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February Poetry Notebook Freebie

January 18, 2022

February Poetry Notebook Freebie. Themes of Love and Friendship All Year Long

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Enlarge the Print of Favorite Songs, Poems, and Rhymes

December 7, 2021

Give Each Child a Copy for Their “I Can Read” Poetry Notebooks
Students develop phonemic awareness, concepts of print, oral language, and reading
fluency as a part of memorizing familiar well-crafted poetic words!

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K-1 News Stories: Writing Tips and FREE Resources

September 26, 2021

How News Stories Build Writing Independence, Motivation, and Stamina All Year Long News stories give students choice of writing topics. They find their voice and create stories about what is most important in their lives. There are few things more satisfying for a young writer than creating something that reflects their feelings and experiences. What […]

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Kids in the Kitchen cookbook by Nellie Edg

Kindergartners LOVE to Cook! (Guest Blog)

January 18, 2021

The first fully illustrated kids’ cookbook-over 150,000 copies sold   Hi! My name is Cindy Ulshafer. I was flattered when Nellie asked me to be a guest blogger. We work together in her office and swap stories of kids and grandkids in between the intense, exacting work of developing the best for teachers. Write about […]

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Poetry and Weather Connections

January 10, 2021

“Poetry is a rhythmical piece of writing that leaves the reader feeling that life is a little richer than before, a little more full of wonder, beauty, or just plain delight.” – Eileen Fisher The Earth Is Wet: Celebrate Every Season with Poetry The Earth Is Wet The earth is wet. The sky is gray. […]

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Poetry in the Lives of Children

September 9, 2020

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

July 21, 2020

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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parents as partners in the classroom

How Parents and Grandparents Enhance Our Curriculum

September 22, 2016

Every morning, a few parents come in and read to a small group of children in our quiet library area. On my Kindergarten Wish List, I said we needed dress-up clothes. You should see the awesome old hats and jackets and dresses we received.

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