Cognitive Development

Fun with colorful bubble science in kindergarten

As I have mentioned many times before, I love all the ideas you can find on other blogs but there are times that I will read an idea but not really give it a chance. Sometimes, it isn’t that the children aren’t ready to try something new or different – the problem is that we […]

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Ice play in preschool

Today, we enjoyed a little ice play. Sometimes the simplest of ideas can be the most enjoyable for young children. The teacher in this class set out a bowl of ice with some cups, smaller bowls, and spoons… The children scooped the ice from one container to the other… And some children used their hands […]

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Making AB patterns in preschool

As we continue to explore the letter K this week, the children worked on practicing their skills for identifying and making AB patterns… Introducing patterns first begins with a hands-on type of activity followed by the activity page. The activity pages we use are usually something I have created on my own computer. They are […]

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How to facilitate the creative art process in preschool

Allowing children to make decisions is an important aspect of their art experience. When children are constantly told where to place each piece of paper or where to put their hand print, they lose confidence in their own ability to make good choices. When we talk about Process over Product, there are many reasons why […]

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We made doggies in preschool

This doggy project was more about using our listening ears and organizing our materials than it was a project for creative art although there was some creativity involved as well. Each of the children were given precut pieces of construction paper to put together their own dog for the Letter of the Week – The […]

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G is for gumball counting in preschool

The children spent time doing a little counting as they played with play dough… There are many ways to reinforce counting with young children but some of the best ideas engage children through a little exploration, discovery, and play. The children were invited to roll up play dough to make gumballs on their gumball machine. […]

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Counting ladybug dots in preschool

The children played a simple lady bug game today… The children matched the number of dots to the number of dots on the lady bug. Everyone had a turn giving it a try… They counted together as they worked together… The pom-poms made nice dots that felt good to the sense of touch… This was […]

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Helping young children solve puzzles in preschool

I can’t remember who taught me this little technique for teaching preschoolers how to manage a puzzle but it is a technique I have used for many years with much success. When a very young child takes a puzzle and dumps all the pieces out, chances are he or she will have a little trouble […]

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A brief look at developmental domains in early childhood education

The early childhood years are filled with staggering growth and development. There are four main areas of development that occur all at the same time: Physical development: In the first years of growth young children are physically developing at a rapid pace. There is both large motor (crawling, walking, running) and fine motor development (eye-hand […]

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Centers in the preschool classroom

When children enter this classroom, they will discover plenty of things to do and the freedom to explore because each center in this classroom was designed just for them.  At this table the children are creating paintings with the dot painters. At the block center, a couple of boys have decided to pull out the […]

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T is for triangle colors and patterns

The two year olds in this class are exploring triangles. Each child reaches into a bag and selects different colors of triangles they would like to glue to their paper. While the children work with the glue, the teacher converses with the child. “What color would you like to glue next?” “I see you are […]

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Morning greeting and calendar and weather time in preschool

I always start my day in preschool off with a morning greeting time which includes exploring the calendar, weather, seasons, and a brief review of basic concepts. Let me show you some of the ideas that can be included in a simple morning greeting time. Sing the Hello Song! I love to sing the Hello […]

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Can your preschooler say “a, a, a”?

The mailbox brought me a little package several months ago and inside was the Amazing Alphabet Action CD and Book written by Esther Kehl.  Along with the book was a little note from Vanessa Kerr who asked me take a listen and see what I thought. Vanessa indicated in her little note that her child […]

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Using straws to create AB patterns

Making simple AB patterns in preschool.

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Recognizing what children are learning through their play

Discovering what children learn through their play is not always as easy as one might think. Perhaps it is because teachers or parents get distracted by the mess or noise. Perhaps it is because one can get in the mindset that learning is supposed to be a ‘sit down and focus’ time. To discover what […]

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Play is a Child’s Work

In preschool, play is more than just kids having fun. Play is also a child’s work. Through play, young children develop many important skills. It is important as an early childhood educator to recognize the role play has in educating young children. Play is an opportunity for young children to develop socially and emotionally. Play […]

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