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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Freeze on the Count of 1, 2, 3!

Having trouble getting your kids’ attention?  Want a quick and easy way to get your class back on track with you?  CKA Board Member and Kindergarten teacher extraordinaire Kimberly DeMille shares this week’s Tuesday Teaching Tip with us. First she sings: All my friends please look at me Freeze on the count of 1-2-3 While counting, she does the following motions: 1) Hands at your...

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Good Mornings Start with Great Songs

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...

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Great Songs to Begin and End Your Day

Great Songs to Begin and End Your Day

Transitions are always challenging, especially in kindergarten.  Singing is a great way to ease into and out of your day.  The right song can get all your students with you and help unify your class. Begin and end your day on a positive note with these great songs:   Rise and Shine, Raffi – “Rise with the blue bird/ Shine like the sun/ Now is time to rise and...

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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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