Spring into Poetry

Spring into Poetry

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...

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Say “Until Next Time” with a Friendly Rhyme

Say “Until Next Time” with a Friendly Rhyme

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...

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Get Chopping on Phonemic Awareness!

Get Chopping on Phonemic Awareness!

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...

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Tiny Seed

Tiny Seed

CKA President Elect Debra Weller shares with us this sweet song that will help your children learn about the needs of plants while they get some wiggles out making the motions: (To the tune of “I’m a Little Teapot”) I put a tiny seed in the dark, dark ground. (Mimic putting a seed in the ground or in your hand.)   Out came the yellow sun, big and round. (Raise arms to make...

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Row Your Way to Phonemic Awareness

Row Your Way to Phonemic Awareness

Here’s a quick and easy way to work on phonemic awareness!  Practice blending by substituting sounds in this familiar song: Row, row, row your boat, Gently down the stream, Merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily, Life is but a dream.   Bow, bow, bow your boat, Gently down the stream, Berrily, berrily, berrily, berrily, Life is but a dream.   Zow, zow, zow your boat…zerrily, zerrily,...

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