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 book is where the toddler likes to play.... Little red reading wagon My niece, Clara, loves to go for wagon [...]

International mud day: making rainbow mud paint

In honor of International Mud Day, I recently did some experimenting and I hope you will enjoy this mildly messy International Mud Day activity... Finding the right kind of dirt here to make a good consistency of mud was not easy. The dirt in my yard was hard as a rock so I stopped by my husbands jobsite and filled up a bucket of dirt from there. The dirt is light and thick (almost a [...]

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 each chapter as it is posted by the bloggers or go to Pre-k Pages and follow along from there. Vanessa [...]

By | June 28th, 2011|Categories: Professional Development|Tags: , , , |21 Comments

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 in everyday and see the highlights shared by each of the participating bloggers. Read Chapter One today with Vanessa Levin [...]

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 approach a bit and to be more willing to "teach outside of the box".... The other day, I posted a [...]

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 paint brushes when there is a world of possibilities out there? Oh well... I guess I should stop the ranting [...]

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 my choice to a sweet idea for "The Mixed-Up Chameleon"... This book is about a chameleon who isn't happy with [...]

By | June 25th, 2011|Categories: Children's Books, Light Table|Tags: , , , , |25 Comments

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 the idea that if they control a child's movements or actions that this will help the child be more proficient [...]

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 different... Most of the children would bring something in from home that was the color of the week. So if the [...]

By | June 21st, 2011|Categories: Around the Classroom, Creative Art|Tags: , , |10 Comments