Preschool science and sensory with balloons and water

This week, we have been exploring water balloons. Before I share this activity with you - let me remind everyone that there are wonderful opportunities for learning with balloons but you have to be watchful and remind young children not to put them in their mouths while they play. Under the right supervision, this activity is really fun for preschoolers... This was an exploration of hot and cold, sink and float, as well as a [...]

By | July 31st, 2011|Categories: Around the Classroom|Tags: , , , , |9 Comments

Quick tip for storing your preschool flannel board stories

I am always making and collecting flannel board stories and games for my classroom. I love how flannel board stories and activities can capture the attention of young children and get them involved in circletime. I will be posting several of our flannel board activities throughout this school year but today, I want to show a few tips for storing flannel board pieces... One of my favorite ways to store flannel board pieces is through [...]

Building bookshelves for the preschool classroom

I still needed child-sized bookshelves for my classroom but not any more. Over the weekend my husband built me three of them... I gave him the measurements that I needed based on how many baskets I hoped to fit in each shelf as well as measuring the height of my tables.  I didn't want the shelves so tall that I couldn't see the children behind the shelves as they played but not so short that [...]

By | July 27th, 2011|Categories: DIY|Tags: , , , |19 Comments

Literacy Beginnings | Chapter 20 | Names

The most powerful and effective way for children to begin learning the complex process of learning about letters is by writing their own names." ~Carol Lyons Retrieved from Literacy Beginnings on July 25, 2011 Today I am sharing the highlights from Chapter 20 Names: A Powerful resource for Literacy Learning by Pinnell and Fountas. This is one chapter from this amazing book blog party sponsored by Vanessa over at Pre-K Pages. Names According to Pinnell [...]

Finding treasures for your preschool classroom

One thing I don't have yet for my preschool classrooms are child-sized shelves. My husband is planning to build me a few but in the mean time, I happened to stumble across this little shelf in my mom's neighborhood... It's funny how being a preschool teacher makes you look at everything with an eye for the possibilities. I was picking my mom up to run a few errands and happened to notice this little plastic [...]

By | July 24th, 2011|Categories: Centers, Classroom Setup|Tags: , , , |18 Comments

DIY: I made my very own geoboards for preschool

After my husband made the sensory tables and the window easel, he had two left-over rectangular shaped pieces of plywood left over. They were the "holes" that were cut out of the sensory table. I decided to try my own hand at some construction and made my very own geoboards... I sanded the rough edges first then painted the first side of both boards... Then I flipped the boards over so I could add the [...]

By | July 23rd, 2011|Categories: DIY|Tags: , , , , |19 Comments

DIY: Window easel for preschool

As I have mentioned before, I have been setting up my outdoor classroom and so far my husband has made the biggest difference by making me the sensory table and the tinker table. With the left over wood, he also made me this wonderful window easel... The window easel may also be called a sensory window.  The window easel is 4 feet tall from floor to top and 4 feet wide. The actual window part [...]

By | July 22nd, 2011|Categories: DIY|Tags: , , , , |26 Comments

DIY: A homemade sensory table and tinker table

Last week my husband got highly motivated and built me some new furniture for my outdoor classroom. He built me a sensory table... And what I call a tinker table... And a stand-alone plexiglass window (which I will share more on tomorrow)... The dimensions on the tinker table and the sensory table are the same. I am going to do my best to tell you how they were built but I am not familiar with [...]

By | July 21st, 2011|Categories: DIY|Tags: , , , , |42 Comments

DIY: Make your own dot dabbers for preschool

I love dot dabbers and as I prepare for the up and coming preschool year, I have been making my list of things I need to restock. I use up dot dabbers pretty quickly so I added them to the list but then I got to wondering if I could possibly make my own dot dabbers.. Hmmm... I have been saving small water bottles for something and I decided to use them. They are fairly [...]

By | July 20th, 2011|Categories: DIY|Tags: , , , |59 Comments