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Weekly Focus: Make Friends with Mother Goose! (Part 1)

September 1, 2016

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 us that “Rhymers are readers.” Using classic Mother Goose little books is a research-based approach to simultaneously build phonemic awareness, oral language fluency, reading skills, and delight!

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Choosing Kindergarten Writing and the Common Core

How to Grow Your Kindergarten Writers: Study Kindergarten Writing and the Common Core by Nellie Edge

September 1, 2016

Thank You for Choosing Kindergarten Writing and the Common Core: Joyful Pathways to Accelerated Literacy. The program includes Kindergarten Writing and the Common Core manual, a package of 250 blackline templates, and the CD of these templates in color

You asked for a management guide and we listened! This now includes a CCSS progression overview and a yearlong overview of essential, authentic literacy lessons.

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Accelerate Reading Fluency with “Books That Sing and Rhyme

How to Use the Neurological Impress Method

August 28, 2016

to Accelerate Reading Fluency with “Books That Sing and Rhyme” Providing repeated reading experiences using the Neurological Impress Method (N.I.M.) is a simple, yet powerful, strategy for developing fluent readers.  It was originally devised and researched by R.G. Heckelman, PhD in the 1960’s and since has been proven successful for thousands of young readers.  This […]

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The Best Ways to Talk to Kindergartners About Their Writing

August 25, 2016

Posted by Nellie Edge on August 25, 2016 (Originally posted on February 21, 2014)

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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

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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ABC Phonics Literacy Gift

May 7, 2016

ABC Phonics: Sing, Sign, and Read! Family Reference Chart Turn this Family Reference Chart into refrigerator art! Consider laminating each chart and attaching with magnetic tape: Parents love this gift. Our ABC Phonics: Sing, Sign, and Read! program makes it easy for parents to be partners in ABC and phonics learning. The quality online instructional […]

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Meeting the Challenge of High Common Core Standards:

May 7, 2016

Take Advantage of How the Brain Learns Best!   Why We Use Sign Language and Fingerspelling Signing Songs and Fingerspelling Accelerates Early Literacy Skills. Signing songs and manual fingerspelling engage the whole child in joyful learning. They add a kinesthetic memory connection for acquiring new skills and develop the small muscles necessary for writing.  Singing and signing […]

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Read and Sing Little Books

Tips on Storing Read and Sing Little Books

April 28, 2016

in the Classroom and at Home Every child deserves to own a growing collection of books that they can sing and read with pleasure and delight.  These cherished reminders of the child’s developing reading skills will be kept for years to come.  Teachers are encouraged to have volunteers reproduce enough of the Little Books so […]

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Kindergarten–Friendly Handwriting Matters!

March 12, 2016

If good handwriting motions are not automatic, it interferes with the whole writing process.

A multisensory, integrated approach to handwriting is the most time-efficient, and brain-friendly way we know of to plant lifelong habits for good handwriting in kindergarten. Now that ambitious kindergarten writing expectations is the foundation for the rigorous K-12 Common Core Writing Standards, it is vital that kindergarten teachers give children the gift of lifelong habits for legible handwriting right from the start of their journey as writers.

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ABC Phonics Sing, Sign, and Read! Kindergarten Researchers

March 4, 2016

Build scientific information and vocabulary for your voracious learners! You can use the information book ABC Phonics: Sing, Sign, and Read! by Nellie Edge and Sign2Me Early Learning to teach foundational literacy skills and simultaneously challenge young learners to expand their reading, writing, thinking, and science research skills as they build academic vocabulary. First, repeatedly […]

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Joyful Accelerated Literacy with High-Frequency Sight Words: We Call Them “Heart Words!”

February 26, 2016

A Preview of Nellie Edge Online Seminar #3. Among the highest impact strategies documented in our Kindergarten Writing and the Common Core program, our “heart words” strategies are the most powerful for building writing stamina and fluency! Writing “heart word” sentences builds the reading brain.

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Kindergarten-Friendly Handwriting Matters! A Preview of Nellie Edge Online Seminar #2

February 10, 2016

Posted by Nellie Edge on February 10, 2016 Fall and Winter Handwriting Tips for Young Writers If handwriting skills are not automatic, it interferes with the whole writing process! Good handwriting skills facilitate rigorous Common Core writing standards: Continue working with each child’s name! Ÿ Have high expectations Ÿ Be intentional Ÿ Create a sense […]

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Joyful Pathways: A Preview of Nellie Edge Online Seminar #1

January 20, 2016

Posted by Nellie Edge on January 20, 2016 Multisensory ABC and Phonics Immersion: Building the Reading Brain Dramatically increase ABC and phonics skills with multisensory ABC and phonics immersion strategies in the classroom and at home: Sing, Sign and Fingerspell! Consider adding fingerspelling to your current ABC mastery program. Nellie Edge Online Seminars: Seminar #1 […]

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Positive Discipline in Kindergarten, Nellie Edge

Positive Discipline in Kindergarten: Emotional Intelligence Matters!

October 14, 2015

Posted by Nellie Edge on October 14, 2015 Good Behavior Can and Must Be Taught This was a Professional Development Workshop: See Details! Glimpses of Julia Barto’s classroom: Give unconditional positive regard… Teach children to refocus and change their behavior… Believe they will behave… Teach children to work hard and to be kind… Create joyful pathways […]

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