March 2011

At play with playdough people in preschool

I recently acquired these little people shaped craft sticks. The craft stick people were unfinished so I painted a few of them blue and a few of them red… I am always looking to add new dimensions of play to the materials we already have in the classroom. So I added the people shaped craft sticks to […]

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Painting colorful trees in preschool

The children have been exploring the four seasons throughout the week and today they painted trees… The teacher had set out paper with a tree form already on it (the children probably could have drawn their own trees) and a variety of paint colors with paint brushes. This was one of many different activities the […]

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Exploring all four seasons in preschool

Through out this week, the children have been exploring the four seasons. For one of our activity boxes, we set out laminated trees and symbols to go on the trees that represent each of the four seasons… Before playing with the four season items, the teacher brainstormed with the children about which season each symbol might […]

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Measuring the short and long of it in preschool

During circle time, these children explored the concept of longer and shorter… The teacher selected two children at a time to go and select an object from the room and bring it back to the circle. The two objects were then placed side by side so the children could determine which was longer and which […]

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Endless fun with flowers in preschool

The preschool children loved playing with the flowers and play dough from one of our spring activity boxes!

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Mother’s day activities for preschoolers

Mother’s day activities for preschoolers!

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Exploring weather patterns in preschool

To extend the weather graphing experience over time, the children help to create a weather caterpillar… Each day, the children add a new circle to their weather caterpillar and discuss the patterns in the weather. As you can see below, the weather pattern is “rainy, rainy, cloudy, cloudy” (AABB)… In the younger classes, the teacher […]

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Graphing the weather with preschoolers

As I shared previously, graphing with preschoolers is a wonderful way to expand a child’s understanding of their world. The children have been exploring the weather with the use of a graph as well… On the top of the graph, the children answer the question “What is your favorite weather?” By titling the graph with […]

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Five graphing tips you can use with preschoolers

early childhood education, preschool, homeschool, ice cream, graphing, graphs

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Are you a preschool twitterer?

I would love to invite you to join me on Twitter and below is a newsletter with many of the wonderful ideas that I share on Twitter…

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Inviting children to play in preschool

This is not a St. Patrick’s day post but I did use photos from our St. Patrick’s day activity box to start this post off so please read on…. How you set out materials on a table can make a difference in whether children will want to play with those materials or not. During St. […]

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Explaining the creative art process during circle time to preschoolers

Before rushing off to explore creative art activities, we often take a minute to explain the creative art activity during circle time… The goal is to help the children connect the dots between the creative art activity and any concept we are exploring throughout the week… Once the children get to the table, they will be […]

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Rainy day chalk drawings in preschool

Today the children were exploring rain and the goal was to make a rainy day picture with chalk… First they were to create a picture with the chalk and then sprinkle some water, like rain, on top of the chalk drawing… The children were interested in making the rain but they were not grasping how […]

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Spring up your preschool classroom with pussy willows!

The children made pussy willows in preschool today! They started out by exploring a real pussy willow. We had to be careful because if we handled the branch too much the little buds (catkins) would fall of the branch very easily. So instead we took one of the catkins off and let the children feel […]

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Black and white make gray for a cloudy day in preschool

Color mixing and painting clouds in preschool…

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Colorful and educational rice bottles for preschoolers

I have been playing around with rice bottles to see what I can do to make them both fun and educational. I love all the different versions of rice bottle, also called “I Spy” bottles, I have seen on other blogs and since I whipped up all that colorful rice a few weeks ago, I […]

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