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Are you an overworked or overwhelmed kindergarten teacher? Or maybe you're just a kindergarten teacher looking for fresh, new ideas. You are in the right place. The Kindergarten Cafe podcast will share weekly tips and tricks to help you save time, work smarter (not harder) and support students with engaging and purposeful lessons. I'm here to help you with everything you need from arrival to dismissal. Let's get started!
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Here you will be able to listen to a kindergarten teacher share about the features of fiction text and what story elements we look for. This is geared towards kindergarten students and to help them learn through the use of technology!
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Another big milestone is right around the corner: your little one’s first day of school. In just a short time, they’ll discover a brand-new world as they start kindergarten. In this special edition podcast, you’ll find everything you need to tackle this important new chapter with confidence. See also a list of resources to support you in this transition in episode 14. Happy listening!
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A podcast for little girls to not only find magic in the world, but also find the magic within themselves. Indigo Blu shares tales from her kindergarten class. Mrs. Jefferson is her favorite teacher because everything in her classroom is so magical. Magical pencils, magical water, and even magical rooms. Come along with Indigo Blu as she shares her amazing kindergarten classroom experience. This podcast is suitable for ages 4 to 7. New stories posted every week☺️
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Hey Mama! Welcome to Keys to Kindergarten Readiness I’m Shannon Ali. Daughter of the King, Wife, mom of 3 littles, teacher, speech-language pathologist, and kindergarten readiness expert! I remember what it felt like during the Covid lockdown in 2020, my husband was still working, and I was home by myself with our 3 year old, 1 year old, and a newborn baby girl all while still teaching school online. Needless to say, it was a crazy time, but I am thankful for God’s grace and lessons during t ...
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In today's episode, we explore the benefits of using Seesaw as a communication tool among teachers, students, and families. I discussed how Seesaw facilitates the sharing of students' learning experiences with their families, promoting engagement and connection. By guiding the integration of Seesaw into the classroom, I highlighted the importance o…
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In today’s episode, I have Cara from @core4parenting here to discuss the importance of the four C's in managing conflicts in the classroom and nurturing teacher-student relationships. We emphasize mutual respect, open communication, and honesty to build strong connections with students, encouraging collaborative problem-solving for impactful learni…
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Today I want to talk about the misconceptions that people have about early childhood educators and kindergarten teachers. Specifically my biggest pet peeves when it comes to the responses I get from telling people I teach kindergarten. I wonder if we have the same responses. I'm so curious. Make sure you send me a DM after the episode @Kindergarten…
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In this episode, I chat with my Instagram friend, Lindsay from Sweet ‘N’ Sauer Firsties about strategies for enhancing student participation. Lindsay is a first-grade teacher with a decade of experience, who emphasizes engaging all students in learning through techniques like giving think time before answers and incorporating movement activities. S…
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We have come to that time of year where attention spans are few and far between. Curriculum is wrapping up and we find extra time in our day with highly energized kiddos. In this episode I want to discuss the importance of movement breaks for engaging kindergarten students, especially towards the end of the school year. I provide you with various a…
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In this episode of Kindergarten Cafe, I share effective strategies for maintaining student engagement during lessons, particularly as the school year progresses. I provide practical tools and tips for teachers to use when students show signs of losing focus. You can enhance engagement by adjusting volume, speech speed, and incorporating interactive…
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In this episode, I have my teacher friend, Holly, from Research and Play on the Kindergarten Cafe Podcast. We explore the significance of purposeful classroom setup, focusing on child-centered approaches including the Reggio Emilia method. Holly stresses designing rather than decorating the classroom, using natural materials to stimulate learning. …
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Join me in this episode for strategies on ending the school year stress-free. Keep students engaged with choices and themed days. I also provide many tips to help you prepare for the next year by decluttering and communicating with parents. Cherish moments with students and share this episode with fellow teachers for more tips. In this episode I sh…
