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 them..... It has take commitment and time from the teachers to help these preschoolers successfully learn this process and I observed amazing [...]

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 to paint again. Instead, I continue to introduce painting through new methods. On this beautiful sunny day, I took Wy [...]

By | July 30th, 2010|Categories: Infant and Toddler, The Value of Play|Tags: , , |12 Comments

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: Making Early Childhood Count. Leave me a comment and I will respond right here:)

By | July 29th, 2010|Categories: Infant and Toddler|Tags: , |11 Comments

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 we were picking flowers but it did get him to notice the flowers and we were able to use our [...]

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 activity on this particular day was to make shapes by gluing craft sticks to a piece of paper. This certainly [...]

By | July 25th, 2010|Categories: The Value of Play|Tags: , |7 Comments

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 get the paint to drip down. Wy, who is phobic about getting paint on his hands, actually even reached in [...]

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 Wy, I love to paint and so I have been trying to find inventive ways to get Wy exposed to [...]

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 childhood ideas. It is such a valuable resource to so many people and I know how much time and effort [...]

By | July 22nd, 2010|Categories: Messages from Deborah|Tags: |31 Comments