October 2010

Crunchy leaf science and math in preschool

The trees in my back yard are all starting to change colors. I live in the middle of the woods so finding an ample supply of fall leaves is not a problem… Fall leaves lend themselves to wonderful opportunities for scientific discovery. For every science activity, I like to start with a question… How long […]

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We made friendly Halloween ghosts in preschool

There are so many different symbols that represent Halloween that are fun to make. I like to keep everything as friendly as possible in the process of letting children have fun with Halloween. The children in the kindergarten class started out by tracing a ghost shape onto black construction paper then they cut the ghost […]

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The Winner of Debbie Clement’s Book

Thank you to everyone who joined in to win Debbie Clement’s children’s book. The winner is Judy Rice!

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Who has come to preschool today?

Part of the morning greeting routine in this two year old class includes a creative way to take attendance. On the wall the teacher has two large laminated poster boards. One of the poster boards says “Our Class.” All the children’s names are on this board when they arrive to school each day. The other […]

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Hand and footprint art in the preschool classroom

As a parent, there is nothing more precious to me than hanging up a piece of art my child made out of her own hand or footprint. But as a teacher I sometimes observe hand and footprint art activities and simply wonder where the benefit is to the child.  Don’t get me wrong, I think […]

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Painting with acorns and an oatmeal container in preschool

A fan on my Facebook page recently shared how you can use an oatmeal container for marble painting and I thought this was such a clever idea. I had never thought of it before so we  decided to try it with acorns as part of our fall theme. We started off by putting a piece […]

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Making game mats for preschool

Making homemade game mats can lead to surprising learning opportunities!

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We made handprint fall trees in preschool!

I got the biggest kick out of watching the children make their handprint fall trees today! The children started by letting the teacher paint their hand and forearm with brown paint… Some of the children giggled when the teacher painted their arms and hands. Other children had to give it some thought before deciding to […]

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Counting ten red apples for preschool math

Sometimes, coming up with a math component in your preschool lesson plans can seem rather daunting but there are many tools you can use for helping design fun and inviting mathematical activities.  One simple way to get the ideas flowing is to look for children’s books that promote counting and other mathematical concepts. “Ten Red […]

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Enter to win a copy of Debbie Clement’s new children’s book

Debbie Clement is an author, singer, and song writer all wrapped up in a tiny, but very energetic, sweetheart of a gal! I had the pleasure of meeting Debbie about a year ago at the National Association of Education for Young Children (NAEYC) early childhood conference in 2009. Debbie will be presenting again at this […]

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Stuffed paper bag pumpkin for preschoolers

The fall is such a fun time of year for preschool crafts. This little paper bag pumpkin is a bit messy but fun! What you will need: Paper lunch bag Craft stick Green and orange paint Green yarn Newspaper What your child will do Paint the paper bag orange Paint the craft stick green Fill […]

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Symmetrical pumpkins in preschool

Finish the pumpkin! A preschool focus on symmetrics!

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Preschool symmetrical activity: Finish the leaf

This is an interesting symmetrical fall activity to try! Cut out a leaf and fold it in half… Open and cut on the fold… Glue 1/2 of the leaf to a sheet of construction paper… Now draw the other half…

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E is for elbow in preschool

I have already shared how we integrate the letter of the week with a tactile experience but I wanted to take a minute to elaborate on what we did for the letter E. Trying to find something that the children could glue on the letter E that started with the sound of the letter E […]

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Tactile letters (a to e) in preschool

To integrate the letter of the week with a sensory experience the children glue or paint something on each letter. Presenting the Letter A! A tactile experience is integrated to reinforce the sound of the letter as well as the shape of the letter…   Presenting the Letter B!     We try to make […]

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We are writing on the walls in preschool

In this classroom the children are literally writing on the walls! The bottom half of the wall is painted in chalk board paint around two whole walls of the classroom. Each of the children who have decided to write on the walls have a piece of chalk in one hand and an eraser in the […]

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