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Accelerate Reading Fluency with “Books That Sing and Rhyme

How to Use the Neurological Impress Method

August 28, 2016

to Accelerate Reading Fluency with “Books That Sing and Rhyme” Providing repeated reading experiences using the Neurological Impress Method (N.I.M.) is a simple, yet powerful, strategy for developing fluent readers.  It was originally devised and researched by R.G. Heckelman, PhD in the 1960’s and since has been proven successful for thousands of young readers.  This […]

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December: Welcomes Winter Days and Savors Starry Nights

August 28, 2016

Free Poetry “I Can Read” Notebook Pages December: Welcomes Winter Days and Savors Starry Nights Click on the poem title to download an 8.5″ x 11″ PDF version. Jingle Bells Jingle bells, Jingle bells, Jingle all the way. Oh what fun It is to ride In a one horse, Open sleigh.         […]

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January: Resolutions, Snow, Wisdom and Rhymes

August 28, 2016

Free Poetry “I Can Read” Notebook Pages January: Resolutions, Snow, Wisdom and Rhymes Click on the poem title to download an 8.5″ x 11″ PDF version. January 2017 January, January, Happy New Year! Say goodbye to 2016— For 2017 is here.                N.E. New Year’s Resolution My new years […]

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February Themes of Love and Friendship

July 3, 2016

Free Poetry “I Can Read” Notebook Pages February Themes of Love and Friendship Click on the poem title to download an 8.5″ x 11″ PDF version. A  Little Wheel Turning (American Folk Song) There’s a little wheel a- turning in my heart, There’s a little wheel a- turning in my heart, In my heart —, […]

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March: It’s Spring and the World is Full of Pussy Willows, Daffodils, and Leprechauns

June 1, 2016

Free Poetry “I Can Read” Notebook Pages March: It’s Spring and the World is Full of Pussy Willows, Daffodils, and Leprechauns Click on the poem title to download an 8.5″ x 11″ PDF version. Spring is ComingSpring is coming Spring is coming How do you think I know?Birds are singing.I know it must be so. […]

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ABC Phonics Literacy Gift

May 7, 2016

ABC Phonics: Sing, Sign, and Read! Family Reference Chart Turn this Family Reference Chart into refrigerator art! Consider laminating each chart and attaching with magnetic tape: Parents love this gift. Our ABC Phonics: Sing, Sign, and Read! program makes it easy for parents to be partners in ABC and phonics learning. The quality online instructional […]

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Meeting the Challenge of High Common Core Standards:

May 7, 2016

Take Advantage of How the Brain Learns Best!   Why We Use Sign Language and Fingerspelling Signing Songs and Fingerspelling Accelerates Early Literacy Skills. Signing songs and manual fingerspelling engage the whole child in joyful learning. They add a kinesthetic memory connection for acquiring new skills and develop the small muscles necessary for writing.  Singing and signing […]

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Read and Sing Little Books

Tips on Storing Read and Sing Little Books

April 28, 2016

in the Classroom and at Home Every child deserves to own a growing collection of books that they can sing and read with pleasure and delight.  These cherished reminders of the child’s developing reading skills will be kept for years to come.  Teachers are encouraged to have volunteers reproduce enough of the Little Books so […]

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The Science of Spring in Songs and Rhymes: Bugs, Butterflies, and the Earth

April 21, 2016

Free Poetry “I Can Read” Notebook Pages April: The Science of Spring in Songs and Rhymes: Bugs, Butterflies, and the Earth Click on the poem title to download an 8.5″ x 11″ PDF version. The CaterpillarBrown and furryCaterpillar in a hurry;Take your walkTo the shady leaf or stalk. May no toad spy you,May the little […]

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Kindergarten–Friendly Handwriting Matters!

March 12, 2016

If good handwriting motions are not automatic, it interferes with the whole writing process.

A multisensory, integrated approach to handwriting is the most time-efficient, and brain-friendly way we know of to plant lifelong habits for good handwriting in kindergarten. Now that ambitious kindergarten writing expectations is the foundation for the rigorous K-12 Common Core Writing Standards, it is vital that kindergarten teachers give children the gift of lifelong habits for legible handwriting right from the start of their journey as writers.

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ABC Phonics Sing, Sign, and Read! Kindergarten Researchers

March 4, 2016

Build scientific information and vocabulary for your voracious learners! You can use the information book ABC Phonics: Sing, Sign, and Read! by Nellie Edge and Sign2Me Early Learning to teach foundational literacy skills and simultaneously challenge young learners to expand their reading, writing, thinking, and science research skills as they build academic vocabulary. First, repeatedly […]

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April Showers Bring May Flowers: Weather in Poetry and Song

February 21, 2016

Free Poetry “I Can Read” Notebook Pages April Showers Bring May Flowers: Weather in Poetry and Song Click on the poem title to download an 8.5″ x 11″ PDF version. What is the Weather?What is the weather?What is the weather?What is the weather?(clap!) Today?                       […]

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Kindergarten-Friendly Handwriting Matters! A Preview of Nellie Edge Online Seminar #2

February 10, 2016

Posted by Nellie Edge on February 10, 2016 Fall and Winter Handwriting Tips for Young Writers If handwriting skills are not automatic, it interferes with the whole writing process! Good handwriting skills facilitate rigorous Common Core writing standards: Continue working with each child’s name! Ÿ Have high expectations Ÿ Be intentional Ÿ Create a sense […]

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Joyful Pathways: A Preview of Nellie Edge Online Seminar #1

January 20, 2016

Posted by Nellie Edge on January 20, 2016 Multisensory ABC and Phonics Immersion: Building the Reading Brain Dramatically increase ABC and phonics skills with multisensory ABC and phonics immersion strategies in the classroom and at home: Sing, Sign and Fingerspell! Consider adding fingerspelling to your current ABC mastery program. Nellie Edge Online Seminars: Seminar #1 […]

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Positive Discipline in Kindergarten, Nellie Edge

Positive Discipline in Kindergarten: Emotional Intelligence Matters!

October 14, 2015

Posted by Nellie Edge on October 14, 2015 Good Behavior Can and Must Be Taught This was a Professional Development Workshop: See Details! Glimpses of Julia Barto’s classroom: Give unconditional positive regard… Teach children to refocus and change their behavior… Believe they will behave… Teach children to work hard and to be kind… Create joyful pathways […]

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