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Kindergarten Moments Count: Question of the Day

Keri Archer makes the most of the time her kindergarten students spend transitioning into her classroom with her Question of the Day.

Letter Practice Transition in Kindergarten

Mandy Robek “warms up” her kindergartners brains for literacy work with a simple one-minute alphabet activity.

Goldilocks and the Three Bears: Reading and Community in Kindergarten

Mandy Robek leads her kindergartners in a shared reading and performance of the classic tale Goldilocks and the Three Bears.

Make a Note

Why is Leslie Woodhouse so forgetful? It’s all part of a not-so-devious plot to teach her preschool students the power of creating and leaving notes throughout the classroom.

Inscribe It! (Home is Where the Books Are Series)

Some of the most treasured notes for many of us are the inscriptions in books that are gifts from others. Meghan Rose shares why inscribed books have lasting value for families.

Linking Movement, Minds, and Literacy in Kindergarten

Max Brand explains how movement activities in classrooms with young learners can be so much more than a brain break or “getting the wiggles out”: movement can forge potent connections between mind, body, and story. The essay includes two video examples.

Comic Books and Mini Caped Crusaders for the Youngest Readers (Home is Where the Books Are Series)

Meghan Rose gives a mom’s perspective on comics for young children in this booklist. This is from our new series, Home is Where the Books Are, on literacy in the home from birth to age 5.

Classroom Jobs Build Community

Keri Archer describes her process of creating a jobs list for her kindergartners, as well as how she has adapted the tasks based on the evolving class community.

Using Wipe-Off Boards with Young English Language Learners

Max Brand describes why wipe-off boards are such a valuable tool for work with young English language learners in small groups. The article includes a video demonstration.

Previewing and Picture Walks with Fiction Texts

Clare Landrigan and Tammy Mulligan provide previewing how-to advice for grades K-2 teachers.

Two Teachers and One Kindergartner

Principal Jennifer Schwanke looks at the challenging issue of retention and the power of teamwork.

Guided Reading with Kindergarten English Language Learners

Max Brand takes two kindergarten English language learners from reading a familiar book to exploring a new text, and explains in the debrief how he targets specific reading skills.

A Picture Walk in Kindergarten

Mandy Robek takes her kindergartners through a picture walk using Mrs. Wishy Washy as the text.

I Have Two Pictures of Cindy. . .

Melissa Kolb writes about the importance of time and patience in meeting our goals with young learners — in this instance, a child who struggles to speak in her preschool classroom.

Eliminating the Conga Line: Teaching Young Children About Strategic Thinking

Clare Landrigan and Tammy Mulligan manage to synthesize workspace cleanup, student independence, and a concrete analogy for strategy work in classrooms.

Hearing Carlos: Helping Young English Language Learners Develop Speaking and Listening Skills

Stella Villalba incorporates more speaking and listening activities into her primary classroom for English language learners.

Interactive Writing and Formative Assessment in Kindergarten

Not content to use assessments designed for older students, Mandy Robek combines interactive writing and formative assessments in her kindergarten classroom.

Informational Snapshot Writing

Heather Rader finds web video is a powerful tool for scaffolding young writers as they produce informational texts.

Book Matchmaker: Read Aloud Versions of Old Favorites

Franki Sibberson presents some delightful versions of classic tales perfect for read alouds with youngsters.

Unpacking the Kindergarten Common Core Standards

Mandy Robek shares five tips that can help teachers at any grade level develop strategies for tackling the Common Core.

Revising My Recording Form for Writing Conferences

Mandy Robek shares how she has revised the records she keeps during writing conferences.

More Conferring and Fewer Groups in Kindergarten

Mandy Robek finds she needs fewer reading groups and more conferring with the emergent readers in her kindergarten class. She shares how she structures her brief time with students and a conferring form.

A Perfect Storm

If you work with young children, you know these girls. Olivia is a pink princess, given to tears and fanciful tales of slights from classmates. Maggie is a tomboy who struts around in zombie t-shirts and doesn’t suffer fools gladly. The two meet like gladiators in the preschool playhouse late in the school year.

Are Your Writers Talking During Writing Workshop?

Stella Villalba shares practical tips for helping young English language learners collaborate with classmates and receive feedback during writing workshop.

Conferring with Vita: Working Through Silence

Andie Cunningham confers with Vita, an English language learner whose first language is Russian. Vita is in the silent period. Notice how Andie coaxes communication from Vita, and manages to convey a sense of delight at her work, an acknowledgment of Vita’s importance in the classroom community, and some guidance for future writing.

Book Matchmaker: Texts for Young English Language Learners

Franki Sibberson shares some of her favorite new titles for young English language learners.

If You Like Junie B. Jones, You Might Like . . .

What young learner doesn’t love Junie B. Jones? Franki Sibberson shares great texts to recommend for readers who adore Junie and might be looking for similar characters and plots.

Grades K-2 Fluency Lesson

In this video from a K-2 multiage classroom, Joan Moser and Gail Boushey ("The Sisters") present a fluency lesson to the whole class.

Helping Young Readers Become Independent

Teachers speak often about the importance of helping students become independent, but what does that look like in practical terms? Katie DiCesare considers her interactions with Evan, an emergent reader, on the road to independence.

Books that Make Kids Squeal

Shari Frost shares books with “squeal appeal” — here is a booklist of texts that energize and delight kindergarten learners.

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