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For those familiar with the Secret Stories- Cracking the Reading & Writing Codes with the Brain-in-Mind! my name might sound familiar! I'm Katie Garner, author of the Secret Stories, and have been brainstorming with Deanna the past few weeks about this shared blogging endeavor!  These "Secret Sessions" will be posted both here and on the new Secret Stories BLOG.  

Click for the Secret Stories "Awesome Anchors" Pinterest Page  


A handful of times each month, I'll be sharing of some of the most popular Secret Stories in FREE DOWNLOAD format, making decoding and encoding a breeze.... plus lots of teacher-favorites, including brain-based tips & tricks for gaining easy-access to some of the 'hardest' reading and writing skills!  You can download the FREE Secret Stories Sampler (below) now for a preview of what's to come!


 Click for the Free Sampler-Pack


....so join us here and on the Secret Stories Blog each month and take away the 'secrets' to making the hardest-to-teach reading and writing skills EASY to teach and to learn!

Click for PREVIEW of  Secret Sessions with Katie Garner





34 comments:

  1. I can't wait to get more of these!! What a fun way to teach phonics concepts. My kids always struggle with decoding and spelling, but I can totally see these tricks making things click, I can't wait to get started!

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  2. I am so excited about this, especially the freebies!! Thank you both!!

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  3. I'm so excited to implement this in my classroom!!!! Ecstatic to see more freebies soon!!!! Thank you both for sharing so much with us all!!!!

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  4. Will you also be posting some of those cute phonics stories here as well? Can't wait!

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  5. I'm always excited to see new things! Thanks for sharing!

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  6. I'm always excited to see new things! Thanks for sharing!

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  7. I love the Secret Stories! Our teachers use the all the time. They really encourage student engagment. Katy... When are you going to be in Texas? I have several friends that would like to see your presentation. Also...Do the stories come in Spanish? Our ESL population is growing.

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    2. I should be coming down to Texas in late spring and again in early summer, as well as sometime at the beginning of next school year.

      You can stay updated by following my new blog at the Secret Stories- http://thesecretstories.com/blog/ ..... or my direct schedule page.....http://thesecretstories.com/workshops which is updated regularly!!

      As for offering the Secret Stories in Spanish, there are some things I can share with you if you want to email me directly at Katie@TheSecretStories.com -
      Thanks!

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  9. I've been obsessed with these for a while now! Our principal promised to buy them for our whole team in the spring (K & 1 already got theirs) so we're all keeping our fingers crossed! I'm so thrilled to find this and get started and can't wait to learn more!
    Thanks so much to you both!

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  10. My youngest son's grade 1 teacher introduced him (and me!) to your Secret Stories several years ago. I am now a K-3 CCR teacher, and love finding resources that help my students retain information. I was delighted to stumble across a link to the Secret Stories blog when I checked out Mrs. Jump's blog this morning! I serve up to 35 students, with a huge range of needs, and have already filled my available wall space. Is there any way that you could create a Secret Stories app? Even my most challenged students are able to navigate their iPads, and putting resources into their hands helps them take more ownership of their learning. I'm so glad the two of you are collaborating!

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    1. YES!! That is definitely in the works! I will be posting about new things coming up on my Secret Stories Blog- http://thesecretstories.com/blog.... and you can "follow" for notifications of new posts there.
      Thanks!

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  11. WOW! I am just too excited for words!!!!! I can't believe the two of you will be collaborating and sharing here! Katie, I'm sure you have no recollection of who I am, as I was only one of hundreds of teachers attending a professional training event you led in my district during my first year of teaching in 2008. Your passion, enthusiasm, and unprecedented creativity literally left me speechless (and for anyone who knows me..this is a rare occasion!) You were such a firestorm of ideas and information that I was instantly mesmerized! I jumped right into the Secret Stories my first year and now I couldn't imagine teaching reading or writing without them....they've been a "God-sent!"

    And Deanna, I've been following your blog for over a year now and LOVE LOVE LOVE your products on TpT!! The idea of both of you together sharing your ideas here with all of us is just a dream come true for me!! I know I probably sound goofy, but I'm so psyched I can't help it!!!!!


