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bird study in kindergarten

Our Bird Study Culminates in a Family Research

September 15, 2016

Children are immersed in bird literature, poetry, songs, dances, and – of course – bird watching. Each child selects a bird to study and goes home with an envelope of books for family research. A week later the children return with a book they have written and illustrated about their special bird.

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Science Literacy and the Kindergarten Child

September 14, 2016

All young children deserve to experience a collection of books that they can enthusiastically sing and read from cover to cover – books that are a part of our shared cultural heritage.

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Give Children “I Can Read” Experiences:

September 13, 2016

All young children deserve to experience a collection of books that they can enthusiastically sing and read from cover to cover – books that are a part of our shared cultural heritage.

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Using “I Can Read” Anthology Notebooks in the Classroom

September 9, 2016

Nothing supports a child as a successful reader, writer and speaker more than a rich storehouse of memorized language. It is this familiarity with the English language that allows the child’s decoding to be error free and their reading to be fluent.

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Wondrous Words about the Weather:

September 9, 2016

Wondrous Words about the Weather: A Poetry Ritual. Children love to memorize, recite and perform language from their Poetry Notebooks (a.k.a. I Can Read Anthologies). Consider including the memorable language of the weather as you celebrate language with your children.

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Learning the Language of Weather

September 9, 2016

Parents as Partners: Learning the Language of Weather. Once a month, your child will get to be the weather forecaster. He or she will report to us about what is happening with the weather.

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Organizing I Can Read Anthologies in Kindergarten

September 9, 2016

I Can Read notebooks or anthologies are a collection of poems, songs and finger plays that have been learned at school and can legally be copied to put into the children’s notebooks. They are a very powerful teaching tool in our classrooms. Both the students and the parents really enjoy and appreciate them!

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Poetry in the Lives of Children

September 9, 2016

Sunflower Children in September: Combining Experiences in Poetry, Art and Connections to Nature. Children explore the school grounds, gather leaves, and look for signs of the season. Returning to the classroom, they are immersed in literature, poems, and songs about leaves.

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5 Delightful Ways to Make Friends with Mother Goose in Kindergarten

September 7, 2016

Give Children the Rhythm and Sounds of the English Language We begin the year with Mother Goose Rhymes to effortlessly give children the rhythm and sounds of the English language and to introduce them to “Just Right: I Can Read!” Little Books which they can use during “Read to Self” Time. Marie Clay’s research reminds […]

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Joyful and Systematic Ways to Build Kindergarten Narrative Writing

September 5, 2016

Overview of a Comprehensive Kindergarten Writing Model Why do we value the Common Core writing standards? All Kindergartners Can Develop Stamina for Personal Narrative We raised our expectations, developed accelerated learning strategies, involved Parents as Partners, gave children crystal-clear learning targets, and became skilled teachers of beginning writing. The result? Learning to write in kindergarten […]

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Create a Beautiful, Organized, and Joyful Community of Learners

September 4, 2016

Posted by Nellie Edge on August 11, 2016 Once you get the community right, the levels of learning soar. – Ralph Peterson The continuing blog series featuring models of excellence in “Growing Kindergarten Writers” through Joyful Pathways to the Common Core How do we create a high-achieving community of engaged and purposeful writers? We start with nurturing […]

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Give Children The Affirming Language of “Reading is Fun!”:

September 3, 2016

Accelerating language and reading skills simultaneously through singing, dramatizing, and signing songs is a multisensory learning experience that takes advantage of how the brain learns best! It is musical, personally engaging, and incorporates many “best practices”

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Give Young Readers “Books That Sing and Rhyme”:

September 3, 2016

Accelerating language and reading skills simultaneously through singing, dramatizing, and signing songs is a multisensory learning experience that takes advantage of how the brain learns best! It is musical, personally engaging, and incorporates many “best practices”

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All Children Deserve “Magical Memory Reading” Experiences

September 3, 2016

Accelerating language and reading skills simultaneously through singing, dramatizing, and signing songs is a multisensory learning experience that takes advantage of how the brain learns best! It is musical, personally engaging, and incorporates many “best practices”

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Kindergarten Friends Challenge: “I Can Say Every Name!”

September 3, 2016

Accelerating language and reading skills simultaneously through singing, dramatizing, and signing songs is a multisensory learning experience that takes advantage of how the brain learns best! It is musical, personally engaging, and incorporates many “best practices”

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