Love of Literacy

Sharing my passion

Teaching is not a job but a passion.  I am passionate not only about sharing in the discoveries of my emergent readers and writers but also about supporting teachers to use best practices in their teaching.  

I am also on the other end of the spectrum, as a mother of three, supporting my children as they navigate the beliefs and practices of the many teachers they will share their early years with.

As teachers we have a profound affect on the lives of our students.  This site will provide you with tools and strategies to continue affecting positive change and educational growth for your early literacy students and their parents.  

Specifically, this website will support you with:

This site will be added to as I continue to grow, learn, and refine my practice.  Thank you for joining me on this journey.

Shannon Collins

Daily 5 and the CAFE Menu

The reading strategies that I use are inspired by the Sisters, Gail Boushey and Joan Moser (2009) and their CAFE  Book.


6 + 1 Traits of Writing

The writing strategies that I use are inspired by Ruth Culham`s (2005) 6 +1 Traits of Writing.


Please contact me above if you are interested in workshops for teachers or parents.



I am fortunate to have had two great literacy educators and a passionate mentor who lit a fire in me for early literacy.  I hope that I leave embers wherever I go, that may spark fires in others.

I must thank Lynn Senecal, a brilliant educator whose work has inspired me to create the Development Data forms.