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. 

Everything’s Coming Up Flowers

Posted by on Apr 25, 2017 in Kindergarten Art Activities, Kindergarten Science, Teaching Tips, Transitional Kindergarten Teaching Tips | 0 comments

Everything’s Coming Up Flowers

Your classroom will soon be in full bloom with today’s Tuesday Teaching Tip from none other than the CKA Art Team!  They were inspired by Charlotte Diamond’s beautiful song, Each of Us is a Flower.  We were so lucky to have Charlotte sing at our PK1 Conference this year!  We hope this tip gets your classroom garden...

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Color Exploration

Posted by on Apr 4, 2017 in Kindergarten Science, Teaching Tips, Transitional Kindergarten Teaching Tips | 0 comments

Color Exploration

Today’s Tuesday Teaching Tip is brought to you by TK teacher and former CKA president, Debra Weller. We continued our color exploration by sorting unfrozen Popsicles by color and laid them on top of one another to mix primary and secondary colors. They held the Popsicles up to the light to note the color mixing. Looking for more ideas for a color unit?  Check out these: Make a “Color Mixing Station” Color Rhyme Color Clues Color Clues –...

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More Easy Valentine’s Hands On Activities

Posted by on Jan 31, 2017 in Kindergarten Math, Kindergarten Reading and Writing, Kindergarten Social Studies, Teaching Tips, Transitional Kindergarten Teaching Tips | 0 comments

More Easy Valentine’s Hands On Activities

A while back we found all these awesome goodies at the dollar store… We showed you how we used the plates and the table scatter in a post – Easy Valentine’s Hands On Activities – but we forgot to circle back and show you how we used the foam hearts and the pompoms!  Oops!  So let’s fix that.  See those large foam hearts?  Let’s put those to use.  We’ll use some more of those plastic table scatter hearts, but you could just as easily use foam heart stickers if you can’t find them.  Need...

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F is for Fun!

Posted by on Jan 3, 2017 in Common Core State Standards, Kindergarten Reading and Writing, Teaching Tips, Transitional Kindergarten Teaching Tips | 0 comments

F is for Fun!

F is for…fabulous Tuesday Teaching Tip!  Brought to you by CKA’s own Ada Hand. Foundation for Reading #5: Children demonstrate progress in their knowledge of the alphabet in English. Common Core Standard for Kindergarten Print Concepts 1d: Recognize and name all upper- and lowercase letters of the alphabet. For the letter F, the class could have a theme of Flowers or Fruit. F works in English and Spanish: Las Flores and La Fruta. 1.  Children can draw pictures of flowers that parents bring in, using various media (crayons,...

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Circle Time with Debbie Keeler

Posted by on Dec 13, 2016 in Teaching Tips, Transitional Kindergarten Teaching Tips | 0 comments

Circle Time with Debbie Keeler

Today’s Tuesday Teaching Tip comes to us from Dr. Debbie Keeler, Director of Early Childhood in Capistrano Unified School district, and former CKA Board Member. Circle time Tip: Gather tools and materials for the children to physically touch and manipulate during circle time. Make circle time a hands-on-and-do experience rather than just a hands-in-your-lap experience. A Movement Experience Throughout my circle time experiences, I make sure to integrate time for physical movement as well as time for sitting. To get the children moving,...

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Make a “Color Mixing Station”

Posted by on Oct 11, 2016 in Kindergarten Science, Teaching Tips, Transitional Kindergarten Teaching Tips | 0 comments

Make a “Color Mixing Station”

[et_pb_section admin_label=”section”] [et_pb_row admin_label=”row”] [et_pb_column type=”4_4″] [et_pb_text admin_label=”Text”] Today’s colorful Tuesday Teaching Tip is brought to us by Transitional Kindergarten teacher and CKA Board Member, Gennie Gorback!  Gennie was a recipient of the Audrey Sanchez Teacher Enhancement Award (ASTEA) and used her award to help purchase the supplies for her color mixing station.  The deadline for applications is November 1, so you still...

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Three Cheers for a New School Year Cheer!

Posted by on Aug 9, 2016 in Classroom Management, Kindergarten Classroom Management, Teaching Tips, Transitional Kindergarten Teaching Tips | 0 comments

Today’s Tuesday Teaching Tip is brought to us by the wonderful Deb Meng, First Grade Teacher at Elk Grove Unified School District and former CKA Board Member. Here’s our class cheer for this year.  I wanted something that incorporated collaboration and cooperation as well as goal setting.  I assigned the cheer as one of their Poem in My Pocket assignments.  We recited the cheer every morning.  Before I gave them the assignment, we defined what a goal was and each student set either a fluency goal, sight word goal...

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Question of the Day

Posted by on Mar 29, 2016 in Common Core State Standards, Featured, Kindergarten Reading and Writing, Teaching Tips, Transitional Kindergarten Teaching Tips | 0 comments

Question of the Day

Today’s Tuesday Teaching Tip comes to us from our own board member and TK teacher, Gennie Gorback. I use a magnetic white board, laminated names with magnetic tape on the back, photos of real items. BUT – you can really use any board or poster paper, could have the children write their names instead of use magnets and could draw pictures if you don’t have photos of real objects. There are many ways to participate in Question of the day and I always change it throughout the year based on the readiness of my...

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Brush Your Teeth!

Posted by on Mar 29, 2016 in Featured, Kindergarten Art Activities, Kindergarten Reading and Writing, Teaching Tips, Transitional Kindergarten Teaching Tips | 0 comments

Brush Your Teeth!

Get ready to flash those pearly whites and keep them healthy with today’s Tuesday Teaching Tip!  Our very own TK teacher, Michelle Jones, brings us this fun idea! ...

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Spring into Poetry

Posted by on Mar 22, 2016 in Kindergarten Reading and Writing, Teaching Tips, Transitional Kindergarten Teaching Tips | 0 comments

Spring into Poetry

Spring has sprung!  Ready to welcome in the new season?  Former CKA Board member and first grade teacher, Deb Meng shares this lovely poem she uses in her classroom. Singing by Robert Louis Stevenson Of speckled eggs the birdie sings And nests among the trees; The sailor sings of ropes and things In ships upon the seas. The children sing in far Japan, The children sing in Spain: The organ with the organ man Is singing in the rain. Did you catch her explanation of how she uses poetry?  Our Poem in My Pocket post will give you all the...

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