Welcome to TK/Kindergarten!

Welcome to TK/Kindergarten!

New to Transitional Kindergarten or Kindergarten?  Moving down from an upper grade?  Or just looking to find tips to ease your way back into a new school year?  CKA Board Member and first grade teacher, Deb Meng has you covered.  Deb has taught Pre-K, TK and Kindergarten and is here to help! Imagine teaching TK for the first time when the only grades you have taught are third and fourth...

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Quick and Easy Active Review

Quick and Easy Active Review

Ok, the count down is on!  For some of you, summer is right around the corner.  Others are going to have to wait just a little bit longer.  Either way, who can’t use a super simple, active way to review core skills?  So grab a large piece of paper, a marker or crayon and a pack or two of post-its.  You’ll need maybe 5 minutes to prep and you’ll be ready to go.  It’s...

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End of the Year Books – New and Improved!

End of the Year Books – New and Improved!

  We’re not quite sure where the time has gone,but somehow we’ve made it to the end of another school year!  The count is on and summer is just around the corner.  Here are some great read alouds to help wrap up your year! The incomparable Miss Bindergarten returns to bid farewell to her students in another installment of this classic series by Joseph Slate.  Just try to...

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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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