Kindergarten, Here I Come!

Do you have a little one starting kindergarten in the fall?  Research shows that success in kindergarten sets the tone for continued success throughout future years of education.  Here are some practical skills that can make your kindergartener a kindergarten-super star: 1:  The ability to follow group instructions and physically stay within a group.  I… Continue reading Kindergarten, Here I Come!

Holiday Books for Language Enhancement and Emergent Reading

Each year, my collection of fall and Halloween books grows.  That’s because they are so good for teaching so many skills.  They are novel and relevant and therefore motivating.  These are not specialty books, mind you.  They are books gotten at regular stores.  I prefer board books because of their durability. Here are a few… Continue reading Holiday Books for Language Enhancement and Emergent Reading

Fall Fun

Autumn is probably my favorite season for teaching thematically.  I  tend to do two week units, and in the fall my units are vocabulary based with activities that are themed around fall words.  Starting in September, I begin a series of units on buses, apples, leaves, pumpkins, scarecrows, Halloween (costumes, monsters, jack-o-lanterns, spiders) and turkeys.  Most,… Continue reading Fall Fun