March 2010

Bright and colorful home made puzzles and games

Did you know that you have all the supplies you need to make bright and colorful games and puzzles for your preschoolers right in your own kitchen? Here are some ideas for you to try… Puzzles Don’t throw away the panels of your cereal boxes! Turn them into puzzles. Laminate them before cutting apart for […]

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Week of the Young Child

April 11 – 17th is the Week of the Young Child. This week is a chance to honor young children and to thank teachers who dedicate their time to the field of early childhood education. I have been asked for ideas quite often on my Facebook page but haven’t had a great deal of success […]

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Making fans with preschoolers in Indonesia

A Guest post from Rahma Dona CERIA Preschool at Palembang south Sumatra Indonesia Rahma sent these photos via Facebook and I asked her if I could share them here. What a wonderful thing to see what other children are doing in a country so far away from my own. Rahma writes: “Make Chiness fan idea […]

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Can your preschooler say “a, a, a”?

The mailbox brought me a little package several months ago and inside was the Amazing Alphabet Action CD and Book written by Esther Kehl.  Along with the book was a little note from Vanessa Kerr who asked me take a listen and see what I thought. Vanessa indicated in her little note that her child […]

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Building positive relationships with preschool parents

An interview with Tom Hobson by Deborah J. Stewart Tell me about your preschool program and the ages you teach. We are a cooperative preschool with a play-based curriculum. I teach a class of 3-5 year olds and class of 2-year-olds. What is your background as it relates to early childhood and what is the […]

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Toddler lesson plan overview

A basic overview of toddler lesson plans!

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Sponge Painting with toddlers and twos

Recently, I had a mother on Twitter ask me for ideas for art with toddlers and twos. More specifically she was asking for ideas of art that can be displayed or saved. Her request led me to write this post. I will address the specific request but first I need to share a few pointers […]

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The seed begins in the garden

A fun song for growing seeds… The seed growsAs your child sings this song, have the child bend low to the ground and as the seed grows, have the child stretch up to grow too! The Seed Begins in the Garden The seed begins in the garden Tiny and small But then it grows, and […]

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Sing it again in preschool

A couple of days after presenting the ‘Simple Songs for Preschoolers’ workshop, I took the opportunity to visit one of the schools. The teachers didn’t know I was coming, I just dropped in. What a thrill it was to come into this class and find them trying out some of the new songs they had […]

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Simple songs for preschoolers

Last week I had the opportunity to present the music I have written with two groups of teachers. These two meetings were a good practice run for helping me to prepare for presenting the music at the Indiana State IAEYC conference in April. I came to the school early to make sure things were all set […]

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Creative teachers in preschool

When I get the chance, I love to go into one of our local preschools here and just admire all the art they display on their walls, ceilings, and windows.  Last week I stopped in and here are some of the displays I enjoyed seeing.  Many of them were just getting started so the children’s […]

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Simple flowers, caterpillars, and rainbows in preschool

I keep this product in my kitchen cabinet all the time and love it because of its special kind of adhesive ability to wrap up foods with an easy seal. I buy Glad Press’n Seal wrap from the local grocery store or Walmart. Pull out a length of the sealing wrap and set it out […]

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Sweet glue for creative art in preschool

Add some food coloring to corn syrup and you have a very sweet glue mixture! I took these photos at a local school I visited and noticed the blue bottle of corn syrup (made by adding food coloring). The children painted a little fish bowl cut out with the blue corn syrup. Then they added […]

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Simple, creative, and colorful tye dye for preschoolers

I have seen others make this type of activity on their blogs so when my nieces came over, I thought we should try it all out. What we discovered is that this activity (which we now call designer paper towels) is an idea that just keeps on keeping on. So here it goes:) Setting up […]

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Let’s talk about communication

My guest today is Marcy Fox. Marcy is a speech pathologist and one of our fellow bloggers that I really have enjoyed getting to know. We are all challenged to help young children develop their speech and language and Marcy has provided us with some very important information about this process below… Let’s Talk About Communication […]

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Let your child take his turn

I want to welcome my guest Colin Wee today! Since I do not have a background in Montessori, I invited Colin to share his experiences with us. Colin is going to provide those of you, like me, who are curious about the Montessori approach a brief snapshot of the Montessori learning process. Let your child take […]

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