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Creative Kindergarten

Creative Kindergarten

By Amanda Bourke
A podcast for teachers to find new ideas, hear stories and maybe learn something new.
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51- Read Alouds
In episode 51 of The Creative Kindergarten Podcast, I talk all about my love for read alouds. I give you my best tips for making them engaging for your students, and give you some question ideas. Books can be a powerful tool for children’s oral language development, reading behaviour skills and so much more! Links I mention in this episode: Oral Language Questions Blog Post: https://creativekindergartenblog.com/?s=oral Ramped-Up Read Aloud Book (affiliate link): https://amzn.to/3nUR0vz To join in on the conversation with me, you can find me on: Teachers Pay Teachers: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Creative-Kindergarten Instagram: @creativekindergartenblogontpt Facebook: www.facebook.com/creativekindergartenbyamanda Blog: creativekindergartenblog.com
29:03
November 24, 2020
50- Number Talks
In episode 50 of The Creative Kindergarten Podcast, I do a deep dive into Number Talks. I tell you everything from home I do them, my tips and tricks, and ideas for what has worked for me. Links I mention in this episode: Number Talks Blog Post: https://creativekindergartenblog.com/number-talks/ To join in on the conversation with me, you can find me on: Teachers Pay Teachers: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Creative-Kindergarten Instagram: @creativekindergartenblogontpt Facebook: www.facebook.com/creativekindergartenbyamanda Blog: creativekindergartenblog.com
23:02
November 17, 2020
49- Families
In episode 49 of The Creative Kindergarten Podcast, I discuss how to build strong relationships with families. Since this might be their first contact with the school system, we have a unique ability to positively impact and build relationships with our students and families. I give my best tips and advice! Links I mention in this episode: Homework Challenges: https://anchor.fm/creativekindergarten/episodes/40--Homework-and-Reading-Logs-Made-Easy-eilpmr To join in on the conversation with me, you can find me on: Teachers Pay Teachers: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Creative-Kindergarten Instagram: @creativekindergartenblogontpt Facebook: www.facebook.com/creativekindergartenbyamanda Blog: creativekindergartenblog.com
22:17
November 10, 2020
48- Transition Ideas
In episode 48 of The Creative Kindergarten Podcast, I give you some ideas of what to do during transition times. You might have short or long periods of the time throughout the day when you are transitioning from one thing to the next, and you need some activities in your back pocket to keep students engaged. I tell you some of my favourites! Links I mention in this episode: Practical and Simple Transition Ideas blog post: https://creativekindergartenblog.com/transitions-in-kindergarten/ Breathe Like a Bear Book (affiliate link): https://amzn.to/3jLKdBN How to do Number Talks in Kindergarten video: https://youtu.be/_CkaxnHnjr0 To join in on the conversation with me, you can find me on: Teachers Pay Teachers: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Creative-Kindergarten Instagram: @creativekindergartenblogontpt Facebook: www.facebook.com/creativekindergartenbyamanda Blog: creativekindergartenblog.com
24:33
November 3, 2020
47- Halloween
In episode 46 of The Creative Kindergarten Podcast, I talk about celebrating Halloween in kindergarten. I reflect on how I used it to build a classroom community, what has worked (and not worked) for me in the past, and some ideas that you can try. Links I mention in this episode: Kindergarten Halloween Ideas blog post: https://creativekindergartenblog.com/kindergarten-halloween-activities/ Class Books: https://creativekindergartenblog.com/make-class-books-with-you-kindergarten-students/ To join in on the conversation with me, you can find me on: Teachers Pay Teachers: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Creative-Kindergarten Instagram: @creativekindergartenblogontpt Facebook: www.facebook.com/creativekindergartenbyamanda Blog: creativekindergartenblog.com
24:14
October 20, 2020
46- Presenting at P.D.
