Transitional Kindergarten

Thirty CKA members visit the Committee members and other Assembly members prior to a hearing on SB1381.

A TK Program will provide the youngest kindergarteners with a readiness year that is developmentally appropriate and will better prepare them for success once they enter traditional Kindergarten.

Stepping Stones to ABCs!

Posted by on Jul 22, 2014 in Kindergarten Reading and Writing, Teaching Tips, Transitional Kindergarten Teaching Tips | 0 comments

Stepping Stones to ABCs!

CKA Co-President and TK Teacher Debra Weller shares this week’s Tuesday Teaching Tip with us: CKA Co-President and TK Teacher Debra Weller shares this week’s Tuesday Teaching Tip with us.”Put letters on stepping stones. The child says letters and sounds while jumping over the letter...

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Building Bridges in Kindergarten

Posted by on Jul 15, 2014 in Kindergarten Science, Kindergarten Social Studies, Teaching Tips, Transitional Kindergarten Teaching Tips | 0 comments

Building Bridges in Kindergarten

Did you do some mapping with Harold and the Purple Crayon from last week’s Tuesday Teaching Tip?  CKA Co-President and TK Teacher, Debra Weller shares a related idea with us for this week’s Tuesday Teaching Tip: Collect recycled items and give children the task of building bridges over a...

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Mapping with Harold and the Purple Crayon

Posted by on Jul 8, 2014 in Kindergarten Reading and Writing, Kindergarten Social Studies, Teaching Tips, Transitional Kindergarten Teaching Tips | 0 comments

Mapping with Harold and the Purple Crayon

CKA Co-President and TK teacher Debra Weller shares today’s Tuesday Teaching Tip with us: The classic Harold and the Purple Crayon works well for mapping skills. We used purple markers instead. I also put a large piece of white chart paper on a table and children add to the purple marker adventure on a daily basis. We use it for...

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We Have Our Head in the Clouds

Posted by on Jul 1, 2014 in Kindergarten Art Activities, Kindergarten Science, Teaching Tips, Transitional Kindergarten Teaching Tips | 0 comments

We Have Our Head in the Clouds

Today’s Tuesday Teaching Tip comes to us from CKA Co-President and TK teacher extraordinaire, Debra Weller.  She shares that she has her students learn about clouds by reading a non-fiction book (like Cloudy Days (Welcome Books: Weather Report) and Eric Carle’s Little Cloud.  She then gives the children blue paper. They draw a shape with a pencil and then paint with white paint. She takes dictation as they describe their creation.  Debra suggests this makes an easy bulletin...

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Organization is in the Bag!

Posted by on Jun 11, 2014 in Classroom Management, Teaching Tips, Transitional Kindergarten Teaching Tips | 0 comments

Organization is in the Bag!

Most of you are now enjoying a well earned summer vacation – yay!  Well, all that sunshine has clearly gotten to us and Tuesday Teaching Tips are on summer time this week.  Ahem.  Sorry about that!  We’re sure you’ll find this awesome organizational tip from CKA Board Member and Kindergarten teacher, Kimberly DeMille was well worth waiting for.  :)  Want to get organized and have everything at your fingertips next year?  Here’s what Kimberly does: I organize my materials for each week- in jumbo hefty ziplocs,...

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Easy Art with a Patriotic Flare

Posted by on Jun 3, 2014 in Kindergarten Art Activities, Kindergarten Social Studies, Teaching Tips, Transitional Kindergarten Teaching Tips | 3 comments

Easy Art with a Patriotic Flare

Some of you will be reading this post with a celebratory mai tai in your hand.  Some of you will be picking up the ingredients for your margaritas this weekend.  And then there’s those last few hold outs who are still down in the trenches for just a little bit longer.  Fighting off that summer brain that creeps in this time of year.  :) In light of where we all are, a super easy zero-prep kind of activity seemed appropriate.  Memorial Day just passed and Flag Day and the 4th of July are around the corner – so a patriotic theme...

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Transitional Kindergarten Homework

Posted by on May 28, 2014 in Transitional Kindergarten Curriculum | 2 comments

Transitional Kindergarten Homework

Deb Meng, Transitional Kindergarten Teacher in Elk Grove, provides an example of developmentally appropriate TK homework for November.

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Easy End of the Year Student-Made Books

Posted by on May 27, 2014 in Kindergarten Art Activities, Kindergarten Reading and Writing, Teaching Tips, Transitional Kindergarten Teaching Tips | 0 comments

This week’s Tuesday Teaching Tip comes to us from CKA Board Member and amazing kindergarten teacher, Kimberly DeMille.  With the last day of school around the corner, she has her students work on this easy sweet review of all they’ve learned in kindergarten.  We love how calming and straight forward this activity is – perfect for those last few days when both you and your students are more than ready for that final bell to ring! Sadly, we can’t give you blackline masters to download, since everyone’s themes will...

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Quick and Easy Active Review

Posted by on May 20, 2014 in Common Core State Standards, Kindergarten Math, Kindergarten Reading and Writing, Teaching Tips, Transitional Kindergarten Teaching Tips | 0 comments

Quick and Easy Active Review

Ok, the count down is on!  For some of you, summer is right around the corner.  Others are going to have to wait just a little bit longer.  Either way, who can’t use a super simple, active way to review core skills?  So grab a large piece of paper, a marker or crayon and a pack or two of post-its.  You’ll need maybe 5 minutes to prep and you’ll be ready to go.  It’s that easy.  We promise. Choose your target.  This was done with sight words, but you could just as easily review numbers, addition/subtraction...

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End of the Year Books – New and Improved!

Posted by on May 13, 2014 in Common Core State Standards, Kindergarten Reading and Writing, Teaching Tips, Transitional Kindergarten Teaching Tips | 0 comments

End of the Year Books – New and Improved!

  We’re not quite sure where the time has gone,but somehow we’ve made it to the end of another school year!  The count is on and summer is just around the corner.  Here are some great read alouds to help wrap up your year! The incomparable Miss Bindergarten returns to bid farewell to her students in another installment of this classic series by Joseph Slate.  Just try to hold the tears back as this beloved Kindergarten teacher wraps up her year! A new twist on a familiar classic!  ”I think I can” becomes...

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