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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!

August 8, 2022

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

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15 Reasons to Bring Back the Out Loud Culture in Kindergarten

September 7, 2021

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

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Independent Writing Center Totes

10 Steps for Success: Independent Writing Center Totes Provide Authentic Writing Experiences All Year Long!

March 16, 2022

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

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Drawing Instruction Supports Handwriting Development and Writing Proficiency

January 10, 2022

Glimpses of kindergarten life with retired teacher Laura Flocker from September through May: An Oregon Model of Excellence (last printed in 2020) This is what we know for sure: Provide explicit, systematic instruction in seeing and drawing like an artist. Introduce children to lines and rich vocabulary the first week of school with crayons and […]

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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 ( Plus Free ASL Guide )

November 9, 2021

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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Simplify Kindergarten Handwriting Instruction

How to Simplify Kindergarten Handwriting Instruction

August 22, 2021

How to Simplify Kindergarten Handwriting Instruction And Build Stamina and Fluency for Writing Workshop! 1) Intentionally develop fine motor skills and teach pencil grip. Differentiate instruction, recognizing the diverse 4-year range of skill development typical in most kindergartens. Use fingerspelling, games, and guided drawing to build finger dexterity, perceptual motor skills, and focus.  All photos […]

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Kindergartners Love to Make Stamp and Read Books

June 30, 2021

Their discovery? “I can read!” Download FREE Anchor Chart: Have it printed on foam board at your favorite print shop Organize for Success with Stamp and Read Books Organize and store your stamps in tackle boxes for efficiency. The first “Exploring Stamps” lesson is to teach children how to use word stamps, animal stamps, and […]

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Boost Kindergarten Writing Skills with These 15 Best Practices Fluency with high-frequency “heart word” sentences is your key to success!

Do You Want to Dramatically Accelerate Your Kindergartners’ Writing Proficiency?

April 4, 2021

Fluency with high-frequency “heart word” sentences is your key to success!
15 points of excellence for evaluating your current teaching program

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