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1 Susan Kidwell August 15, 2011 at 8:07 am

I would love to have the same blocks you are showing on your post!!! I think the Filled Blocks would make a wonderful addition to my early childhood special education classroom!!!! Thanks for all your wonderful information that you share!


2 Kara September 2, 2011 at 1:47 pm

The simple shapes puzzle would be a great addition to my 2 year old classrom as well as many of the other puzzles! The kids love puzzles made out of soid materials rather than the plywood types!


3 Rhonda September 23, 2011 at 9:56 am

Dear Deborah, Do you use site words in your program. If so do you have information to share about the age appropiate and activities to support


4 Jennifer September 29, 2011 at 7:30 pm

Hi, Deborah…love your blog and enjoy getting your ideas thru email. I am teaching 3 year olds 2 mornings a week…could you give me an idea of your daily schedule that you use with 3 year olds? Thank you!


5 Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. September 29, 2011 at 9:09 pm

I get asked this question almost every day right now. I will blog about it this next week!


6 Jennifer November 5, 2011 at 7:07 pm

Hi, Deborah….did I miss your blog on this?


7 Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. November 5, 2011 at 9:44 pm

Oooh, thanks for the reminder. I think I need to start keeping a calendar or checklist for things I need to blog about.


8 Jennifer November 8, 2011 at 7:27 pm

That is fine…I haven’t figured out how you do all that you do! I am so happy that I found your website this year…thanks for all that you share!


9 Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. November 8, 2011 at 8:55 pm

Well sometimes, I do it very well and other times, I get way behind and don’t do anything all that well:)


10 Melissa Rodríguez M December 20, 2011 at 1:15 am

I’m from Costa Rica, I am a preschool teacher
Your page is excellent, great, congratulations you are a professional excelelnte. I enjoyed every resource and thought I found. Increasingly wanted to find more ideas for my classes and professional projects in education.
thank you very much and continue with your successes


11 shalinee tripathi January 3, 2012 at 3:51 am

Hi Deborah!

I am a primary teacher.I want to know how to develop interest for Maths in children upto 5 years?


12 Mariah January 12, 2012 at 6:18 pm

Hi Deborah i am a 20 year old preschool teacher in training i guess you can say i went to boces for 3 years its like a collage for kids in high school and got to do everything you get to do in a preschool. Anyways i just wantd t0o tell you ur blog is great its really helping me learn ans i want to say thankyou =]
Much love <3


13 Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. January 12, 2012 at 8:44 pm

Thank you Mariah! I am so glad you dropped me a note here! Keep up all that training – we need great folks like you in this field!


14 dosie March 8, 2012 at 2:33 pm

iii lovveee yourr stuff woww keep up the good work i love it its very creative


15 Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. March 8, 2012 at 10:03 pm

Thank you Dosie – I will do my very best:)


16 Darcie March 30, 2012 at 4:48 pm

Hi Deborah-I just happened across your site and am so grateful that I did! I have one silly questions; where did you get the large pan/platter that you use for your magnetic manipulatives? It’s exactly what I’m looking for!


17 Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. March 30, 2012 at 7:48 pm

That is not a silly question at all! It is actually an oil catcher or oil pan like you find in the auto store or auto section at Walmart. I painted my pan with metal spray paint so it would have a little color and not just be silver. Some have told me that you can purchase them at Walmart for $10.


18 Darcie March 31, 2012 at 1:23 pm

Brilliant! Thanks so much. Guess where I’m headed today….. To the local pizza shop for pizza boxes, and to Walmart for a couple of magnet pans. I’ve seen so many blogs etc with preschool ideas but nothing like yours.
I absolutely love that most of your ideas center around recyclables or easily accessible objects instead of purchasing the latest and greatest toys etc. I love simple and inexpensive ideas. It seems to make it more fun and unexpected for my pre-k kiddo’s too.
God has obviously blessed you with a talent for teaching little ones. Thank you so much for your time in sharing your ideas with the world.
I’m a major fan!


19 Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. March 31, 2012 at 3:42 pm

Sounds like you have a few fun projects to keep you busy:)


20 Amy Weissmueller April 6, 2012 at 9:49 am


I saw you mentioned “Math Bags” at the end of this blog. I have not yet heard about these. What are they and what activities do you do with them?


21 Wendy April 18, 2012 at 4:52 pm

Love your website. I receive ideas from you daily. I teach 3 and 4 year olds. Would love a chance to try the Luna tool.


22 Bill Alpert May 16, 2012 at 3:29 pm

Wow, just ran across your blog, packed full of ideas and activities. Wonder if you recommend any of your posts/pages for parents of pre-school kids interested in violin (or other music) lessons.

