Why your preschoolers should play with blocks

Have you ever heard someone say, "All they ever want to do is play in the block center!" Well I have some news about the block center that just might surprise you. In fact, instead of trying to figure out how to get kids out of the block center, this person might start wishing students would spend more time in the block center. I recently participated in a Bam Radio podcast with Rae Pica and Rosanne Regan Hansel which you [...]

Tree farm small world sensory play!

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 [...]

Preparing the preschool environment

There was a time in my teaching career when I spent the majority of my preparation time researching and writing out my daily lesson plans. This was time well spent, make no mistake about that. Because of all those years writing and implementing my own lesson plans, I built up a library of ideas that I can now draw from in a pinch. From fingerplays and children's books on just about any topic to ideas for art, [...]