Stressed about assessment time? It is normal to be anxious about assessment time. Kindergarten is (shall we agree?) NOT the age we should be giving standardized tests to. However, we do need to gather data that IS useful for students to advance to first grade. If your district requires a standardized test for kinder, be […]
Do you use Google Keep? If you are trying to be more oranized, paper and pencil notes can be daunting. They can get misplaced, fall off of the documents you want reminders for, etc. I have used Microsoft Notes for a long time, but recently started using Google Keep. Love that it works on all […]
Handwriting in Kindergarten To some extent, teachers are waging an uphill battle with students who are developmentally unready (for the most part). If you hand a child a writing instrument (crayon, pencil, marker, paintbrush, etc.,), there is no guarantee they know how to move their hand directionally, or to hang onto it correctly. How are […]
Digital Math Journaling on Seesaw Grab these digital math journals for Seesaw, or search for Google Slides and Jamboard activities! Either way, I am sure you will find something that fits your digital classroom needs. Math Journaling is the most authentic way to help kindergarten kids make connections! I have now added my journals to […]
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Synchronous and Asynchronous Learning Challenges When teaching small groups, it is a challenge to have materials ready in-person. Setting up multiple lessons during a pandemic makes it even more challenging! There are letters to get ready for making words, sentence cards for making sentences, reading materials, art supplies, and much more just to have a […]
Guided Reading, Distance Learning, and a Seasonal Approach
By now, most schools have decided whether to have students attend in person, or do some type of hybrid arrangement where some kids are in class, and some stay home, or groups of students are rotated every other day, etc. Whatever the situation, we must teach them to recognize the alphabet and read and write. What is a fun way to engage students during guided reading? Bring the colors of the season to small group instruction!
How Do You Teach Letters and Words? Learning to make connections with letters and words involves many processes. Multi-sensory lessons where kids use their fingers, eyes, ears, and form words with their mouth are so important. But all of those components aren’t enough. Students also need practice imprinting the “look”, sound and association of those […]
What do you consider Necessities in Teaching Kinder? Wow, it seems almost everything is a necessity with our age group! They come to us in varying degrees of readiness for kindergarten. Some have been read to, know what a book is, how to hold it, and that books have words, sentences and stories. Other students […]
Planning for both? At this point in the summer, many teachers are still wondering how school will look in August/September. Will we even physically return to school? Will all learning have to be online or will part of it involve sending packets home. How will ALL kids receive the same quality instruction? So many questions! […]