Tuesday Teaching Tips

Whether you’re looking for a new poem, a helpful classroom management tip, or a fun activity, come join us on Facebook and check out our Tuesday Teaching Tips!  

Every Tuesday we’ll share a new tip – something quick and easy that you can use right away.  We’ll highlight seasonal books, share songs and rhymes and anything else you can think of!

Most of all, we’d love to hear from you!  Have a great idea?  A favorite poem?  A great tip?  Come learn new things and share your great advice!  So, grab a friend and head on over to .  Our past Teaching Tips are available here. 

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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The Itsy Bitsy Spider Book

Posted by on Mar 15, 2016 in Common Core State Standards, Featured, Kindergarten Art Activities, Kindergarten Music, Kindergarten Reading and Writing, Teaching Tips, Transitional Kindergarten Teaching Tips | 0 comments

The Itsy Bitsy Spider Book

It’s raining, it’s pouring…  Rainy days have you down?  Today’s Tuesday Teaching Tip will have you looking on the sunny side with this adorable idea from CKA’s own board member Michelle Jones.  We love the fun twist of adding the little pipe cleaner spider! This was a project we did after learning the rhyme! The kids love it because they can read the words with their spider tracker! The shapes were cut out for TK students but I have used this book for  K also providing a tracer for students to use and then...

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And Then the Cat Laughed and Said, “Let’s Do a Craft!”

Posted by on Feb 16, 2016 in English Language Development, Kindergarten Art Activities, Kindergarten Math, Teaching Tips | 0 comments

And Then the Cat Laughed and Said, “Let’s Do a Craft!”

Dr. Seuss’s birthday is around the corner and CKA’s President-Elect and kindergarten teacher, Kimberly DeMille, has you covered with an adorable craft perfect for marking the occasion.  We love how this kind of directed art activity is part ELD, part math and all fun – with an ELA connection no less! The Cat in the Hat project (measurements for ONE cat) Red –  four strips cut 4 1/2 X 1 (3 for hat, one for bow tie) Red- one rectangle 4 X 8  (for book) White- one strip 5 1/2 X 1 (for the brim of the hat) White-...

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