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 more durability. Make a giant Matching Game for the floor! Have children take turns flipping them over to find a [...]

By | March 31st, 2010|Categories: Reading and Writing Readiness|Tags: , |0 Comments

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 finding ideas online. I thought I would share this idea for thanking teachers. Apple of my Eye Make copies of [...]

By | March 30th, 2010|Categories: Inspiration|Tags: |2 Comments

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 from DLTK blog its .Double tape , scissors , ice cream stick , 10x50 cm colourfull paper" Rahma writes: "It's [...]

By | March 25th, 2010|Categories: Inspiration|2 Comments

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 had really loved the material and that it made a big difference is his ability to say and sound out [...]

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 length of time you have been teaching preschoolers? I've been a preschool teacher for 8 years, all at Woodland Park. [...]

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 about art with toddlers and twos. When it comes to toddlers and young twos, it is important to understand that [...]

By | March 19th, 2010|Categories: Infant and Toddler|Tags: , , , |9 Comments

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 learned. But first we had to stop and fix our hair! After singing "Round and Round I Go" the children [...]

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 up so we could sing and learn as many songs as possible. I brought hand outs with all the words [...]

By | March 16th, 2010|Categories: Music and Fingerplays|Tags: |0 Comments