Kindergarten Reading and Kindergarten Writing
Kindergarten is where many children first learn to read. We help you guide them through this exciting time with helpful hints and fun reading activities that will keep them engaged and actively learning and give you an alternative to reading worksheets. Didn’t find what you were looking for? Let us know – we value your input! Also, don’t forget to check back soon – we are constantly expanding our offerings!
We know you’ll agree with us that Kindergarten writing is more than just worksheets! We help you find hands on, engaging ways to teach writing and inspire your students with writing activities even your most reluctant learners will love! Again, don’t forget to check back soon – new ideas are always being added!
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! Oops! So let’s fix that. See those large foam hearts? Let’s put those to use. We’ll use some more of those plastic table scatter hearts, but you could just as easily use foam heart stickers if you can’t find them. Need...read more
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 upper- and lowercase letters of the alphabet. For the letter F, the class could have a theme of Flowers or Fruit. F works in English and Spanish: Las Flores and La Fruta. 1. Children can draw pictures of flowers that parents bring in, using various media (crayons,...read more
Today’s Tuesday Teaching Tip comes to us from our own board member and TK teacher, Gennie Gorback. I use a magnetic white board, laminated names with magnetic tape on the back, photos of real items. BUT – you can really use any board or poster paper, could have the children write their names instead of use magnets and could draw pictures if you don’t have photos of real objects. There are many ways to participate in Question of the day and I always change it throughout the year based on the readiness of my...read more
Get ready to flash those pearly whites and keep them healthy with today’s Tuesday Teaching Tip! Our very own TK teacher, Michelle Jones, brings us this fun idea! ...read more
Spring has sprung! Ready to welcome in the new season? Former CKA Board member and first grade teacher, Deb Meng shares this lovely poem she uses in her classroom. Singing by Robert Louis Stevenson Of speckled eggs the birdie sings And nests among the trees; The sailor sings of ropes and things In ships upon the seas. The children sing in far Japan, The children sing in Spain: The organ with the organ man Is singing in the rain. Did you catch her explanation of how she uses poetry? Our Poem in My Pocket post will give you all the...read more
It’s raining, it’s pouring… Rainy days have you down? Today’s Tuesday Teaching Tip will have you looking on the sunny side with this adorable idea from CKA’s own board member Michelle Jones. We love the fun twist of adding the little pipe cleaner spider! This was a project we did after learning the rhyme! The kids love it because they can read the words with their spider tracker! The shapes were cut out for TK students but I have used this book for K also providing a tracer for students to use and then...read more
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. Last week she shared with us her tips for developing segmenting ability. Today she brings us another way to support phonemic awareness – rhyming poetry.Here is our out the door poem we recite. I found the wall hanging at Home Goods (but it could easily be made by hand) and used the poem as one of our homework poems for Poem in My Pocket. We were studying rhyming at...read more
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. Say it * Chop it * Say it is a phonemic awareness activity that incorporates sensorial movement which helps young learners segment a word (break a word into phonemes). I developed this activity while teaching kindergarten and have used this activity with TK, K, and 1st grade students. The words choice is geared to the level/ability of the group of students or student I am...read more
Remember last week when we promised we’d fill you in on what the cookie sheets were doing in this photo? Here we go! Now – you could totally use just this activity as we shared it last week! In fact, you might want to start out by doing just that the first time you introduce it to your class. But…if you’d like to take it one step further, first off, you’ll need to make a quick trip to the best teacher store there is…the dollar store! You’ll want as many cookie sheets as you’ll have...read more
Today’s Tuesday Teaching Tip joins many of our favorite things. It’s easy to prep, easy to store, easy to differentiate and FUN to boot! You’ll need some page protectors, this PDF of the dotted sight words printable (or your own), washable or dry erase crayons or markers. Print out the attached sight words file, stuff them in sheet protectors and you’re ready to go! You can absolutely use dry erase markers or crayons, but we love the triangular hold of these washable ones, which erase with a Kleenex just fine,...read more