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The Best Ways to Talk to Kindergartners About Their Writing

November 15, 2021

Our language helps build the positive emotional climate where children grow as writers and illustrators and take pride in doing quality work. Our words help build a “growth mindset” so that young children learn they can teach their brains any new skills! To build emotional resilience, research says, praise children’s efforts towards their goals, perseverance, […]

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Teach Your Students to Sign The Pledge of Allegiance ( Plus Free ASL Guide )

November 9, 2021
Teach Your Students to Sign the Pledge of Allegiance: 
Then Make a Class Book!

Teaching children to sing and sign the Pledge is among the most POWERFUL strategies we share! Take photos of your students signing the words of the Pledge. Children AND parents will love this class book featuring the lives of each classmate.

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

November 1, 2021
Kindergarten lessons: Teaching “Thank You” and Developing an Attitude of Gratitude

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

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No Time for Isolated Handwriting Lessons?

October 27, 2021
30 Essential Handwriting Lessons

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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Build Circles of Kindergarten Writing Mastery and a Culture of Writers!

October 18, 2021

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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Top Ten Kindergarten YouTube Channels

October 11, 2021
Favorite Kindergarten YouTube Videos

 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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Kindergartners and Their Parents LOVE Heart Words

October 3, 2021
Kids and Parents LOVE Heart Word Celebrations

Here’s a 22-page TpT FREEBIE to Help You Celebrate Learning Download badges, certificates, and Hip Hip Hooray Class Book This Big TpT FREEBIE Includes: 4 printable “heart word” badges Pink, purple, yellow, and green printable certificates Brain-friendly practices for teaching sight words “All About Heart Word Songs with QR Codes” “How Kindergarten Handwriting Reinforces Heart […]

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K-1 News Stories: Writing Tips and FREE Resources

September 26, 2021

How News Stories Build Writing Independence, Motivation, and Stamina All Year Long News stories give students choice of writing topics. They find their voice and create stories about what is most important in their lives. There are few things more satisfying for a young writer than creating something that reflects their feelings and experiences. What […]

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Keep Joy Alive in Kindergarten

September 20, 2021
How to keep joy alive in the Kindergarten classroom all year long!

Our job as teachers is to create a feeling of belonging in the kindergarten classroom all year long so children will love coming to school and thrive.

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15 Reasons to Bring Back the Out Loud Culture in Kindergarten

September 7, 2021

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

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