December 2010

Happy New Year from Teach Preschool!

Here’s to what the future holds! and Wishing you a Wonderful  and Happy New Year! This is where I plan to spend as much of my winter as I can.. Right in front of the fireplace! See you next year!

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The “After Christmas Tree” book and activity for preschool

Keep the giving going even after Christmas comes to a close with this cute book and Christmas tree for the birds!

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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 […]

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Planning marvelous mitten activities for preschool

Creating a preschool lesson plan on mittens.

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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… […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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At play with baby: shiny paper

What is baby Clara doing today? She’s getting ready for the holidays! Paper red, silver, and gold… This paper feels a little bit cold! Cut the paper into small pieces and stick to laminating paper… And Clara can explore some more! See what Clara’s mommy made with all that shiny paper… As with anything you […]

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A very special award for Teach Preschool

I recently won the Edublog award for the Best Individual Tweeter. I really don’t know much about this award but I do know that it was an award given to me by my peers and followers and that makes it a very special blessing. Over the past year, I have had the privilege of meeting […]

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We made Santa in preschool!

We made all kinds of Santas this past month. I wasn’t able to catch all the action but I did catch some… These little ones colored a paper bag with red markers… Then the glued on construction paper eyes and a hat… And added cotton balls for Santa’s beard and one for the tip of […]

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We made marshmallow snowmen in preschool

After our Thanksgiving feast, we ended up with tons of marshmallows left over and they were starting to go stale. So instead of throwing them all away, we decided they would be perfect for making marshmallow snowmen. The children caught on to this idea very easily. They each started by tracing three circles on a […]

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Cookies for Santa cookbook

Our Kindergarten class made these wonderful “Cookies for Santa” cookbooks to give their parents as a Christmas gift. We happened to have a bunch of brown hot pads in a box that was supposed to be used for another project last year but never did. So our kindergarten teacher, Mrs. R., decided they would make […]

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What does Santa like to do?

While waiting around for Christmas, Santa likes to… Ring the jingle bells… Play with Legos… Play computer games… And talk to his teacher… But mostly, Santa likes to dance and sing with all his friends! “Ho! Ho! Ho!”

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