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- September 13, 2016 at 11:41 am #1067
Hi! I am in the process of translating the majority of your wonderful works to use in my Spanish speaking kindergarten. The ABC sing sign and spell book, the alphabet cards, the parent letters for name ticket homework, as well as the pencil grip page… lots of work, but what a great program! Thank you so very much, and I am already seeing great things!
- September 5, 2016 at 5:58 am #1059
Hi! I just recently purchased the three seminars, and am in the process of viewing each. I have watched portions from all three, and finished the Heart Words seminar. I absolutely love what I’ve watched and learned so far!
My question is the Heart Word CD. I know I can download songs as part of the seminar, but my iPad won’t let me. How can I purchase the actual CD?
- September 6, 2016 at 10:21 am #1060
I’m delighted that you have studied the High-Frequency “Heart Word” seminar. You will be amazed at what power it adds to your kindergarten writing! The Sing, Sign, Spell, and Read! CD is NOT sold separately from the anthology and fingerspelling pages that you already have as a part of your resources; therefore, I have no way of selling it to you online by itself. However, if you are ordering anything from our Online Store http://nellieedge.com/online-store/ I would be happy to just drop it in with your order and give you a copy. (Please remind us when you order.) The high-frequency words stamps are probably our most popular item to complement teaching high-frequency words.
- July 30, 2016 at 4:46 pm #1023
I am watching and studying Seminar #2 Handwriting Matters. I am excited to add new ideas to my K class. I have already purchased Nellie Edge sign and sign posters and cd, nursery rhyme little books and heart word master copy practice worksheets over the past 3 years.
Presently, my new Kindergarteners started school this July 20th. We are singing and signing…so far up to f. Some of them are quite good! 🙂
I am confused and need guidance. How do I receive my 15 hours of practicum, the form is not very clear. Is this where I fill out the form, pay for my 1 credit,and then mail in a printed copy of my 5 ideas? Where does my work go? Who reads it? Once read, will they mail my certificate stating 15 hours?
Please help. I need the 15 hours and once I write the plan, goals, and implemented them, etc. Where do I go next?
I hope this question is not isolated. 🙂
- July 30, 2016 at 7:02 pm #1024
Hi Jody. . . and thank you for the question. Once you are at the top of the actual Online Seminar, you will see that on the right is where you download Power Guide, Self-Assessment Guidelines, and Practicum Suggestions. Find where it says “Register here for Professional Development Credit” That is the form that needs to be filled out and mailed in to Dr. Lifson at the University of the Pacific. He will read your project and send you a grade and transcript indicating 1, 2, or 3, PDUs. You may actually take each Online Seminar for up to 3 PDUs with a 15 hour practicum for each credit.
We do not get to see your project/ paper ( unless you choose to send us a copy, too!) This is all handled through the form from our Online Seminar page and mailed by you directly to the University.
At the very end of your seminar resources, you may download an actual seminar-specific Certificate of Completion from Nellie Edge Online Seminars. This is where many teachers choose to list their projects ( maybe even with photos!) and total hours spent. You might attach a copy of your University Practicum Project. This certificate may be given to immediate supervisors, perhaps with the Self-Assessment Guidelines that you used to determine your goals and practicum projects. Most administrators value seeing PD that directly relates to increased student learning.
I hope this helps and that you will have the opportunity for meaningful dialog with your supervisor. Your students are so fortunate to be singing and signing for accelerated learning. Have a grand year! Remember, you can return to any portion of the seminar again and again.
- July 27, 2016 at 4:49 pm #1012
I learned so much from the three online seminars.
One of the best parts was the ability to go back and
look at them again to get ideas/information.
I felt the presentations were a good balance of theory and practical knowledge
The webinars will help me design a curriculum that is
child oriented, society centered and content based–
or in your words — a class worthy of kiddos.
Thank you so much.
PS I look forward to the other webinars.
