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Connect With Families to Multiply Your Teaching Effectiveness: Begin with Spring Registration! with Nellie Edge

Build Family Connections That Multiply Your Teaching Effectiveness All Year Long: Begin with Spring Kindergarten Registration and Have the BEST Year Ever!

December 7, 2017

The Kindergarten Giving Tree: Let Families Know what is on Your Kindergarten Wish List. Scroll down for premade gift tags and/or create an Amazon.com wish list

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A Simple Guide to Kindergarten Handwriting with Research Support

November 29, 2017

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

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Weekly Focus: The Kindergarten Giving Tree –

November 20, 2017

The Kindergarten Giving Tree: Let Families Know what is on Your Kindergarten Wish List. Scroll down for premade gift tags and/or create an Amazon.com wish list

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Kindergarten lessons: Teaching “Thank You” and Developing an Attitude of Gratitude

The Simplest Way to Build a Happy Classroom: Teach Gratitude!

November 15, 2017

Learning to Express Gratitude Is a Year-Long Theme: We Sing, Sign, Spell, Express and Write “Thank You.”

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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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Poetry in the Lives of Children

November 3, 2017

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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Begin Your Kindergarten Year with 10 Memorable Traditions

October 20, 2017

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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Weekly Focus: Kindergartners Love to Make Stamp and Read Books

October 13, 2017

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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Kid Writing Instructional Videos

September 29, 2017

Includes 3 Instructional Videos with Julie Lay:
• Kid Writing Workshop Videos 1
• Kid Writing Workshop Videos 2
• Kid Writing Workshop Videos 3

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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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