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.

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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Go Away Big Green Monster!

Posted by on Oct 21, 2014 in Kindergarten Art Activities, Teaching Tips, Transitional Kindergarten Teaching Tips | 0 comments

Go Away Big Green Monster!

Today’s Tuesday Teaching Tip comes to us from the amazing classroom of CKA Board Member and TK teacher, Michelle Jones. She shares this adorable art project just in time for Halloween!  She starts by reading this classic book.  Which, by the way, makes absolutely no mention of Halloween.  So if your district/school doesn’t celebrate, or if you have a child in your class who doesn’t, you’re still good! After reading the book, Michelle has her students make a Big Green Monster of their own with pre-cut geometric and...

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Non-Fiction Common Core Friendly Halloween Books

Posted by on Oct 14, 2014 in Kindergarten Reading and Writing, Kindergarten Social Studies, Teaching Tips, Transitional Kindergarten Teaching Tips | 0 comments

Non-Fiction Common Core Friendly Halloween Books

The days are getting shorter and the countdown to Halloween is on!  Looking for some non-fiction books to make your Halloween library more Common Core friendly?  Here are 5 titles that will help!               For plenty of spooky ideas check out these past posts: Halloween Scavenger Hunt Three Great Non-Halloween Seasonal Books Ten Little Pumpkins – Counting in Kindergarten is Just Halloween Fun! Five Little Pumpkins – A Halloween Poem The Feet on the Witch – A Halloween Song Tear Art Jack-o’-Lanterns Cotton Swab (Q-Tip)...

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Cover a Little Chaos with this Simple Trick

Posted by on Sep 30, 2014 in Classroom Management, Kindergarten Classroom Management, Teaching Tips, Transitional Kindergarten Teaching Tips | 0 comments

Cover a Little Chaos with this Simple Trick

Today’s Tuesday Teaching Tip comes to us from the wonderful classroom of Debra Weller – CKA co-president and TK teacher extraordinaire.  She cover a little chaos under a table with a plastic skirt from the party store! Do you have any tips on how to hide all the hands on materials that teaching small children demands?  We’d love to hear...

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Table Labels that are Fun and Functional

Posted by on Sep 16, 2014 in Classroom Management, Teaching Tips, Transitional Kindergarten Teaching Tips | 0 comments

Table Labels that are Fun and Functional

Today’s Tuesday Teaching Tip comes to you from the transitional kindergarten classroom of CKA co-president Debra Weller.  Debra used party store paper lanterns to label her tables – adding both a touch of fun and organization at the same time. Do you label your tables?  What do you...

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