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 kids to care for the easel is work for the adults but I think it is an investment that is [...]

By | September 30th, 2010|Categories: Quick Tips for Preschool Teachers|Tags: , , |18 Comments

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 this day to see their version of the "touch" project:) The teacher set a variety of materials with different textures [...]

By | September 29th, 2010|Categories: Infant and Toddler, Sensory Play|Tags: , , , |3 Comments

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 the pickles would be sour but we had bread and butter pickles. The children who did taste the pickles didn't [...]

By | September 29th, 2010|Categories: Sensory Play|Tags: , , , |1 Comment

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 children to put two lenses together to see if the color changed at all but they were unable to see [...]

By | September 29th, 2010|Categories: Sensory Play|Tags: , , , |1 Comment

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 shook the canisters and then used their sense of hearing to find the two cannisters that sounded just the same. [...]

By | September 29th, 2010|Categories: Sensory Play|Tags: , , |1 Comment

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 salt, pumpkin spice and chocolate and coffee. After smelling the different seasonings, the children sorted the seasonings by which smells [...]

By | September 29th, 2010|Categories: Sensory Play|Tags: , , , |1 Comment

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 the book into another learning opportunity. Many of the children stamped the letters of their name on leaves. It is [...]

By | September 28th, 2010|Categories: Children's Books|Tags: , , |2 Comments

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 15 minute recording by clicking on the link above. I found the discussion both informative and interesting but what stood [...]

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 for their creations. I am not sure where she got the leaves from but the activity might also work well [...]

By | September 26th, 2010|Categories: Children's Books|Tags: , |4 Comments

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 in the process. She gives them some direction as to how to create their queen and where to find the [...]

By | September 26th, 2010|Categories: motor skills|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments