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A Simple Guide to Kindergarten Handwriting with Research Support

December 2, 2016

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 10, 2016

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 3, 2016

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

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Fingerspelling builds kinesthetic memory

Discover the Power of Signing Songs for All Children’s Literacy

October 20, 2016

Accelerate ABC/Phonics Mastery with Songs Fingerspelling, Handwriting, and “Heart Words!” Preventing reading failure and building the reading and writing brain…

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Weekly Focus: Accelerate ABC/Phonics Mastery with Songs, Fingerspelling, Handwriting, and “Heart Words!”

October 13, 2016

Accelerate ABC/Phonics Mastery with Songs Fingerspelling, Handwriting, and “Heart Words!” Preventing reading failure and building the reading and writing brain…

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What Is the Best Power Sentence to Build Writing Fluency in Kindergarten?

October 6, 2016

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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Begin Your Kindergarten Year with 10 Memorable Traditions

September 23, 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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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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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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teaching pencil grip

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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