I have a nice collection of holiday trinkets that I have built up over my years of teaching and these trinkets make wonderful loose parts for play and exploration around the classroom. For this table, the Pre-K children were invited to try their hand at making their own graph and then sort the holiday trinkets on their graph. Although we have done lots of graphing as a class, I hadn't started the children on drawing [...]
The minute the children walked into the classroom, they headed straight to the jingle bell water play station. Let me begin by telling you that the children loved this water play experience but I made lots of mistakes in putting the station together. I started out with what I thought was a good plan but I really should have known better. What do you suppose a bunch of jingle bells in a metal pan with plastic magnetic [...]
My staff and I enjoy whipping up simple games around the classroom all year long but the holidays offer up so many fun trinkets and symbols that it makes whipping up simple holiday games just so easy to do. When working with young children, you quickly learn to keep all games open-ended even if you have modeled it after a traditional game like tic-tac-toe. The children will definitely think of their own rules for play which helps [...]
I have already shared with you our tree farm sensory play which was a huge hit so today, I want to share with you the trees our prek students were invited to make as a part of our study on tree farms. We have been spending a lot of time working with air-dry clay this year. The interesting thing about clay is that it isn't soft and pliable at first like play dough is. Clay is [...]
I put together a small world tree farm for my students to explore a little bit of sensory and pretend tree farm play. I wasn't sure if my students would really be all that excited about the idea but to my delight, they absolutely loved it! Our question of the day was, "Have you ever been to a tree farm?" Some of our students said "yes" while others said "no." Our question led into our [...]
Gingerbread is such a fun theme to explore during the winter time. There are so many fun books to share with the children and of course, there are the gingerbread cookies and gingerbread houses... To kick off our Gingerbread unit, we read the story "The Gingerbread Loose in the School" by Laura Murray. This is a super fun book about a class that makes a Gingerbread man but then leaves it to cool while going [...]
Perhaps you are one of the many who are in the process of taking down the Christmas tree. Well don't be too quick to think Christmas has to be completely over yet!
Now that I have some time at home with my grandsons, we took out a few marbles and our Christmas balls for a little creativity and play.
To capture the essence of winter, my students created their very own winter in a bottle and turned it into an ornament as one of our parent gifts this year.
Promoting the spirit of giving along with writing skills and fine motor skills with our Christmas writing station in preschool!