- July 28, 2016 at 11:46 am #1014
I would have loved to have seen your Poetry Cafe. What a delightful celebration of language! (Did you take pictures?) Wonderful energetic little boys LOVE singing, signing, and dramatizing songs, poems, and rhymes as a whole group just as much as girls do! If you start with the nursery rhymes, I encourage you to have children practice being the audience and the performers. Consider providing the option of pairs of children participating in a “Friday Afternoon Poetry Share” where children will have memorized and will recite and perform a favorite small poem or rhyme of some delight. You may consider spending time in the beginning of the year teaching children the difference between scribbling versus quality coloring and drawing. Every group is so different! Let us know how it goes. This makes me excited to present my next Online Seminar, “I Can Read” Anthology Notebooks for Fluency and Delight. Thanks for sharing. Nellie
- July 28, 2016 at 11:50 am #1015
Thank you Janice! We love sharing with teachers like you. I am reminded of the quote from Walter de la Mare: “I know well that only the rarest kind of best in anything can be good enough for the young.” We anticipate adding many additional Nellie Edge Online Seminars! Keep reading our Weekly Focus for inspiration and announcement. Nellie
- July 25, 2016 at 1:23 pm #1009
I’ve just received my class list for fall, and I have 17 TK boys! Last year I was very successful with the Poetry Binder, however my students were split half boys, half girls. Now I’m wondering how the high boy population will respond to “poetry”. Any thoughts that might calm my heart? I can’t imagine not using the Poetry Binder, it was the highlight of our end of the year celebration. Instead of the usual graduation celebration, we hosted a “Poetry Cafe”. We did a short presentation, then students invited their parents to the “cafe” so we could read to them from our binders, it was priceless. With a high boy population, do you think I can still pull this off? Should I adjust the poetry choices to engage the boys? I would love to know your thoughts….
- July 4, 2016 at 12:59 pm #962
Great Seminars! Not only do these seminars layout the foundation for teaching reading and writing but with the added resources and ideas throughout each chapter, you are able to differentiate throughout the school year. Each year as I have added various components of Nellie’s work, my students reading and writing have soared! Thank you for your support and passion for kindergarten!
- July 19, 2016 at 11:22 am #999
Thank you, Jaime. It is such a thrill to see the high levels of engagement in your classroom and the amazing independence and passion your kinders have as writers! Last spring during your writing workshop, students spontaneously turned to me and said, “I just love writing!”
I consider it an honor to have even a small part in collaborating with you, turning kindergartners into happy prolific readers and writers. Your high expectations, commitment to the children, and skilled instruction continue to inspire my action-research. Nellie
- May 1, 2016 at 5:48 pm #829
Just a note, I wanted to let others know that “in a pinch” you can print the yellow and green heart words from the “poster resource” in an 8 1/2 x 11 format. I was able to adjust the percentage to print to “38%”, and was able to print a “mini” poster for my classroom.
Nellie, I wish you would add yellow and green heart word sentences. My students love the routines they have used for the pink and purple words, and I can already hear them complaining that there are not sentences for them to practice from. (Mind you, I didn’t start this at the beginning of the school year, I started in April, after watching your first seminar online. Yes, I am late getting this in place, but now I am wondering how I ever taught without having “heart words” in place.)
- May 3, 2016 at 12:41 pm #840
Kim, This is so delightful to hear! Honestly, it’s why I decided to put all this energy into online seminars. How exciting is it to have eager kindergarten writers! What we invite our children to do after they have mastered all of the pink and purple sentences is to write compound sentences, using the opinion writing word “because”. E.g. “I love my mom because she loves me!” Also, invite children to write sentences about their “favorite” things. “My favorite color is red” or “My favorite animal is…” Children will use phonetic spelling for any spelling that is not known by heart. For prolific writer sentences, we invite children to write “Once upon a time there was…” or I am happy today because…”. Email me separately, firstname.lastname@example.org, if you’d like me to send the prolific writer sentences. You will probably have MANY of your own to add! Nellie
- May 2, 2016 at 12:53 pm #835
I agree with you! Heart words are such a simple thing- yet they make a huge difference in the rate a child learns to read and write! As we were writing today I was listening as students were helping one another with words – referring to the colors and which heart to look on. Such a powerful tool to support beginning writers.
I have many different formats for students to use- I have words taped to a big heart and they can find the one word they need and take it to their table, I have the words on my word wall, I took photos of each big heart and made cards to go into writing totes, they have the heart word cards in their own reading boxes, and I also have rings with the heart words on them. Students use what they are most comfortable with. I love the independence it gives my students- especially by the end of the school year.
- May 3, 2016 at 12:48 pm #841
Renee, I’ve loved the way you’ve taken the idea of making learning visible for children and built their writing independence! (Writing teaches reading!!) You have proved that “heart word” sentences are a powerful tool for accelerating reading and writing proficiency. I look forward to hearing how you combine teaching “heart words” and handwriting next year! I hope you find time to access the online seminar materials all summer long. Happy teaching days to you! Nellie
- April 28, 2016 at 7:06 pm #782
Thanks Nelly for your support and to everyone who will provide me with any insight about my question. The more I learn, the eager I am to share with my kids and improve my teaching.
