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 Poem to Get Your Year off on the Right Foot

Posted by on Aug 12, 2014 in Kindergarten Reading and Writing, Teaching Tips, Transitional Kindergarten Teaching Tips | 0 comments

This week’s Tuesday Teaching Tip comes to us from the classroom of first grade teacher and CKA Board Member, Deborah Meng.  If you didn’t catch Poem in My Pocket, one of our past Tuesday Teaching Tips, you’ll want to check out how she uses these poems as an awesome part of her reading instruction. Here are some good beginning of the year poems/songs: Found an Apple (to the tune of “My Darling Clementine”) Found an apple, found and apple, found an apple on a tree. I was nappin’, just cat nappin’, underneath that...

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Welcome to TK/Kindergarten!

Posted by on Aug 5, 2014 in Classroom Management, Common Core State Standards, Kindergarten Classroom Management, Kindergarten Music, Kindergarten Reading and Writing, Teaching Tips, Transitional Kindergarten Teaching Tips | 0 comments

Welcome to TK/Kindergarten!

New to Transitional Kindergarten or Kindergarten?  Moving down from an upper grade?  Or just looking to find tips to ease your way back into a new school year?  CKA Board Member and first grade teacher, Deb Meng has you covered.  Deb has taught Pre-K, TK and Kindergarten and is here to help! Imagine teaching TK for the first time when the only grades you have taught are third and fourth grade!  I just got off the phone with a friend who is teaching TK for the first time.  We talked for an hour about learning/management strategies for her...

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ABC Sticker Matching

Posted by on Jul 29, 2014 in Kindergarten Reading and Writing, Teaching Tips, Transitional Kindergarten Teaching Tips | 0 comments

ABC Sticker Matching

Looking for some super simple yet fun ways to kick off a new year?  This one couldn’t be simpler!  Simply take a large sheet of paper and write out the alphabet.  Give a small group of students some foam letter stickers and have them match them to the written letters.  Want to up the ante?  Write the alphabet out in lower...

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Stepping Stones to ABCs!

Posted by on Jul 22, 2014 in Kindergarten Reading and Writing, Teaching Tips, Transitional Kindergarten Teaching Tips | 30 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 | 0 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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