Ice play in preschool

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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 […]

Tools to promote fine motor skills in preschool

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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 […]

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 […]

Centers in the preschool classroom

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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 […]

Pro-social sharing and negotiation skills in preschool

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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 […]