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JillE Literacy

June 2024

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Trivia Tidbit

  • June is National Oceans Month and Pride Month!

  • On June 19th, Juneteenth is celebrated in the United States to mark the end of slavery. It commemorates the day in 1865 when enslaved people in Texas were informed of their freedom, two years after the Emancipation Proclamation was signed.

  • The first free public library in the U.S. opened in Peterborough, New Hampshire, on June 9th, 1833. This library was significant in promoting free access to books and literacy for the general public.

  • The month of June is named after the Roman deity Juno, who was called the queen of the gods.

Book Bag

“Mr. Grizzle is grumpy with everything and everyone. He scowls and growls and he huffs and puffs in a grouchy grump. But Beatrix B. has an idea. She knows what Mr. Grizzle needs…”

This humorous read-aloud is grounded in a situation all kids can relate to—dealing with grouchy grown-ups—a topic that lends itself to authentic pro-social skills focused on the competency of identifying and managing emotions.

Like all the read-alouds in JillE Literacy, Butterfly Magic features vibrant art and an engaging story that will capture students’ imagination and keep them on the edge of their seats.

Visit the Book of the Month page to bring some Butterfly Magic into
your classroom.

How does JillE Literacy support the science of reading?

Poetry Power

Dive into JillE Literacy‘s quick and easy lessons.

JillE Poetry builds fluency, teaches students to apply phonics, and fosters creativity. Much like Scarborough’s reading rope, all of the elements are woven together, providing comprehensive support that leaves nothing to chance.

Make a splash with Ocean Commotion.

This poem is a perfect fit for National Oceans Month and a great opportunity to make content-area connections, build academic vocabulary, and support reading fluency.

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

New & Noteworthy

It All Starts With Words

Supporting Educators with the Science of Reading!

A recent 2024 survey revealed that less than 20% of early childhood educators are very familiar with the science of reading. Code-Ed believe it’s crucial to bridge this gap. Their structured literacy lessons are designed to be fun and engaging for all students while providing baked-in professional development for educators.

The Key Foundations program helps children get ready to read and write, which is ideal for Pre-K or Grade K, as an intervention.

The elements of the Science of Reading—oral language, phonological and phonemic awareness, vocabulary, and more—are at the heart of Code-Ed’s evidence-based approach.

Dr. John Hattie said, “There is so much richness in the 114 lessons. They develop oral language skills, vocabulary and background knowledge, letter knowledge and letter-sound relationships, phonological and early phonemic awareness skills, and social and cooperative skills. Everything about Key Foundations makes sure that learning is fun, that developing language and phonological awareness is natural and cumulative, and that alphabet knowledge is learned easily and contextually”.

Download this inspiring poster for your classroom today!


Catch Up Your Code 2e Pre-Launch Offer
Ending Soon!

Catch Up Your Code Second Edition quickly consolidates existing knowledge and fills gaps in just 10 minutes a day, assuring a significant impact on your students’ reading and writing skills.

This second edition includes:

  • Updated Alphabetic Code Assessment—including reliability data
    and stanine expectations for students in Years 4 to 8

  • Updated student practice activities

  • Support for English learners, including information about
    sound transfer issues

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