Carl's Corner



Developed by Cherry Carl  









Welcome to Carl's Corner!

My name is Cherry Carl, and I retired in June, 2003, after 35 years as a teacher and Language Arts Specialist in Santee, California.  I continued my role as an instructor at the University of California, San Diego, in the Reading Specialist Certification Program until June, 2009, eventually teaching at the university level for 25 years.  

I wasn't ready to retire. Teaching is in my blood! (My mother always reminded me that when I was little, I dragged the neighborhood kids in to play school whether they wanted to or not!) I still have the strong desire to make a difference for teachers, parents, and students. I'm passionate about the joy of knowing how to read and write and want every child to have the experience of closing a book with a sigh, "Wow, that was a good book!" The only way they can do that is by having the necessary skills and strategies to become independent readers. Teachers and parents need to be aware of the all-important instructional tools and "promising practices."  This website has been created to provide resources and materials for classroom teachers, reading and resource specialists, speech therapists, parents and students in the area of language arts. Please feel free to download and print anything that catches your eye, but please make sure to leave my name on the poetry and worksheets!

If you have specific needs or suggestions, please don't hesitate to ask. I'm always open to new ideas and requests. That's how the site continues to grow. You can email me at

Thank you so much for your heartfelt messages and testimonials. You and your children are the reason that I maintain the site and I will continue to offer the materials with little or no fees/subscription costs. 

After much careful consideration and requests from teachers and parents around the world, I decided to discontinue selling CDs. Teachers in many other countries are being charged a fee by their Internet providers every time they download, and so my free materials were too expensive for them! It only costs me $2.80 to send a Flash Drive around the world and I can do it at no cost to the person asking for it.


Thanks again for sharing your success stories with me!

Warm regards,

Cherry Carl







 (under construction 10/24/20)

Carl's Corner Catalog

Still can't find it? Send me an email and I'll try to help you.

All About Me
Alphabet Avenue Animal Antics
Apple Picking


Big Books

Compound Words


Coordinated Cows
Definition Derby
Digging Up Dinosaurs
Diphthongs Dolch Drama
Family & Friends
Farm Fun
Fanciful Food
Fun with Frogs
German Rdrs
HFW 1st grade
1st Grade

Math and Measurement
Monkey Business
More W.O.W Mother Goose
Mother Goose Rdrs My Sidewalks
Level A
My Sidewalks
Level B
Parent Place
Patriotic Pride
Phonemic Awareness

Poetry Party Pretty Papers
R Controlled
(Bossy R)


and Spell

and Rhyme

School Days
School Days
Scott Foresman
Scott Foresman

Scott Foresman
2nd Grade
Scott Foresman
Seashore Seasons
Sight Words Sight Word City
Silent Letters:
gn, kn, mb, and wr
SMART BoardActivities Sounds of
C and G


Stationery Struggling Rdrs
Suffixes Syllables Synonyms Tales for Tots
Teddy Time
Valentine's Day Vocabulary Vowels
Weather Wise
Wonders Kdg
Wonders 1st gr
Wonders 2nd
Wonders 3rd
Word Way:
Wd Families

Words of the Week(W.O.W.)
Word Wall
Write On!
(silent letter wr)

Writers at

Writers Workshop




*You'll notice as you peruse the pages that I'm a poet at heart, and so I dedicate this one to those of you who tend a "garden of life and learning."    

The Keepers

The keeper of the garden builds an everlasting environment that is filled with beauty and peace. In the middle of that garden is a haven . . . a birdhouse, a safe place for fledglings to grow and flourish before taking off on their own. The gardener provides nourishment to feed his feathered friends, to make them grow strong and healthy. He protects them from predators, watching from afar, not interfering with the balance of nature. They flutter and fly and sing their sweet songs from the safety of their home in the garden, and then, one day, they are gone. The keeper of the garden experiences a moment of sadness at the loss, but he knows that he has done well.

We are, you and I, the keepers of the garden of life and learning, protecting the sanctity and serenity of the "schoolhouse." We build an educational environment that is filled with opportunity and experience. We provide nourishment to feed our cherished children, to make their minds grow strong and healthy. We protect them from outside forces and influence, watching them from afar, letting them try out their wonderful wings of independence. They sing their sweet songs of newfound knowledge and then one day, they are gone. We, too, experience a moment of sadness at the loss, but we know that we have done well as keepers of the garden of life.






We have some very dear friends in Germany and we've spent quite a bit of time with them here in San Diego and in Europe. I followed the children to school . . . I couldn't help myself. Once a teacher, always a teacher! I walked with the girls to the bus stop, rode the bus to school and sat in on their classes on two separate days, jumped rope to American jingles and completed the same assignments they were given (or tried to). Even though I could only understand some of the language, I came to the realization that no matter where we are, children are children, delightfully so! Since then we've been back several times and I've been invited to teach in their English classes and design some materials for their program. Such fun! Thought I'd share this poem that I wrote after visiting the classrooms in 2004. While spending a week in Tuscany and another on the Danish coastline, I taught the girls American jump rope jingles. I was surprised to find later that they had shared them with their German school chums. I was talked into going outside for recess and being one of the rope turners!

Children Are Children

Children are children wherever you go.

They act the same from head to toe!

The boisterous boys with skinned-up knees,

Who love to laugh, to tickle and tease;

They twirl their fingers in their hair

And weave their daydreams in the air.

They play a game of tag and chase,

Or have a rowdy running race.

The patched-up jeans and baseball caps

Belong to boys and chummy chaps!


The giggly girls with bows in their hair,

Who skip and jump from here to there;

Dainty dresses and frilly frocks,

Shiny shoes and slippery socks;

Barrettes and braids and freckled faces,

The missing teeth with smiley spaces;

Bracelets, braces, shiny glasses . . .

We love them all, the girls and lasses!


Children are children wherever you go.

They act the same from head to toe!

(Written For Frau von Heyden and Frau Domnick)
Tuttendorf, Germany

April 21, 










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Credit should be given to Helena Normark, the talented artist and owner of and for generously licensing me to use her artwork for this website and for the CDs that are available for purchase. Ron Leishman, whose artwork is available at and has also agreed to let me use his artwork for the purpose of creating materials for teachers and students. Without their permission I would not be able to continue to provide instructional activities for  you! Both artists have said that they believe in what I'm trying to do in order to provide quality resources for educators. I am extremely grateful to both of them!