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Weekly Focus: Ten Tips for Teaching Handwriting Grip

July 11, 2018

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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How to Have the Best Kindergarten Back-to-School Night Ever: Family Scavenger Hunt Step-by-Step

July 5, 2018

Families’ first visit to kindergarten is organized, purposeful, and inviting “Sunflower Children” and warm-hearted Katie Nelson welcome each family as they arrive. The environment is carefully prepared to introduce literacy routines and involve Parents as Partners. Children sign in on their first “Name Ticket” with guided help from Mom or Dad. They put their finished […]

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Best Practices for End-of-Year Kindergarten Publishing: All Children Love to Write, Draw and Make Real Books!

April 18, 2018

Best Practices for End-of-Year Kindergarten Publishing: All Children Love to Write, Draw and Make Real Books!

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Weekly Focus: Kindergartners Love to Make Stamp and Read Books

February 15, 2018

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Take the Hard Out of Remembering “ing”: Grow Your Kindergarten Writers with Memorable Writing Lessons!

January 31, 2018

What a grand time I have sharing multisensory and joyful writing-to-read lessons in local classrooms! An invitation a couple of years ago to write a song that teaches “i-n-g” was all I needed to create this sing, sign, and fingerspell song…

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January 12, 2018

 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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Nellie Edge Blogs and 2018 Kindergarten Workshop Schedule

January 5, 2018

 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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 We love to search Pinterest for the best kindergarten writing and early learning resources.

15 Favorite Pinterest Sites for Kindergarten

December 20, 2017

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

November 8, 2017

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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Poetry in the Lives of Children

November 3, 2017

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

October 20, 2017

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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Begin the Year with 3 Best Practices to Grow Your Kindergarten Writers

September 12, 2017

For the first month of school, our focus is to build a joyful community of learners and friends. We develop consistent rituals and routines so children feel secure and motivated to do their best. We want all children to internalize the ABC Phonics: Sing, Sign, and Read! song early on and to begin applying their […]

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20 Days to Mastery with 26 Letters and Sounds!

August 31, 2017

Use High-Impact Multisensory Strategies that Accelerate Literacy with ABC Phonics: Sing, Sign, and Read! See video 20 Days to Mastery with 26 Letters and Sounds! Preview this strategy from Nellie Edge Online Seminar #1 Introduce the ABC Phonics: Sing, Sign, and Read! book with four new letters, key phonics symbols, and sounds every two or three days, dramatically […]

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How to Boost Kindergarten Phonics and Writing Skills:

July 13, 2017

Fingerspelling helps the brain remember letters and sounds: It becomes the memory hook to ABC/Phonics mastery. Fingerspelling will enhance the effectiveness of any ABC/Phonics program.

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3 Levels of ABC Phonics Mastery: How to Build the Reading and Writing Brain Part-2

April 13, 2017

Step-by-Step Strategies for ABC Phonics Mastery in Kindergarten: A Proven Teaching Progression for Optimum Learning (2017)

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