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 [...]

Powerful words to say instead of “good job!”

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 is the process by which children are learning

"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.

Baby it’s cold outside

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 [...]

Painting with Eric Violette and a preschooler

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 [...]

Starting with the activity and ending with the book in preschool

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 [...]

Hands off in preschool

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 [...]