In episode 46 of The Creative Kindergarten Podcast, I go over some of my tips and advice for planning and presenting Professional Development sessions. From what I did at the beginning, to what I’m doing now I go over the steps I take to present at PDs Links I mention in this episode: My Journey episode: https://anchor.fm/creativekindergarten/episodes/45--My-Journey-ekl9h2 Tips for Presenting Professional Development blog post: https://creativekindergartenblog.com/presenting-at-pds-even-if-you-have-a-fear-of-public-speaking/ Canva: https://www.canva.com/ To join in on the conversation with me, you can find me on: Teachers Pay Teachers: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Creative-Kindergarten Instagram: @creativekindergartenblogontpt Facebook: www.facebook.com/creativekindergartenbyamanda Blog: creativekindergartenblog.com
24:07
October 13, 2020
45- My Journey
In episode 45 of The Creative Kindergarten Podcast, I talk about how I started working in education, and the steps I took to get my current position at the school board level. I also give my best interview tips! Links I mention in this episode: Professional Portfolio episode: https://anchor.fm/creativekindergarten/episodes/33--Professional-Portfolio-egd6ju To join in on the conversation with me, you can find me on: Teachers Pay Teachers: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Creative-Kindergarten Instagram: @creativekindergartenblogontpt Facebook: www.facebook.com/creativekindergartenbyamanda Blog: creativekindergartenblog.com
31:49
October 6, 2020
44- Loose Parts
In episode 44 of The Creative Kindergarten Podcast, I explore the concept of loose parts. What they are, why they are so important and give you some ideas. I love using loose parts in kindergarten, and I try to pass that passion on to you. Links I mention in this episode: Loose Parts ideas for the Kindergarten Classroom blog post: https://creativekindergartenblog.com/loose-parts-for-the-kindergarten-classroom/ Storage Ideas for the Classroom blog post: https://creativekindergartenblog.com/storage-ideas-for-loose-parts/ To join in on the conversation with me, you can find me on: Teachers Pay Teachers: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Creative-Kindergarten Instagram: @creativekindergartenblogontpt Facebook: www.facebook.com/creativekindergartenbyamanda Blog: creativekindergartenblog.com
25:08
September 29, 2020
43- Outdoor Learning
In episode 43 of The Creative Kindergarten Podcast, I reflect on outdoor learning and how to successfully use your outdoor space. To join in on the conversation with me, you can find me on: Teachers Pay Teachers: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Creative-Kindergarten Instagram: @creativekindergartenblogontpt Facebook: www.facebook.com/creativekindergartenbyamanda Blog: creativekindergartenblog.com
32:50
September 15, 2020
42- Documentation in Kindergarten
In episode 42 of The Creative Kindergarten Podcast, I take a look at the documentation in kindergarten. I go over how what and why I document in the classroom. This brief overview allows me to think about the process of documenting student learning. The link I mention in this episode: OneNote Documentation from Books and Bytes: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Kindergarten-Four-Frames-Documentation-Notebook-for-OneNote-3382648 To join in on the conversation with me, you can find me on: Teachers Pay Teachers: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Creative-Kindergarten Instagram: @creativekindergartenblogontpt Facebook: www.facebook.com/creativekindergartenbyamanda Blog: creativekindergartenblog.com
26:40
September 8, 2020
41- Q&A With Me!
In episode 41 of The Creative Kindergarten Podcast, I answer some of the questions that I was asked over on my Instagram! I talk about some personal things and my thoughts on different topics in kindergarten. Links I mention in this episode: Coding in Kindergarten https://creativekindergartenblog.com/coding-in-kindergarten-why-what-when-how/ OneNote Documentation from Books and Bytes: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Kindergarten-Four-Frames-Documentation-Notebook-for-OneNote-3382648 Co-Teaching in Kindergarten Tips: https://creativekindergartenblog.com/co-teaching/
31:19
September 1, 2020
40- Homework and Reading Logs Made Easy
In episode 40 of The Creative Kindergarten Podcast, I discuss what homework looks like for me. I talk about how I came to develop my Homework challenges and a home reading program. Links I mention in this episode: Monthly Homework Challenges: https://creativekindergartenblog.com/homework-in-kindergarten/ Bookmark Reading Logs: https://creativekindergartenblog.com/reading-logs-made-easy/ To join in on the conversation with me, you can find me on: Teachers Pay Teachers: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Creative-Kindergarten Instagram: @creativekindergartenblogontpt Facebook: www.facebook.com/creativekindergartenbyamanda Blog: creativekindergartenblog.com
23:02
August 25, 2020
39- Getting Students to Log In
In episode 39 of The Creative Kindergarten Podcast, I talk with my friend Jenn from Books and Bytes about how she gets kindergarten students to log on to computers. It is a struggle every year to get students to be able to log on to computers on their own, but she has some really great tips and tricks to make your life easier! Links I mention in this episode: Jenn’s blog post filled with tips and ideas: https://www.booksandbytescanada.com/blog/computer-login-tips-and-ideas-for-kindergarten-and-primary-students Find Jenn: Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/booksandbytes/ Website: https://www.booksandbytescanada.com/ Teachers Pay Teachers: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Books-And-Bytes To join in on the conversation with me, you can find me on: Teachers Pay Teachers: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Creative-Kindergarten Instagram: @creativekindergartenblogontpt Facebook: www.facebook.com/creativekindergartenbyamanda Blog: creativekindergartenblog.com
33:05
August 18, 2020
38- Setting Up Routines for Back to School
In episode 38 of The Creative Kindergarten Podcast, I discuss how to set up classroom routines at the beginning of the school year. We are going to be introducing a lot of new routines to our students, so I give you my best advice on how to make it as easy as possible! To join in on the conversation with me, you can find me on: Teachers Pay Teachers: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Creative-Kindergarten Instagram: @creativekindergartenblogontpt Facebook: www.facebook.com/creativekindergartenbyamanda Blog: creativekindergartenblog.com
27:07
August 11, 2020
37- Tips to Make Your First Day of Kindergarten Successful!
