Tutors & Back to School

As the back to school season begins, teachers start looking for good bargains to enrich their classrooms. All you hear them talk about is the price of supplies or which supplies are best for this and that.

It is an exciting time for them as they prepare for another school year, but it is also an exciting time for those of us who tutor. We share the same eagerness to equip our teaching spaces with neat supplies and resources.

There are a few of us teacher-tutors at Teachers Pay Teachers. Most of us have a rich experience in the classroom and therefore have a lot of tips and tricks to share. There are little things in our practice that can be helpful to regular teachers and vice-versa.

It was with this idea in mind that a few of us, Tutors On TpT, decided to put together a linky to share some of our tips and resources that we use to facilitate our practice.
Tutors On TpT Love Back to School

Please make sure that you visit all the participating blogs for more tips and resources’ suggestions. The links are at the bottom of this post 🙂

Tutors On TpT Love Back to School

Learning sight words is a skill that is crucial to successful reading development. In conjunction with phonemic awareness, sight word recognition plays a huge part in the development of good reading skills.

I have a few students that have come to me for help with sight word recognition. Their abilities range from knowing a few words and phonemes to not having a clue about either. In both cases, I found that having a wide variety of activities is a lot more helpful that to repeat the same things over and over again, or use the same activity throughout the whole entire session. Young children have short attention spans and get bored easily, so it is important to keep each activity short and fun.

In any of my tutoring sessions, I always make sure that I vary my instruction between fun games and puzzles, hands-on worksheets and reading practice. Card games, board games, building towers with plastic cups, “I Spy” type games and dice are some of the things that I use to spice up my sessions and keep the children engaged.

However, no matter what activity I use, I always make sure that the children are continuously practicing their reading skills. If I decide to play “Go Fish” with my student, then the cards will have words written on them so the child can read them over and over again. If I play a board game in which the players have to read words, I always fake amnesia and have the child read the words for me (this always bring some cute giggles into the mix 🙂 ).

The point is, sight word instruction demands lots of opportunities for practice. Using diverse activities keeps the children motivated, but it is essential that you use those activities to continuously engage the child in learning, otherwise they will just become fillers.

Tutors On TpT Love Back to School

One of the resources that I constantly use for teaching sight words is my Pixie Spelling collection. I have started this collection in order to have enough variety in my lessons, and it has grown enormously.

Pixie Spelling by Catia Dias


I use the Fry’s lists as the basis of my sight word instruction and have developed resources for the first 300 words. However, it is the set of resources that I created for the first 100 words that makes me prouder 🙂

What started with a simple set of worksheets has grown into a bundle of more than 550 pages!!! Yes, that is right, 550 pages!

pixie_spelling-bundleThis bundle includes 4 distinct sets of worksheets for each word of the list (that means 400 worksheets), flashcards, play dough mats and 800 task cards!

And to complement this bundle there are also a word wall set and a “Spot the Pixie” game.


I hope you enjoyed reading this post. Enjoy the TpT Back to School sale!!! 😉

Take care,


Always a Teacher & Forever a Mom


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