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    1. Wow! Thanks so much for the very kind words!!! I'm so pleased to know that it has been of such value to you in your teaching, and I hope that what is shared here will provide even greater insight and ideas!!
      Thanks so much again for taking the time to share!
      Katie

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  13. Very excited about this collaboration! I teach K in a high poverty, Grade F school and I believe this system could really help a lot of our students!

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  14. Love these! I have used them with all my students. They are great for my EL students as well.

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  15. Wow - very excited to find these - so glad you are working together - my first time to see them.

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  16. Ok, I am a newbie to the Secret Stories. Not a newbie to Deanna. ;) From what I have read and seen so far, I am beyond thrilled! How close are you to Indiana? My team is 6 teachers strong....and I mean strong! We teach in a Title I school, lots of poverty, lack of parent support. I'm excited that we made an A last year. {We worked our tails off for it too!} We're always excited to begin something new for our babes. Our motivation and excitement is contagious....can't wait for more of you!

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    1. That's just awesome! Your team sounds incredible!!! As for Indiana, I although I live in NC, I do travel out there to speak at your state reading conference..... and I think I'm actually scheduled to do a a pre-con institute and a couple of 1/2 day workshops there next year. My speaking schedule is updated regularly here- http://thesecretstories.com/workshops .... and btw, your enthusiasm IS contagious.... you've got ME excited!!!! :)

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    2. Awe, thanks! You should *really* be with all 6 of us when we are together talking about our kids and our plans. It's kind of embarrassing. {In a good way, of course!} I'll check your schedule. I'm not going to the reading conference, unless I surprise myself with a little road trip!

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  17. I am so glad I found these and can't to see lots more!

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  18. Thanks so much for all of the great comments and questions posted! I'm excited about and grateful for the opportunity to share ideas and resources here with you on Deanna's AWESOME blog!!!

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  19. Oh my goodness, what an AWesome resource!!! I am a firstie teacher and can't wait to use these with our word work to reinforce the concepts. Just can't wait for THe success to come rolling in:)

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  20. Oh my goodness, what an AWesome resource!!! I am a firstie teacher and can't wait to use these with our word work to reinforce the concepts. Just can't wait for THe success to come rolling in:)

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  21. I am so excited that you two will be collaborating! I always "stalk" Deanna's page for fresh, fun & funky ideas. :) This is the first time I've heard of Secret Stories, but totally love the idea! It is completely logical and makes total sense. I've never taught the letters in alphabetical order, and of course get parents that always ask why... I use the Recipe for Reading order of teaching letters. I am eager to learn more about your Secret Stories and follow your collaboration! I am going to try out the sample stories with my kiddos next week! Thanks for your passion and inspiration!

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  22. I am so excited that you two will be collaborating! I always "stalk" Deanna's page for fresh, fun & funky ideas. :) This is the first time I've heard of Secret Stories, but totally love the idea! It is completely logical and makes total sense. I've never taught the letters in alphabetical order, and of course get parents that always ask why... I use the Recipe for Reading order of teaching letters. I am eager to learn more about your Secret Stories and follow your collaboration! I am going to try out the sample stories with my kiddos next week! Thanks for your passion and inspiration!

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  23. Looks great! I've been searching you tube and your web site to find out as much as possible about this program. I've been checking out your workshops also. Is the alphabet chart available somewhere?

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  24. Thanks! As for the alphabet chart, I'm not sure which 'alphabet chart' you mean? Are you talking about the large rectangular plastic one I was holding up/ referencing on my VLOG for the "Better Alphabet Song?"

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  25. The one that hangs in your classroom when you are doing the Better Alphabet Song.

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  26. Oh, that one..... you know, I have no idea?!! Most likely from the "ReallyGoodStuff" catalogue, as most everything I purchased for the classroom was from there. The only thing that's important to look for, however, is that the pictures shown actually correlate with the letter sounds.... i.e. the letter 'o' should NOT be depicted with an orange or an oyster, nor should the letter "x" have a xylophone next to it!! You just want to make sure that whichever one you use has graphics that depict the the INDIVIDUAL letter sound and not a sound the letter makes within a phonemic pattern, which sadly has become quite common.

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