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Make your own game!

I am excited to introduce programming with ScratchJr this week as part of our robotics unit. Learn more about the program here: http://www.scratchjr.org/about.html It is available as an Android, Chrome, iTunes, or Amazon app. Learning how to code is the new literacy and…
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TK Techies

ABC Mousing Around

Update on our DonorsChoose.org “Block” project

My students need a basic block set to increase the quality of constructive play and an appropriate storage cabinet to help them manage the materials. Every day constructive play is an important part of our TK classroom. We have a…
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Some reading apps for emerging readers

4 Useful iPad Apps for Young Readers ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning https://t.co/NEQN0woTqU Sourced through Scoop.it from: www.educatorstechnology.com I will try these for my own young readers and recommend to other parents. Do you have any favorites? See also on…
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The TK advantage

A report was just released the describes many of the advantages of Transitional Kindergarten. Find it here: http://www.earlyedgecalifornia.org/news-media/updates/2015/tk-impact-report.html. 

Easy Easel Writing

I searched for an easy easel project on Pinterest and found this one. I thought we could really benefit by having table-top easels to make our writing center come alive. We’ll use them for some art projects too.    Once…
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Plan it, Build it, Share it: Blocks and TK.

My students need a basic block set to increase the quality of constructive play and an appropriate storage cabinet to help them manage the materials. Please visit my project page at DonorsChoose.org. Thanks! J. Mark Schwanz  

Homework is fun!

In addition to the weekly homework handout page I encourage other activities: Practice your high frequency words.  Also see the practice presentation: Read with others. Sketch, draw, doodle, and write in a journal. Participate in one of our projects. Use…
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A TK High Frequency Word List

If player doesn’t load, click here: TransitionalKindergartenHFWordsRevised.pdf

A special donor

  The City of Gardena Childcare Program gave us this nice shelf piece recently. They had it in storage and couldn’t use it in one of their centers any longer.  I needed some time to paint it and get it fixed…
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