February 2011

Organizing your teacher bag for preschool

I think I have hundreds teacher bags laying around. I get them from all sorts of places but mostly from conferences I attend. Several months ago, I shared how we organize our teaching materials for the week. My main purpose in using a teacher bag is to make transitions between activities go smoothly and to […]

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Making patterns with Dr. Seuss’s hat!

On March 2nd, we will be celebrating the birthday of Dr. Seuss.  We have a few ideas planned and a few activity boxes prepared as well. This is our “Cat in the Hat” activity box. It is simply several laminated Dr. Seuss hats cut from red construction and a set of laminated strips of construction […]

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Bam Radio: Discussion on Childcare Rating Scales

I am not always up to speed on what is happening from a political perspective in early childhood education. I get so caught up in just how to teach in the classroom that I just don’t take time to understand and get informed about the kinds of decisions that affect the environment I teach (or […]

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We play hospital in preschool

The children have been checking out medical supplies in their continuing exploration of community helpers… In our activity boxes, we set out a variety of first aid supplies as well as toy medical tools for the children to play with… As I observed the children at play, I noticed that many of the children liked […]

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P is for potato head in preschool

This week the children had fun making potato heads…. In the block center the children played with some potato heads… Here are a few more of the potato head masterpieces I found hanging up in the classroom… For more activities to do with potatoes click on the links below…. Growing Potatoes from Polwig Play Dough […]

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Postcard exchange 2011 update

For those of you who are participating in the current postcard exchange, let me share a few updates that I have received by email and on facebook. There are many of you who are really moving along and sending out your postcards! I am so excited about your participation and have enjoyed the feedback and […]

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R is for rice in preschool

The children were exploring the letter “R” by gluing rice on the red letter… By gluing on the rice, the children are able to draw the connection of the sound of the letter “R” to something familiar, something they will remember, and something they can feel… The “R” shape was precut for the children so […]

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We played fire station in preschool

We provided fire station activity boxes for our continuing study of community helpers. I shared the idea of making our own fire stations from a post I read at No Time for Flashcards… Along with the fire stations we set out some fire trucks and then added some waffle blocks to extend the play a […]

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Exploring measuring tools in preschool

These preschoolers enjoyed the opportunity to explore measuring tools to do a little counting and comparing.

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A not so perfect preschool teacher’s valentine poem

As a preschool teacher I am not always perfectly great… I sometimes plan things to do That are not considered age appropriate… And sometimes I spend too much time planning for every minute of the day… Instead of giving my students more time To learn through their play… And sometimes I talk too much When […]

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Last minute valentine collage for prekindergarten

I titled this for prekindergarten but any child that has the fine motor skills to do this activity will be able to whip it up fairly quickly.  All you need is some construction paper strips to make the hearts and some glue if you want to put the hearts on a piece of paper to […]

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Valentine mailboxes and magnets for preschool play

I started collecting these little red and white mailboxes from the dollar section at Target sometime in January. I thought they would make terrific additions to our February valentine work boxes… To provide a variety of different learning opportunities and types of play, I included magnetic numbers because the mailboxes are magnetic and it would […]

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Are preschoolers interested in magnets?

Take time to observe children at play in their environment and see what they are learning and what you can learn from them!

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Writing the letter of the week

Each week, when a new letter is introduced, the teacher invites each child to come up and try to print the letter on the dry erase board. The teacher begins by printing a capital and lower case letter on the board first – she identifies each letter as she is writing them for the children […]

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At play with baby: hello hands!

Discover how to create a wonderful book of hands for your infant or toddler and use the book to explore the things in your child’s world! A terrific tool for infant lesson plans.Discover how to create a wonderful book of hands for your infant or toddler and use the book to explore the things in your child’s world! A terrific tool for infant lesson plans.

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Deborah in the news

I have been enjoying the opportunity to present some simple information on our local news station. On today’s segment, I came prepared to introduce several ideas that young children can explore for Valentine’s day. If you are viewing this by email, you may need to come to the blog to see the short news clip! […]

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