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

August 2, 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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“Settling-in” time in Kindergarten

Weekly Focus: Settling-In Time Sets the Emotional Tone for the Day:

July 26, 2017

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

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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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End-of-Year Blogs and Resources from Nellie Edge

End-of-Year Blogs and Resources from Nellie Edge

June 1, 2017

As May turns to June, I am celebrating one whole year of blogging. That’s a lot of writing and rewriting! Pinterest? Another learning curve! In case you missed a blog or two during the busyness of school, I invite you to repin some; read them at your leisure as you ponder best kindergarten practices. We […]

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Kindergarten Kindness and Good Behavior Can and Must be Taught: Some Resources for Your PD

May 17, 2017

Developing social-emotional skills, a growth mindset, and love of learning underlie everything we do at Nellie Edge Online Seminars. We create joyful pathways to accelerated literacy and teach life skills while honoring the whole child. Glimpses of Julia Barto’s classroom: Build a joyful community of kindergarten friends… Give unconditional positive regard… Believe they will behave… […]

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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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