comprehension in a low-stress context.

Incorporate a quick poetry lesson into your daily whole-class reading lessons whenever you or your students need a boost, and use the built-in five-day lesson plan to focus on a different teaching opportunity each day.

Check out the Poem of the Month page to access the free sample poem, five-day lesson plan, and printable student version throughout January and February.

Pocket PD

Have you seen our Science of Reading Report?

It has answers to questions like…

  • What is the science of reading (really)?

  • What does it say about how children learn to read?

  • What can teachers do to make sure all children learn to read? 

  • How does JillE Literacy support teachers to implement the science of reading?

Jill Eggleton has been a classroom teacher, an administrator, and a trainer and coach to thousands of educators around the world. She knows firsthand what a difficult job teaching is and how hard teachers work to make sure all their students develop the skills they need to become skillful and proficient readers. 

She created JillE Literacy to reduce the burden on teachers and to support them in implementing the principles of reading instruction that have been validated by decades of scientific research.

With a quick and helpful overview of the science of reading and specific information and examples across every strand of reading instruction, this report shows how JillE Literacy provides explicit, practical, and easy-to-use guidance in every resource — supporting teachers in making the shift to evidence-based reading instruction. 

Download the report and find out more today!

New & Noteworthy

Special back-to-school savings just for JillE Literacy subscribers!

One of the most powerful ways to connect with children is through a good book, but not any book will do. The best books are humorous and thought provoking — books that motivate, excite, and enrich. 

From now until February 7th, receive 20% off Jill Eggleton’s JillE read aloud books with code BTSJillE23.


Who says structured and systematic instruction can’t also be fun? Joy Allcock’s Code-Ed resources bring the JOY back to foundational skills with simple 10-minute lessons that are fun for teachers and students alike. 

From now until February 7th, receive 20% off Fun Foundations, Word and Sound Games, Sound Rhymes, Sound Hunts, Catch Up Your Code (digital) and Sort Out Your Syllables (digital) with code BackTS23.


Gratis Gifts

Check out our Samples and Downloads page for these free resources and more!

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