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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A Poem to Get Your Year off on the Right Foot

This week’s Tuesday Teaching Tip comes to us from the classroom of first grade teacher and CKA Board Member, Deborah Meng.  If you didn’t catch Poem in My Pocket, one of our past Tuesday Teaching Tips, you’ll want to check out how she uses these poems as an awesome part of her reading instruction. Here are some good beginning of the year poems/songs: Found an Apple (to the tune...

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Welcome to TK/Kindergarten!

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...

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

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...

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“Put Your Finger on Your Shirt” and Get Ready for Some English Language Development

“Put Your Finger on Your Shirt” and Get Ready for Some English Language Development

Here’s a quick and easy song to get your students moving and developing their vocabulary – perfect for beginning of the year ELD (English Language Development).  It lends itself to lots of variations, depending on what you’re working on.  You could easily sub in body parts instead of clothing, or even get your kids up and moving around the room, putting their fingers on parts...

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