Kindergarten Classroom Management

For many children, kindergarten is their first experience with formal schooling.  (And doesn’t that make you appreciate pre-school teachers?!) Helping them learn how to share, take turns, line up and raise their hand can all be challenging on its own.  And, wait – you’re supposed to teach them how to read and write, too!

The California Kindergarten Association is here for you!  As a group of current and former kindergarten teachers ourselves, we’ve been there, and done that!  If trying to get kindergarten kids to work with you as a group is making you feel like you’re herding cats, we have strategies and tips to help.   Tried one of our ideas?  We’d love to hear how it worked!

A Little Box of Calm

Posted by on Mar 10, 2015 in Kindergarten Classroom Management, Teaching Tips, Transitional Kindergarten Teaching Tips | 0 comments

A Little Box of Calm

Today’s Tuesday Teaching Tip comes to us from CKA president and Adjunct Professor/Director of a Junior Kindergarten, Nancy Cappelloni.  She shares with us a tip for helping kids with sensory issues to be successful in the classroom. The box of squishy toys is a collection I have that I offer a student to hold if I notice he or she also needs a little sensory feedback and likes to hold things, or for a student that may be anxious and is helped by a little soft toy to hold or to put in her lap. Do you have a favorite tool to use for...

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Let’s Go Camping!

Posted by on Jan 20, 2015 in Classroom Management, Kindergarten Classroom Management, Kindergarten Math, Kindergarten Reading and Writing, Teaching Tips, Transitional Kindergarten Teaching Tips | 0 comments

Let’s Go Camping!

We hope you were able to join us for the PK1 conference this past weekend.  It was a ton of fun and we learned so much!  This week’s Tuesday Teaching Tip comes to us from former CKA Board Member and first grade teacher, Deb Meng.  She shares with us this great idea for creating a special space in our classrooms. “A two person tent in my classroom brought an added “exciting” option for workshop.  Some days it was for reading and other days it was for puzzles or pattern blocks.  I limit the number of students to four...

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Cover a Little Chaos with this Simple Trick

Posted by on Sep 30, 2014 in Classroom Management, Kindergarten Classroom Management, Teaching Tips, Transitional Kindergarten Teaching Tips | 0 comments

Cover a Little Chaos with this Simple Trick

Today’s Tuesday Teaching Tip comes to us from the wonderful classroom of Debra Weller – CKA co-president and TK teacher extraordinaire.  She cover a little chaos under a table with a plastic skirt from the party store! Do you have any tips on how to hide all the hands on materials that teaching small children demands?  We’d love to hear...

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Welcome to TK/Kindergarten!

Posted by on Aug 5, 2014 in Classroom Management, Common Core State Standards, Kindergarten Classroom Management, Kindergarten Music, Kindergarten Reading and Writing, Teaching Tips, Transitional Kindergarten Teaching Tips | 2 comments

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 grade!  I just got off the phone with a friend who is teaching TK for the first time.  We talked for an hour about learning/management strategies for her...

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What a Wonderful New Year it Will Be – With These Books and Ideas!

Posted by on Aug 27, 2013 in Kindergarten Classroom Management, Kindergarten Reading and Writing, Teaching Tips, Transitional Kindergarten Teaching Tips | 0 comments

What a Wonderful New Year it Will Be – With These Books and Ideas!

Today’s post is brought to you by CKA Board Member and former kindergarten teacher extraordinaire, Helen Faul, who shares with us these great ideas to get your year started right. “Here is my favorite book to begin the school year. What a Wonderful World by George David Weiss and Bob Thiele The pictures are very colorful and eye catching and the print is large.  It is a good book to illustrate the difference between words and pictures.  I like to read it several times and the put the music on with Louis Armstrong singing....

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Good Mornings Start with Great Songs

Posted by on Aug 13, 2013 in Kindergarten Classroom Management, Kindergarten Music, Teaching Tips, Transitional Kindergarten Teaching Tips | 0 comments

Good Mornings Start with Great Songs

Looking for a new way to begin your day?  Here are two quick and easy songs that will get your morning started on the right note {ahem}.  (Sorry.  Couldn’t resist!) (to the tune of  Happy Birthday) Good Morning to You Good morning to you Good morning to you Good morning everybody Good morning to you Or, for a bilingual way to start your day, we love Jose Luis Orozco’s Buenos Días: (To the tune of Frere Jacques) Buenos días, buenos días, ¿cómo estás? ¿cómo estás? Muy bien gracias, muy bien gracias ¿y Usted? ¿y...

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Ways my iPod / iPhone has changed my life as a Teacher!

Posted by on Aug 6, 2013 in Kindergarten Classroom Management, Kindergarten Technology, Teaching Tips, Transitional Kindergarten Teaching Tips | 0 comments

Ways my iPod / iPhone has changed my life as a Teacher!

CKA Board Member and Kindergarten teacher, Kimberly DeMille shares her secrets for a tech savvy classroom.  From organizing her classroom to documenting her students’ work and communicating with parents – here are her tips for revamping your teaching life with your iPod/iPhone. My iPod/iPhone has changed my life as a teacher!  You too can experience this amazing transformation if you: Take pictures of documents (such as volunteer schedule, class list, seating chart, star of the week sign up ) and place them in a separate folder...

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Unfinished Papers Finishing You Off? Tame the Mess with this Simple Tip!

Posted by on Jun 4, 2013 in Kindergarten Classroom Management, Teaching Tips, Transitional Kindergarten, Transitional Kindergarten Teaching Tips | 0 comments

Unfinished Papers Finishing You Off?  Tame the Mess with this Simple Tip!

It never fails.  Time is up for an activity and at least one child if not more just aren’t done, leaving a pile of unfinished papers and possibly other materials floating around, and inevitably getting lost.  Not to mention how they tend to get all mixed together and that’s when you discover the kids in question forgot to write their names… Enter Karen Anderson, kindergarten teacher extraordinaire at Sheppard Accelerated Elementary School in Santa Rosa, California with an elegant solution that takes up next to no room, is...

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Snowflakes, Snowflakes – a Wintery Rhyme to get out the Kindergarten Wiggles

Posted by on Nov 27, 2012 in Kindergarten Classroom Management, Kindergarten Reading and Writing, Teaching Tips | 0 comments

Snowflakes, Snowflakes – a Wintery Rhyme to get out the Kindergarten Wiggles

It’s almost December and the holidays are right around the corner.  As the days grow shorter, the kids always seem to grow more wiggly.  Here’s an easy poem that will get your students up and moving.  They’ll be practicing rhyming with a touch of ELD while they work off some energy but most of all, they’ll just have some good ol’ fun.   Snowflakes, Snowflakes Snowflakes, snowflakes, dance around, Snowflakes, snowflakes, touch the ground. Snowflakes, snowflakes, on my nose, Snowflakes, snowflakes, on my...

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Ho-Ho-Homework Help

Posted by on Sep 4, 2012 in Kindergarten Classroom Management, Teaching Tips | 1 comment

Ho-Ho-Homework Help

Adjusting to Kindergarten can be challenging for many students.  Even students in higher grades often struggle with getting homework done.  Here’s how former CKA Board Member Pam Sunderman worked together with one mom to support her children in getting their assigned work completed. Says Pam, “We came up with the idea of a Special Homework Box.  I suggested materials and to make sure he knew that it was very special and just for homework.  It would even have a snack inside each day.  She took my suggestions and ran with them....

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