December 2010

Working on weaving in preschool

I have learned so much from others since I started Teach Preschool. I am always amazing at the creativity of all the other bloggers out there and I am constantly sharing the ideas I read about with the teachers and children from my school. As I continue the process of setting up classrooms, I want […]

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The child-centered classroom: shelves

As a general rule, when I set up classrooms, I find that it is most helpful to make sure that shelves face the area that you want the children to play… For example, if I have a shelf with art supplies on it (an art center) then I will set the shelf up near a […]

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We made Christmas tree paper pillows in preschool

This simple Christmas tree was made by our four year olds. The children started by coloring and decorating two green construction paper Christmas tree shapes. Next, they stapled the two trees together leaving a little hole for stuffing… Next, the children gathered two tissues and wadded them up… And then the children stuffed the tissue […]

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Setting up a child-centered classroom

Selecting baskets for a child-centered early childhood classroom requires thought and time.

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Why reindeer should not go to preschool

Reindeer should not go to preschool… Because they don’t know how to play… They are fuzzy and smelly… And they chew on our clothes… And are a big distraction all day! But the most important reason… Is the mess they make on the floor… So no matter what the season… Don’t let a reindeer come […]

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We made pine cone trees in kindergarten

We made pine cone trees in kindergarten but all I got to see were the final results! So here is a photo of what we made! If you want to learn more about how to make your own – you can check out Kara’s post at Little Learners Lounge and this terrific post on Kiboomu […]

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Making AB patterns in preschool

As we continue to explore the letter K this week, the children worked on practicing their skills for identifying and making AB patterns… Introducing patterns first begins with a hands-on type of activity followed by the activity page. The activity pages we use are usually something I have created on my own computer. They are […]

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Christmas bows and boxes in preschool

The other day, I shared with you how our curriculum coordinator puts together activity boxes for the classrooms. I thought I would now show you one of the activities in action… In this particular activity box, the children found boxes with numbers (1 – 5) printed on the outside and a set of Christmas bows. […]

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The letter K is for kiss!

In the midst of preparing a Christmas musical, making holiday decorations, and making gifts for parents – we still try to keep up with our regular academic program. This week the children are exploring the letter K! It won’t be the only time that we explore the letter K but it is the week that […]

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Nominated for the Best Individual Tweeter award

I was nominated for the Best Individual Tweeter award by Vanessa Levin at Pre-k Pages! You can vote for me here or take a look at all the other categories and vote for your favorites!

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We made paper plate Christmas wreaths in preschool

The kindergarten class has been busy making all kinds of fun holiday goodies to decorate their room and when I stopped by today, I was able to catch them making these pretty paper plate wreaths. They cut out the center of a paper plate then added lot’s of green tissue paper and a touch of […]

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Holiday activity boxes for preschool play

One of the most invaluable employees in our preschools is our curriculum coordinator. She has a huge responsibility and is amazing at her job.  One of her many jobs is to create and prepare what we call mini- “centers” or they could be referred to as “work boxes” or as “activity boxes”. Mrs. F is […]

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At play with baby: in and out

What can baby Clara do with a spoon, and a pan, and a plastic egg? The egg goes in… The egg comes out… The egg gets rolled all about… Turn the pan over and then Clara can… Go tap, tap, tap on that funny little pan.. But uh, oh where did the egg go? There […]

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