June 2011

Reading spaces for a toddler

A great way to create a toddler’s interest in children’s books is to integrate books into their play environment. Often times, we get stuck with the idea that books belong on shelves or in a basket on the floor. We want to keep them organized and clean but for toddlers, the best place for a […]

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International mud day: making rainbow mud paint

The point of international mud day is to get messy. Had it been a weekend where I could just let loose and have a mud jamboree, perhaps I would have but I just didn’t have one spare minute this week. I did do some experimenting yesterday and I hope you will enjoy this mildly messy International […]

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Literacy Beginnings: Chapter two: Building a Community of Learners

I am thrilled to be participating in the Book Study Blog Party being hosted by Pre-K Pages. Each participating blogger is taking a turn to read a chapter of the book “Literacy Beginnings” by Gay Su Pinnell and Irene C. Fountas.  You can check out the linky at the bottom of this post to see […]

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Literacy Beginnings: Come and read along with us!

Vanessa over at Pre-K Pages is hosting a Literacy Beginnings Book Study Blog Party! One terrific way to promote professional development is to find a group to read along with! There are some terrific bloggers participating in this book study and you can too! You can purchase the book from Amazon or you can check […]

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Starting with the activity and ending with the book in preschool

I have almost always started our day with circle time in preschool. I choose a great children’s book along with other conversation sparkers that ultimately branch out into a variety of other content areas like art, math, and so forth… But lately, my three year old nephew, Wy, has been teaching me to rethink my […]

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Painting with a mop and a preschooler

Last week, I got a chuckle out of reading “The ‘Correct’ Tools?” and the comments from Mrs. Karen’s Preschool. Towards the end of her post, Karen stated… “The “correct tools” in my classroom are ones that encourage fun, creativity and yes, lots and lots of giggles. Why in this world would anyone settle for just […]

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Exploring mixed-up chameleons with Eric Carle

Today is Eric Carle’s birthday and in honor of his birthday, a large group of bloggers have been putting together ideas that would go nicely with many of his books. I love so many of Eric Carle’s books that I had a hard time narrowing it down. But after much ado, I have narrowed down […]

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Hands off in preschool

In our zest to help children “create” sometimes it is easy to forget what it means to be creative… Creativity is inspired when we give children the opportunity to explore the art process and materials without the pressure of having to do it in a specific way… In an effort to teach children, adults get […]

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At play with baby: I can kick my feet!

We have been playing lots of baby kicking feet games!

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Making color wheels all summer long in preschool

Summer time is a great time to explore color wheels. I like to use it at an opportunity to review basic colors… The children at preschool made their own color wheels last year. Each class worked together as a group throughout the summer to make their color wheels and each color wheel was a little […]

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Painting on the light table

With my new light table all ready to go, I just had to play with it here at home and the first thing I wanted to try was a little painting… Now keep in mind that this is my DIY light table so there is no plug or electricity and because the lid is totally […]

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Fourth of July preschool activities

Looking for Fourth of July preschool activities? I have been bookmarking activities since last year and you can check them all out by going to my Pinterest Fourth of July board! I will be sharing more ideas over at Teach Preschool on Facebook in the next few weeks as well!

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Playing the train game in preschool

During our musical a few weeks ago, I taught the older children a little train song and dance. Part of what we did was use our chairs to make a train for the musical. The two year old children would often come into the room and watch us as we practiced the train song… I […]

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DIY: Making a mini-light box for preschool

Once I start trying to figure out an idea, I tend to go overboard so I hope I am not driving everyone crazy with all the light box posts. I have one more very simple light box idea to share and I think I will have given you all my best efforts of creating a […]

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Is outdoor playtime break time?

With summer time upon us, outdoor play is one of the biggest topics of discussion going around blog world. I recently participated in a wonderful discussion on outdoor play on Bam Radio and I hope you will take the 15 minutes of time to listen to it… The radio segment is titled “Why Play Time […]

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Update: Tweaking my DIY light table

Since my original post on creating my own light table, I have received all kinds of wonderful ideas on how to improve on my plan. I thought I should share the ideas with you so you can decide what will work best for you… The first suggestion was to paint the inside of my plastic […]

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