July 2010

Preschoolers can serve their own lunch!

Today, I observed these preschoolers serving their own lunch. Let me begin by saying that the room was not quiet and there were a few dropped cups along the way (luckily all empty). Looking around, I saw children serving themselves in a orderly, considerate, and talkative manner. It was quite fun to be there with […]

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Chalk paint and print-making with preschoolers and toddlers

For those of you following along, you know that I am on a quest to introduce the concept of painting to my little nephew Wy. I could make Wy sit down with me, hold his hand, and make him paint a picture but that is a sure fire way to get him to NEVER want […]

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At play with baby: musical instruments

When baby Clara kicks the tambourine it goes “jingle, jingle!” When baby Clara kicks the maraca it goes “shake, shake!” The rhythm sticks go “tap, tap, tap!” “Jingle, jingle, shake, shake, tap, tap, tap!” I wander if Clara can go clap, clap, clap? See why reading to your baby is so important from Room to Grow: […]

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Puffy ice cream cones in preschool

Puffy Ice cream cones are the best! See how to make your own!

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Wordless Wednesday:Hands

See more Wordless Wednesday Photos! Here too!

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Making bubble prints in preschool

A fun way to create with bubbles in preschool!

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Natures color wheel in preschool

I saw a color wheel at one of our schools recently where the class glued colorful plastic flowers on each section of the color wheel. It got me thinking why not use real flowers? We went on a little nature walk to find flowers and put them in a bag. Wy wasn’t exactly sure why […]

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Exploring and creating with craft sticks in preschool

I cannot stress the following message enough… Before preschoolers are ready to be creative… They need time to explore the materials! When introducing new tools or art mediums to young children, they need time to explore what happens when they manipulate the items before they will be ready to create with the items. The art […]

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Craft stick painting with toddlers

Yesterday Wy and I tried a little kick box painting so while Wy was still in the mood, we tried a little craft stick painting too. We gathered a handful of craft sticks, some paint, paper, and a box with a lid. Wy dumped everything into the box and tapped on the paint cups to […]

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Kick box painting with toddlers

My nephew Wy loves to kick balls, push cars, and color with markers but there is one thing that he really doesn’t seem to like…. Wy doesn’t like to paint. When Wy gets a little paint on his hands, he stops in his tracks and just stares like it is a disease. But unfortunately for […]

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Blogging tips from teach preschool on facebook

Follow Fridays are a popular way to meet new bloggers! As many of you know, I follow a lot of blogs so that I can share ideas on facebook with others interested in the field of early childhood education. I am such a huge fan of bloggers that take the time to share their early […]

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At play with baby: Up and Down

Baby Clara sits on mommy’s knee! And mommy’s knee goes up and down… Baby Clara goes up! Baby Clara goes down!

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The block center came tumbling down

When I came into observe clean-up time, I happen to notice that the block center looked like this.. Oh my! But when I pulled out my camera to take a picture of the tumbling blocks, one little boy decided he wanted in on the action. So he began to stack the blocks. And then this […]

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Graphing and painting with oranges

When painting with objects, I always print the word of the object on the paper so the children can see that word as they participate in the activity. In this case the word is Orange. We cut an orange in half and used one of the halves for creating orange prints on our paper. For […]

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Creating a parent board for your preschool classroom

An overview of what you may want to keep on a parent board in preschool!

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Let the sun shine in your preschool classroom

I enjoy coming in and observing the different ways each class puts their own spin on making a sun. In this class, the children painted their paper plates with yellow tempera paint mixed with salt to give a little sparkle and texture. After the paint dried, the children turned the plates over and added strips […]

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