In episode 37 of The Creative Kindergarten Podcast, I start reflecting on the first day of kindergarten. I give some advice and think about what I might do to make the first day of school successful for me and my students. Links I mention in this episode: Tips to Make Your First Day of School Successful Blog Post: https://creativekindergartenblog.com/tips-to-make-your-first-day-of-kindergarten-successful/ First Day of School Activities for Kindergarten: https://creativekindergartenblog.com/free-bulletin-board-printable/ Kindergarten Centers You Need for Back to School: https://creativekindergartenblog.com/kindergarten-centers-you-need-for-the-beginning-of-the-school-year/ Boom Cards: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Creative-Kindergarten/Category/BOOM-Cards-319602 Shop the Teachers Pay Teachers Back to School Sale and save up to 25% off with code BTS20: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Creative-Kindergarten To join in on the conversation with me, you can find me on: Teachers Pay Teachers: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Creative-Kindergarten Instagram: @creativekindergartenblogontpt Facebook: www.facebook.com/creativekindergartenbyamanda Blog: creativekindergartenblog.com
25:52
August 4, 2020
36- Back to School Classroom Set-Up
In episode 36 of The Creative Kindergarten Podcast, I reflect on setting up a kindergarten classroom for Back to School. Rethinking our learning spaces, and what we put in them. I ask questions and ask you to think about your classroom environment. Links I mention in this episode: Kindergarten Classroom Tour: https://creativekindergartenblog.com/our-kindergarten-classroom-tour/ Free Bulletin Board Printable: https://creativekindergartenblog.com/free-bulletin-board-printable/ To join in on the conversation with me, you can find me on: Teachers Pay Teachers: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Creative-Kindergarten Instagram: @creativekindergartenblogontpt Facebook: www.facebook.com/creativekindergartenbyamanda Blog: creativekindergartenblog.com
37:01
July 28, 2020
35- My Teacher Tech Tips
In episode 35 of The Creative Kindergarten Podcast, I give you some of my favourite tech tips that I have been using. Like how I am using Google Drive better, some great Chrome extensions, and more! Links I mention in this episode: My affiliate link for Canva: https://www.canva.com/join/mast-leader-drapes To join in on the conversation with me, you can find me on: Teachers Pay Teachers: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Creative-Kindergarten Instagram: @creativekindergartenblogontpt Facebook: www.facebook.com/creativekindergartenbyamanda Blog: creativekindergartenblog.com
15:03
July 21, 2020
34- Attendance Policies in Kindergarten
In episode 34 of The Creative Kindergarten Podcast, I reflect on the policies surrounding attendance in schools. Perfect Attendance policies are put in place in some school or classrooms to encourage students to attend class every day. I take a look at these kinds of policies and discuss my views on why I do not think they have a place in kindergarten. To join in on the conversation with me, you can find me on: Teachers Pay Teachers: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Creative-Kindergarten Instagram: @creativekindergartenblogontpt Facebook: www.facebook.com/creativekindergartenbyamanda Blog: creativekindergartenblog.com
16:14
July 14, 2020
33- Professional Portfolio
In episode 33 of The Creative Kindergarten Podcast, I open my professional portfolio and go through what I include. I also discuss what it is, why I use, how I use it. The summer months are the perfect time to make or update your own portfolio, and this episode is the perfect place to start. Links I mention in this episode: Professional Portfolio Blog Post: https://creativekindergartenblog.com/my-professional-portfolio/ To join in on the conversation with me, you can find me on: Teachers Pay Teachers: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Creative-Kindergarten Instagram: @creativekindergartenblogontpt Facebook: www.facebook.com/creativekindergartenbyamanda Blog: creativekindergartenblog.com
18:34
July 7, 2020
32- Professional Learning over the Summer
