The week ahead for Teach Preschool

Just a quick note to let you know that I will be speaking next weekend at NAEYC conference in California.  I have never been to California before so I look forward to the trip. If you will be there, I hope you will stop by my session or if you see me in the hallway - stop and say hello! I Put an Apple in my Lunch But Did I Hear a Crunch, Crunch, Crunch? [...]

By | October 31st, 2010|Categories: Conferences|Tags: , |2 Comments

Preschool game: All wrapped up like a mummy

For this Halloween game, we used toilet paper to wrap up like a mummy. Some of the children tried to wrap up their own legs and arms which proved to be quite challenging. Many of the two year olds took a minute to warm up to the idea of getting wrapped up at all! But once they caught on to the idea - they enjoyed having the teacher wrap them up all over! But what [...]

By | October 30th, 2010|Categories: Games, Holiday Ideas|Tags: , , , |2 Comments

Preschool game: Don’t get caught in the spider web!

Another game that was played during our Halloween party was the spider web game. To make this game, the teacher starts by having the children pass a ball of yarn around the circle. Then the children hold on to the yarn and pass it across the circle - going back and forth until we have a spider web. The challenging part of this game is for the children to remember to hold on tightly to [...]

By | October 30th, 2010|Categories: Games|Tags: , , |5 Comments

Fun with skeleton bones in preschool

Today the children had their Halloween party and there were all kinds of activities the children participated in. These children worked together to build a skeleton. They started with the head and worked their way down the body adding arms and hands and legs. The discovered that each arm and leg and two bones. I was really amazed at how the children were able to figure out where each bone went. By starting with the [...]

By | October 30th, 2010|Categories: Games, Holiday Ideas|Tags: , , |0 Comments

We made paper plate pumpkins in preschool

This simple paper plate pumpkin was fun to make. To get started, all you need is... Two paper plates Tissue paper Paint! First we cut some eyes and a mouth out of one of the paper plates. This really is the most challenging part because you have to show the children how they can fold the plate a little bit to make a starter cut then just freehand cut eyes, mouths, and a nose. On [...]

By | October 30th, 2010|Categories: Holiday Ideas|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Itsy bitsy spider day in preschool

Today was itsy bitsy spider day in preschool! There were spiders on the floor, spiders on the tables, spiders in the centers - spiders everywhere! While the two year olds sang the "Itsy Bitsy Spider" song, they made the paper spider climb up the water spout (paper towel tube). Then they played with the spiders on the spiderweb taped to the floor! The children marbled painted spider webs on black construction paper... Then made black [...]

By | October 29th, 2010|Categories: Around the Classroom|Tags: , , |1 Comment

The value of scooping and pouring and counting candy corn in preschool

If there is one area in my own professional development that I have come to appreciate more than ever, it is the value of sensory play. I have always included sensory play in my lesson plans but it hasn't been until this past year that I have really taken the time to sit down with the children and observe how much they really love it and the value it brings to their development. Today, the [...]

A daily review of the letters of the alphabet in preschool

As part of our morning greeting, we take a few short minutes to review the letters of the alphabet. When we review the letters of the alphabet, we sometimes sing the traditional alphabet song. Using the alphabet song helps the children remember the order of the letters. As an adult, I still use the alphabet song to remember the order of the letters. But most of the time we say the letters of the alphabet [...]

Rainbow tracing in preschool

Rainbow tracing is a simple technique for helping children work on their fine motor skills, eye-hand coordination, and beginning writing skills. The technique is fairly simple. You give each child at least three different colors of crayons and a shape, number or letter to trace. The children begin by tracing the shape with their finger. Then the children use one color of crayon and trace the shape. Then the children use the second color to [...]