Hi, I'm Laura!

hello, i'm laura heinen from cultivating critical readers

Let me guess... you're here because...

... you're looking for quality reading lesson ideas and resources. You want your students to have an active role in their education. You want to make the school day exciting and fun for you and your students.

And you want to provide fun and engaging reading instruction,


  • You’re exhausted from trying to juggle everything and need some balance.
  • You’re overwhelmed by your to-do list.
  • You’re worried about trying to meet all your students’ needs.
  • Your’re always searching for ideas and resources.

If any of that sounds like you, you’re in the right place! My name is Laura Heinen, and I help second, third, and fourth grade ELA and reading teachers like you create engaging and effective reading lessons without all the stress.

Here's how I can help:

With nine years of classroom experience, seven of them in third grade ELA, I have ideas, resources, and inspiration that can ease some of your stress and help you stay in love with your job.

  • Check out my blog for reading instruction tips & ideas!
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From Passionate Teacher to Passionate Resource Creator

I considered the seven years I spent teaching third grade ELA my absolute dream job. I, of course, faced all the same struggles all teachers know too well, but this was exactly where I wanted to be and what I wanted to be doing.

In 2018, I needed to leave the classroom to help my husband with his business and pursue other ventures. I knew this was bound to leave a huge hole in my heart. I started creating and sharing resources on TPT to ease this heartache.

I am now so excited that my resources are helping teachers provide engaging instruction and making their lives just a little bit easier.

Need help teaching figurative language?

free digital figurative language interactive notebook for third grade compatible with google slides

Let me help out.

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