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Kindergarten Writing Workshop and Independent Writing Centers All Year Long

7 Proven Kindergarten Writing Practices and PD

February 21, 2021

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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heart words in kindergarten teacher resources

10 Reasons to Teach Fingerspelling in Kindergarten

January 29, 2021

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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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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How to Build the Best Kindergarten Writing Program Ever

December 16, 2020

 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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Social Emotional Learning: The Heart of Kindergarten!

November 23, 2020

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

How to Set Up a Write-a-Message Center: Inspire kindergarten writers and friends all year long

November 1, 2020

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!

October 18, 2020

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

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Laura Flocker's classroom

Distance Learning Resources: What Teachers are Using!

October 13, 2020

 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 Families Can Support Their Young Writers

How Kindergarten Families Can Support Their Young Writers at Home

September 30, 2020

Thank you Celeste Starr and families for your gracious permission to share photos. Here is my favorite distance learning photo from Spring 2020. Ezra wants his at-home learning area to look just like his kindergarten writing center at school, so he made “heart word” posters for the wall. I love how the teacher’s and parent’s […]

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Laura Flocker's classroom

20 Days to Mastery with 26 Letters and Sounds!

September 16, 2020

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 IIntroduce the ABC Phonics: Sing, Sign, and Read! book with four new letters, key phonics symbols, and sounds every two or three days. Always […]

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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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Here’s Your New Bonus

August 27, 2020

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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Huge Challenges for PreK-1 Teaching Require Best Support!

August 4, 2020

 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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back to school in kindergarten classroom

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

July 29, 2020

This back-to-school (BTS) blog went out last August and shows happy families gathered in the classroom for a Scavenger Hunt. Now, distance learning is suddenly the norm for most teachers. Though your BTS night most likely won’t look this, I’d like to point out the BEST components that you can use for this fall’s class: […]

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