I always enjoy designing my own curriculum based on my student's development, interests, and experiences I want to provide and I love how Scholastic's magazines gives me a fabulous resource to share with my students and yet still allows room for us to take the concepts being presented in a way that makes sense or is interesting to us.
I know - calendar time is a tradition. It's something you've always done. It's something that you just never want to give up. I get that. But as you can see in my photos, there is no calendar on our morning greeting boards... I recently participated in a discussion on Bam Radio with Rae Pica, Amanda Morgan, and Heather Shumaker titled, Is it time to dump calendar time and letter of the week? Click the play button in [...]
Every morning after the children come to preschool, we settle into our morning group time and talk about the weather. It's been interesting how much learning takes place and how much growth and development I have seem stem from this simple process of documenting and talking about the weather.
Rainbows are such a wonderful way to review and explore color and color mixing. As part of our exploration of rainbows, we invited the children to put together these simple felt rainbow puzzles.
With the winter days still around, it is nice to bring a little color into the classroom right now. This past week we have been exploring oranges and we definitely had LOTS of orange all around the classroom... As a part of our exploration, we read the book "An Orange in January" by Dianna Hutts Aston. This book takes the reader through the process of growing oranges to selling them at the market. Before reading the [...]
I have a little guy in my classroom that is always talking to me about a treasure he has found here or there and what goes well with treasure? Why a treasure map! Inspired by my little guys interest in treasure and treasure maps, we went on a simple exploration of a broad range of maps.
I want my group times to be all about building community and in my mind, building community is all about being close together, being engaged in the process, being aware of each other as needed, and making any necessary adjustments as we go along.
Making our own stick puppets for our daily attendance board in PreK!
Exploring the process of asking the "Question of the Day" in my preschool classroom!
We have been exploring our sense of hearing by listening around the classroom but we started our day by listening with our simple to make listening tubes.