Reading spaces for a toddler

Clara in the wagon

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 […]

International mud day: making rainbow mud paint

Rainbow mud

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 […]

Literacy Beginnings: Chapter two: Building a Community of Learners

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 […]

Literacy Beginnings: Come and read along with us!

Literacy Beginnings

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 […]

Starting with the activity and ending with the book in preschool

Wy and the Mixed-Up Chameleon

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 […]

Painting with a mop and a preschooler

Painting with a mop

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 […]