April 2011

Making rainbow fish collages in preschool

The kindergarten children from this class have been reading the book “The Rainbow Fish” by Marcus Pfister and today they made their very own rainbow fish collages… The teacher set out a basket of tissue paper squares and some aluminum foil to add a little bit of shimmer… Each child took their own approach towards […]

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Fostering organizational skills through play

This is a  pile of magnetic numbers and a magnetic cookie sheet I bought at the dollar store. I have been organizing my activity boxes for future use… There was a second cookie sheet on the table without any magnets… As Tristan sat down to play, I realized that his focus wasn’t on the numbers […]

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A kitchen timer and a preschooler

The use of an egg timer to promote play and learning in preschool!

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Building daily living skills in preschool

There are lots of opportunities for young children to build daily living skills. When my little friend Tristan came over today, I thought we could do some art activities in my studio but he wanted to help me with some cleaning and arranging instead. As we started working together, I realized that this was an […]

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Turtle shell prints for preschoolers

I don’t know what it is about turtles but I just love them and I am always trying to think of new ways to make them so they are a little less craftsy and a little more artsy…. This turned out to be a fun way to make turtle prints to go along with the […]

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Keeping the glue bottles with brushes clean in preschool

This is one of my favorite glue bottles that I highly recommend for young children… The only problem is that after some use, the glue lid gets impossibly stuck to the bottle… I spent a long time cleaning the tops of these bottles and even ended up with some pretty sore fingers trying to pry […]

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Preparing for graduation day in preschool…

Preschool graduations will soon be coming. Find out more about how you can prepare for your preschool graduation ceremony!

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Creating a flower collage in preschool

Collages are a simple way for children to extend their understanding of different concepts that they are exploring or showing an interest in… Collage materials can include any kind of materials you can possibly think of. These children are making what I would consider one of the most basic types of collages using pictures and […]

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Happy Easter from Teach Preschool

This is what this grandma will be spending most of Easter Sunday doing…. May you have a very blessed day!

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An earth day poem: What do you see?

I wrote this little earth day poem based on the story “Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?” by Bill Martin Jr. and  Eric Carle. Teacher, teacher what do you see? I see lady bugs, sorting, and counting games looking at me…. Teacher, teacher what do you see? I see paper animals, trees, flowers, […]

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Exploring weight and size with scales in preschool

There are all kinds of simple scales you can provide for inviting children to explore weight. Set out a set of scales along with a variety of items for the children to explore and compare… The bowls on the top of these scales come off which allows the children to easily fill the bowls then […]

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Teach Preschool in the news: Save those easter eggs!

This morning, I had a special guest join me for my three minute segment on local Indiana Fox 59 Morning News… Tristan and his parents joined me at the news studio bright and early this morning to present my newest segment – see video below.  Everyone pitched in to help me get ready… First I […]

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Paper plate spin art without the spinner for preschoolers

Try this bright and colorful spin art activity without the spinner!

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Tissue box challenge: making simple squares in preschool

I just love a challenge because it makes me think “outside of the box” – yes pun intended… JDaniel4’s Mom and The Activity Mom are hosting this fun little challenge as a creative way to recognize earth week. The challenge is to make something out of a tissue box! I really am not all that […]

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Getting babies and toddlers outside to play

This week Childhood 101 is celebrating “Get Outdoors and Play” and that is one thing my nieces and nephews love to do.  There are all kinds of fun things infants and toddlers can do outside… My little niece Clara is having a ball swinging in her backyard… If this doesn’t look like fun, then I […]

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On becoming a grandma for the very first time

Becoming a grandma is an experience that only after becoming a grandma can you begin to appreciate. Bright and early this morning, my daughter had our first grand baby – a bouncing baby boy…. We arrived at the hospital at 1:00 in the morning and by 8:00 in the morning he was here! He is […]

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