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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Best Apps for Teaching the Alphabet

Best Apps for Teaching the Alphabet

Today’s Tuesday Teaching Tip comes to you from the incomparable Heidi Butkus of HeidiSongs.  We are lucky enough to be able to claim her as a CKA Board Member as well.  Do you have some kids in your class still struggling to learn the alphabet?  Here’s Heidi with some apps to help!   Best Apps for Teaching the Alphabet Fish School By Duck Duck Moose  $1.99 This is a...

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Erase Your Way to Learning Fun!

Erase Your Way to Learning Fun!

Halloween is finally behind us and we’re in NOVEMBER!  Veteran’s Day and Thanksgiving short month November!  Phew!  Are your kids still worn out from way too much Halloween fun?  Need an activity that is SUPER simple and guaranteed to keep their attention?  Rather then having them write sight words, letters or numbers, have them erase them instead!   This activity works really...

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Clothespins and Bulletin Board Boarders

Clothespins and Bulletin Board Boarders

Have you picked up some of the cute bulletin board boarders at Target recently?  They’re in the Dollar Spot.  (They often have similar ones at the Dollar Tree).  Here’s a quick way to turn them into an easy activity to help your students learn their letters.  All it takes is writing the letters on the clothespins and you’ll be ready to go! Need to make it more challenging?...

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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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