I frequently get requests from young parents to start their 3 to 5 year olds on violin, but the kids often need help with fine motor skills, coordination of hands, repetition of rhythms, physical robustness, etc.

Thanks for the great site!


23 Jen June 14, 2012 at 4:31 pm

Hey I was just wondering where you got your house sponges from or if they were made. I love that idea and am thinking of doing that activity on my travel theme this summer.


24 Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. June 14, 2012 at 9:25 pm

I think we made those Jen:) Look for nice sponges without the scratchy on it!


25 Barbara Park August 1, 2012 at 11:34 am

The alphabet program sounds great. I read that children learn 20% of what they see, 50% of what they see and hear, and a whopping 90% of what they see, hear and do. So, after teaching pre-k for over 25 years I’m excited to give this a try. Hope I win! THank you!!


26 Barbara Park August 1, 2012 at 11:35 am

The alphabet program sounds great. I read that children learn 20% of what they see, 50% of what they see and hear, and a whopping 90% of what they see, hear and do. So, after teaching pre-k for over 25 years I’m excited to give this a try. Hope I win! Thank you for your great blog!


27 Susan Monfet August 3, 2012 at 9:14 am

Love, love, love the Guidecraft toys and furniture. One toy/manipulative I especially like is the Feel & Find. I would love to get this for all the classes in my center. There are so many uses for this toy and it can address so many different skills in addition to the game of feeling for the pieces in the bag– the pieces can be matched to the cutout frames, they can be used for a memory game, learning colors, transition activities, …..
For my grandchildren, I’d love to get the kitchen helper step stool! I’ve never seen that before — it’s great! So often I am preparing meals with one of them with one arm wrapped around her back so she doesn’t fall off the chair! (and I’m assuming it would support my weight for reaching those high shelves!).


28 Vicki August 3, 2012 at 10:28 am

I just love those magneato blocks! Actually, I love all of the Guildecraft toys and furniture. I teach three different groups and I think my young 2′s as well as my older 3′s would find very creative and imaginative ways to play with the blocks.
I have to also say that I love your blog! I have been teching preschool for a long time and it is so great to get some new and interesting ideas to try. I have used so many ideas, I look forward to reading each days blog!


29 Niamh Bevan August 8, 2012 at 10:28 am

So this is what you’ve been up to! Sorry, I take that back you’re obviously on holidays from Preschool although you’d never know it!
I guess I only figured it out when I noticed the lack of posts on Facebook from you. You see I always look forward to yours the most because that’s the area I want to be in. Who’d have thought I’d ever find you by myself on G+1!
Computers & I don’t mix very well & I’m only finding my feet here, I was used to gmail classic but they gave me no choice in switching. Enjoy the rest of your holidays, talk soon,


30 Ray Lenz November 24, 2012 at 8:50 pm

Dear Deborah,

I am a college student in my practicum semester before student teaching. I work in a classroom with students with multiple disabilities. Last month, I had the kids make the slime. They LOVED it! It is still quite colorful even after all this time. However, it is still very wet and runny. I’ve added a bunch of liquid starch and have rinsed off each child’s slime in water. I can’t seem to get the slime to gel up and form to where they can play with it consistently. I also used the clear Elmer’s glue as I think it would look better. Any suggestions you have would be greatly appreciated!
Thank You,

Ray Lenz


31 Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. November 24, 2012 at 10:08 pm

Hi Ray,
Let the slime sit out in the air a bit – like 30 minutes or longer. I find as the slime sits out and the children play with it – just after we make it- it starts to firm up. Once the slime starts to break down and get sticky again, I usually have to throw it away.


32 Sara December 11, 2012 at 10:45 pm

Hello Deborah
I am one of your fans just wanna say you are very dedicated teacher.
I have a question how did you make your inch worm activity measurment ruler?

Thank You
Best Regards


33 Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. December 12, 2012 at 7:39 am

Hi Sara,
I used Microsoft Word and just drew lines with the drawing tools to make the rulers. They are not a perfect inch but they got the idea across. Hope this helps:)


34 Lee-Ann Betts August 12, 2013 at 6:58 am

Hi Deborah.
We have 2 metal drying racks like the blue one shown on your site. We are keen to get more for our other classes. Do you perhaps know where we could find them/order them from?
Kind regards,
St. Dominic’s Priory
Port Elizabeth


35 Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. August 13, 2013 at 9:30 am

Hi Lee-Ann,
I am not sure but possibly Discount School Supply or Lake Shore Learning. It’s been awhile:)


36 teri October 30, 2013 at 1:19 pm

Dear Debrah,
I have question how would you find your experience to be acceptable in a Reggio Inspired Program?


