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.

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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Grow a Tree Map of CVC Word Review

Posted by on May 19, 2015 in Common Core State Standards, Kindergarten Reading and Writing, Teaching Tips, Transitional Kindergarten Teaching Tips | 1 comment

Grow a Tree Map of CVC Word Review

The end of the year is oh-so-close!  There is so much to get done and somehow the time always seems so crunched.  Feeling the pinch and needing a bit of help out of a sticky situation?  {Ahem.}  Grab some post-its and let’s knock out a quick review of reading CVC words, make a tree map and get everyone up and moving with less than five minutes of prep. First, grab those trusty post-its.  Bonus points for having ones with a cute print, but really?  At this point in the year it’s all about survival, right?  ;)  Write a CVC...

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It’s the End of the Year As We Know It

Posted by on May 12, 2015 in Classroom Management, Kindergarten Art Activities, Kindergarten Reading and Writing, Teaching Tips, Transitional Kindergarten Teaching Tips | 0 comments

It’s the End of the Year As We Know It

Can you believe that the end of the year is almost here?  Time seems to fly faster every year!  Not to worry.  We’ve got you covered with books to read and activities to do. First up, snuggle up with some great books and wrap up your year with these funny, sweet and downright touching texts: Next up, your class will have their own memory book to treasure with this sweet farewell to kindergarten from CKA President Elect and kindergarten teacher, Kimberly DeMille: Last, but not least, head outside and reflect on everything...

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April Showers Bring May Bulletin Boards

Posted by on May 5, 2015 in Kindergarten Art Activities, Teaching Tips, Transitional Kindergarten Teaching Tips | 0 comments

April Showers Bring May Bulletin Boards

Today’s Tuesday Teaching Tip is brought to us by CKA Board Member and Elk Grove teacher, Deb Meng.  How adorable is this bulletin board for the end of the year?  While it’s super perfect for graduating TK students, it would work very well with a different title for kindergarten (So Long Kinder “Garden”, First Grade Here We Come!”) or any other grade! Happy “planting”!  We’d love to see the “gardens” you...

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Integrating Math, ELA and Art with the Painted Ladies

Posted by on Apr 21, 2015 in Kindergarten Math, Kindergarten Reading and Writing, Teaching Tips, Transitional Kindergarten Teaching Tips | 0 comments

Integrating Math, ELA and Art with the Painted Ladies

Today’s Tuesday Teaching Tip is brought to us by CKA Past Co-President, Ada Hand. This art work comes from preschool teacher Domenic Manchester in San Francisco.  He took his students on a field trip to see the “Painted Ladies,” famous San Francisco Victorian homes.  The children took part in an integrated unit of literacy, mathematics, and art that helped them to see and pay attention to their environment.  Domenic’s teaching is inspirational! Foundations Covered: Mathematics: Children identify, describe, and...

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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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