Substitute Plans Using Pete the Cat

Importance of Read-Alouds The purpose of read-alouds is for students to be exposed to rich literature, to develop comprehension strategies through teacher reading, questioning and vocabulary development.  The selection can be read numerous times with focus on different comprehension strategies and vocabulary development.  The success of read-alouds depends on how the teacher structures carefully crafted …

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Pre-K Curriculum

Reading Readiness for Pre-K The Kinderplans program includes activities that focus on developing these skills Research has shown that students who become readers are able to complete assessments successfully that include the skills outlined below.  It is important that students be systematically taught these skills within daily instructional time. Phonemic and Phonological Awareness Phonological and …

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Is Teaching Printing Still Important?

Increasingly more students are arriving in our classrooms never having the opportunity to hold a pencil, coloring and cutting with scissors and fine-motor skills are lagging.  I have certainly noticed a significant decline since I started teaching 38 years ago. This blog post is meant to address some of these concerns.  How often do you …

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Plant and Seed Experiments – The Tiny Seed Literacy

Environmental Experiment One In the last month of school my students planted lima bean seeds (they grow the fastest).  The students experimented to see if the seeds can grow under different conditions. The seeds are planted under the different conditions as described in the book “The Tiny Seed” by Eric Carle (placed into a cold …

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