In episode 32 of The Creative Kindergarten Podcast, I go over PL that is happening over the summer. There are more professional learning opportunities than ever and I’ll tell you what I will be doing over the next few months. I also give you some suggestions for books and PD sessions that you can take advantage of. Links I mention in this episode: NAEYC Virtual Institute: https://www.naeyc.org/virtual-institute Brain Story Certification: https://www.albertafamilywellness.org/training To join in on the conversation with me, you can find me on: Teachers Pay Teachers: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Creative-Kindergarten Instagram: @creativekindergartenblogontpt Facebook: www.facebook.com/creativekindergartenbyamanda Blog: creativekindergartenblog.com
20:40
June 30, 2020
31- Boom Cards
In episode 31 of The Creative Kindergarten Podcast, I talk in-depth about Boom Cards. These digital task cards are perfect for reinforcing skills and concepts with your students. I have used them for years in my classroom, and they are great for using during Distance Learning. Links I mention in this episode: Boom Cards Blog Post: https://creativekindergartenblog.com/boom-cards-in-the-classroom-technology-in-kindergarten/ Boom Cards and Google Classroom: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2T-TlEL8FnY&t=191s My Boom Cards Sets (including free set): https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Creative-Kindergarten/Category/BOOM-Cards-319602 To join in on the conversation with me, you can find me on: Teachers Pay Teachers: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Creative-Kindergarten Instagram: @creativekindergartenblogontpt Facebook: www.facebook.com/creativekindergartenbyamanda Blog: creativekindergartenblog.com
16:37
April 14, 2020
30- Play-Based Literacy
In episode 30 of The Creative Kindergarten Podcast, find out how I embed literacy in my kindergarten classroom. Find out what I do, and what it looks like in my classroom. Links I mention in this episode: Math Centers Podcast: https://anchor.fm/creativekindergarten/episodes/28--Math-Centers-eb73h2 Amazon storefront: https://www.amazon.ca/shop/creativekindergartenblogontpt DIY Literacy Manipulatives: https://creativekindergartenblog.com/diy-classroom-projects/ Writing Journal Template: https://creativekindergartenblog.com/knowing-when-to-slow-down/
28:36
March 24, 2020
29- Block Center and Small World Play
In episode 29 of The Creative Kindergarten Podcast, I describe my block center and small world play center. I describe the materials available, what their use is, and their benefits. These are two very popular centers in my classroom, and I wanted to share what they are with you. Links I mention in this episode: Building Center Blog Post: https://creativekindergartenblog.com/kindergarten-building-center/ Fine Motor Podcast: https://anchor.fm/creativekindergarten/episodes/Creative-Kindergarten-Podcast-Episode-9-Fine-Motor-Skills-e6dknp DIY Blocks Blog Post: https://creativekindergartenblog.com/colorful-blocks-for-building-center/ To join in on the conversation with me, you can find me on: Teachers Pay Teachers: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Creative-Kindergarten Instagram: @creativekindergartenblogontpt Facebook: www.facebook.com/creativekindergartenbyamanda Blog: creativekindergartenblog.com
23:47
March 10, 2020
28- Math Centers
In episode 28 of The Creative Kindergarten Podcast, I talk about math centers. I go though how I plan for math, how to incorporate math throughout your day and why learning goals are important. Join me, and learn how I used math centers in my classroom. Links I mention in this episode: Amazon Storefront: https://www.amazon.ca/shop/creativekindergartenblogontpt My Ultimate Guide to Kindergarten Centers: https://creativekindergartenblog.com/kindergarten-centers/ Easy Print and Prep Math Centers: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Easy-Print-and-Prep-Kindergarten-Math-Centers-THE-BUNDLE-3332547 To join in on the conversation with me, you can find me on: Teachers Pay Teachers: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Creative-Kindergarten Instagram: @creativekindergartenblogontpt Facebook: www.facebook.com/creativekindergartenbyamanda Blog: creativekindergartenblog.com
26:27
March 3, 2020
27- Controversial Kindergarten Topic?
