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.

Three Cheers for a New School Year Cheer!

Posted by on Aug 9, 2016 in Classroom Management, Kindergarten Classroom Management, Teaching Tips, Transitional Kindergarten Teaching Tips | 0 comments

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. Here’s our class cheer for this year.  I wanted something that incorporated collaboration and cooperation as well as goal setting.  I assigned the cheer as one of their Poem in My Pocket assignments.  We recited the cheer every morning.  Before I gave them the assignment, we defined what a goal was and each student set either a fluency goal, sight word goal...

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Question of the Day

Posted by on Mar 29, 2016 in Common Core State Standards, Kindergarten Reading and Writing, Teaching Tips, Transitional Kindergarten Teaching Tips | 0 comments

Question of the Day

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...

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Brush Your Teeth!

Posted by on Mar 29, 2016 in Kindergarten Art Activities, Kindergarten Reading and Writing, Teaching Tips, Transitional Kindergarten Teaching Tips | 0 comments

Brush Your Teeth!

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! ...

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Spring into Poetry

Posted by on Mar 22, 2016 in Kindergarten Reading and Writing, Teaching Tips, Transitional Kindergarten Teaching Tips | 0 comments

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 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...

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The Itsy Bitsy Spider Book

Posted by on Mar 15, 2016 in Common Core State Standards, Kindergarten Art Activities, Kindergarten Music, Kindergarten Reading and Writing, Teaching Tips, Transitional Kindergarten Teaching Tips | 0 comments

The Itsy Bitsy Spider Book

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...

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Say “Until Next Time” with a Friendly Rhyme

Posted by on Oct 22, 2015 in Classroom Management, Kindergarten Reading and Writing, Teaching Tips, Transitional Kindergarten Teaching Tips | 0 comments

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 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...

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Get Chopping on Phonemic Awareness!

Posted by on Oct 13, 2015 in Common Core State Standards, Kindergarten Reading and Writing, Teaching Tips, Transitional Kindergarten Teaching Tips | 1 comment

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 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...

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Transitional Kindergarten Guidelines

Posted by on May 23, 2015 in Transitional Kindergarten Resources | 0 comments

Transitional Kindergarten Guidelines

Here is a list of guidelines for transitional kindergarten divided into sections by domains.  This document was provided by Dr. Debbi Keeler, Director of Early Childhood in Capistrano Unified School District.

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California Key Educational Resources for Transitional Kindergarten

Posted by on May 23, 2015 in Transitional Kindergarten Resources | 0 comments

California Key Educational Resources for Transitional Kindergarten

Dr. Debbi Keeler, Director of Early Childhood in Capistrano Unified School District shares an Overview of Alignment of California Key Educational Resources for Transitional...

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Transitional Kindergarten Curriculum Guide & Standards

Posted by on May 23, 2015 in Transitional Kindergarten Curriculum | 1 comment

Transitional Kindergarten Curriculum Guide & Standards

Dr. Debbi Keeler, Director of Early Childhood in Capistrano Unified School Dstrict has provided us with a curriculum guide and the Transitional Kindergarten Standards.     ...

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