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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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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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20 Days to Mastery with 26 Letters and Sounds!

March 8, 2016

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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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: 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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The Easiest Way to Publish Kindergarten Writing Because All Children Love to Make Books!

May 7, 2015

Posted by Nellie Edge on February 20, 2015

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Drawing Instruction Supports Handwriting Development and Writing Proficiency

December 15, 2014

Posted by Nellie Edge on July 12, 2016

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Excellence in Kindergarten Literacy: An Oregon Full-Day Kindergarten Model

December 9, 2014

Posted by Nellie Edge on December 9, 2014 Our Children Deserve High Expectations with Proven Strategies That Honor Childhood! Enjoy Glimpses of Life Inside Kindergarten with Katie Nelson… Building a community of engaged and purposeful readers, writers, thinkers, and friends means we must keep learning real and connected to the children’s lives. Once you get […]

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