"Play gives children the chance to practice what they are learning." This quote by Fred Rogers is one that I have always enjoyed and strive to keep in mind as I plan for each day in my classroom.
I sure hope this message finds you safe and warm because I know many of you are in the middle of currently preparing for or dealing with blizzard or other stormy conditions. Here in Indiana, the blizzard has missed us so I can't really complain about the freezing cold weather or the small amount of snow we currently have on the ground. Running my own preschool means that I have to keep an eye on the weather and [...]
Play is a critical part of early learning and yet it is easy to overlook the complex learning that is taking place and dismiss child's play as nothing but "just play."
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Inviting new learning through simple materials and time to explore...
Today was a wonderful exploration of birds and nests but this post also shares a few observations on creating a successful preschool experience.
We pulled out the play dough and accessories but our construction workers had a better idea...
I had a few special guests stay at my house this past week. Eric Violette, the guy from the free credit report . com commercials, and his fellow band members were in town to perform and while staying in my home, I asked Eric if he would like to join Wy and I to do a little painting... Eric was a really good sport to paint with us and being that he has no experience [...]
A great way to create a toddler's interest in children's books is to integrate books into their play environment. Often times, we get stuck with the idea that books belong on shelves or in a basket on the floor. We want to keep them organized and clean but for toddlers, the best place for a book is where the toddler likes to play.... Little red reading wagon My niece, Clara, loves to go for wagon [...]
I have almost always started our day with circle time in preschool. I choose a great children's book along with other conversation sparkers that ultimately branch out into a variety of other content areas like art, math, and so forth... But lately, my three year old nephew, Wy, has been teaching me to rethink my approach a bit and to be more willing to "teach outside of the box".... The other day, I posted a [...]