Setting rules in the preschool classroom

I was recently asked by a colleague to suggest ideas for rules that should be posted in the preschool classroom. I had to pause because I realized that I have never actually had a set of rules written out and posted on my classroom wall. Preschool age children are still developing their sense of right and wrong in almost every action they take. They are testing limits, exploring their environment, and discovering how to get [...]

By | August 31st, 2010|Categories: Around the Classroom|Tags: |9 Comments

The first day back to preschool

The schools I work with are full day and year around so it may seem like there wouldn't be a first day back to school but for our students, there truly is and I enjoyed observing some of the children throughout the day. Each of our students promoted to their new class today. They celebrated their new teacher and new experience in preschool. This little boy wanted to share with me the certificate he received from his [...]

By | August 30th, 2010|Categories: Back to School|Tags: |2 Comments

Top ten tips for staying healthy in the preschool classroom

It’s that time of year again, time for teachers and students to start getting sick that is.  You don’t have to wait for cold and flu season to officially begin, illness can strike at any time in the classroom, and it loves the beginning of the school year.  One of the most difficult aspects of teaching is staying healthy enough to actually teach, especially in an early childhood classroom where germs can spread like wildfire. [...]

By | August 30th, 2010|Categories: Quick Tips for Preschool Teachers|Tags: , |9 Comments

Flour and food color painting in preschool

I am always on the look out for different art mediums that the children can explore. The children enjoyed the new texture of this homemade "paint" their teacher mixed up. The teacher mixed up some flour and water in a large bowl until it had a creamy consistency. Each of the children had a large paper towel to use as their paint canvas and a paper cup to hold their flour paint. The children then [...]

By | August 29th, 2010|Categories: Food Art, Sensory Play|Tags: , |8 Comments

Building connections to math, art, and more through children’s literature

When I am at a loss as to what to do in my preschool classroom, I always sit down and start thumbing through all my children's books. As I read through my collection of children's books, my mind begins to swirl with all the ways each book can be extended throughout my curriculum content. I seek out ways I might be able to build connections from the book to creative art, math, science, music, and [...]

Folding paper in preschool

Folding paper is a great way to help young children work on those fine motor skills as well as a way to give children guides for processes like writing, sorting, and counting. This little one spent time coloring a picture this morning and when she was finished, she decided she wanted to fold it up and put it in her cubby. I watched as she worked to fold her paper. She rolled and unrolled the [...]

Helping young children solve puzzles in preschool

I can't remember who taught me this little technique for teaching preschoolers how to manage a puzzle but it is a technique I have used for many years with much success. When a very young child takes a puzzle and dumps all the pieces out, chances are he or she will have a little trouble figuring out where to put the pieces back. Before the child moves from simple board puzzles to more complex jigsaw [...]

Have an in-house field trip in your preschool

In-house field trips are a great alternative for programs who are unable to take their children on out of school field trips. I happened by the school the day animal safari came for a visit. Because the animal folks came into the school, they were prepared to show the children each animal and in most cases, the children were allowed to touch the animals. One of the nice things about an in-house field trip is [...]

By | August 27th, 2010|Categories: Fieldtrips|Tags: |0 Comments

Building connections to math, art, and more through children’s literature

When I am at a loss as to what to do in my preschool classroom, I always sit down and start thumbing through all my children's books. As I read through my collection of children's books, my mind begins to swirl with all the ways each book can be extended throughout my curriculum content. I seek out ways I might be able to build connections from the book to creative art, math, science, music, and [...]