In episode 27 of The Creative Kindergarten Podcast, I give my thoughts on a few different topics, including one that may be controversial. I give my thoughts and opinions on a subject that I have seen brought up by other kindergarten educators, and I wanted to share my perspective on it. Let me know if you agree or disagree! Links I mention in this episode: Amazon Storefront: https://www.amazon.ca/shop/creativekindergartenblogontpt To join in on the conversation with me, you can find me on: Teachers Pay Teachers: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Creative-Kindergarten Instagram: @creativekindergartenblogontpt Facebook: www.facebook.com/creativekindergartenbyamanda Blog: creativekindergartenblog.com
33:42
February 25, 2020
26- All About Sensory Bins
In episode 265 of The Creative Kindergarten Podcast, I give you all my best tips and tricks for using sensory bins in your classroom. I talk about the why, how and what of sensory bins, and give you ideas on what you can try in your classroom! Links I mention in this episode: How to Use Sensory Bins in Kindergarten: https://creativekindergartenblog.com/how-to-use-sensory-bins-in-a-kindergarten-classroom/ To join in on the conversation with me, you can find me on: Teachers Pay Teachers: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Creative-Kindergarten Instagram: @creativekindergartenblogontpt Facebook: www.facebook.com/creativekindergartenbyamanda Blog: creativekindergartenblog.com
27:28
February 18, 2020
25- Small Groups in Kindergarten
In episode 25 of The Creative Kindergarten Podcast, I talk about guided or small groups in kindergarten. I tell you how they have worked for me in the past, how to start them, and some tricks that I’ve picked up. Links I mention in this episode: Free Choice Centers: https://anchor.fm/creativekindergarten/episodes/Creative-Kindergarten-Podcast-Episode-3-Free-Choice-Centers-e51k3b Knowing When to Slow Down: https://creativekindergartenblog.com/knowing-when-to-slow-down/ Weekly Writing Journal Template: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Journal-Writing-Pages-for-Kindergarten-Writers-Workshop-2935224 To join in on the conversation with me, you can find me on: Teachers Pay Teachers: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Creative-Kindergarten Instagram: @creativekindergartenblogontpt Facebook: www.facebook.com/creativekindergartenbyamanda Blog: creativekindergartenblog.com
29:50
February 11, 2020
24- Yoga with Mme Mariah
In episode 24 of The Creative Kindergarten Podcast, I talk with Mariah about using yoga in kindergarten. We discuss the benefits, how to get started and some of her tips and tricks to get students yoga ready. All the places to find Mariah: Yoga E-Workshop: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/E-Workshop-Yoga-and-Meditation-in-the-Classroom-5034450 Instagram: @mme.mariah Blog: https://kinderjardin.com/ Teachers Pay Teachers: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Kinderjardin-With-Mme-Mariah To join in on the conversation with me, you can find me on: Teachers Pay Teachers: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Creative-Kindergarten Instagram: @creativekindergartenblogontpt Facebook: www.facebook.com/creativekindergartenbyamanda Blog: creativekindergartenblog.com
31:06
February 4, 2020
23- Classroom Tools for Students
In episode 23 of The Creative Kindergarten Podcast, I reflect on the different classroom tools that I have available to students. I work through some of the questions I have been asking myself about the classroom environment and how to set it up with student success in mind. Links I mention in this video: Alphabet Chart: https://creativekindergartenblog.com/resource-library/ Color Chart that I talk about is in this pack: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Color-Around-the-Room-Write-the-Room-activity-with-color-words-for-kindergarten-3274903 To join in on the conversation with me, you can find me on: Teachers Pay Teachers: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Creative-Kindergarten Instagram: @creativekindergartenblogontpt
30:00
January 28, 2020
22- Family Involvement
In episode 22 of The Creative Kindergarten Podcast, I discuss ways to get families involved in your classroom. Ishare some of my ideas for building relationships and connecting children’s home life to school in meaningful ways. Links I mention in this video: Homework Challenges: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/EDITABLE-Monthly-Homework-Challenges-for-Kindergarten-3971355 Homework in Kindergarten podcast: https://anchor.fm/creativekindergarten/episodes/Creative-Kindergarten-Podcast-Episode-8-Homework-in-Kindergarten-e5ms0s Holiday Celebrations podcast: https://anchor.fm/creativekindergarten/episodes/17--Holiday-Celebrations-in-Kindergarten-e99j6n To join in on the conversation with me, you can find me on: Teachers Pay Teachers: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Creative-Kindergarten Instagram: @creativekindergartenblogontpt Facebook: www.facebook.com/creativekindergartenbyamanda Blog: creativekindergartenblog.com
24:04
January 21, 2020
21- Offline Coding Activities
