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!

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 | 5 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 | 6 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 | 0 comments

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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Transitions in Kindergarten: Getting From Here to There Without Going Everywhere

Posted by on Mar 6, 2012 in Kindergarten Classroom Management, Kindergarten Reading and Writing, Teaching Tips | 0 comments

Transitions in Kindergarten: Getting From Here to There Without Going Everywhere

Transitions are always a challenging part of any teacher’s day, and even more so when you’re working with very young children.  Whether you’re trying to get your class lined up for recess or dismissing them to their tables to begin their work, moving smoothly from one space to another can be tricky.  Here are ten easy ways to help you get your kids from here to there without them winding up everywhere! By first letter of their name – “If your name begins with ‘M’, line up,” etc.  You might want to scaffold this by holding...

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I Wiggle – a Poem to Help with Classroom Management

Posted by on Nov 29, 2011 in Kindergarten Classroom Management, Teaching Tips | 0 comments

I Wiggle – a Poem to Help with Classroom Management

The first days back after a holiday are usually full of extra energy.  Here’s a quick and easy poem to help work out some of those wiggles! (Wiggle the body parts as  they are mentioned.) I wiggle my fingers, I wiggle my toes, I wiggle my nose, I wiggle my shoulders, Now no more wiggles are left in me, So I will sit as still as can be. Hope this Tuesday Teaching Tip helps you to have a calm day in...

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Shh! A Tip to Help with Classroom Management

Posted by on Aug 30, 2011 in Classroom Management, Kindergarten Classroom Management, Teaching Tips | 0 comments

Shh!  A Tip to Help with Classroom Management

Today’s Tuesday Teaching Tip is another poem to help you get your class calm and ready to listen. If you can hear me, put your hands on your head. If you can hear me, put your hands on your shoulders. If you can hear me, put your hands on your hips. If you can hear me, put your hands on your lips. Have a peaceful...

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