Planning a Thanksgiving feast

Every November, we celebrate Thanksgiving in our classroom in much the same way other classrooms around the country do: by having a Thanksgiving feast.  Today, I'd like to share with you the preparations that take place before our big celebration... The first thing we must do when preparing for our feast is to plan our menu... We must then begin to prepare our food.  We go out in search of the perfect turkey... And then [...]

By | November 6th, 2013|Categories: Discover and Explore|Tags: , |4 Comments

Creating with natural materials: Fun Friday features

Last week, our Discover and Explore crew asked our fellow bloggers to link up their favorite posts about creating with natural materials.  Today I am sharing a few of the posts that I found to be really interesting and unique... Danya Banya shared these awesome painted seed pods.  I don't think I've ever seen seed pods this big before in our area!  But we do have some flat, long seed pods that would also be [...]

By | November 1st, 2013|Categories: Discover and Explore|Tags: , , |2 Comments

Halloween: Fun Friday features

Last week, on the Discover and Explore linky, we invited our fellow bloggers to share their favorite Halloween posts.  A lot of really fun activities were linked up.  Some activities were a little creepy!  Some were really cute!  And others were really cool!  Read on to find out our favorites... By this time in the season, I have seen a lot of pumpkins!  But these adorable yarn pumpkins shared by The Enchanted Home Schooling Mom are [...]

By | October 18th, 2013|Categories: Discover and Explore|Tags: , , , |3 Comments

Discover and explore dinosaur eggs

This week our Discover and Explore team has chosen to share with you simple activities you can do to promote and talk about dinosaurs and fossils. As part of our dinosaur adventures, my students found this very interesting dinosaur nest sitting on the table in our outdoor classroom filled with dinosaur eggs.

By | October 16th, 2013|Categories: Discover and Explore|Tags: , , , , |5 Comments

Not so spooky spiders

Ghosts and monsters and spiders, oh my!  A fun, and not so spooky, way to celebrate Halloween in preschool is by exploring all the fun and silliness that comes along with this holiday.  Over the past few years, we have had a lot of fun learning about spiders at Halloween.  Today I'm going to share our favorite ways to learn about spiders in a not so spooky way... One way to introduce spiders is through [...]

By | October 9th, 2013|Categories: Discover and Explore|Tags: , , |2 Comments

Pumpkins: Fun Friday features

Last week, the Discover and Explore team shared some of their favorite pumpkin activities.  We also invited you to share your pumpkin posts in our weekly linky.   There were so many fun ideas shared!  Today I am highlighting a few of our favorite posts that were linked up... Pumpkin crafts are a given during the fall season!   Fun at Home With Kids shared a really unique craft idea with her scented baked cotton ball [...]

By | October 3rd, 2013|Categories: Discover and Explore|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Fire safety week in preschool

Did you know that October is Fire Prevention month? Teachers all around the country will be using this opportunity to introduce the concepts of fire prevention and fire safety to their students.  As a teacher or parent of a preschool-age child, you may be wondering how to approach this subject in a developmentally appropriate manner, without scaring your child.  Today, I'd like to share with you a few resources that may be helpful in planning [...]