When one of my preschool students shares with me something they have made or done, my automatic response is almost always to say, "good job!" But as you will hear in this recent Bam Radio Interview with Randy Hitz and Rae Pica, there are far more valuable things I could be saying instead of "good job" to my students. Before I share my thoughts, let me invite you to take a listen to the Bam Radio Show. Just click [...]
"Play gives children the chance to practice what they are learning." This quote by Fred Rogers is one that I have always enjoyed and strive to keep in mind as I plan for each day in my classroom.
I sure hope this message finds you safe and warm because I know many of you are in the middle of currently preparing for or dealing with blizzard or other stormy conditions. Here in Indiana, the blizzard has missed us so I can't really complain about the freezing cold weather or the small amount of snow we currently have on the ground. Running my own preschool means that I have to keep an eye on the weather and [...]
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Inviting new learning through simple materials and time to explore...
Today was a wonderful exploration of birds and nests but this post also shares a few observations on creating a successful preschool experience.
I had a few special guests stay at my house this past week. Eric Violette, the guy from the free credit report . com commercials, and his fellow band members were in town to perform and while staying in my home, I asked Eric if he would like to join Wy and I to do a little painting... Eric was a really good sport to paint with us and being that he has no experience [...]
I have almost always started our day with circle time in preschool. I choose a great children's book along with other conversation sparkers that ultimately branch out into a variety of other content areas like art, math, and so forth... But lately, my three year old nephew, Wy, has been teaching me to rethink my approach a bit and to be more willing to "teach outside of the box".... The other day, I posted a [...]
In our zest to help children "create" sometimes it is easy to forget what it means to be creative... Creativity is inspired when we give children the opportunity to explore the art process and materials without the pressure of having to do it in a specific way... In an effort to teach children, adults get the idea that if they control a child's movements or actions that this will help the child be more proficient [...]
During our musical a few weeks ago, I taught the older children a little train song and dance. Part of what we did was use our chairs to make a train for the musical. The two year old children would often come into the room and watch us as we practiced the train song... I went in the twos classroom sometime later and found them making their own train... At first only one or two [...]