Thank you for contacting Teach Preschool!
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!
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!
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
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!
I get asked this question almost every day right now. I will blog about it this next week!
Hi, Deborah….did I miss your blog on this?
Oooh, thanks for the reminder. I think I need to start keeping a calendar or checklist for things I need to blog about.
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!
Well sometimes, I do it very well and other times, I get way behind and don’t do anything all that well:)
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
I am a primary teacher.I want to know how to develop interest for Maths in children upto 5 years?
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
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!
iii lovveee yourr stuff woww keep up the good work i love it its very creative
Thank you Dosie – I will do my very best:)
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!
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.
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!
Sounds like you have a few fun projects to keep you busy:)
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?
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.
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!
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.
I think we made those Jen:) Look for nice sponges without the scratchy on it!
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!!
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!
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!).
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!
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,
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!
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.
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?
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:)
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?
St. Dominic’s Priory
I am not sure but possibly Discount School Supply or Lake Shore Learning. It’s been awhile:)
I have question how would you find your experience to be acceptable in a Reggio Inspired Program?
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.
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.
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!
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!
Thank you Victoria:)
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.
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!
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 (www.brainrules.net). 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 http://www.zerotofive.net. Tracy would also be thrilled to do a guest post or interview with you.
Thank you so much for your consideration.
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
Hi Deborah: I work with Early Expressions Preschool Speech and Language Services in Kingston, Ontario Canada. We are revamping our website and would love to link to your site–specifically your article on building a child’s vocabulary. Could we please have your permission to link to it?
I want to say how amazing your site is and thank you for all that you do!!!
I just ordered your book “Ready for Kindergarten” and can’t wait to receive it. I’m interested in your thoughts on “holding” young kindergarten students out a year. My son will be 5 in December. Our district cut off is Dec. 31st. Academically he would be average. Socially I feel he is a bit immature and experiences some anxiety. What do you recommend to parents who are trying to make this decision (to send them when they are young or to wait that extra year)?
Thanks in advance! I’d love to hear your thoughts on this!
I never look at age so much as emotional, social, physical, and cognitive readiness for school. If I think one of my students needs the extra time to mature in these areas then I often recommend the parent hold off but keeping in mind that lots of growth happens between school years as well. I think you need to use your parenting instincts and do what you think will help your child have the best start possible in Kindergarten. Everyone you ask will have an opinion but what really matters in your opinion:)
I recently read your post about Helping young children develop self-control. I have a 3 going on 4 year old and he is having difficultly with behavior and self control at school. I am going to share your article with his teacher, however, I was wondering the best ways to support these strategies at home. Can you give me some advice or point me in the right direction of a supporting article. I want his teacher to promote him learning self-control and I like the ideas of playing games, acting an movement. I feel like they do too much sitting and worksheets at his school. But how do I promote the self-control at home when he is not having to cooperate with his classmates and others at school.
Thank you for any advice you can offer
I think you have good instincts about this already and as you mentioned, the time spent on worksheets and sitting is time that that really should be spent playing, exploring, investigating, discovering – keeping kids engaged through their own “want to” rather than by the teacher doing all of the regulating. Because the home environment is quite different than the school environment, it can be tough to compare the two and think “I need to fix this at home so he wont have the problem at school.” I believe at age three, going on four, it is natural for the child to want and need to move often and it is really up to the school to adjust their planning and approach to help your child master his self-regulation skills while in their environment by finding ways to engage him in processes that are interesting and age appropriate. At home, I might suggest that you look for things to do together that are still warm and inviting but require a bit more time in concentration and “quietness” such as reading together, drawing together, playing a simple game, talking at the dinner table about your day, talking in the car about what you see as you drive down the road. Be sure to spend time in quality conversation – really sitting together and listening to each other.
My very best,
I’m a huge fan of Teach Preschool, and I have something that I hope you find is a good fit for your audience.
My name is Jason, and I’m the Product Manager at MarcoPolo Learning. At MarcoPolo, we make apps that moms can feel great about giving their kids because they’re both fun and educational.
Our new app MarcoPolo Weather is now available on the App Store 🙂 It’s the second volume of our Discovery Series, and it helps children learn all about weather. To design Weather, we worked with meteorologists and early childhood educators to blend education with engaging play. The app lets kids create rainbows, thunderstorms, blizzards and more as they learn about 9 major weather types.
Apple has named it one of its Best New Apps on the App Store, it was awarded Editor’s Choice in 19 countries, and has already been the #1 app on both the Kids and Education charts in over 60 countries. Weather is the follow-up to Ocean, which has been the #1 Education app in over 80 countries.
I’d love it if you would consider reviewing or featuring Weather. Below is a link to MarcoPolo Weather in the App Store and a video trailer. Please let me know if you’d like any other information at all, and I’d be happy to send it through.
Video Trailer: http://gomarcopolo.com
App Store: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/marcopolo-weather/id905425870?l=de&ls=1&mt=8
I was browsing your website http://www.teachpreschool.org/new1/friends-of-teach-preschool/ and I found your friends of section extremely helpful. I represent PreSchool Teacher org, and our goal is to serve as an objective source of information to those who are interested in learning about teaching preschool, experience requirements, job duties, and salary expectations.
I wanted to send you a quick note and recommend our website http://www.preschoolteacher.org/ as a potential resource for your visitors. Do you think our site would be a good fit for your resource page?
Please get back to me and let me know what you think. Thank you for your time and providing a great site.
I look forward to hearing from you!
Sr. Editor, PreSchoolTecher org
Thank you for stopping by Shaun! I will be sure to check in with you!