Turn a box into toddler fun

My plan was to decorate this box and make it really cool like this one here. But as much as I liked the idea of making a cool oven Wy  had other plans. Wy was all about the play! In and Out went Wy And Open and Shut went the "doors" Since the doors were what Wy loved most... we cut a few doors and windows out. And played a little peek-a-boo! While Wy climbed [...]

By | July 11th, 2010|Categories: motor skills, Physical Development, The Value of Play|Tags: , , |7 Comments

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 coordination, cutting, writing, weaving) happening all at once. Social development: Understanding how to communicate, share, make friends, and get along [...]

Time to create in preschool

My teacher set the colored tape, black construction paper, scissors, and chalk on the table. All I needed was a little time and the chance to do something all by myself. I concentrated on my work. The tape was sticky and I had to use my hands and my mind to figure out how to keep the tape from sticking together. I made lines on my paper. My lines began to form shapes I had [...]

By | July 10th, 2010|Categories: motor skills, Physical Development|Tags: , |6 Comments

Parachute play in preschool

Parachute play is a great way to promote teamwork and to get those large muscles moving. The children gather around the parachute and hold on to one of the parachute handles.  There are more children then there are handles on the parachute so the children who are not holding a handle become the ball fetchers. The balls are all placed in the center of the parachute and then the children begin to wave their arms [...]

Twos at the easel in preschool

In this twos classroom, easel painting is part of the daily routine. The children know how to get their own paint smock, slip it over their head, and then they head over to an open easel where paint, brushes, and paper is ready and waiting for them. Some days they paint on short paper and other days they paint on large sheets of easel paper. The teachers change the kind of paper routinely. As the [...]

By | May 5th, 2010|Categories: Physical Development, The Value of Play|Tags: , |5 Comments

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 legos. As they play with the legos, they also communicate with each other and discover how to cooperate and collaborate. [...]

Fine motor development in preschool with play dough and straws

Play dough is such a wonderful resource for building fine motor skills. Wy and I sat down to play with some play dough recently. I cut the straws down so they were a little shorter then showed Wy how to make a ball of play dough and then stick the straws into the play dough. The play dough wasn't as soft as I had hoped so it made it more difficult for Wy to poke [...]

Preschoolers need opportunities to develop their cutting skills

Give your preschoolers opportunities to develop their cutting skills but before you do so consider a few of the following suggestions: Make sure scissors will actually cut. If you can't cut a piece of paper with the child-sized scissors you select then chances are, your preschoolers wont be able to either. Have left and right handed scissors available. Teach your preschoolers how to hold the scissors correctly and how to open and close the scissor [...]