February 2010

Name sensory for young children

Create a name sensory card for each of the children in your class and then try the activities described below! What the teacher will do… Print each child’s name on a sentence strip using upper and lower case letters. Trace each letter of the name with a thick line of glue. Set aside to dry. […]

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Create a name game for your preschoolers

Some names are long and some are short. Play this little concentration game to help your preschoolers recognize their own name and the names of their classmates. To prepared the game… Print each child’s name (upper and lower case) on a two separate sentence strips. Cut one name apart leaving one letter of each child’s […]

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Create a name puzzle for your preschooler

Help your preschoolers recognize the letters in their name with this little puzzle activity. Write each child’s name on a sentence strip using upper and lower case letters. Write each child’s name on a sheet of construction paper and add a rectangle with the same number of columns under the child’s name. Create a second […]

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Take time for a little name printing practice

These are just a few activities I have used to teach or provide some practice in name writing skills… Laminate a name card for children to view and reference as they print their name throughout the day without having to constantly ask the teacher for help… Provide a variety of name printing activities throughout the […]

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Finding a teaching job can be hard…

Finding a teaching job can be hard, but here is some advice to make it easier… Personally stay connected with other professionals in the field… Getting to know other teachers and administrators can possibly lead to opportunities you were not aware of. Keeping in touch with others who are in education helps them to know […]

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Overcoming frustration through creative art – tape activity

On occasion, my daughter invites several young families to my house for a life group meeting. The families bring their children and when I think about it, I try to provide an activity for the preschool age children to do. On this particular evening, only two young boys came. Having seen all the wonderful ideas on […]

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Musical instruments in the preschool classroom

There are a variety of ways you can use musical instruments in the classroom. Create a music center and try adding… Baskets of musical instruments A CD Player A pretend microphone A mirror A little platform for a stage (square) Posters and books about music, composers, notes, and nursery rhymes. Staple together little books of […]

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Feed the zing and help young children master new skills

Guest Post from: Emily Geizer Child Perspective: Real Parenting Solutions Remember when your toddler started wanting to dress himself or choose his own clothes? These moments of determination are endearing at first, but feel like nuisances when they become patterns conflicting with our expectations. No matter what you do, you can’t easily redirect them or […]

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Making books with children

Making Books with children by Marisa Constantinides Making big or small books with children is not a novel idea; in fact, all you need to know about this is included in the wonderful series of books listed at the end of this short post, with some new ideas which include digital storybooks. Children will love […]

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A message from the tooth fairy

My guest today is Birgit Gajdos. What is super cool about Birgit, is that she is passionate about helping young children have a positive experience when going to the dentist. Dental health and oral hygiene is a focus in many classrooms during the month of February so what better way to start off by having a Dental Assistant […]

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Wax paper finger painting for all seasons!

This is a fun activity that can be adapted to any holiday or season or theme!  See the instructions below…. What you will need: Glue Finger paint or tempera paint (choose colors based on what theme you are exploring) Wax paper Yarn Scissors Hole punch Instructions: Gather the supplies Mix one part glue to two […]

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Stickers and Hugs

Trying to get preschoolers to do something they don’t particularly find fun can be a challenge to even the best mom or preschool teacher.

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Using puppets in the preschool classroom

Tips for using puppets in the preschool classroom!

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Large motor skills in the preschool classroom

Getting large motor skills moving in the classroom is a very important aspect of developmental growth. Especially in the winter time, when children spend less time outdoors, you need to make sure you are investing time in planning activities that promote various types of large motor skills. What kind of large motor activities are there? […]

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Three mistakes I’ve made when talking to parents

A guest post by Mark Lim: Early Years Childcare When I switched careers from finance to childcare, I expected communicating with parents would be a breeze. I mean, I used to write all sorts of long boring reports and liaise with big fancy financial institutions handling tons of cash. How hard could it be talking […]

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