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In this episode of the Kindergarten Cafe podcast, we explore the topic of supporting multilingual learners in the classroom. We highlight the importance of fostering strong relationships and creating a safe environment for these students. Strategies such as using gestures, visuals, and pair work are discussed to help newcomers feel included and com…
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In this episode of Kindergarten Cafe, I discuss the significance of Earth Day. I share how I incorporate Earth Day activities into my classroom to teach students about environmental awareness and taking action to care for the planet. From observing nature and cleaning up litter to planting and creating art projects with earth-friendly messages, I p…
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This week I have Mona from Honest Math Chat on to discuss navigating new math curriculums. Mona is a former math avoider, teacher & instructional coach in Chicago. Her passion for math came when she discovered how to engage every student in a subject she, too, disliked. Through intentionally changing her math class to help students BE mathematician…
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Join us in this episode of the Kindergarten Cafe podcast, where we dive into the enchanting world of the Chick Life Cycle Unit, a magical experience for students and educators alike. We explore the journey of hatching chicks in the classroom, from sourcing eggs to nurturing the hatchlings. I share personal experiences and educational insights, guid…
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In this episode, I chat with Melysa, a Pre-K teacher, discussing the essence of child-led teaching. Melissa shares insights on balancing play and curriculum, incorporating student interests into learning, and the magic of letting children explore and discover. She highlights the importance of fostering curiosity and independence, showcasing the bea…
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On today's episode of Keys to Kindergarten Readiness I give you my top tips to having a low-key, yet fun spring break with your kiddos. Let's Dig In! Purchase my online Kindergarten Readiness course: https://bit.ly/KMagnetPrepOnline GET TO KNOW ME Connect: keystokindergartenreadiness@gmail.com Community: KTKR Community Facebook Page: Keys to Kinder…
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This episode is a sneak peek at a workshop I did on what to do when a child cries all the time. We explore effective strategies for supporting children who cry frequently and the importance of recognizing crying as a form of communication in children. I offer tips on how to respond calmly and empathetically. This portion of the workshop introduces …
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On today's episode of Keys to Kindergarten Readiness I give you my top tips to preparing your child for the full preschool gifted test. Let's Dig In! Purchase my online Kindergarten Readiness course: https://bit.ly/KMagnetPrepOnline GET TO KNOW ME Connect: keystokindergartenreadiness@gmail.com Community: KTKR Community Facebook Page: Keys to Kinder…
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In this episode of the Kindergarten Cafe podcast, I go into the foundational aspects of teaching addition to kindergarteners. Emphasizing the progression from concrete objects to abstract representations, I want to stress the importance of utilizing diverse strategies like counting all, counting on, and drawing to foster understanding. We also disc…
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Today on the Kindergarten Cafe podcast, I explore the benefits of implementing writing goals to support young writers in kindergarten. Writing goals are instrumental in helping students focus on specific skills during the writing process, enabling them to track and improve their progress. These goals act as reminders for both students and teachers,…
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On today's episode of Keys to Kindergarten Readiness I give you my top tips to preparing your child for the preschool gifted screening test. Let's Dig In! Purchase my online Kindergarten Readiness course: https://bit.ly/KMagnetPrepOnline GET TO KNOW ME Connect: keystokindergartenreadiness@gmail.com Community: KTKR Community Facebook Page: Keys to K…
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In this episode of the Kindergarten Cafe Podcast, we discuss the importance of having a dramatic play center in the classroom. Dramatic play allows children to try on different roles, understand social situations, and promotes language development. It also integrates math and literacy, and encourages children to take ownership of their learning. We…
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Purchase my online Kindergarten Readiness course: https://bit.ly/KMagnetPrepOnline On today's episode of Keys to Kindergarten Readiness I give you a brief update of where I have been the last 5 months as well as 3 ways you can teach your child about Black History Month this year. Let's Dig In! Resource Mentioned: Imagodei Academy (iogacademy.com) &…
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In this episode, we discuss teaching students self-regulation and impulse control strategies. We emphasize the importance of helping students recognize their body's needs and provide specific strategies for calming down or getting energized. Introducing engaging activities like the opposites game and the bubbles challenge to promote impulse control…
