Hameray Classroom Literacy Blog!

Letter Buddies and Young Children—with FREE download!

Posted by Kathy Crane on Oct 7, 2014 8:00:00 AM

This is a guest post by Kathy Crane, who will be contributing a series of posts over the next few months. If you like what you see here, check back frequently for more posts from here and click here to read her blog, Kindergarten Kiosk.

Crane_4-1-300I received these twenty-three letter books at the very end of the school year. They were cute, but I was ready for summer. Instead of putting them into a box for summer, however, I sent them to my daughter’s house for her soon-to-be-kindergarten son to enjoy.

When I visited just a few short weeks later, to my surprise, her twenty-eight-month-old son pulled out the Letter Buddies books and proceeded to “read” them to me. He got the first letter right. Lucky guess, I thought. But much to my surprise he knew all twenty-six letters of the alphabet and yes, you guessed it, all of the alphabet sounds too.

The small size of these books are perfect for little hands. To top it off, I found the great companion app! You can view it on Youtube here. With this companion piece, now I wonder if the one-year-old will know all of the letters and sounds on my next visit!

At the bottom of this page is a great alphabet game to play. Enjoy!


Kathy Crane holds a M.Ed. in Curriculum & Instruction: Reading, is a published author of thirteen books, a freelance author and developer of teaching curriculum, has been a teacher of kindergarten for twenty-two years, and publishes the blog Kindergarten Kiosk


For more information about the Letter Buddies Letter Books, click here to visit our website or click the image to the left below to download an information sheet with series highlights. To download the Circus Time Alphabet Match Up, click the image to the right below.

New Call-to-Action Circus Time Alphabet Match Up Download       

Read More

Topics: Letter Buddies, Mobile Apps, Kathy Crane, Young Children

Hameray Herald: March 2014 Issue

Posted by Tara Rodriquez on Mar 26, 2014 8:41:00 AM




Hameray's collection of high-interest readers are designed to provide reading help to both struggling and reluctant readers. The readability of these controlled books aids striving readers in improving their reading strategies, while developing stronger comprehension skills. Hameray offers books that range in reading level from M–S with an interest level for students in grades 3–8.

Series include the Hameray Biography Series, Download Series, Underwater Encounters, Extraordinary Files and SuperScripts.

Click Here to Learn More

JCC_Giveaway_290x160 GuestBlog_290x160.jpg 

Almost There... Winners to be Announced 4/2!

LAST CHANCE. Enter now for a chance to win a Joy Cowley Grand Prize! Ten other lucky winners will also be selected!

Click Here to Learn More

Blog: Susanna Westby of Whimsy Workshop

WORDLESS BOOKS. Get inspiration from Susanna's great lesson ideas on writing: observations, invented spellings, and editing.

Click Here to Read More

BUY NOW & SAVE! A special pre-publication offer for one of Joy Cowley's most-loved stories, Do-Whacky-Do, a poetic tale of "10 baggy clowns" going to town. With bright, colorful illustrations, the Do-Whacky-Do Big Book will thrill young readers using the fun, rhyming language you've come to expect from Joy! 
Click Here to Buy It Now at a Special Price


LEARNING + FUN. Spring Break shouldn't be an excuse to let the learning stop! Have parents download Hameray's early literacy apps while students are out of the classroom or augment your classroom lessons with these educational apps for the iPad & iPhone. 

Learn More

Read More

Topics: Joy Cowley, Hameray Herald, Mobile Apps, My World, Apps, Joy Cowley Classics

Hameray Herald: June 2013 Issue

Posted by Jacqueline Jones on Jun 28, 2013 8:00:00 AM

Hameray Herald Family Literacy June 2013

"There is general agreement that family support can make all the difference in the school life of a child.  Anything that we can do to encourage or increase the involvement of the family will be time well spent."

                                                                                                    - Adria F. Klein, Ph.D.


Hameray's literacy blog launched a new series of posts on the role of parental involvement in children's literacy, presenting ideas from the teacher resource Family Literacy Workshops for Preschool through Grade 6: A Research Based Approach with each post offering free activity downloads.


Striving Readers Teacher Spotlight learning the alphabet2 

2-PART VIDEO SERIES: Alan Trussell-Cullen 
discusses strategies for helping striving readers
in the upper grades.

teacher Greg 
Smedley shares a fun activity
for teaching children the alphabet. 


Mobile Apps
Letter Buddies letter learning apps for the iPad and iPhone. Great way to
practice letter recognition, learn vocabulary & more! Find out more... 


Special Education Genre
Hameray offers products that support special education. The resources
are uniquely created by speech and language therapists and teachers, and
are designed to improve attention, language and observation skills, and
develop emotional literacy. SEE OUR SPECIAL ED PRODUCTS...











Read More

Topics: Letter Buddies, Hameray Herald, Family Literacy, Parental Involvement, Mobile Apps

Subscribe to Email Updates

Recent Posts

Posts by Topic

see all

Follow Me