In celebration of National Children's Dental Health Month, we spent the morning brushing teeth all around the classroom which meant we had some serious small motor strengthening going on too! Mr. Big Mouth on the chalkboard needed lots of help keeping his teeth clean... All day long, his teeth kept getting stains on them but fortunately, someone would stop by and clean them up with a good toothbrushing. We tried a little toothbrush painting at the easel [...]
If you haven't ever tried cotton ball color mixing with your students, then let me encourage you to give it a go! It is such a simple process and yet engaging to a mixed age group of students. Here is how it works... The invitation The invitation to explore colors and color mixing with cotton balls is definitely inviting all by itself. My students didn't hesitate to head on over and get right to work. [...]
The weather here has been cold and rainy which means instead of piles of snow on the ground, we have mud puddles. But whether it is mud puddles or piles of snow, this weather gives us lots of opportunities to learn new skills. One of the first things we learn is how to put on our own coats. Now this doesn't just happen in one lesson - it takes practice to develop the coordination to put your [...]
Our preschool age students (ages three and four) have spent their first two weeks in preschool exploring the different tools they can and will continue to use in preschool. A tool they used this week was the ever popular squeeze bottle filled with colorful glue... You can't go into this process with the mindset that the children are going to lightly squeeze a few lines and dots of glue and then go off on their [...]
The children's book "Press Here" by Herve' Tullet is always a favorite in our classroom and I love it because there are just so many ways we can expand the book all throughout the classroom.
This idea may look very simple, and it is, but it has been one of the best tools for giving my students a little practice in tracing letters or shapes (we haven’t tried it with numbers yet) in my classroom!
My students enjoy making their own discovery bottles only their version is a little more simple than the ones they find sitting around the window seal of my outdoor classroom.
We are featuring 10 wonderfully simple and unique ways to weave with children!
At just about every store I walk into, there is a set of these brightly colored rubber bands designed for a loom. See how we put our rubber bands to good use in our preschool classroom!
I couldn't wait to get put this lock and key game into action all around my preschool classroom.