Simple DIY family puzzles for preschool

If you want to capture a young child's attention, then focus on the things that matter the most to the child and one of those things is the child's family. Our preschoolers have a way of reminding us about what matters most to them through their everyday conversations and interactions. And although any time throughout the school year is a good time to celebrate families, the holidays are especially a good time to focus on the [...]

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 to pick up ice cubes.... What makes an activity like this so successful is that it is truly all about [...]

Tools to promote fine motor skills in preschool

This may just look like an empty blue ice tray but if you stop and think about how it can be used to promote fine motor skills or sorting skills, the ideas are limitless. By adding a basket of small, plastic objects - this ice tray becomes a tool for both play and developing new skills. Today, the children are simply focused on putting pieces of fruit in the tray. No instructions are given. Instead, [...]

The block center came tumbling down

When I came into observe clean-up time, I happen to notice that the block center looked like this.. Oh my! But when I pulled out my camera to take a picture of the tumbling blocks, one little boy decided he wanted in on the action. So he began to stack the blocks. And then this little girl decided that this looked like fun too... And then another little girl joined in... And before long, we [...]

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

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. [...]

Pro-social sharing and negotiation skills in preschool

I was asked by Noah of The People Garden to drum up some activities that promote pro-social sharing and negotiation skills for young children. I wanted to share this article so you could see the ideas as well. You will have to scroll down just a bit (past the very nice comments about me:) to see the activities. There were four activities in all including... #1 Sensory Play: Pepperoni Pizzas #2 Music and Movement: Circle [...]