Play dough nature printing in preschool

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Today is National Play-Doh day! Shara Lawrence Wiess of Early Childhood News and Resources is great about remembering special or unique holidays and this one of them – be sure to see all her ideas here! I was trying to come up with something different to do with play-dough and my brother suggested that I […]

Helping young children solve puzzles in preschool

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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 […]

Promoting independence at naptime in preschool

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In my years of classroom experience, I have found that the more I encourage children to take care of their own property the more responsive and cooperative they become. Naptime is an example of how children can be taught to take pride in doing something well and then enjoy the results. Naptime begins in this […]

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 […]