Hi there Colleagues!
Here in Oregon back-to-school time is right around the corner. I have many blog posts to help you plan for the best school year ever! Consider saving the ones that are most relevant for you.
The absolute best Back-to-School Night I have participated in is reflected in the following blog about Katie Nelson’s a Family Scavenger Hunt. Also make sure you have your Kindergarten Giving Tree available so families can start contributing to you awesome program, and give parents our Family Learning Calendar to multiply your teaching effectiveness!
Kindergarten Handwriting and Good Pencil Grip Matter!
If handwriting motions are not automatic, it interferes with the whole writing process.
Teach Handwriting With Heart Word Sentences
If I could give you just one writing strategy to incorporate daily, it would be to write “heart word” sentences daily for fluency. Honest! Teachers consistently tell me how this has dramatically increased writing fluency. We tell students: if you practice heart word sentences daily, your writing is going to get really good. Here is a writing template you can use. I Can Write 3 “Heart Word” Sentences
Check out these two important blogs on Heart Word Sentences That Build Writing Success!:
- Powerful Sight Words Build Writing Stamina
- Begin the Year with 3 Best Practices to Grow Your Kindergarten Writers
We care about teaching children to work hard and be kind. Enjoy reflecting on your rituals and traditions to support Social Emotional Learning.
- Kindergarten Kindness and Good Behavior Can and Must Be Taught
- The Simplest Way to Build a Happy Classroom: Teach Gratitude
- Keep Joy Alive in Kindergarten
Wow! That’s a lot of blog posts all in one place. Maybe some of them will help you have a year filled with the music of joyful teaching and learning. Thank you for following our blogs.