May 2011

Experimenting at home for preschool

Sometimes I will come across an idea that I really love but can’t necesarily decide how I want to implement it in the classroom…. I have seen this idea a couple of times now with the first time being at Irresistible Ideas for Play Based Learning. I folded a paper towel into one long strip and […]

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Building trucks with simple materials in preschool

When our curriculum coordinator, Mrs. Fisher, showed me the items she had planned for this transportation activity box, she was worried that the children might not really like it. I love the unpredictability of children… Mrs. Fisher put some cards with simple shaped trucks printed on each card in the activity box with some straws […]

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Making our own maps in preschool

There is a story to these simple maps the children designed today in preschool…

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Making the art process easier isn’t always the right choice in preschool

As part of a transportation unit, the children in this class explored how the flow of wind helps a hot air balloon move across the sky. To build on the concept of wind, the children tried a little blow-painting on their hot air balloons… The children put a spoonful of paint on their paper balloons then […]

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Who is really teaching preschool?

Today, I happened by this class to see what was up and while there, I discovered the real teacher hard at work play. This young teacher (a Pre-K student) was holding a set of cards that had been made for the transportation activity box. Each card had a different color of car on the front […]

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Why should I do that same old boring art activity in preschool

As long as I have been teaching, I have been including car painting in my lesson plans. That would be over 20 years of ruining Hot Wheels and other cars (that are probably now collectibles) with paint and water… Today as I walked around, I observed children painting with cars yet again. But as I […]

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We made a paper plate bumble bee in preschool

The children at preschool made a paper plate bumble bee… The children started by using yellow paint and a paint roller to turn their paper plate a bright yellow… Then the children painted on some black bumblebee stripes with a paint brush. Notice how they used different types of painting tools as this process progressed. […]

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At play with baby: look at me

For those of you who have not graduated into the grandma club, then you may not appreciate this as much when I say…   There is nothing more amazing than watching your own child be a parent! I love watching my daughter be a mom – she is so natural and nurturing and smart! Shall […]

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Father’s day gift idea for preschoolers

Last year, the children at preschool made this cute little Father’s Day gift.  I want to say, before you read on, that I know the spelling of “Duct Tape” is incorrect on the gifts but for some reason, it wasn’t noticed until after the projects were all done! LOL! I still thought it was such […]

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Try the frog leap in preschool

In preschool, the frog leap is just a bit different than the old fashioned leap frog game where you jump over another person’s back… In this classroom, the teacher laminated some lili-pads on the floor for her little frogs to leap across. We have the two-footed leap… The split leap.. The full-body leap (sorry for a […]

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Teach Preschool in the news: exploring plants and nature

Exploring flowers and plants with preschoolers!

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Should we teach boys versus girls differently in preschool?

Let’s face it – little boys and little girls have some basic differences. They look different, they smell and sound different (sometimes), they have different body parts, and sometimes they even play differently. But the real question is, should we teach them differently? The most recent topic of discussion on Bam Radio titled “Debunking 3 […]

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Buzzing little bumble bee prints in preschool

This is a simple bumble bee activity box to throw together…. All you need are yellow ink pads, black crayons, and some pieces of paper…. Invite the children to press their fingers on the yellow ink pad and then make yellow prints on their paper… Once they have their prints on the paper, invite the […]

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Counting and sorting bugs in preschool

This little bug activity box was simple to put together and allowed for both some color sorting and simple play!

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How to clean up the preschool classroom

To keep your classroom clean, start by keeping a broom and dust pan by the sand table at all times… And keep old towels near the water table at all times… And be sure to have extra paper towels available for cleaning the tables… And keep plenty of baskets handy for sorting and putting away […]

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We made caterpillars in preschool

There are some activities that just look like fun and this caterpillar painting activity is one of my favorites…. The teachers set out bright colors of paint, some plastic cups, and some plastic forks. The children used the plastic forks to scratch some green grass on their paper… We had all kinds of green grass […]

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