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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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Begin Your Kindergarten Year with 10 Memorable Traditions

July 21, 2020

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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teaching pencil grip

Weekly Focus: Ten Tips for Teaching Handwriting Grip

July 13, 2020

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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Fingerspelling builds kinesthetic memory

Discover the Power of Signing Songs for All Children’s Literacy

July 5, 2020

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

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

June 29, 2020

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

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What Does a Comprehensive Kindergarten Writing Program Look Like? FREE e-Book

June 19, 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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Did You Miss Any of Our New or Updated Spring Blogs?

June 9, 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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Favorite Kindergarten YouTube Videos

Top Ten Kindergarten YouTube Channels

June 2, 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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Where Can I Get the Best Drawing, Writing, and Word Work Resources?

May 13, 2020

Great Drawing, Writing, and Word Work Resources – Where to Get Them.
As referenced on Nellie Edge Kindergarten Writing Seminars; Updated June 2017.

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Learn About Four Great Practicum Projects: Earn College Credit

April 9, 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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