Zero the Hero’s Store!

Zero the Hero’s Store!

We hope you all had a great time with us at the PK1 Conference.  What a whirlwind of new ideas!  It was so wonderful to be surrounded by so many people passionate about teaching little kids. Today’s Tuesday Teaching Tip is brought to you by CKA’s President Elect and kindergarten teacher, Kimberly DeMille, who shares this idea that perfect for Hundred’s Day idea with us. For...

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Get Chopping on Phonemic Awareness!

Get Chopping on Phonemic Awareness!

Today’s Tuesday Teaching Tip is brought to us by the wonderful Deb Meng, First Grade Teacher at Elk Grove Unified School District and former CKA Board Member. Say it * Chop it * Say it is a phonemic awareness activity that incorporates sensorial movement which helps young learners segment a word (break a word into phonemes). I developed this activity while teaching kindergarten and...

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Simple Magnetic Sight Words

Simple Magnetic Sight Words

Remember last week when we promised we’d fill you in on what the cookie sheets were doing in this photo? Here we go!  Now – you could totally use just this activity as we shared it last week!  In fact, you might want to start out by doing just that the first time you introduce it to your class.  But…if you’d like to take it one step further, first off, you’ll...

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Grow a Tree Map of CVC Word Review

Grow a Tree Map of CVC Word Review

The end of the year is oh-so-close!  There is so much to get done and somehow the time always seems so crunched.  Feeling the pinch and needing a bit of help out of a sticky situation?  {Ahem.}  Grab some post-its and let’s knock out a quick review of reading CVC words, make a tree map and get everyone up and moving with less than five minutes of prep. First, grab those trusty post-its....

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Jump Your Way to Groups of 10

Jump Your Way to Groups of 10

Spring is right around the corner and the weather is beautiful.  It’s the perfect time to head outside and use CKA President-Elect and kindergarten teacher Kimberly DeMille’s fabulous kinesthetic idea for teaching ways to make 10!  She uses a giant sidewalk chalk number line to introduce the concept, and practices both addition and subtraction this way.  How much fun is...

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Personalized Magnet Boards Make Learning Letters and Numbers Fun!

Personalized Magnet Boards Make Learning Letters and Numbers Fun!

The end of January is fast approaching.  Do you still have some students who are struggling with letter and/or number recognition? Today’s Tuesday Teaching Tip is here to help!  First Grade teacher Julie McGreevy shares this easy and simple to personalize idea with us. You’ll want to make the dollar store or a thrift store your first stop – they carry cookie sheets.  Then,...

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