- May 3, 2016 at 12:28 pm #839
Rosanna, we love working with teachers who want to keep making their teaching better and better. Please consider studying the Self-Assessment Guidelines from each of the seminars and then giving yourself some specific practicum goals, either for your professional development portfolio or for your graduate level credit. Enjoy joyful pathways to literacy!
- April 26, 2016 at 10:25 am #711
I watched your videos and I love them. Your passion for teaching is contagious. I, a novice in kindergarten teaching, would like to ask you a question:
Routines in kindergarten….I would like to keep a balance in learning… what do you think about free activities in early morning when kids arrive (for 30 minutes) kids choose what to play with (legos, block, free coloring, puzzles) and if they have missing work, the teachers will tutor those kids. Then, they have circle time and then focused instruction before going to centers. After recess, they have a second turn for centers before dismissal (here in my country, we have school from 8:00 to 1:30 with breaks for lunch and play time)
I heard in your seminar that kids do a writing practice before getting to work. Could you please give me some insights on a classroom routines? I am looking for ideas, resources that can make my teaching practice effective, fun and meaningful.
- April 26, 2016 at 5:56 pm #767
Thank you for watching our online seminars and thinking about your own teaching practices. Because of your question, I have added a new resource on each seminar page — a typical kindergarten full-day schedule, plus a four-page photo essay documenting “settling-in time.” This transition time between home and school honors the social nature of learning and gives children responsibility, community, and choice. The two morning routines they do consistently all year long — daily Name Ticket writing and fluency building with high-frequency “heart word” sentences — are quickly accomplished. This gives the children choice time and leaves the teacher more time to work with the developmentally-younger learners with handwriting.
Please know that I will respond to one question at a time. You may also want to re-read each seminar’s Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ). We have provided quick links to each, found under the tab, “Help/FAQ”, at the top of this page.
- April 25, 2016 at 6:00 pm #703
I viewed seminar #3 already and loved it! I feel so inspired and I’m excited to go to school and be the best kindergarten teacher I can be – and to do so as long as I can!
- April 26, 2016 at 10:19 am #709
Thank you for your gracious comment. We have given teachers all the tools they need to evaluate their current teaching and take their teaching to a higher, more intentional level. (We encourage teachers to organize all the resources into a notebook for ease of use.) Remember you can return to any seminar chapter that inspired you again and again! We hope you will make many of these strategies routine in your classroom!
- April 15, 2016 at 5:39 pm #520
WOW! All these excellent resources at our finger tips! And wait…there’s more? All those resources at the end? This is like Christmas for kindergarten teachers! I really appreciate the way the seminar is set up so that I can watch one, two, three or more chapters whenever it will fit my schedule. I had to leave in the middle of Chapter Two, and when I logged on, it asked if I wanted to start again or where I left off. Perfect! I have a lot more to explore and can’t wait to get to it! Your hard work and dedication to helping kindergarten teachers and their students grow is unsurpassed. It’s a grand pleasure to call you friend and colleague!
- April 26, 2016 at 10:19 am #707
Thank you Celeste! Isn’t this technology amazing? Yes, this kindergarten professional development was created with teachers’ busy schedules in mind, so it’s easy to access, and it allows teachers to watch any amount at their convenience. Every one of your resources is from proven practices in real classrooms. By the way, the music that you hear between chapters of the Online Seminars was created by our daughter Gina. Now how fun is that!
- April 15, 2016 at 5:33 pm #519
After watching the first seminar on Multisensory ABCs and Phonics, I was amazed at the wealth of information and available resources for teachers of early learners.
Mrs. Edge’s animated expressions, enthusiasm and knowledge shows that she is passionate for what she has to offer.
Having worked in Special Education for almost 30 years, I can attest to the success of signing and singing and memory reading for children who are slow learners. In consistently using these teaching tools in the special ed. classroom where I worked, students amazed me how much they learned and retained. I also remember how the teacher had to spend hours hunting and searching for materials. This program that Nellie Edge offers is like a one stop shopping resource station for teachers of early learners.
I don’t think I’m being naïve to say this program offers success to all students no matter their level, whether they need extra tutoring or challenges for TAG learners. Also, parents are offered the opportunity to be in partnership with teachers via resource materials for at home use.
Mrs. Edge understands the scientific research on how a child learns. She knows about the Common Core Standards and incorporates that knowledge into her curriculum materials. This seminar allows teachers to download pages of resources, gives them strategies and ideas to create other materials in teaching children ABCs, phonics, scientific information and communication skills. Beyond the seminar, she offers an ongoing blog as an opportunity for future learning that comes available and the chance for teachers to share their own ideas and successes.
Teachers can feel confident that what is offered in these seminars will be useful in setting up their classrooms or adding to their existing materials.
