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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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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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Distance Learning and Classroom Strategies

August 15, 2021

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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How to Start and Grow Your K-1 TpT Store

July 27, 2021

Celebrating Nellie Edge Kindergarten TpT Store with a 2-Day Bundle Party: 50% off!

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Download our newest Writing FREEBIE from Nellie Edge Kindergarten

July 19, 2021

You’ll see the result of powerful writing instruction from these photos of children’s authentic writing and drawing: All kids love to make really cool books! Here are three sample pages. Scan through and then DOWNLOAD this new 17- page FREEBIE on TpT (We love FREEBIES)! Download all 17 pages featuring PROVEN kindergarten writing practices. Explore […]

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teaching pencil grip

Weekly Focus: Ten Tips for Teaching Handwriting Grip

July 11, 2021

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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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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Where Can I Get the Best Drawing, Writing, and Word Work Resources?

June 1, 2021

Great Drawing, Writing, and Word Work Resources – Where to Get Them.
As referenced on Nellie Edge Kindergarten Writing Seminars; Updated June 2017.

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Did You Miss Any Year-End Nellie Edge Kindergarten Blogs and FREEBIES?

May 26, 2021

 We love to search Pinterest for the best kindergarten writing and early learning resources we can find to share with you our Nellie Edge seminar participants and online friends.

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Kids and Parents LOVE Heart Word Celebrations

Kids and Parents LOVE Heart Word Celebrations

May 17, 2021

Here’s a New 22-page FREEBIE for You! Download badges, certificates, and year-end support This Big TpT FREEBIE Includes: 4 printable “heart word” badges Pink, purple, yellow, and green printable certificates Brain-friendly practices for teaching sight words “All About Heart Word Songs with QR Codes” “How Kindergarten Handwriting Reinforces Heart Words” Blog: Build Circles of Kindergarten […]

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Glimpses from Joyful Kindergartens

Adapt one of These Delightful Kindergarten Celebrations to End Your Year

May 9, 2021

Make it an OUTDOOR celebration! Especially in a challenging year, we continue to create joyful childhood memories Children come to school with diverse background experiences. It is the stories we tell, the songs we sing, and the traditions we build that bind the children together emotionally and intellectually, creating an optimal climate for learning, both […]

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Family-Friendly Learning Calendars Build Literacy!

May 2, 2021

Calendar Available on TPT! Editable. Free Yearly Update. Family-Friendly Learning Calendars Build Literacy! Let your monthly calendar be a gentle reminder for families to sing, talk, dance, and read with their children every day. Tell stories and explore nature, memorize, and recite rhymes.  Our work in establishing and supporting meaningful family learning traditions is some […]

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12 Favorite Kindergarten FREEBIES on TPT

12 Favorite Kindergarten FREEBIES on TPT

April 19, 2021

 We love to search Pinterest for the best kindergarten writing and early learning resources we can find to share with you our Nellie Edge seminar participants and online friends.

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Kindergarten Cooks Write “How-To” Books: A Guide to Cooking in the Classroom

Kindergarten Cooks Write “How-To” Books: A Guide to Cooking in the Classroom

April 12, 2021

These quality resources now include lessons, best practices, and authentic kindergarten writing and art samples—and there are more coming!

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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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