Category Archives: Quick Tips

Dyslexia Warning Signs

Hello Wonderful 204 Parents!

During my introductory phone calls, I spoke with a couple parents who were concerned that their children were flipping letters when they wrote and if this was something that would need an academic intervention.

Flipping letters is actually something that most educators consider grade-level appropriate until 3rd grade. As a first grade teacher, I see ALMOST ALL of my students doing it, especially for commonly flipped letters like “b” and “d”. Of course, we still want our first graders to get out of the habit as soon as possible, so when you see your student flipping letters you should work with them to edit their writing.

This article explains everything in greater detail, with some research and expert opinions to back it up:

Of course, if you still have concerns that there might be something more substantial going on with your student, please reach out to me by phone or email and we can discuss the appropriate next steps.


Ms. Debelak


Reading at Home!

Did you know that first grade is the year that most students learn how to read? It’s one of the main reasons I love teaching this grade. We do a significant amount of reading each day in Room 204, but the students who read at home are the students who I notice grow the most!

It’s recommended that first graders read 20 minutes a day at home with their families. Here are a couple websites that have tips and tricks for making that time as meaningful as possible:

Tips for K-5 Parents About Reading

7 Things to Do When Reading with Your Child

If you ever need any reading material at home that’s grade-level appropriate for your student, please let me know! I have paper books that I can send home for your child to keep.