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.

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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Get off on the “Write” Foot with this Poem in My Pocket

Posted by on Sep 9, 2014 in English Language Development, Kindergarten Reading and Writing, Teaching Tips, Transitional Kindergarten Teaching Tips | 0 comments

This week’s Tuesday Teaching Tip comes to us from first grade teacher and CKA Board Member, Deborah Meng.  If you missed her fabulous Tuesday Teaching Tip, Poem in My Pocket, you’ll want to check it out first and then come back to this post. I’ve seen the following poem several different ways. I love this one because of the writing focus. I am going to use this as one of my first poems to memorize for Poem in Your Pocket this coming year. It really helps when the students have a “free write day”. It gives them many...

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Clothespins and Bulletin Board Boarders

Posted by on Sep 2, 2014 in Common Core State Standards, Kindergarten Reading and Writing, Teaching Tips, Transitional Kindergarten Teaching Tips | 0 comments

Clothespins and Bulletin Board Boarders

Have you picked up some of the cute bulletin board boarders at Target recently?  They’re in the Dollar Spot.  (They often have similar ones at the Dollar Tree).  Here’s a quick way to turn them into an easy activity to help your students learn their letters.  All it takes is writing the letters on the clothespins and you’ll be ready to go! Need to make it more challenging?  Write lower case letters on the clothespins.  Not only will your students be practicing their letter recognition, they’ll also be building...

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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 | 1 comment

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 | 1 comment

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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