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.

Poem in My Pocket

Posted by on Apr 8, 2014 in English Language Development, Kindergarten Reading and Writing, Teaching Tips, Transitional Kindergarten Teaching Tips | 0 comments

Poem in My Pocket

This week’s Tuesday Teaching Tip comes to us from CKA Board Member and Transitional Kindergarten teacher, Deborah Meng.  She shares with us this wonderful part of her reading instruction: The students memorize a poem and then, receive a copy of the poem to keep in their decorated envelope. They carry the poem around in their pocket and recite it for 10 adults who sign the back. I encourage them to ask teachers/adults at school and allow them to take it home too. When they get 10 signatures, they are given a sticker and a trip to the...

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Butterflies Flutter Into Kindergarten

Posted by on Apr 1, 2014 in Kindergarten Reading and Writing, Kindergarten Science, Teaching Tips, Transitional Kindergarten Teaching Tips | 0 comments

Butterflies Flutter Into Kindergarten

This week’s Tuesday Teaching Tip comes to us from CKA co-president Debra Weller who shares with us this activity from her Transitional Kindergarten (TK) classroom. “After reading a non fiction book on the life cycle of a butterfly, children folded a paper in fourths and drew and wrote about their knowledge.” Will butterflies be making an appearance in your classroom soon?  Here’s some books you’ll want on your shelves: You might also want these to support your teaching:      Looking...

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An Egg-citing, Hands-on Math Activity

Posted by on Mar 25, 2014 in Kindergarten Fine Motor Skills, Kindergarten Math, Transitional Kindergarten | 13 comments

Download (PDF, 251KB)Spring is in the air, and we can all feel that count down to some well-deserved time off!  CKA Treasurer and Board Member, Heather Morrow shared this fun, hands-on way to keep little fingers actively engaged, even with spring fever going around. You’ll need this blackline master, and you’ll probably want to photocopy it onto either construction paper or tag.  You just want something a little heavier and stiffer than regular paper, because your students will be gluing objects to it.  We’ve given it to...

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Managing TK Classrooms through Centers

Posted by on Mar 20, 2014 in Transitional Kindergarten Curriculum, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Managing TK Classrooms through Centers

In March 2014 CKA Board members Debra Weller, Judy Crenshaw, and Ada Hand presented a workshop on Managing TK through Classroom Centers. We are providing this information to you as part of CKA’s goal of professional development.   Download (PDF, 2.26MB) Here is an example of an integrated unit on ”Apples Are Living Things,” from a previous workshop for preschool and kindergarten teachers.  It demonstrates the broad array of activities for centers and whole groups on a particular theme. Apple Unit workshop...

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Turn Over a New Leaf – and Examine it!

Posted by on Mar 18, 2014 in Kindergarten Science, Teaching Tips, Transitional Kindergarten Teaching Tips | 0 comments

Turn Over a New Leaf – and Examine it!

The official start of spring is just days away and new leaves are budding everywhere.  CKA co-president and Transitional Kindergarten teacher, Debra Weller shares this week’s Tuesday Teaching Tip with us: The children trace leaves, examine them with a magnifying lenses and then draw veins and details with a Flair pen. Looking for more about spring and plants?  Check out: Spring into Spring with Great Books Tiny Seed Sing Your Way From Seed to Plant! We hope these ideas will keep you busy learning.  Happy...

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Frosty the Sight Words (or Numbers, or Letters)

Posted by on Feb 18, 2014 in Kindergarten Art Activities, Kindergarten Math, Kindergarten Reading and Writing, Teaching Tips, Transitional Kindergarten Teaching Tips | 0 comments

Frosty the Sight Words (or Numbers, or Letters)

The weather outside may be delightful, but you can still add a touch of frost to your sight words.  Now, many of you may have added a wintery touch to drawings with a touch (or splattering) of Epsom salts.  Here’s what the classic take on this activity looks like.  This example was done with a 1:1 ratio of Epsom salts to boiling water.  Using a paint brush to splatter the solution adds an especially realistic touch. The same ratio adds a fun touch to practicing letters and numbers: Or sight words: The one on the left the child...

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It’s Snowing!

Posted by on Jan 14, 2014 in Kindergarten Art Activities, Kindergarten Math, Kindergarten Reading and Writing, Teaching Tips, Transitional Kindergarten Teaching Tips | 0 comments

It’s Snowing!

While the weather here in most of California has remained sunny and warm, a great deal of the rest of the country has been gripped in a deep freeze.  But just because winter has been feeling a lot more like spring lately doesn’t mean we can enjoy a little “snow” … paint. Mix roughly equal parts of shaving cream and white glue in a container: You want to make sure there’s enough glue that the paint dries hard.  It should look like this, with stiff peaks: So what do you do with snow paint?  Well, you can paint...

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Sorting Made Simple

Posted by on Jan 7, 2014 in Kindergarten Math, Kindergarten Reading and Writing, Kindergarten Science, Kindergarten Social Studies, Teaching Tips, Transitional Kindergarten Teaching Tips | 0 comments

Sorting Made Simple

We hope everyone’s having a smooth transition back to school!  This week’s Tuesday Teaching Tip comes to us from the Transitional Kindergarten Classroom of CKA Co-President, Debra Weller.  She took a shower curtain and turned it into a giant sorting mat!  Her sentence strip labels work great, or you could simply label it with a Sharpie and then erase with nail polish remover or use dry erase marker or crayon.  So grab a shower curtain, a Sharpie and a yard stick and get yourself all “sorted” out....

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More or Less

Posted by on Dec 17, 2013 in Kindergarten Math, Teaching Tips, Transitional Kindergarten Teaching Tips | 0 comments

More or Less

Since Winter Break is fast approaching and our students’ brains are only more or less with us, today’s Tuesday Teaching Tip seems particularly appropriate.  ;) CKA co-president and transitional kindergarten teacher, Debra Weller shares this math idea with us: “To teach more or less concepts. I made a two colored, laminated...

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Ziplocs without the Labels

Posted by on Dec 10, 2013 in Classroom Management, Teaching Tips, Transitional Kindergarten Teaching Tips | 0 comments

Ziplocs without the Labels

A new year is fast approaching and many people are looking for ways to start off on a more organized foot.  Today’s teaching tip comes to us from CKA Board Member and Transitional Kindergarten teacher, Heather Morrow.  It’s a fast and easy way to make items you’ve stored in ziplocs more visible and also to allow you to write whatever you want on them!  It’s also a great way to get them ready for some decorating with stickers – perfect for sending home special treats for parents and kids alike.  Ziplocs are...

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