In episode 21 of The Creative Kindergarten Podcast, I discuss the why and how of offline coding. This is an area I am passionate about, and I delve into how to incorporate unplugged coding into your classroom. Links I mention in this video: 5 Reasons to Teach Offline Coding Activities: https://www.technokids.com/blog/teaching-strategies/5-reasons-to-teach-offline-coding-activities/ Offline Coding Activities: https://www.discoveryeducation.co.uk/servlet/file/store66/item991253/Offline-coding-activities_Computational-Thinking_Discovery-Education-Coding.pdf Coding in Kindergarten Blog Post: https://creativekindergartenblog.com/coding-in-kindergarten-why-what-when-how/ Unplugged Coding for Kindergarten: https://creativekindergartenblog.com/unplugged-coding-for-kindergarten/ Podcast Episode- Coding in Kindergarten: https://anchor.fm/creativekindergarten/episodes/Creative-Kindergarten-Podcast-Episode-6-Coding-in-Kindergarten-e5cvac To join in on the conversation with me, you can find me on: Teachers Pay Teachers: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Creative-Kindergarten Instagram: @creativekindergartenblogontpt Facebook: www.facebook.com/creativekindergartenbyamanda Blog: creativekindergartenblog.com
19:08
January 15, 2020
20- How This All Started
In episode 20 of The Creative Kindergarten Podcast, I start off 2020 thinking back on 2019 and how my podcast started. I also reflect on what I would like to do with my podcast this year. Links I mention in this video: Teachers Pay Teachers: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Creative-Kindergarten Instagram: @creativekindergartenblogontpt Facebook: www.facebook.com/creativekindergartenbyamanda Blog: creativekindergartenblog.com
17:12
January 8, 2020
19- Technology in Kindergarten
In episode 19 of The Creative Kindergarten Podcast, I share some tips and tricks for using tech tools in your kindergarten classroom. I talk about my process for learning about new tools, and how I bring them to my students. Links I mention in this video: Podcast- My Top 5 iPad Apps: https://anchor.fm/creativekindergarten/episodes/Creative-Kindergarten-Podcast-Episode-4-My-Top-5-Apps-for-Kindergarten-e55mj4 Podcast- Coding in Kindergarten: https://anchor.fm/creativekindergarten/episodes/Creative-Kindergarten-Podcast-Episode-6-Coding-in-Kindergarten-e5cvac Podcast- How I Use iPads in Kindergarten: https://anchor.fm/creativekindergarten/episodes/15--How-I-Use-iPads-in-Kindergarten-e92lrb Blog Post- Coding in Kindergarten: https://creativekindergartenblog.com/coding-in-kindergarten-why-what-when-how/ Blog Post- My Top 5 iPad Apps: https://creativekindergartenblog.com/my-top-5-ipad-apps-for-kindergarten/ Bee-Bot Ideas - Learning Through Play: https://www.instagram.com/learning.through.play/ To join in on the conversation with me, you can find me on: Teachers Pay Teachers: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Creative-Kindergarten Instagram: @creativekindergartenblogontpt Facebook: www.facebook.com/creativekindergartenbyamanda Blog: creativekindergartenblog.com
18:31
December 17, 2019
18- Art in Kindergarten
In episode 18 of The Creative Kindergarten Podcast, I discuss art in kindergarten! I love fostering a classroom of artists and empowering students to share their thoughts and feelings through their art. How do you embrace art in your classroom? To join in on the conversation with me, you can find me on: Teachers Pay Teachers: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Creative-Kindergarten Instagram: @creativekindergartenblogontpt Facebook: www.facebook.com/creativekindergartenbyamanda Blog: creativekindergartenblog.com
21:09
December 10, 2019
17- Holiday Celebrations in Kindergarten
In episode 17 of The Creative Kindergarten Podcast, I reflect on holiday celebrations in the classroom. My views on this subject have evolved and changed over the years, and I discuss what I’ve done in the past to make this a special time of the year in the classroom for all my students. Links mentioned in this video: Kindness Countdown activity: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Character-Education-I-Am-Kind-Activities-Random-Acts-of-Kindness-4828430 To join in on the conversation with me, you can find me on: Teachers Pay Teachers: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Creative-Kindergarten Instagram: @creativekindergartenblogontpt Facebook: www.facebook.com/creativekindergartenbyamanda Blog: creativekindergartenblog.com
16:41
December 3, 2019
16- Classroom Management in Kindergarten
In episode 16 of The Creative Kindergarten Podcast, I delve into the topic of behaviour management! I tackle this topic and discuss some of the techniques I use, and things that I will never use. To join in on the conversation with me, you can find me on: Teachers Pay Teachers: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Creative-Kindergarten Instagram: @creativekindergartenblogontpt Facebook: www.facebook.com/creativekindergartenbyamanda Blog: creativekindergartenblog.com
31:05
November 26, 2019
15- How I Use iPads in Kindergarten
In episode 15 of The Creative Kindergarten Podcast, I talk about all the different ways that I use an iPad in Kindergarten. I also reflect on the amount of screen time that children get, and my thoughts on how that has changed students over the past few years. Links I mention: Top 5 iPad apps blog post: https://creativekindergartenblog.com/my-top-5-ipad-apps-for-kindergarten/ Top 5 iPad apps podcast: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jhKGU6QvX3s&t=4s Books & Bytes (OneNote Documentation): https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Books-And-Bytes To join in on the conversation with me, you can find me on: Teachers Pay Teachers: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Creative-Kindergarten Instagram: @creativekindergartenblogontpt Facebook: www.facebook.com/creativekindergartenbyamanda Blog: creativekindergartenblog.com
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November 19, 2019
