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Kindergarten lessons: Teaching “Thank You” and Developing an Attitude of Gratitude

The Simplest Way to Build a Happy Classroom: Teach Gratitude!

August 8, 2022

Learning to Express Gratitude Is a Year-Long Theme: We Sing, Sign, Spell, Express and Write “Thank You.”

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

August 1, 2022

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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e Nellie Edge Writing-to Read “Heart Words

What Are Nellie Edge Writing-to Read “Heart Words?”

July 25, 2022

Two things young writers know for sure: 1) If I practice writing “heart word” sentences every day, my writing is going to get really good! 2) If I practice phonetic spelling, I will be able to fearlessly tackle any unknown word!

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30 Essential Handwriting Lessons

No Time for Isolated Handwriting Lessons?

July 20, 2022

30 Essential Kindergarten Handwriting Lessons Build Stamina and Fluency for Writing Workshop! (Copy this handbook for family distance learning) Why Is Good Handwriting Important? So we can write better and faster So our finger muscles won’t get tired So everyone can read our writing So we can build our reading and writing brain “These lessons […]

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Favorite Kindergarten YouTube Videos

Top Ten Kindergarten YouTube Channels

June 28, 2022

 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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How Do Kindergarten Teachers Create a Culture of Writers?

June 21, 2022

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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Did You Miss Any of These Nellie Edge End-of-Year Blogs?

June 9, 2022

 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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Tips for Making Class Books: What We Have Learned

May 31, 2022

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

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

Cooking in the Classroom and at Home: A Fun, Multisensory Learning Adventure

May 24, 2022

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

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Social Emotional Skills and Language are the Foundation for Quality Schools

Social Emotional Skills and Language are the Foundation for Quality Schools

May 17, 2022

Part 1 features miniature 8 MONTHLY collections PLUS Literacy and
Sciencing poems, songs, and rhymes!

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