- April 26, 2016 at 9:59 am #705
Wow, Carol! We love sharing with special education teachers who realize that ALL children deserve and thrive with joyful, multisensory teaching. Thank you for your gracious comments. Share with your colleagues! As soon as we meet our registration targets for these seminars, we will be ready to produce additional online seminars featuring our other highest-impact strategies that build on this powerful foundation. – Nellie
- April 15, 2016 at 3:29 pm #518
Nellie, thank you for creating these online video seminars! What a great way to connect throughout the school year. It is always powerful and motivating to be a seminar participant, but the availability of your videos will be an amazing resource for teachers. Below are a few things I am taking away from Seminar 1:
1. I really enjoyed hearing you introduce the ABC Phonics book to children. Hearing how you would do it step-by-step in the classroom was very helpful for me.
2. The idea of incorporating the letter/sound connection into my classroom management plan is brilliant! Something I would like to begin using right away is signing letters / practicing letter sounds we learned that day while we are lined up, as well as holding one of the letters up in the air as we silently walk to our destination.
3. I attended Katie Nelson’s classroom seminar (2015?), but I had totally forgotten about her name chant for the helper of the day. I already have a helper of the day song, and spell-chanting the student’s name will add a deeper level of community building into the classroom, as well as strengthening spelling and signing skills. Thanks for the reminder. (Katie is too cool for school.)
4. All of the specific examples of how incorporating signing into English language arts for English language learners, children with developmental delays, and children who missed out on prior learning opportunities was a wonderful addition to the presentation. You’re so correct with your statement of this style of learning being developmentally appropriate AND engaging – no matter what curriculum districts have adopted.
5. As a pre-k teacher of 22 years, I appreciate your mention of preschool and Head Start teachers throughout the video! I strive to make sure I am aware of kindergarten standards so I can prepare my students in the best way possible. Your ABC Phonics has been a favorite for both my students AND their parents /care givers for many years. Families rave about easy transitions from pre-k to kindergarten because of the knowledge base children gain from the ABC Phonics method. Once graduate school has wrapped up in December, I will make the move to teaching kindergarten. I am excited to bring my Nellie Edge background with me into the public school system.
I look forward to watching the next two videos!
- April 11, 2016 at 10:52 am #493
If it were me, I would go ahead and teach the remaining heart words that your kiddos have yet to learn.
Be sure to send the rings home to practice. You will be surprised how quickly they will learn the words.
As far as where to begin, I would start with the pink words. These, I feel, are the most powerful for kinders to learn. I would also include the words because and friend in that set. Only you will know that it they not pink heart words.
You could always customize the students’ sets to include the words they have yet to learn, a lot of time and work but worth while.
Just an idea.
When you implement Nellie’s ideas, you will be so surprised at your students’ success.
- April 10, 2016 at 10:08 am #491
I have just finished watching seminar 3, and I’m wondering, since it is so close to the end of the school year, would you suggest taking the time to go “backwards” and teach the heart words if it was not done beginning in August and September? Is it too late to “rebuild” a foundation? I hate to wait until next year to put these rich teaching strategies in place, and think my students would benefit immediately. Where, or how would you suggest I begin?
- April 11, 2016 at 12:01 pm #496
That is such a great question. As Jeanette wisely responded, start NOW with heart words, so you can see how excited and motivated your children will become as they master each new target. If you haven’t already, have kinders writing power sentences every morning (as quick writes), beginning with “I love you”. Once you teach the word “because”, the children will be writing compound sentences and preparing for Common Core Opinion Writing. You will be amazed at student progress! I hope you return to these online seminars again and again and collaborate with your colleagues. Consider beginning making the heart word sentence props now as your practicum project for professional development credit.
- April 1, 2016 at 10:09 pm #428
I just completed the first seminar.
It has been wonderfully done.
I truly enjoyed it.
You asked the one thing I will do now…
I loved the suggestion of putting the family resource guide in with our kindergarten registration packets. On Monday, I will check with my administrator about including this.
I can hardly wait to view the next two seminars.
Nellie, through your seminars, both online and in person, I feel I have become a more effective teacher. Thank you for that.
- April 11, 2016 at 11:49 am #494
I love knowing that you have already started to make your ABC Phonics program more powerful by choosing one thing to begin with right now! By downloading the Power Guide, Self-Assessment Guidelines, and seminar practicum and following these resources, you will support your commitment to accelerating your ABC Phonics teaching and learning — joyfully! Thank you for being the first one to post on our Forum!
- March 30, 2016 at 12:11 pm #372
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