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Symmetrical Butterflies

Symmetrical Butterflies

This week's Tuesday Teaching Tip comes to us from TK teacher Lisa Maloney's contribution to the 2017 Art Exhibit at the PK1 Conference.  She had her students use sponges to create these colorful butterflies. Looking for more butterflies ideas?  Check out Butterflies...

Everything’s Coming Up Flowers

Everything’s Coming Up Flowers

Your classroom will soon be in full bloom with today's Tuesday Teaching Tip from none other than the CKA Art Team!  They were inspired by Charlotte Diamond's beautiful song, Each of Us is a Flower.  We were so lucky to have Charlotte sing at our PK1...

World in a Classroom

World in a Classroom

This week's Tuesday Teaching Tip comes to us from the classroom of first grade teacher Anne Aranda who submitted this "World in a Classroom" idea for the Art Exhibit of our PK1 Conference.  It would make a great activity for Earth Day!  Have an art project you'd like...

April Showers Bring Spring Flowers!

April Showers Bring Spring Flowers!

This week's Tuesday Teaching Tip comes to us from the classroom of Cindy Tuisku. She gathers up a variety of different vegetables and has her students create these amazing flowery spring masterpieces! Looking for some springtime music to sing to while you paint?  Try...

Color Exploration

Color Exploration

Today's Tuesday Teaching Tip is brought to you by TK teacher and former CKA president, Debra Weller. We continued our color exploration by sorting unfrozen Popsicles by color and laid them on top of one another to mix primary and secondary colors. They held the...

More Easy Valentine’s Hands On Activities

More Easy Valentine’s Hands On Activities

A while back we found all these awesome goodies at the dollar store... We showed you how we used the plates and the table scatter in a post - Easy Valentine’s Hands On Activities - but we forgot to circle back and show you how we used the foam hearts and the pompoms!...

F is for Fun!

F is for Fun!

F is for...fabulous Tuesday Teaching Tip!  Brought to you by CKA's own Ada Hand. Foundation for Reading #5: Children demonstrate progress in their knowledge of the alphabet in English. Common Core Standard for Kindergarten Print Concepts 1d: Recognize and name all...

Circle Time with Debbie Keeler

Circle Time with Debbie Keeler

Today's Tuesday Teaching Tip comes to us from Dr. Debbie Keeler, Director of Early Childhood in Capistrano Unified School district, and former CKA Board Member. Circle time Tip: Gather tools and materials for the children to physically touch and manipulate during...

Make a “Color Mixing Station”

Make a “Color Mixing Station”

Today's colorful Tuesday Teaching Tip is brought to us by Transitional Kindergarten teacher and CKA Board Member, Gennie Gorback!  Gennie was a recipient of the Audrey Sanchez Teacher Enhancement Award (ASTEA) and used her award to help purchase the supplies for her...

Three Cheers for a New School Year Cheer!

Three Cheers for a New School Year Cheer!

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. Here's our class cheer for this year.  I wanted something that incorporated collaboration and cooperation as...

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