Activities to promote development and Deborah in the News

I had the opportunity to be on Fox 59 Morning News! I was pretty nervous and we had to move so fast that I couldn't remember what I wanted to say! LOL!  I wasn't able to actually get a copy of the video so I taped it from my daughter's television so I could share this with everyone:) I have blogged about some of the activities I show in the newsclip - you can see [...]

Preschool large motor fun with tape shapes

Wy and I had a busy new year's night trying all kinds of fun art activities but it was also nice just to do something geared more towards using our large motor skills... I started us off by making some shapes with yellow painter's tape on the floor. Painter's tape is always better than masking tape because it can be removed easily without leaving a sticky residue but it holds up well too for playing. [...]

Christmas bows and boxes in preschool

The other day, I shared with you how our curriculum coordinator puts together activity boxes for the classrooms. I thought I would now show you one of the activities in action... In this particular activity box, the children found boxes with numbers (1 - 5) printed on the outside and a set of Christmas bows.  The idea was for the children to identify the number on the box... Then count out that many bows to [...]

Making lid soup at home with a two year old

I had a surprise visit from little Wy this week and we needed something to do so I set out the little table and chairs I keep in my office and a basket of dishes for us to play with... Wy set out all the dishes and that is when I realized that we need something more to do than just set a table so I pulled out my plastic jar where I have been [...]

Playing with pompoms in preschool

We have a basket filled with colorful pompoms for the children to play with in the classroom... Each child grabs a supply of pompoms to begin with and places the pompoms on their own tray. The trays help the children define their personal space and they help to keep the pompoms from rolling all over the floor... The play is very open ended. We rotate cups, spoons, clothespins, bowls, and other items to give the [...]

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 this concept is emphasized. Part of the process is giving children choices in how they would like to create or [...]

Take time to let twos tumble in preschool

Young children have a need to get their energy out. They will do it in all kinds of ways - some of which you, as a teacher, may like and some you may not like! Keeping in mind that children have a need to get out all that energy out - it is up to you to find constructive ways for them to get their energy out. I think this is why I was very [...]

The value of scooping and pouring and counting candy corn in preschool

If there is one area in my own professional development that I have come to appreciate more than ever, it is the value of sensory play. I have always included sensory play in my lesson plans but it hasn't been until this past year that I have really taken the time to sit down with the children and observe how much they really love it and the value it brings to their development. Today, the [...]

Patterning with gumdrops in pre-kindergarten!

I have to say out of all the things I have observed the children do over the past several months, Gumdrop Day was one of the most successful and fun days for me to observe and for the pre-kindergarten children to enjoy!  This post is part one of our Gumdrop Day - tomorrow will be part 2! There was some concern that the Pre-k children would be more interested in eating the gumdrops rather than [...]

E is for elbow in preschool

I have already shared how we integrate the letter of the week with a tactile experience but I wanted to take a minute to elaborate on what we did for the letter E. Trying to find something that the children could glue on the letter E that started with the sound of the letter E was a challenge. We could have went with eggshells but with so many allergies, we opted for elbow macaroni :-) [...]