The child centered classroom: Adding things to do

I have been writing about setting up classrooms over the past few weeks and so far I talked a little bit about setting up furniture and selecting baskets for your shelves. Once you have your baskets, you will certainly need to decide what will go into the baskets. What goes into each basket depends on the purpose behind each center (shelf) you are creating. For example, in the fine motor center/shelf I put lacing cards, [...]

By | December 29th, 2010|Categories: Centers, Classroom Setup, Professional Development|Tags: , |10 Comments

Making scrap paper snowmen in Kindergarten

We have been working at being more frugal in our program - this is not an easy task for us - but we are getting the hang of it. I was delighted to go into our Kindergarten classroom and see that the teacher had set out her basket of scrap construction paper for this project... The teacher invited the children to make snowmen. They started by brainstorming how many circles might be included in a [...]

By | December 27th, 2010|Categories: Winter Art|Tags: , , |20 Comments

Happy Holidays from Teach Preschool

Wishing you and your family a wonderful and peaceful holiday season! Merry Christmas! PS. I enjoyed reading all of the other blogs and the wonderful holiday wishes made by all of you! Thanks for all you do! I am going to enjoy my family for the weekend and get some much needed rest too! I will be back on Monday! Deborah

By | December 24th, 2010|Categories: Christmas|10 Comments

We made more lions in preschool

This class has also been exploring the letter L and they made lions too! The teacher started out by showing the children how to draw a lion face... Then the children began drawing their own lion faces on orange construction paper circles... I am a huge advocate for modeling drawing and writing skills for children then letting them try to draw on their own. Here were a few of the lion faces they came up [...]

By | December 23rd, 2010|Categories: Around the Classroom|Tags: , , |2 Comments

L is for lion in preschool

The children are exploring the letter L this week and today, this class made lions! The children started out with a construction paper circle then added a construction paper mouth, nose, and two googly eyeballs... Once they had their facial features added, the children brushed the edge of the paper circle with a thick layer of glue... Next, the children added colorful pasta to the glue to create a colorful lion's mane:) The colorful pasta [...]

By | December 22nd, 2010|Categories: Around the Classroom|Tags: , , |5 Comments

I am giving away the versatile blogger award to…

I have been so busy that I am a bit behind on sharing awards that were so thoughtfully given to me by my fellow bloggers. So without further ado - let me proudly accept the Versatile Blogger award given to me by Montessori Tidbits! When a blogger gives another blogger an award - it usually comes with a few rules to keep the love going:) In this case the rules are... Thank the person who [...]

By | December 20th, 2010|Categories: Awards|Tags: |25 Comments

We made a shapely Santa in preschool

While having fun with holiday arts and crafts, we also used the opportunity to review our shapes... We reviewed triangles and circles by making a Santa puppet from construction paper... The children simply added a triangular shaped hat, some eyeballs... Some of the children really like those eyeballs... And of course, we added cotton balls to finish off our triangle Santa! In another class, the children added a circle for Santa's nose... And more cotton [...]

By | December 20th, 2010|Categories: Christmas, Holiday Ideas|Tags: , , , |4 Comments