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Teach Writing-to-Read Heart Words: Sing, Sign, Spell, and Read!

June 24, 2024

Learn heart word songs and chants on Nellie Edge YouTube channel Songs and chants build oral language fluency Build circles of writing mastery Children memorize, recite, illustrate, and read their “I Can Read” Poetry Notebook pages YouTube instructional videos from Nellie Edge Online Seminar #3 Learn more about Writing-to-Read Heart Words Curriculum on TPT Download […]

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Discover Easy, Authentic Ways to Build Opinion Writing in Kindergarten: Teach the Word “Because”

February 5, 2024

Kindergarten friends, we want to learn the word “because” so we can write big compound sentences that answer the question “Why?”: I love my dog because he plays with me.

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Write-a-Message Center empowers children to use writing for real world purposes.

Students Love Write-a-Message Centers: For Valentine’s Day and all year long!

January 29, 2024

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

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Give Your Students Poetry Notebooks

January 9, 2024

The Science of Reading Supports a Comprehensive Approach to Early Literacy. The science of reading supports more than systematic phonics mastery, it includes building vocabulary, comprehension, and oral language fluency. This is especially critical for emergent bilingual students who need more practice using language with Total Emotional Body Response to Language (TEBRL) strategies.

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Teach Your Students to Sign the Pledge of Allegiance: 
Then Make a Class Book!

Teach Your Students to Sign the Pledge of Allegiance: Then Make a Class Book!

November 28, 2023

Teaching children to sing and sign the Pledge is among the most POWERFUL strategies we share! Take photos of your students signing the words of the Pledge. Children AND parents will love this class book featuring the lives of each classmate.

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The Best Ways to Talk to K-1 Kids About Their Writing

November 13, 2023

Our language helps build the positive emotional climate where children grow as writers and illustrators and take pride in doing quality work. Our words help build a “growth mindset” so that young children know they can teach their brains anything!

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Make Writing Real

Make Writing Real

November 6, 2023

Updated November 2023 Class Pets Provide Authentic Reasons to Write, Draw, Research, and Make Books in Kindergarten and First Grade ALL photos used with permission from parents and teachers. Charlie the Turtle became a vital part of Katie Nelson’s kindergarten. Mailboxes especially designed for class pets are delightful K-1 writing props! Students love to write […]

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Growing Young Writers: I Am an Author Now!

October 31, 2023

Students Enjoy Writing When We Give Them Scaffolding to Build on Success! A simple “heart word” sentence model supports kindergartners in writing their own little book; Authentic word work grows kindergarten writers.

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