Handwriting Articles

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Are You Happy with Your Approach to Handwriting?

March 22, 2017
kindergarten handwriting lesson

Learn Proven Strategies from Accomplished Kindergarten Teachers If handwriting skills are not automatic, it interferes with the whole writing process! Good handwriting skills facilitate rigorous Common Core writing standards: Begin instruction working with each child’s name! Have high expectations • Be intentional • Create a sense of urgency: Your name is so important! All kindergarten children […]

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10 Kindergarten Handwriting Tips for January

January 12, 2017
kindergarten handwriting name ticket practice lessons

 We love to search Pinterest for the best kindergarten writing and early learning resources we can find to share with you our Nellie Edge seminar participants and online friends.

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A Simple Guide to Kindergarten Handwriting with Research Support

December 2, 2016

Settling-In Time Sets the Emotional Tone for the Day: Developing Friendship, Responsibility, Self-Motivation, and Collaboration Skills

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10 Reasons to Teach Fingerspelling in Kindergarten

November 17, 2016
heart words in kindergarten teacher resources

Fingerspelling helps the brain remember letters and sounds: It becomes the memory hook to ABC/Phonics mastery. Fingerspelling will enhance the effectiveness of any ABC/Phonics program.

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Weekly Focus: Accelerate ABC/Phonics Mastery with Songs, Fingerspelling, Handwriting, and “Heart Words!”

October 13, 2016

Accelerate ABC/Phonics Mastery with Songs Fingerspelling, Handwriting, and “Heart Words!” Preventing reading failure and building the reading and writing brain…

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What Is the Best Power Sentence to Build Writing Fluency in Kindergarten?

October 6, 2016

It’s early October and kindergarten children are learning the joys of writing for real world purposes. Writing and reading fluency with a growing collection of high-frequency “heart word” sentences is our next important learning target.

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How to Have the Best Kindergarten Back-to-School Night Ever: Family Scavenger Hunt Step-by-Step

July 19, 2016
back to school in kindergarten classroom

Families’ first visit to kindergarten is organized, purposeful, and inviting “Sunflower Children” and warm-hearted Katie Nelson welcome each family as they arrive. The environment is carefully prepared to introduce literacy routines and involve Parents as Partners. Children sign in on their first “Name Ticket” with guided help from Mom or Dad. They put their finished […]

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Weekly Focus: Kindergartners Love to Make Stamp and Read Books

June 24, 2016

Their discovery? “I can read!” Success with Stamp and Read Books Each of these 16 Wooden Animal Stamps comes with a clear plastic coating, making it easier to keep them clean (made in China). Tip: Consider covering Nellie Edge Wooden Stamps (handmade in the USA) with clear contact paper, going over the word and down the […]

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Weekly Focus: Ten Tips for Teaching Handwriting Grip

May 30, 2016
teaching pencil grip

Two of the foundation skills for kindergarten teachers to introduce during the first busy weeks of school are good handwriting grip and efficient name writing. 1. Determine a child’s handedness. Ask parents. Watch the child with manipulative toys. Notice which hand the child uses to pick up crayons or small pencils. Help parents understand that […]

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5 Simple and Delightful Kindergarten Rituals to End Your Year

May 3, 2016
Glimpses from Joyful Kindergartens

Bring Closure to the Learning Community: Glimpses from Joyful Kindergartens Children come to school with diverse background experiences. It is the stories we tell, the songs we sing, and the traditions we build that bind the children together emotionally and intellectually, creating an optimal climate for learning, both social and academic. Over the Years My […]

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