June 2011

Circle time: Introducing the forest to preschoolers

One way I like to introduce a new concept to young children is by filling up my treasure box with little trinkets that inspire questions and conversation about that topic. Today’s treasure box is a forest box… Inside my forest box are different items one might find if they went for a walk in the […]

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Have fun with button lights in preschool

I love those little surprises that come up along the way and this is one of those times where the best things come when the child leads the way! While I was busy making my light table, Wy was busy playing with the button lights… At first I wasn’t paying attention but then I realized […]

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DIY light table for preschool

On my wish list is a brand new light table but I have a very long wish list and not much patience. After seeing so many wonderful light table ideas and reading a bunch of amazing ideas on Teach Preschool on Facebook about using a light table, I decided to try making my own… This […]

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DIY: colorful discs for the light table in preschool

I am not so lucky as my sweet friend Leeanne over at Kreative Resources who managed to find a free set of plexiglass discs to use on her light table. In fact, I don’t even have a light table! But after reading several ideas from others, I have managed to make my own discs and […]

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Water play nature hunt with a three year old

Water play is always a hit with my nephew Wy. I bought these little squirt bottles at the dollar store and pulled them out for Wy to play with… Wy and I played a game with the water bottles as we took a little nature walk around the yard. Each time Wy would find something […]

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Role play in early years settings

I know you will enjoy this guest post written by Julie Meighan, author of Drama Start! Role Play in Early Years Settings By Julie Meighan Role play is a very important part of a child’s education. The imagination is a powerful tool which as we know is innate in some children but needs encouraging in others. It is important […]

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Rock climbing with a three year old

When my little nephew Wy comes over, I learn to view things in and outside of my house with new eyes… Everyday, I drive past these rocks that are out in my front yard and don’t really give them much thought. My husband put them in the yard as a landscaping feature and I have […]

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Making a baby footprint painting

Making a footprint flower painting with my grand baby!

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DIY: Table top easels for preschool

I am a guest over at UCreate with Kids today. I am sharing a tutorial on how to make your own table top easels for use at home or in the preschool classroom. Come on over to UCreate and read all about it!

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Kicking off summer at preschool with a friendship mural

Each class at preschool kicked off the summer with a large group friendship mural… Every mural was different… A large group mural is a great way to promote friendship. As the children participated in making their murals they talked with each other and spent time working together side-by-side to achieve a common goal… Some of […]

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Leading preschoolers towards success

Last week, after our final rehearsal for the spring show the children wanted to speak on my real microphone. I happen to have come from my news segment at Fox 59 earlier that morning and so I played news anchor and interviewed the children…. The interview went something like this… Me:      “Good morning, […]

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Bucket list printable

As promised, but just a few days later than I had hoped, here is the bucket list printable I made and shared on Fox 59 Fox 59 Morning News. In case you missed it, you can read my five tips for summer time learning here or the toddler summer fun bucket here.

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Setting the stage for a preschool show

I have just finished one of the busiest weeks of the year. One of the things I have been doing is creating stage decorations for the preschool spring show…. The theme of the show was school days – thus the reason for making lots of objects we use in preschool… I didn’t make all the […]

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Five simple tips for summer time learning

Today, Indiana Fox 59 Morning News invited me to come and share some tips for keeping the learning ongoing during the summer time. Some of you may be thinking “Hey, its summer so let the kids chill!”  I agree, kids should spend time relaxing and enjoying their summer but there are ways to keep the learning […]

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Summer bucket list for a toddler

My niece sent me over her summer bucket list of things she plans to do with her daughter Clara. What is a summer bucket list? It is a list of ideas that a parent puts together of activities the parent plans to do with his or her child over the summer… As you can see […]

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