May 2022
Trivia Tidbits
May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, a time to honor the diversity of these cultural groups and their contributions to the United States and to the world.

Did you know…

  • The first Asian people arrived in what would become the United States in 1587, 33 years before the Mayflower.
  • Today, more than 25 million people in the U.S. are of Asian or Pacific descent.
  • Asian Americans are the fastest-growing ethnic group in the United States.
  • Asian Americans are a diverse group, tracing their roots to more than 20 countries, each with its own unique history, culture, and language.
  • Jill Eggleton’s life and teaching methods were profoundly influenced by her experience teaching at a Māori school in the far north of New Zealand. (Read about it here.)
“It was here in this school that I felt the stirrings of something in my soul — a realization of the need to make my teaching practice reflect the needs, passions and cultural backgrounds of the children who bounced eagerly through my classroom door, trusting me to teach them.”

–Jill Eggleton

Book Bag
“Rhino was grouchy and grumpy all the time. How rude! Will Rhino ever snap out of his grumpy mood?”

Shared reading is a powerful teaching approach—a collaborative reading experience that allows all students to participate in reading grade-level texts with fluency and confidence.

Shared reading with JillE Literacy books is even more powerful, engaging even the most reluctant readers in lively, fast-paced lessons that build the reservoir of language and skills that are essential for reading and writing success.

Grumpy Rhino also offers authentic, embedded support for social-emotional learning with a storyline that helps children recognize and build the key competencies of teamwork, sharing, gratitude, managing emotions, and recognizing social supports.

A five-day lesson plan and teaching panels built into every book help teachers take advantage of every opportunity to support comprehension, vocabulary, fluency, phonemic awareness, phonics skills, and social-emotional learning by focusing on a different literacy strand each day.

Visit the
Book of the Month page during May and June to access this free e-book and see how powerful shared reading can be!

Poetry Power
Can poetry build fluency, vocabulary, and content-area knowledge? With its rich science vocabulary, this poem from JillE Literacy can!

Poetry is an effective way to reach all readers through short, repeated whole-class reading experiences that develop essential knowledge and skills in a low-stress context.

The poems in JillE Literacy help all students experience reading success and build their identities as readers.

In addition, the built-in five-day lesson plan on the back of each poetry card makes it easy to read and reread the poem over the course of a week, focusing on a different teaching opportunity each day. All the planning is done for you, so you can spend less time planning and more time teaching.

Check out
Destination Mars on the Poem of the Month page to access the poem, lesson plan, and printable student version throughout May and June.

Pocket PD
The last few years have been tough on children, tough on parents, and especially tough on teachers.

The annual Merrimack College Teacher Survey found that teachers are working harder than ever, an average of 54 hours per week!

It also confirmed what educators in the trenches already knew — that many teachers are feeling burned out, dissatisfied, and disrespected, with 44% reporting that they were very or fairly likely to leave the profession within two years.

Losing even a fraction of these teachers would be a tragedy for students, who have already experienced so much disruption and loss.

At JillE Literacy, we believe we can help.

  1. First and foremost, all of our materials are written to foster student engagement, making reading a joyful experience for students and teachers alike.
  2. In addition, every text includes built-in support for teachers that saves planning time and helps them make the greatest impact with every teachable moment.
  3. These built-in lessons systematically teach the skills students need to close learning gaps and excel as readers.
How do we know?

Because JillE Literacy was built on a foundation of solid research on how children learn to read.

Read about it in our Research Foundations report, which provides a concise summary of the key research on literacy learning and shows exactly how JillE Literacy puts that research into practice.

It’s not too late to boost student achievement by incorporating JillE Literacy into your summer school curriculum. Contact us to find out how.
Gratis Gifts
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JillE Literacy is a unique collection of K-3 resources created to empower teachers with engaging texts and science-based literacy instruction that together make learning to read easy, effective, and fun. JillE Literacy supports teachers with built-in tools and strategies that show how to teach essential literacy skills in the context of vibrant, engaging, humorous texts that children actually want to read. With guidance from educator, author, and international literacy consultant Jill Eggleton built into every page, it’s like having a master teacher and literacy coach beside you every step of the way.
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