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In episode 172 of the Creative Kindergarten Podcast, I reflect on the decline in excitement around new picture books for educators! What do you think? I really want to hear from other educators! > Scarborough’s Reading Rope podcast episode: https://creativekindergartenblog.com/literacy-scope-and-sequence-scarboroughs-reading-rope-ep-133/ > 3-Day Re…
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In this episode, I share ways to teach students about water through engaging activities. From the changing states of water, to conducting fun experiments on absorption, sinking/floating, and melting. These experiments encourage the students to make predictions and challenge their expectations. In this episode I share: Students' initial ideas and mi…
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Recording live 2/14/24Holy shit! 200 episodes! How is this podcast still around while being a huge failure. I guess the Bitcoin rabbit hole is so god damn deep it takes a while til people figure out Bitcoin Kindergarten is rock bottom. Big shoutout to those who hang out with us. Much love!______________________https://zbd.gg/bitcoinkindergartenSend…
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In this episode of the Kindergarten Cafe Podcast, we discuss teaching persistence to students by embracing challenges and reframing mistakes as opportunities for growth. I emphasize the importance of finding a balance between tasks that are too easy and too difficult, and I provide some recommended books and resources to promote a growth mindset an…
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In episode 171 of the Creative Kindergarten Podcast, I am so excited to talk about the announcement to update the Ontario Kindergarten Program! > Listen to the announcement here: https://www.youtube.com/live/kdjPXuhI_5Q?si=YhiAaDgQpYENPGhK > Ontario Language Curriculum (part 1): https://spotifyanchor-web.app.link/e/S764F7JGEGb > Ontario Language Cu…
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Do you have a block area? I think classrooms are slowly getting rid of them because they need space for more academics, or they don't have time for play, but I have a whole chunk of the classroom designated for a block area. Hopefully this podcast episode will inspire you to find space for a block area, even if it's temporary. Think about all the b…
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In episode 170 of the Creative Kindergarten Podcast, I discuss developmental milestone checklists, and how educators can use them to support families and caregivers. > Looksee checklists: https://lookseechecklist.com/en/ > CDC Developmental Milestones: https://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/actearly/milestones/milestones-2mo.html > ELECT document: https://www.…
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Today I would love to talk to you about how to work smarter, not harder, when it comes to math intervention with our kindergarten students. This would also be relevant for kindergarten, first, and second grade. Math intervention is something that we definitely need to be always thinking about. We want to think about how best to support the needs of…
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In this episode of the Kindergarten Cafe Podcast, we explore the excitement of the 100th day of school. We discuss traditions, advocate for a growth mindset, and share activities like crafts, counting exercises, and imaginative projects with 100 items. I also reveal a huge pet peeve of mine, something that really, really bothers me. In this episode…
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This is part 2 of a conversation I had back in November with a first year kindergarten teacher during one of my coaching sessions. During this part of the conversations we talk all about how to manage centers as a classroom teacher. In this episode we cover: The structure of centers How I structure my reading, writing, and word work and make planni…
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Back in November I had the pleasure of meeting with a first year kindergarten teacher, during one of my coaching sessions. Because I get so many questions regarding literacy, centers, writing…you name it, I felt it would be great to air this coaching session as an episode. I hope you find this conversation helpful with things you may struggle with …
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In this episode, we discuss the importance of refreshing expectations after the winter break. As teachers, we shouldn't assume that everything will be fine when students return to school, so it's crucial to proactively remind them about the classroom expectations to avoid behavior problems. I suggest starting the first day back by reviewing and rei…
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In this episode of the Kindergarten Cafe podcast, we dive into the topic of understanding number relationships in math. It is crucial for students to grasp concepts such as number order, what numbers come before and after, and understanding what numbers are more or less. This foundational skill sets the stage for learning addition and subtraction. …
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