September 2010

Creating a successful easel painting experience in preschool

Easel painting is an amazing opportunity for children to express their perception, feelings, interests, and creativity through art. And yet, easel painting is often not offered as an opportunity for many reasons which include, among others, the time and effort it takes to set up and the clean-up afterwards. Setting up the easel and teaching […]

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We explored our five senses in preschool: touch

This past week the children explored their sense of touch, taste, smell, sight, and hearing. Let me show you what the children found in the “sense of touch” discovery center… The children used their sense of touch to sample different types of textures. This activity lends itself to great opportunities for expanding vocabulary. I stopped by the toddler class on […]

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We explored our five senses in preschool: taste

This past week the children explored their sense of touch, taste, smell, sight, and hearing. Let me show you what the children found in the “sense of taste” discovery center… The children tasted different kinds of fruit such as apples, pears, oranges, peaches, and we also tried pickles. Some of the children flat refused to taste a pickle. They thought that […]

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We explored our five senses in preschool: sight

This past week the children explored their sense of touch, taste, smell, sight, and hearing. Let me show you what the children found in the “sense of sight” discovery center… The children used their sense of sight to look through these colorful toilet roll lenses. The children looked at each other, out the window, and throughout their classroom. I invited the […]

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We explored our five senses in preschool: hearing

This past week the children explored their sense of touch, taste, smell, sight, and hearing. Let me show you what the children found in the “sense of hearing” discovery center… The children played a listening matching game. In a basket were 35mm canisters filled with items such as corn, dice, and salt. There were two of each sound canisters. The children […]

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We explored our five senses in preschool: smell

This past week the children explored their sense of touch, taste, smell, sight, and hearing. Let me show you what the children found in the “sense of smell” discovery center… Smelly Cups The children used their sense of smell to guess what each item was in the smelly cups. Inside each cup was a variety of seasonings such as cinnamon, onion […]

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The Alphabet Tree and activity for preschool

Today the children explored letters with alphabet stamps and a book titled “The Alphabet Tree” by Leo Lionni This really was a very simple activity that included paper leaves, alphabet stamps, and ink pads. The teacher read the book to the children first and used this activity as a way to extend the concepts from […]

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The responsible early childhood education blogger

I was recently invited to be a commentator for an online talk show produced by Bam Radio. The focus of this segment was on “The Benefits and Risks of Social Networking for Educators” and I had the pleasure of participating in the discussion along with Fran Simon and Jen Hegna. You can listen to the […]

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The Leaf Man book and activity in Kindergarten

The kindergarten class enjoyed reading the Leaf Man book by Lois Ehlert and discovering all the different leaf characters in the book. After reading this book, the children followed up the book by creating their own leaf characters. The teacher had some paper leaves that were bright and colorful for the children to choose from […]

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Q is for queen in kindergarten and big bottles of glue

I always enjoy visiting the kindergarten classes and seeing how much they can do. This week the children were working on the letter Q and part of their “work” was making their very own queens. Before getting started on this type of activity, the teacher has already shared with the children what will be included […]

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The challenge of cooking in preschool

Cooking in preschool can be a challenging process – especially when you have 1 teacher to 10 three year olds. Every one wants a turn to stir, pour, crack an egg, and everyone wants to stick their finger in the batter no matter how many times they are told that they need to keep their […]

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We made a circle collage in preschool

Our two and three year olds were focusing on the shape of a circle this week and one of their activities was to make a circle collage! Each of the children were given a round paper plate because of its circular shape to use as the canvas for their circle collage. The teacher had precut […]

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Going on an I spy walk in preschool

Our preschoolers loved this little I spy game! This activity was inspired by Nanette Sposito of Little Wonders Preschool. Nanette presented photos of an entire I-Spy theme of activities on Facebook that her class did over the summer and I just loved it. I created a little picture-checklist for the children to use as clues […]

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We painted on bubble wrap in preschool

We have done many variations of this idea in the past and it is always a hit no matter how many times we combine the painting process with bubble wrap. Each of the children got their own sheet of bubble wrap. Some of the bubble wrap had tiny bubbles and some of the bubble wrap […]

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Viewing our world through a colorful lens in preschool!

The children in this classroom have a very colorful view of their world! This classroom has the luxury of four large windows down low at child’s eye view. I happened by the classroom the other day and noticed that the teacher placed see-through colored cellophane on the windows for the children to look through. There is an […]

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We made bumblebees in preschool

I have found so many cute ideas on other blogs that I can’t remember who shared what but somewhere along the way, I found this cute idea for bumblebees. We started out by gluing wax paper wings to our yellow construction paper bee bodies… Then we added a black construction paper head and some black […]

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