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.

A Little Box of Calm

Posted by on Mar 10, 2015 in Kindergarten Classroom Management, Teaching Tips, Transitional Kindergarten Teaching Tips | 0 comments

A Little Box of Calm

Today’s Tuesday Teaching Tip comes to us from CKA president and Adjunct Professor/Director of a Junior Kindergarten, Nancy Cappelloni.  She shares with us a tip for helping kids with sensory issues to be successful in the classroom. The box of squishy toys is a collection I have that I offer a student to hold if I notice he or she also needs a little sensory feedback and likes to hold things, or for a student that may be anxious and is helped by a little soft toy to hold or to put in her lap. Do you have a favorite tool to use for...

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Easy Valentine’s Hands On Activities

Posted by on Feb 3, 2015 in Kindergarten Math, Kindergarten Reading and Writing, Teaching Tips, Transitional Kindergarten Teaching Tips | 0 comments

Easy Valentine’s Hands On Activities

Looking for some quick and easy Valentine’s Day activities?  Looking for some hands on learning ideas I headed to my favorite teacher store.  Dollar Tree.  ;)  A quick survey of the front aisles and I came away with these goodies… …and a whole bunch of ideas for lots of fun, super easy activities!  First up – I couldn’t wait to play with these pretty gems.  Table scatter?  I don’t think so!  Although I’m sure a few will wind up scattered…  LOL. I started by making a letter matching...

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Personalized Magnet Boards Make Learning Letters and Numbers Fun!

Posted by on Jan 27, 2015 in Common Core State Standards, Kindergarten Math, Kindergarten Reading and Writing, Teaching Tips, Transitional Kindergarten Teaching Tips | 0 comments

Personalized Magnet Boards Make Learning Letters and Numbers Fun!

The end of January is fast approaching.  Do you still have some students who are struggling with letter and/or number recognition? Today’s Tuesday Teaching Tip is here to help!  First Grade teacher Julie McGreevy shares this easy and simple to personalize idea with us. You’ll want to make the dollar store or a thrift store your first stop – they carry cookie sheets.  Then, either use a fun font or do a google image search for letters/numbers in a particular theme.  You could choose one that goes along with the unit...

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Let’s Go Camping!

Posted by on Jan 20, 2015 in Classroom Management, Kindergarten Classroom Management, Kindergarten Math, Kindergarten Reading and Writing, Teaching Tips, Transitional Kindergarten Teaching Tips | 0 comments

Let’s Go Camping!

We hope you were able to join us for the PK1 conference this past weekend.  It was a ton of fun and we learned so much!  This week’s Tuesday Teaching Tip comes to us from former CKA Board Member and first grade teacher, Deb Meng.  She shares with us this great idea for creating a special space in our classrooms. “A two person tent in my classroom brought an added “exciting” option for workshop.  Some days it was for reading and other days it was for puzzles or pattern blocks.  I limit the number of students to four...

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One, Two, Tree! Easy Seasonal Kindergarten Counting Game

Posted by on Dec 9, 2014 in Kindergarten Math, Teaching Tips, Transitional Kindergarten Teaching Tips | 0 comments

One, Two, Tree!  Easy Seasonal Kindergarten Counting Game

December is in full swing and the count down to Winter Break is ON!  The days may technically be getting shorter but they sure can feel longer!  Here’s a super easy math center idea to the rescue.  Debra Weller, TK teacher and CKA Co-President shares this adorable game with us.  In her words, “Cut out trees, add dice and pom poms= an instant counting game.” Easy peasy, right?  We bet you already have everything you need, too!  Need to make it easier?  Give them only one die.  Need to make it harder?  Have them draw...

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Best Apps for Teaching the Alphabet

Posted by on Nov 25, 2014 in Common Core State Standards, English Language Development, Kindergarten Reading and Writing, Kindergarten Technology, Teaching Tips, Transitional Kindergarten Teaching Tips | 0 comments

Best Apps for Teaching the Alphabet

Today’s Tuesday Teaching Tip comes to you from the incomparable Heidi Butkus of HeidiSongs.  We are lucky enough to be able to claim her as a CKA Board Member as well.  Do you have some kids in your class still struggling to learn the alphabet?  Here’s Heidi with some apps to help!   Best Apps for Teaching the Alphabet Fish School By Duck Duck Moose  $1.99 This is a great app for pre-K, TK, or younger; my kindergartners were initially happy with it but quickly got bored.  It’s not really a game, it’s more...

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Hidden Object Show and Tell

Posted by on Nov 18, 2014 in English Language Development, Teaching Tips, Transitional Kindergarten Teaching Tips | 0 comments

Hidden Object Show and Tell

Today’s Tuesday Teaching Tip comes to us from the classroom of the lovely Deb Meng who is also a CKA Board Member.  She sends home this adorable package with her students.   What is the box for?  Inside are instructions for a sort of hidden show and tell.  Deb tells us it’s a, “really great activity for vocabulary and critical thinking.” Do you do a similar kind of activity in your class?  We’d love to hear how it...

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Pumpkin Plate Math

Posted by on Nov 11, 2014 in Kindergarten Math, Teaching Tips, Transitional Kindergarten Teaching Tips | 0 comments

Pumpkin Plate Math

November is flying by!  Thanksgiving is just around the corner.  This time of year is so incredibly busy but never fear – this week’s Tuesday Teaching Tip will have your students learning with seasonal fun in no time at all. You’ll need some seasonal plates – these are from the trusty Dollar Tree.  First write the numbers 1-10 on your plates. What can you do with your numbered pumpkin plates?  Well, for starters, you can work on counting.  If that’s still pretty tricky, you could add dot stickers or simply...

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Erase Your Way to Learning Fun!

Posted by on Nov 4, 2014 in Common Core State Standards, Kindergarten Math, Kindergarten Reading and Writing, Teaching Tips, Transitional Kindergarten Teaching Tips | 0 comments

Erase Your Way to Learning Fun!

Halloween is finally behind us and we’re in NOVEMBER!  Veteran’s Day and Thanksgiving short month November!  Phew!  Are your kids still worn out from way too much Halloween fun?  Need an activity that is SUPER simple and guaranteed to keep their attention?  Rather then having them write sight words, letters or numbers, have them erase them instead!   This activity works really well on a chalkboard but would also work with white boards (especially with dry erase crayons rather than markers).  It could easily be done as a...

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Fall Colors Come to the Classroom with this November Tree Art Project

Posted by on Oct 28, 2014 in Kindergarten Art Activities, Teaching Tips, Transitional Kindergarten Teaching Tips | 0 comments

Fall Colors Come to the Classroom with this November Tree Art Project

Fall is in the air!  The days are getting shorter and crisper.  This week’s Tuesday Teaching Tip comes to us from Transitional Kindergarten teacher and former CKA Board Member, Heather Morrow’s classroom, where the leaves have been changing colors. Heather shares with us that, “Students fingerprinted the paper yellow and then sprinkled red powdered tempera paint on and mixed the two together.  After it dried, the students traced the leaf pattern and cut it out.” We hope this tip helps bring a colorful burst of fall...

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