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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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
19:49
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
24:10
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
31:31
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
19:29
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
24:38
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
21:07
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
23:30
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
14:41
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
25:21
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
24:04
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
17:54
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/
17:05
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  
05:19
August 12, 2019