Start Your Math Engines! Common Core State Standards Counting with an Automotive Twist (and a Free Printable)!

Start Your Math Engines!  Common Core State Standards Counting with an Automotive Twist (and a Free Printable)!

Remember last week when we showed you this “speedy” activity? Rev Up Your Sight Words! Well, we were so “revved up” by it that we couldn’t resist adding a twist and turning it into a math activity!  Here’s a free printable you can download now and be ready to go!  Download (PDF, 155KB) Simply print out the cards – cardstock or other heavier paper...

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Hands on Triangles

Hands on Triangles

Today’s Tuesday Teaching Tip comes to us from CKA Board Member and Transitional Kindergarten teacher Heather Morrow. Here’s a math activity we just did that was very successful – even for my “lowest” kiddos and is aligned to Common Core.  First we talked about lines and put them together to make a triangle.  We identified the corners or points with magnets. Then I...

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Practice Letters with Pin Art

Practice Letters with Pin Art

Here’s an easy way to practice letters and improve fine motor skills, too.  Plus – pin art is super fun, so it’s win-win!  The best part?  It’s super easy to prepare and a great independent center – perfect for times when you have testing to do, or you want to pull a small group. So, what’s this “pin art” business about anyhow, you say?...

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It’s Alive! No, Wait, it’s “Living vs Non-Living”!

It’s Alive! No, Wait, it’s “Living vs Non-Living”!

This week’s Tuesday Teaching Tip comes to you on a Wednesday.  Evening.  Ahem.  But, hey – it’s summer, right?  Time to slow down a bit.  ;) CKA Board Member and Kindergarten teacher Kimberly DeMille shares this week’s fabulous idea for a Common Core kindergarten science lesson with us. One of my favorite units/ lessons is living/non-living.  I start off by teaching...

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Block Play

Block Play

Preschool Activities and Lesson Plans Paint the Blocks:  Wash Them Clean Preschool Foundations – Physical Development/Manipulative Skills 3.1 and 3.2 (Gross and Fine Motor Coordination) Objective:  Children will practice fine-motor and problem-solving skills Group size:  3-4 children Materials:  Tempera paints; brushes; old wooden blocks; dishpan with warm, sudsy...

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Physical Development and Movement

Physical Development and Movement

Preschool Activities and Lesson Plans The Foundations for Physical Development at 48 months are: Maintain balance while holding still. Distinguish movements that are up and down and to the side of the body.   Chelsea Stuart Ross, a preschool teacher in Sacramento, offers a week-long integrated lesson that includes activities to encourage social-emotional, physical, and...

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