Creative Kindergarten Podcast Episode 14: Kindergarten Schedule and Routines
In episode 14 of The Creative Kindergarten Podcast, I take a look at what a typical day in kindergarten looks like. I discuss schedules, transitions, centers, and more! This is one of the questions I get asked the most, so I try to unpack everything that goes into the day in the life of a kindergarten classroom! To join in on the conversation with me, you can find me on: Teachers Pay Teachers: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Creative-Kindergarten Instagram: @creativekindergartenblogontpt Facebook: www.facebook.com/creativekindergartenbyamanda Blog: creativekindergartenblog.com
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November 12, 2019
Creative Kindergarten Podcast Episode 13: Staying on Top of Everything in Kindergarten
In episode 13 of the Creative Kindergarten Podcast, I try to unpack how I get (or don’t get) everything done in kindergarten. From documenting to planning, setting up centers to facilitating inquiry- how you can keep on top of it all! To join in on the conversation with me, you can find me on: Teachers Pay Teachers: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Creative-Kindergarten Instagram: @creativekindergartenblogontpt Facebook: www.facebook.com/creativekindergartenbyamanda Blog: creativekindergartenblog.com
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November 5, 2019
Creative Kindergarten Podcast Episode 12: Parent-Teacher Interviews
In episode 12 of the Creative Kindergarten Podcast, I talk about Parent-Teacher interviews. I used to be so anxious when it was this time of the year, but I have a few tips and tricks to make it easier for you! Listen to my experiences of Parent Conferences to hopefully make it less stressful for you. To join in on the conversation with me, you can find me on: Teachers Pay Teachers: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Creative-Kindergarten Instagram: @creativekindergartenblogontpt Facebook: www.facebook.com/creativekindergartenbyamanda Blog: creativekindergartenblog.com
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October 29, 2019
Creative Kindergarten Podcast Episode 11: Play-Based VS Paper-Pencil Centers
In Episode 11 of the Creative Kindergarten Podcast, I discuss play-based and paper-pencil centers. I discuss my personal teaching philosophy, and how I provide a developmentally responsive classroom for all the young learners. To join in on the conversation with me, you can find me on: Teachers Pay Teachers: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Creative-Kindergarten Instagram: @creativekindergartenblogontpt Facebook: www.facebook.com/creativekindergartenbyamanda Blog: creativekindergartenblog.com
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October 22, 2019
Creative Kindergarten Podcast Episode 10: Get Students Writing
In Episode 10 of the Creative Kindergarten Podcast, I discuss the momentous task of teaching kindergarten students how to write. From not even writing their name, to writing full sentences, this is how I have taught our students to write. Links I talk about in this podcast: Get Students Writing blog post: https://creativekindergartenblog.com/get-students-writing/ Knowing When to Slow Down blog post: https://creativekindergartenblog.com/knowing-when-to-slow-down/ Class Books for the Whole Year: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Class-Books-for-the-Whole-Year-40-Prompts-for-Kindergarten-Writing-Center-3842061?aref=bkvjk3za To join in on the conversation with me, you can find me on: Teachers Pay Teachers: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Creative-Kindergarten Instagram: @creativekindergartenblogontpt Facebook: www.facebook.com/creativekindergartenbyamanda Blog: creativekindergartenblog.com
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October 15, 2019
Creative Kindergarten Podcast Episode 9: Fine Motor Skills
In Episode 9 of the Creative Kindergarten Podcast, I talk to you about how I work on fine motor skills in my kindergarten classroom. I discuss different materials that you can incorporate into your centers, and integrate math and literacy skills too! Links I talk about in this podcast: Fine Motor Skills Blog Post: https://creativekindergartenblog.com/fine-motor-activities-for-kindergarten/ Fine Motor Skills Activity Pack: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Fine-Motor-Skills-Activity-Pack-and-Centers-for-Kindergarten-4187994 To join in on the conversation with me, you can find me on: Teachers Pay Teachers: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Creative-Kindergarten Instagram: @creativekindergartenblogontpt Facebook: www.facebook.com/creativekindergartenbyamanda Blog: creativekindergartenblog.com
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October 8, 2019
Creative Kindergarten Podcast Episode 8: Homework in Kindergarten
In Episode 8 of the Creative Kindergarten Podcast, I urge you to think about homework, and what that looks like in your classroom. I discuss the different reasons for having or not having homework, and I tell you about how homework has worked in my classroom. Links I talk about in this podcast: Homework in Kindergarten blog post: https://creativekindergartenblog.com/homework-in-kindergarten/ Homework Challenges product: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/EDITABLE-Monthly-Homework-Challenges-for-Kindergarten-3971355
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October 1, 2019
Creative Kindergarten Podcast Episode 7: Q&A with Me!
