Starting the school year with a positive classroom experience

Starting the school year with a positive classoom experience

Today I wanted to share with you what Mrs. Karle used to do at the beginning of the school year to build a positive classroom experience.  Mrs. Karle found that using this system she could motivate her reluctant and struggling readers.   She never had any issues with students not wanting to read.  She truly felt that if you gave students the confidence to read, and you created a positive learning environment, then the students would love learning and love reading.

As you know, every night the children using Mrs. Karle’s learn to read for free reading program have homework to do.  The students take their daily reading worksheet to read to their parents, or caregiver.   After reading their homework to someone at home, their parent or caregiver would sign their worksheet, and then the student would return the worksheet back to Mrs. Karle the next day.  The students would love to bring home their reading worksheet because they got to opportunity to share with someone at home how good they were getting at reading!

When the students returned with the worksheet the next day, they would receive a star on their chart.  After five stars, the students got to select a prize from the treasure box.  The treasure box is similar to something you might find at a dentist office after a good visit:  it contains  little trinkets and fun goodies that kindergarten and first graders love to earn.  Mrs. Karle’s chart and treasure box definitely helped create a positive and fun classroom experience for both the students, parents, and teacher.  It also helped motivate reluctant and struggling readers.


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Madreen Karle is a master first grade reading teacher with over 30 years of classroom experience. She taught reading in a special needs and English as a Second Language classroom. After retiring she wrote a reading program to help others learn how to teach reading. She is a trusted educator and author of 5 books to help teach children to read and write. In addition to her books, she is a mentor for 3 websites that give reading teacher tips (Mrs. Karle’s Sight and Sound ReadingMrs. Karle’s Reading Patch, and Mrs. Karle’s Handwriting Patch). Through her teaching she learned that confidence was the key to learning to read. A child who is not confident at reading does not like to read and struggles to read. Mrs. Karle created “sunshine moments” to help teach children how to grow their confidence and learn to read.
Meeghan Karle Mousaw (Madreen’s daughter) has her Master’s in Special Education. She has 8 years experience teaching children to read online. In addition, she developed a curriculum to teach children handwriting called The Handwriting Patch. With the Handwriting Patch learning is fun because children learn to draw and learn handwriting at the same time. In 2019 The Handwriting Patch curriculum became an amazon best seller the first year it was released, helping thousands of kids learn handwriting with a unique, fun method. She is mom to 6 kids, each with differently learning abilities and struggles.
The Reading Patch was established by the creators of Mrs. Karle’s Sight and Sound Reading. Together they have been featured on the NBC media outlets and Parents Magazine online. Over the last 8 years in their online platform, Madreen and Meeghan have worked tirelessly with teachers, homeschoolers and parents looking to help children learn to read to become a trusted authority in teaching children to read and advocating early literacy skills. They often partner with other educational experts to deliver the most current information to the Reading Patch community.


  1. I’m an adult and even I would love picking something from the treasure box!! Love reading your posts…so informative.

  2. I wish my kids had Mrs. Karle in person!

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