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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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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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Are You Happy with Your Approach to Handwriting?

March 22, 2017

Learn Proven Strategies from Accomplished Kindergarten Teachers If handwriting skills are not automatic, it interferes with the whole writing process! Good handwriting skills facilitate rigorous Common Core writing standards: Begin instruction working with each child’s name! Have high expectations • Be intentional • Create a sense of urgency: Your name is so important! All kindergarten children […]

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Grow Your Kindergarten Writers: Use Proven High-Impact Strategies That Dramatically Accelerate Literacy

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February 10, 2017

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Opinion Writing: Children Illustrate Their Sing, Sign, Spell, and Read Pages for Their Anthology Notebooks

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

February 2, 2017

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

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Weekly Focus: Accelerate ABC/Phonics Mastery with Songs, Fingerspelling, Handwriting, and “Heart Words!”

October 13, 2016

Accelerate ABC/Phonics Mastery with Songs Fingerspelling, Handwriting, and “Heart Words!” Preventing reading failure and building the reading and writing brain…

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How Parents and Grandparents Enhance Our Curriculum

September 22, 2016

Every morning, a few parents come in and read to a small group of children in our quiet library area. On my Kindergarten Wish List, I said we needed dress-up clothes. You should see the awesome old hats and jackets and dresses we received.

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How to Organize Poetry (“I Can Read”) Notebooks

September 20, 2016

Favorite songs, poems, rhymes, chants and story excerpts are first learned orally. Children will both memorize and read the words from language charts, pocket charts or big books.

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Summer Learning Fun

September 17, 2016

Summer Learning Fun: Playing in Your Own Back Yard. Parents—consider this an invitation for your child to connect with nature in their own back yard this summer. Happy exploring! N.E.

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Children Discover the Dramatic Power of Their Voices

September 15, 2016

First, introduce nursery rhymes through the age-old tradition of the rhythmic chant, carefully articulating and modeling the rhythm and sounds of the language.

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The Kinder Stars Year-End Celebration:

September 15, 2016

With high expectations, we reach for the stars with the lives of our children. The Kinder Stars classroom is set up for the last performance and party of the year.

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End-of-Year Celebrations Bring Closure

September 15, 2016

A hug magically turns children into First Graders: Kindergarten teacher Barbara Sagen gathers the children around her, and together they remember many of the magical things they have shared during the year. On the last day of school, they remember being the “Three Billy Goats Gruff” and other animals and characters from stories…

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End-of-Year Family Ritual:

September 15, 2016

Parent volunteers trace and cut out a set of wings from railroad board for each child. “After the children paint their wings with bright colors and designs (and sometimes feathers and glitter) we attach two elastic straps to hold these on their arms

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The Heart of Kindergarten:

September 15, 2016

Over the years, my kindergarten colleagues and I have shared many vignettes of memorable classroom rituals, traditions, and celebrations. For us, school has always been a “celebrative place.”

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