Discover the powerful, research-based teaching tools and strategies that will help you get MASSIVELY bigger reading growth with LESS planning and prep.

This 5-day challenge is an investment in yourself AND your students.


If you're ready for a simplified, actionable, highly effective crash-course in the science of reading, you're in the right spot.

You'll get everything you need in less than one hour a day.

Let me know if you can relate to this:

You worry that some students are slipping through the cracks so you search Google, TpT and Pinterest trying to piece together a way to help...

Your class has a huge range of reading levels. Trying to differentiate for everyone feels daunting. You can't keep juggling it all...

You get paralyzed by self doubt and second guessing. You worry that you're letting students down because you're not doing it right...

Your teaching to-do list is always growing - there's never enough time. You feel stretched thin, like you're just trying to keep your head above water...

You want to dive into the science of reading but are nervous. You need someone to make it simple and show you the way...

No matter how hard you try, reading STILL isn't clicking for some of your students. You feel stuck and need an easier way...

If you answered "yes" to even one of these things, then this 5-day challenge was created for you.

Most teachers think that to help their students learn to read, they just need to work harder.

But here's the truth...

It's not about working HARDER.

It's about working SMARTER.

If you don't use teaching tools and strategies that are based on what research has PROVEN works, your lessons are ineffective.

And ineffective lessons keep you AND your students stuck.

Your reading lessons kinda' work... some of the time.

Students slip through the cracks, your admin gets frustrated, and you spend nights and weekends trying to piece together lesson plans that will fix it.

But there’s an easier way!

When you have research-based, classroom-tested teaching strategies and tools, EVERYTHING changes.

Your students get bigger, faster reading results and YOU gain unshakable teaching confidence.

You can swap those time-consuming Google searches for Netflix shows and down time with family and friends.

And that nagging worry that some students are slipping through the cracks?

It disappears forever. Because you know, without a doubt, that you're using THE best teaching strategies.

After just 5 days, you'll be saying:

The science of reading doesn't have to be complicated...

In fact, my #1 goal is to make it easy for you to understand. And, most importantly, easy to implement in your classroom.

Using research-based teaching strategies and tools is actually *so much* simpler than you think.

All you need is an easy-to-follow blueprint.

And I'm going to lay it all out for you!


In just 5 days, you will:

  • Build a rock-solid understanding of what the research does (and does not!) tell us about how students learn to read. SPOILER ALERT: Instagram doesn't always get it right

  • Discover struggling readers' biggest roadblocks and learn how to help kids quickly overcome them

  • Dive into the 5 most important reading skills and get done-for-you ways to teach them

  • Learn simple strategies that teach students to read 10X faster

  • And turn icky teacher doubt that someone's slipping through the cracks into unshakable confidence that every student is thriving

And it all starts Sunday, July 17th!

Here's the tested, proven, research-backed blueprint to getting superior teaching results:

Day 1 -

Build a rock solid science of reading foundation so you understand how students' brains REALLY learn to read. I'll cut away the fluff and simplify complicated science concepts so you can get right to the good stuff: making a bigger teaching impact.

Day 2 -

Discover the 5 big reading skills every strong reader needs AND get time-saving, print-and-play activities that teach them.

Day 3 -

Dive into struggling readers' biggest roadblocks and learn simple ways to overcome them so EVERY child leaves your class on grade level.

Day 4 -

Find out the most effective timing, sequence and strategies for introducing ALL of the phonics rules from letter sounds to digraphs, vowel teams and diphthongs.

Day 5 -

Discover simple lesson planning tweaks that will help you teach students to read 10X faster so you can get FASTER teaching results with LESS effort and time.

Teachers like you are saying:

This challenge is perfect for you if you:

  • Feel burned out from working hard only to have lackluster teaching results
  • Need someone to simplify the science of reading and show you the way so that you can easily implement the best strategies in your classroom too
  • Are tired of searching for secret hidden strategies and tricks that other successful teachers seem to know but, for some reason, you don't
  • Want to take your reading lessons from "meh, it's okay" to "holy cow, this is amazing!"
  • Are sick of worrying that students are slipping through the cracks and are ready to help them finally catch up

What's included?


Join Malia for daily, bite-sized videos that cut away the fluff and get right to the good stuff so you learn key concepts and teaching strategies FAST.


Use the done-for-you cheat sheets to take what you're learning and easily put it into action right away.


Students are more motivated to practice new reading skills when learning feels more like play than work. Grab dozens of ready-to-use centers that pump up the fun factor.


You deserve credit for all of your hard work so, as soon as you complete the challenge, you'll receive a certificate for 5 PD hours. Score!

And it'll all take just an hour or less each day!

Heck yes! I'm so ready to get bigger, faster teaching results!


Hey there! I'm Malia...

I'm a National Board Certified Teacher and the founder of the best-selling course called The Reading Roadmap.

When I started teaching 18 years ago, I was like so many teachers I meet today...

I knew that some of my readers were slipping through the cracks but I didn't know how to help them catch up.

So over the last decade, I dove feet first into the science of reading and designed an easy to use system that skyrocketed my students' reading. 

And now I'm excited to share my teaching tools and lessons learned with YOU so that you can get right to the good stuff: helping EVERY reader in class thrive.


How long is each day in the challenge?

My #1 goal is to cut away the fluff so you can get right to the good stuff - giving students big, HUGE reading results.

It will take you an hour or less each day to watch the video and print out your new teaching tools.

Are the videos live or can I watch them on my own time?

The first day kicks off with a live webinar but it will be recorded and uploaded to your dashboard so that you can watch it on your own time.

All of the other videos will be pre-recorded and you can view them whenever it's most convenient.

Can I get my school to pay for this?

YES! And many schools already are. Here's a letter you can copy and paste into an email to ask your principal for funding.

How long do I have access to the videos and downloads?

You will be able to access all of the content for one month (until August 17th).

Is this different than The Reading Roadmap?

Yes, this five-day challenge is 100% focused on the science of reading.

The Reading Roadmap is 4-weeks long and covers the science of reading PLUS assessment, lesson planning, differentiating, setting up and running literacy centers, setting up and running a classroom library.... it's a much deeper dive into reading instruction.

Help! I have another question.

Great! We're always happy to help. Send our customer service team an email at hello@playdoughtoplato.com and we'll get back to you right away.

Let's turn that icky doubt into unwavering confidence.

The challenge starts Sunday, July 17th. Are you in?

YES! I want to join!