And Then the Cat Laughed and Said, “Let’s Do a Craft!”

And Then the Cat Laughed and Said, “Let’s Do a Craft!”

Dr. Seuss’s birthday is around the corner and CKA’s President-Elect and kindergarten teacher, Kimberly DeMille, has you covered with an adorable craft perfect for marking the occasion.  We love how this kind of directed art activity is part ELD, part math and all fun – with an ELA connection no less! The Cat in the Hat project (measurements for ONE cat) Red –  four...

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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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Hidden Object Show and Tell

Hidden Object Show and Tell

Today’s Tuesday Teaching Tip comes to us from the classroom of the lovely Deb Meng who is also a CKA Board Member.  She sends home this adorable package with her students.   What is the box for?  Inside are instructions for a sort of hidden show and tell.  Deb tells us it’s a, “really great activity for vocabulary and critical thinking.” Do you do a similar kind of...

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Get off on the “Write” Foot with this Poem in My Pocket

This week’s Tuesday Teaching Tip comes to us from first grade teacher and CKA Board Member, Deborah Meng.  If you missed her fabulous Tuesday Teaching Tip, Poem in My Pocket, you’ll want to check it out first and then come back to this post. I’ve seen the following poem several different ways. I love this one because of the writing focus. I am going to use this as one of my...

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Poem in My Pocket

Poem in My Pocket

This week’s Tuesday Teaching Tip comes to us from CKA Board Member and first grade teacher, Deborah Meng.  She shares with us this wonderful part of her reading instruction: The students memorize a poem and then, receive a copy of the poem to keep in their decorated envelope. They carry the poem around in their pocket and recite it for 10 adults who sign the back. I encourage them to...

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Winter Comes to Transitional Kindergarten – Penguin Books to Chill Your Shelves

Winter Comes to Transitional Kindergarten – Penguin Books to Chill Your Shelves

BRR! It’s getting cold in here! CKA Board Member Heather Morrow shares this great list of penguin themed books she uses in her Transitional Kindergarten classroom. If You Were a Penguin; by Wendell and Florence Minor This story allows children to imagine being a penguin and begins by asking “If you were a penguin, what could you do?” The illustrations in this book are beautiful and...

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