In Episode 7 of the Creative Kindergarten Podcast, I answer your questions from Instagram! After filming this podcast, I was inspired to write a blog post about how I stay organized: https://creativekindergartenblog.com/?p=9607 To join in on the conversation with me, you can find me on: Teachers Pay Teachers: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Creative-Kindergarten Instagram: @creativekindergartenblogontpt Facebook: www.facebook.com/creativekindergartenbyamanda Blog: creativekindergartenblog.com
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September 24, 2019
Creative Kindergarten Podcast Episode 6: Coding in Kindergarten
In Episode 6 of the Creative Kindergarten Podcast, I talk about a *scary* teaching topic: coding. From what it is, to how I teach it, to tips on how to integrate coding in your classroom. Links I talk about in this podcast: Unplugged Coding: www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Unplugged-Coding-Bundle-12-Activities-for-a-whole-year-of-STEM-4537016 Coding in Kindergarten Podcast: creativekindergartenblog.com/coding-in-kindergarten-why-what-when-how/ To join in on the conversation with me, you can find me on: Teachers Pay Teachers: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Creative-Kindergarten Instagram: @creativekindergartenblogontpt Facebook: www.facebook.com/creativekindergartenbyamanda
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September 17, 2019
Creative Kindergarten Podcast Episode 5: Working with a Partner
In Episode 5 of the Creative Kindergarten Podcast, I discuss my tips and tricks to build a great relationship with your co-workers. If you work in a kindergarten team, within a division, or in a school community, I hope this advice will help you build strong relationships. To join in on the conversation with me, you can find me on: Teachers Pay Teachers: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Creative-Kindergarten Instagram: @creativekindergartenblogontpt Facebook: www.facebook.com/creativekindergartenbyamanda Blog: creativekindergartenblog.com
09:07
September 10, 2019
Creative Kindergarten Podcast Episode 4: My Top 5 Apps for Kindergarten
In Episode 4 of the Creative Kindergarten Podcast, I give you the top 5 apps that I use in the classroom. These apps are great to use during centers, and are perfect for engaging students in their learning. Links I talk about in this Podcast: Boom Cards: www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Creative-Kindergarten/Category/BOOM-Cards-319602 Blog posts I mention: My Top 5 iPad apps for Kindergarten: creativekindergartenblog.com/my-top-5-ipad-apps-for-kindergarten/ To join in on the conversation with me, you can find me on: Teachers Pay Teachers: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Creative-Kindergarten Instagram: @creativekindergartenblogontpt Facebook: www.facebook.com/creativekindergartenbyamanda Blog: creativekindergartenblog.com
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September 3, 2019
Creative Kindergarten Podcast Episode 3: Free Choice Centers
In episode 3 of the Creative Kindergarten Podcast, I look at free choice centers. I answer some of the questions I have received about free choice centers, and explore how that works for all learners. To join in on the conversation with me, you can find me on: Teachers Pay Teachers: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Creative-Kindergarten Instagram: @creativekindergartenblogontpt Facebook: www.facebook.com/creativekindergartenbyamanda Blog: creativekindergartenblog.com
19:09
August 27, 2019
Creative Kindergarten Podcast Episode 2: First Day of Kindergarten
In episode 2 of the Creative Kindergarten Podcast, I talk about the first day of school. In particular, the first day of kindergarten. I give my top tips for having a successful day, and how to prepare yourself for your new students. Links I talk about in this podcast: How I Colored on the First Day of school: Early Writers:  https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Memory-Books-Early-Writers-Monthly-Writing-Activity-for-Kindergarten-2612069 Beginner Writers: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Memory-Journals-Beginner-Writers-Activity-for-Kindergarten-2612265 Blog Posts: Tips to make your first day of kindergarten succesful: https://creativekindergartenblog.com/2017/07/28/tips-to-make-your-first-day-of-kindergarten-successful/
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August 20, 2019
Episode 1 - Kindergarten Classroom Set-Up
In my first episode of the Creative Kindergarten Podcast, I share with you my thoughts on classroom set-up. As we are headed back to school, explore what your classroom environment means to you, and how it serves the needs of your students. Classroom Tour blog post: https://creativekindergartenblog.com/2018/07/12/our-kindergarten-classroom-tour/ To join in on the conversation with me, you can find me on: Teachers Pay Teachers:  https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Creative-Kindergarten  Instagram: @creativekindergartenblogontpt Facebook: www.facebook.com/creativekindergartenbyamanda Blog: creativekindergartenblog.com
22:47
August 13, 2019
Creative Kindergarten Podcast Introduction: Why a Podcast?
Welcome to my new Creative Kindergarten Podcast. This first episode is just an introduction to me, and what I hope this podcast can become- a conversation! I want to connect with other educators, and discuss early childhood education!  To join in the conversation with me, you can find me on: Teachers Pay Teachers:  https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Creative-Kindergarten  Instagram: @creativekindergartenblogontpt Facebook: www.facebook.com/creativekindergartenbyamanda Blog: creativekindergartenblog.com  
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August 12, 2019