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Make Writing Real

November 27, 2019
Make Writing Real

Class Pets Provide Authentic Reasons to Write, Draw, and Make Books in Kindergarten and First Grade Charlie the Turtle became a vital part of Katie Nelson’s kindergarten. Mailboxes especially designed for class pets are delightful K-1 writing props! Students love to write books about their animal friends and to pen personal messages to them—especially if […]

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Joyful and Systematic Ways to Build Kindergarten Narrative Writing

November 20, 2019
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Overview of a Comprehensive Kindergarten Writing Model Why do we value the Common Core writing standards? All Kindergartners Can Develop Stamina for Personal Narrative We raised our expectations, developed accelerated learning strategies, involved Parents as Partners, gave children crystal-clear learning targets, and became skilled teachers of beginning writing. The result? Learning to write in kindergarten […]

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Weekly Focus: The Kindergarten Giving Tree –

November 13, 2019

The Kindergarten Giving Tree: Let Families Know what is on Your Kindergarten Wish List. Scroll down for premade gift tags and/or create an Amazon.com wish list

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Keep Joy Alive in Kindergarten

September 25, 2019
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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17 FREE Resources from Nellie Edge

September 12, 2019
FREE Resources from Nellie Edge

 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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Our Favorite Back-To-School Blogs

August 8, 2019
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Favorite Back-To-School Blogs for Kindergarten and Pre-K Teachers

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Why Kindergarten Parents Deserve a Family-Friendly Learning Calendar

August 1, 2019
Family Learning Calendar by Nellie Edge- Kindergarten Classroom

What could YOUR family-friendly calendar look like? Why does it matter? “Parents as Partners” multiplies your teaching effectiveness! Our work in establishing and supporting meaningful family learning traditions is some of the most important work kindergarten teachers do. We do NOT believe in giving families tedious busy work to do at home. We DO believe […]

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Guest Blogger, Heather Cacak

July 16, 2019

Hello! My name is Heather Cacak, and I am honored to be a guest blogger on Nellie’s blog. Today’s blog post will focus on what seems like one simple component of the writing workshop time frame, but it’s really how I manage to get my students writing authentically and independently each day.

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How to Simplify Kindergarten Handwriting Instruction

July 2, 2019
Simplify Kindergarten Handwriting Instruction

How to Simplify Kindergarten Handwriting Instruction And Build Stamina and Fluency for Writing Workshop! 1) Intentionally develop fine motor skills and teach pencil grip. Differentiate instruction, recognizing the diverse 4-year range of skill development typical in most kindergartens. Use fingerspelling, games, and guided drawing to build finger dexterity, perceptual motor skills, and focus.  2) Involve […]

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Joyful Accelerated Literacy with High-Frequency Sight Words: We Call Them “Heart Words!”

June 19, 2019
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A Preview of Nellie Edge Online Seminar #3. Among the highest impact strategies documented in our Kindergarten Writing and the Common Core program, our “heart words” strategies are the most powerful for building writing stamina and fluency! Writing “heart word” sentences builds the reading brain.

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