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.

Say “Until Next Time” with a Friendly Rhyme

Posted by on Oct 22, 2015 in Classroom Management, Kindergarten Reading and Writing, Teaching Tips, Transitional Kindergarten Teaching Tips | 0 comments

Say “Until Next Time” with a Friendly Rhyme

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.  Last week she shared with us her tips for developing segmenting ability.  Today she brings us another way to support phonemic awareness – rhyming poetry.Here is our out the door poem we recite.  I found the wall hanging at Home Goods (but it could easily be made by hand)  and used the poem as one of our homework poems for Poem in My Pocket.  We were studying rhyming at...

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Get Chopping on Phonemic Awareness!

Posted by on Oct 13, 2015 in Common Core State Standards, Kindergarten Reading and Writing, Teaching Tips, Transitional Kindergarten Teaching Tips | 1 comment

Get Chopping on Phonemic Awareness!

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. Say it * Chop it * Say it is a phonemic awareness activity that incorporates sensorial movement which helps young learners segment a word (break a word into phonemes). I developed this activity while teaching kindergarten and have used this activity with TK, K, and 1st grade students. The words choice is geared to the level/ability of the group of students or student I am...

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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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