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

November 8, 2017

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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Kindergarten-Friendly Handwriting Works

Why Kindergarten-Friendly Handwriting Works: 10 Keys to Success and New Free Resources

September 21, 2017

Used as designed within a comprehensive kindergarten writing program, this approach to handwriting instruction dramatically accelerates writing proficiency: The end result is motivated students proudly writing, illustrating, and publishing their own books! 1. Kindergarten-Friendly Handwriting practices are consistent with decades of educational research documented by Dr. John Hatti. We give children crystal-clear, achievable learning targets, […]

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Begin the Year with 3 Best Practices to Grow Your Kindergarten Writers

September 12, 2017

For the first month of school, our focus is to build a joyful community of learners and friends. We develop consistent rituals and routines so children feel secure and motivated to do their best. We want all children to internalize the ABC Phonics: Sing, Sign, and Read! song early on and to begin applying their […]

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Kindergarten Writing Workshop and Independent Writing Centers All Year Long

7 Proven Practices for Creating a Powerful Kindergarten Writing Workshop Model

September 7, 2017

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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20 Days to Mastery with 26 Letters and Sounds!

August 31, 2017

Use High-Impact Multisensory Strategies that Accelerate Literacy with ABC Phonics: Sing, Sign, and Read! See video 20 Days to Mastery with 26 Letters and Sounds! Preview this strategy from Nellie Edge Online Seminar #1 Introduce the ABC Phonics: Sing, Sign, and Read! book with four new letters, key phonics symbols, and sounds every two or three days, dramatically […]

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

July 19, 2017

  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 […]

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How to Boost Kindergarten Phonics and Writing Skills:

July 13, 2017

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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FREE YouTube sites for kindergarten learning

Top Ten Kindergarten YouTube Channels

June 19, 2017

 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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Great Drawing, Writing, and Word Work Resources – Where to Get Them

June 15, 2017

Great Drawing, Writing, and Word Work Resources – Where to Get Them.
As referenced on Nellie Edge Kindergarten Writing Seminars; Updated June 2017.

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10 Reasons to Teach Fingerspelling in Kindergarten

June 8, 2017

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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Glimpses from Joyful Kindergartens

7 Simple and Delightful Kindergarten Celebrations to End Your Year

May 11, 2017

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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Poetry Month and Earth Day Connections

April 27, 2017

The Earth Is Wet: Celebrate Every Season with Poetry The Earth Is Wet The earth is wet. The sky is gray. It looks like it Will rain all day.        –Karla Kuskin Whether the Weather Whether the weather be fine Or whether the weather be not, Whether the weather be cold Or whether […]

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Best Practices for End-of-Year Kindergarten Publishing: All Children Love to Write, Draw and Make Real Books!

April 20, 2017

Best Practices for End-of-Year Kindergarten Publishing: All Children Love to Write, Draw and Make Real Books!

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How the Components of the Nellie Edge ABC Phonics Program Fit Together for Kindergarten Mastery Part-2

April 13, 2017

Step-by-Step Strategies for ABC Phonics Mastery in Kindergarten: A Proven Teaching Progression for Optimum Learning (2017)

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How the Components of the Nellie Edge ABC Phonics Program Fit Together for Kindergarten Mastery

March 31, 2017

Step-by-Step Strategies for ABC Phonics Mastery in Kindergarten: A Proven Teaching Progression for Optimum Learning (2017)

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