37 Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. October 31, 2013 at 1:23 am

Hi Teri,
I am not sure what your asking me exactly:) However, I will say that having not ever visited the town of Reggio Emilia or not having personally observed a Reggio inspired program, I am not so sure that I could answer this question appropriately. I’m so sorry about that.


38 Linda November 9, 2013 at 9:55 am

I have taught Pre-School for almost 30 years. I would like to start my own in my home and I was wondering if you could give me pointer on how to do that? Thank you so much.

Linda Cox


39 Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. November 9, 2013 at 10:29 am

Hi Linda,
You will want to begin by looking up any guidelines set forth by your local area or state regarding the care of children in your home. Look carefully at the guidelines and see which ones you will need to follow or which ones do not apply to your circumstance. Since every state is different, I wouldn’t be able to guide you in your situation. Once you have this down, then visit other preschools that are similar to what you hope to do that are in your area and find out what they do. You can model your basic set up, pricing, hours, days in session, times, and so on based on what they are doing. My very best to you!


40 Victoria November 16, 2013 at 2:19 pm

I just wanted to thank you for the excellent website you have showcasing your school. Thanks for sharing so much information that supports early learning!


41 Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. November 16, 2013 at 9:22 pm

Thank you Victoria:)


42 Consuelo January 2, 2014 at 12:59 pm

Hello! My name is Consuelo. I am an English teacher,and I worked in many nursery and kindergarten schools here in Italy. I worked both with 5 and 3 years old children. I have a Pg Certificate in Yearly Years Education from the University of Aberdeen and l also attended a course on Jolly Phonics method and I enjoyed it very much. I am writing as i would like to do a work experience abroad,to add to my cv as I think it could be useful for my job. I am still considering this opportunity,i haven’t decided yet..but I was wondering if I could work (like a stage) in an English school a week or so this summer maybe in June or July..Can you suggest me something?
Please let me know, thanks.

Best regards


43 Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. January 2, 2014 at 3:12 pm

Hello Consuelo,
You might want to contact someone with the National Association of Early Childhood Education as I do not have the resources to help you in this regard. My very best to you!



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45 Katelyn Caldwell June 24, 2014 at 6:35 pm


I’ve been following Teaching Preschool and am excited to share a new book with you—ZERO TO FIVE: 70 Essential Parenting Tips Based on Science (and What I’ve Learned So Far) by Tracy Cutchlow, editor of John Medina’s national bestseller BRAIN RULES FOR BABY ( Tracy Cutchlow is a first-time mom and former editor for MSN Money and The Seattle Times.

Here’s what’s inside ZERO TO FIVE:

-70 evidence-based tips from researchers you know — like Carol Dweck, John Gottman, and Patricia Kuhl — all in one book
-beautiful photographs by an award-winning photojournalist
-specific words parents can use for emotion coaching and positive discipline
-fun and funny stories that get at the highs and lows of parenting
-spiral-bound, so the book stays open while holding baby or when interrupted
-just flip to any page for a tip — super easy for tired new parents with no time

We all know that parents need to talk to their baby or read stories or say “no” less often, but what exactly do you do? What do you say when a child hits or lies? How do you get him to eat anything green? Tracy dug into the research, talked with experts, and distilled the information into 70 bite-sized tips.

Sound useful to new parents? We’d love to send you the book. What’s your best mailing address?

We’d also love to the opportunity to share some tips and insights with them. We have great content ready to share at Tracy would also be thrilled to do a guest post or interview with you.

Thank you so much for your consideration.

Katelyn Caldwell

Pear Press


46 Tracy Cutchlow June 25, 2014 at 7:44 pm

Hi, Deborah! I’ve just written a parenting book that I think you, your preschoolers’ parents, and your blog readers would like to know about.

I’m calling it “a parenting book you’ll actually have time to read,” because the book has one tip per page paired with beautiful photographs. But the official title is ZERO TO FIVE: 70 Essential Parenting Tips Based on Science (and What I’ve Learned So Far).

Can we send you a book?

The feedback from parents and parent educators has been great so far. It’s “bound to become a modern-day parenting classic,” according to Momtrends — I hope they’re right!

What people love most is that the book is designed for quick and easy reading:

– just flip to any page for a tip — super easy for tired new parents with no time
– covers a range of topics: connecting with baby, talking and reading, screen time, sleep, eating, potty training, discipline, and more
– beautiful photographs by an award-winning photojournalist
– fun and funny stories that get at the highs and lows of parenting
– spiral-bound, so the book lays open — you don’t even have to hold it!

Sound useful? Let me know where to mail the book!


Editor of Brain Rules for Baby

Author of Zero to Five


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