Exploring math with a holiday graph in pre-k

I have a nice collection of holiday trinkets that I have built up over my years of teaching and these trinkets make wonderful loose parts for play and exploration around the classroom. For this table, the Pre-K children were invited to try their hand at making their own graph and then sort the holiday trinkets on their graph. Although we have done lots of graphing as a class, I hadn't started the children on drawing [...]

By | December 14th, 2016|Categories: Christmas, Holiday Ideas, Mathematics|Tags: , , , , |1 Comment

Jingle bells really do rock!

The minute the children walked into the classroom, they headed straight to the jingle bell water play station. Let me begin by telling you that the children loved this water play experience but I made lots of mistakes in putting the station together. I started out with what I thought was a good plan but I really should have known better. What do you suppose a bunch of jingle bells in a metal pan with plastic magnetic [...]

By | December 12th, 2016|Categories: Christmas, Holiday Ideas, Sensory Play|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

Tic-Tac-Bow: Simple games for the holidays

My staff and I enjoy whipping up simple games around the classroom all year long but the holidays offer up so many fun trinkets and symbols that it makes whipping up simple holiday games just so easy to do. When working with young children, you quickly learn to keep all games open-ended even if you have modeled it after a traditional game like tic-tac-toe. The children will definitely think of their own rules for play which helps [...]

By | December 9th, 2016|Categories: Christmas, DIY, Games, Holiday Ideas|Tags: , , , |6 Comments

Gingerbread man playhouse

Gingerbread is such a fun theme to explore during the winter time.  There are so many fun books to share with the children and of course, there are the gingerbread cookies and gingerbread houses... To kick off our Gingerbread unit, we read the story "The Gingerbread Loose in the School" by Laura Murray. This is a super fun book about a class that makes a Gingerbread man but then leaves it to cool while going [...]

By | December 29th, 2013|Categories: Christmas, Holiday Ideas|Tags: , , |2 Comments