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Here comes Kindergarten!! Are they ready?

The more I see, the more I realize the importance of transitions. For students — and of course for their parents and teachers — the transition to Kindergarten is one of the iconic moments in life. In the world of K-to-12, it all begins with K! Now is the time

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Using Technology in Kindergarten with Boom Cards

  Let me guess? Your district wants you to come up with ideas to integrate technology into your classroom.  You received a cart full of Ipads or Chromebooks for your kindergarten class but other than a couple of free web sites you have no idea what to do with them.

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New ideas for teaching handwriting

Teaching handwriting to kindergarten students can be challenging. Beginning writers need to not only identify letters, they need to be able to write letters  automatically and with fluency.   Teaching handwriting is so important in kindergarten because it’s a strong predictor of quality writing in the upper grades. There is extensive research that

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Making a Gingerbread House

I have been making Gingerbread houses with my kids for years. I would spend $50 on frosting, graham crackers, gumdrops, licorice, peppermint candy, ugh the list went on and on. I saved milk cartons from luch and splashed myself as I spent an entire planning period washing those cartons.  Then

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Play doh fine motor center

Make learning fun with an all time favorite!

What’s the one activity that always brings a smile…….Play doh! Who doesn’t love play dough? I’ve never been able to resist grabbing some and giving it a squish. Kids are no different. They just love play doh and who could blame them?  Play dough is my “go to” activity the

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Using Google Classroom in Kindergarten

Let’s talk about Google Classroom. Going digital in kindergarten and first grade can be a powerful tool for differentiatng your kid’s learning.  Big myth buster- you don’t need to be a 1:1 school to do it. Most teachers in the upper grades have been using Google classroom for ages, but

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The best hack for using glue in the classroom

Glue sticks. Those 2 simple words bring me both joy and aggravation. I have a love hate relationship with glue sticks. On the one hand I love the ease of glue stick, no more puddles of glue, no clogged tops. It seemed like the perfect answer. But they let me

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Using Flipped Lessons in Kindergarten

Using Flipped Lessons in Kindergarten  Have you heard about flipped lessons? I’ve been reading about flipping your classroom for a while, but I just didn’t see how it could work in kindergarten. It seemed to be an upper-grade level tool.  In case you’re new to the party, flipped lessons are

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Well winter is in full swing and my kids are starting to get ready for Valentine’s Day.  Do you need a few extra worksheets to help keep your kids engaged while you have reading groups? I love using these for morning work, homework, and I always throw a few in

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