May 2011

Still life flower drawings in kindergarten

This is the final activity we did with our flower bouquets. You can see the other posts here > painting with flowers, a flower canvas, and cutting flower stems. I have also seen many different folks share about still life drawings which made me really want to give this a try with the kids… To get this […]

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Cutting flower stems in preschool

Cutting flower stems in preschool Perhaps I should have titled this post “Attempting to cut flower stems in preschool” because child scissors don’t make much of a dent in the stems. However, one of our students figured out how to make this work…. These are left-over stems from our flower bouquets which I posted about […]

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Painting with a bouquet of flowers in preschool

Did you save the flower bouquet for preschool? I have shared how the kindergarten class made a flower canvas from a flower bouquet that was just about ready to be thrown out. Here are some additional activities to use up those flowers from the flower bouquet as well… While at one table, the children were making […]

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Creating with the parts of flowers

Exploring the parts of a flower with this fun and creative activity!

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This is a little frog game for preschoolers

Dawn is always so busy making wonderful games and activity boxes for the children at preschool and this is one of her latest games she put together…. She added lili-pads, frogs, and a dice… The children will make up their own rules of how to play the game… The dice is included to promote a […]

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Bug-a-boo preschool art and activity collection

I thought I would repost this collection of buggy ideas I found from last year… Bugs and Critters  

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Vote for Teach Preschool

Voting ends today – May 11th on the Circle of Mom’s website.  I would really appreciate it if you would vote for Teach Preschool.  There are some wonderful bloggers on there that I adore so I would just love it if I could stay in the top 25. Thank you for your help! Deborah

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Happy Mother’s Day: what does a preschool mom look like?

What does a preschool mom look like? (and non-preschool moms and grandmoms too!) Thanks for all you do and… Happy Mother’s Day!

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Is it possible to give too much positive praise to preschoolers?

Last week I was the guest commentator on the Bam Radio Show along with Rae Pica, Ellen Ava Sigler, Ed.D.,  and Margaret Berry Wilson. The topic was titled, “Creating Praise Junkies: Are You Giving Children Too Much “Positive” Reinforcement?” . You can click on the link to take a listen. My Thoughts on positive reinforcement… […]

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Creative challenge: The little box carpenter

It is my sincerest privilege to share this post along with 20+ fabulous bloggers who have collaborated together to present this creative challenge: creative ideas to do with a cardboard box.  This terrific blog linky was put together by the tireless efforts and leadership of Tinkerlab in honor of her 1 year anniversary.  Congratulations to Tinkerlab! […]

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Exploring spring sensory play with preschoolers

When I fill a sensory table, I usually have everything already in it that I think the children would like to play with but today, I just set out set out different items for Tristan to choose from… I set out a basket of rocks, some colorful green rice, a pile  of plastic bugs, paint […]

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Developing large motor skills by playing on the line in preschool

Tape is such a wonderful thing to keep handy in preschool. In the latest conference I attended, the Ooey Gooey lady said you should keep a roll of painter’s tape on your wrist at all times! I am inclined to agree… Using some green painter’s tape, I made a large square on the floor so […]

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Making horses in preschool with sticks and yarn

The past week the children at preschool have been exploring animals on the farm. In one of the activity boxes were craft sticks and some strips of yarn… It wasn’t obvious to the children how these materials could be used to make farm animals so I sat at a table and made my own horse. […]

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A wordle for mother’s day!

I have been playing around with word clouds and really wanted to have the children at school make a wordle or use a wordle as part of their mother’s day gifts.  I don’t have anything from the school to show you yet but I do have some ideas that I did here at home while […]

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Getting preschoolers involved in classroom setup

Sometimes we, as adults, tend to think we should have everything just perfect and all set up before the children come into the classroom.  I agree that having things organized can help with classroom management and the flow of the classroom day but at the same time, it is also a good idea to save […]

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The new teach preschool community

I have added a new page to my blog called the Teach Preschool Community. This is new to me so I hope it works well. As many (or most) of you know, I share lots of ideas from bloggers everywhere on my Teach Preschool on Facebook page and on Twitter too.  While I will continue […]

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