Dear Teach Preschool Email Subscriber: Please Read!

My emails are getting a brand new and improved look and they are coming your way!

It’s time I do something different about my email service and this note is to let you know I am doing just that! Be on the lookout because I am about to start sending out the best emails that I have ever sent and you will not want to miss out!

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No more boring emails with just a link to read more…

When I started my blog back in 2009, I signed up for a free service to send my entire blog posts out by email to anyone who subscribed. Well this service has been outdated forever but due to my busy schedule, I have just let it run on autopilot and it hasn’t been all that great so I am way overdo for updating my email system.

What do current email subscribers need to do?

So for those of you who have already subscribed for my emails before July, 2015 – I will move all the email addresses over to the new system so hopefully, you won’t have to do a thing. However, if you don’t see my new emails coming through Be sure to check your spam folder and move Teach Preschool from Spam to your inbox! Or Add Teach Preschool to your White List – Approved Emails so they will come through.

What if you haven’t yet subscribed but would like to?

If you are not a current subscriber as of today, then just fill out the subscribe to email form on my blog and you will be! It’s easy to do and I won’t sell, distribute, spam you with ads or any of that other crazy stuff.

What will be different?

The look of my emails will definitely be improved – I think they look amazing!  Each email will include information that I think you will find enjoyable or inspiring or resourceful every single time one lands in your inbox!

What if you want to unsubscribe?

Anytime you receive an email from Teach Preschool, there is an unsubscribe button at the bottom of each email. Just click that button and you should be removed right away. As sad as I will be that you would need to unsubscribe, I understand that life changes.

A special thank you!

For those of you who have been reading my blog or my emails over the years, I want you to know how much I appreciate your loyalty and interest. What a privilege it is to be connected to amazing people like you!

Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed.

Deborah Stewart

By | July 6th, 2016|Categories: Messages from Deborah|Tags: , |7 Comments

Learn more about the Teach Preschool blog

What started out to be a few days off from blogging turned into a couple of months of getting rest and then trying to reorganize my blog. Please accept my apologies for my absence. I am hoping I will be back up and running without any glitches now but technology has a way of getting the best of me lately – so if you should run into any glitches or find my site offline here and there, please be patient with me and please do check back as I am still in the process of fixing and updating my blog so that it will run smoothly going forward.

In the meantime, I realized that some folks don’t actually know what the Teach Preschool blog is all about so please take the time to read the few notes I have made below to help you understand more about my blog…

1. The Teach Preschool Blog is written by me – Deborah.  It is primarily a blog about the things we do in my classroom but on occasion, I like to include other types of posts such as guest posts, professional development posts, give-aways or reviews, collaborative posts, round-ups, and anything else that I think would be interesting to share or read or that I think will be of value to you as the reader.  I also like to throw in a post here and there about my grandchildren but I try to keep all posts related to the field of early childhood education. I have no editorial staff (or support team) for blogging and social networking but I do have two teaching assistants who pitch in and help me anyway they can.

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2. If you follow me by email, please note that I use a free email service at this time so each email is simply a new blog post being redirected to your email. Eventually, I hope to use a more advanced email service but this will have to wait until I have more time to dedicate to the creative writing process. If you are reading this note via your email, then please know that you can always click on the title of the post or the link to Teach Preschool and see the same content on my actual blog. I hope you will actually come to my blog instead of just relying on the emails so that you can scan through all the posts I have written throughout my years of blogging.

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3. I am in the process of updating my blog. Some of the updates are technical (behind the scenes) while others are more obvious such as a menu of categories at the top of the blog and if you scroll down to the bottom of my blog, there is more information about me and my preschool.

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4. I run a small, privately owned, part time preschool for children ages three to five. My classroom is not in my home but it is located on my home property in a detached building.  I have both an indoor classroom and an outdoor classroom. I often switch back and forth between the two when writing my posts – it all depends on what we are currently doing. Sometimes my photos make my classrooms look much larger than they are but let me assure you, my classrooms are small. But even though they are small, we manage to do so many things and I have learned to make the most of my small spaces. I am actually very proud of my classrooms and am always making small changes here and there so the classrooms stay fun for the children.

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5. My posts are not always in “real time” which means, I may write about something we did that day or I may write about something we did several months ago. Everything I write is about the real life things we do in my classroom but I choose what I think will be of value to others and will remain respectful of my students and parents. Keep in mind that my parents read my blog too and I would never, ever want them to feel uncomfortable about something I would share. Not ever.

(My Assistant: Miss Abby)

(My Assistant: Miss Abby)

6. My preschool is called The Children’s Studio. I created the studio as a way to study and write about early learning from my own personal, real, hands-on, daily interactions and experiences with teaching young children. My assistant teachers and I take an average of 300 photos every single day of our students engaged in our learning environment. Let me just say that I have a huge archive of photos. I use the photos for blogging as well as for sharing with parents about our day in preschool. I go through the photos every night to reflect on what the children are doing each day and to reflect on what I am learning about teaching or learning about the children.

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(My assistant: Miss Lauren)

7. When I started my blog, I had no grandchildren and no preschool of my own – so I definitely had LOTS of free time to write. But since starting the blog, I have three beautiful grandchildren; I have my own preschool and my preschool student numbers have doubled; and I have had to add a day of school to my week (going from three days to four days per week) to meet the needs of all my students. I say this because all the changes have made it much more challenging to write on my blog every single day. As a result, there are times when I can blog every day and times when I will need to miss a day or two. My students and grandchildren will always take priority over anything I do online but hopefully that will make me a better blogger in the end.

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(My Grandchildren)

8. I blog for several reasons but the biggest reason is because I love connecting with others who enjoy the field of early childhood education as much as I do and I am very proud of my students and teachers and the work we do in our classroom. My goal is not to tell others “how to teach” but simply to inspire others and to show early learning in action through the photos we take. Every classroom or home environment is unique so as you read my blog, I hope you will find something to inspire you or to challenge you but always note that what works well for my class will need modified to work well for your class. In some cases, it may not be right for your classroom which is why you need to always be the expert and decision-maker for what works best in your own classroom.

9. Play is an important part of all that we do in my preschool classroom. I am always observing the children in their play and making decisions based on those observations about what we can do or should do to make the most of their preschool experience. I do not adhere to one philosophy of teaching over another but rather, I read up on different philosophies and then apply what I understand and what works best in our learning environment. I often like to use the phrase “Powered by Play” because I do believe that the best approach to teaching young children is through engaging and meaningful play experiences.

10. Keeping up with all the social networking sites is a challenge in its own but if you haven’t connected with me on any of my social networking sites, you are invited to do so!

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Thank you so much for reading along with me and I hope you will continue to join me here on Teach Preschool for many years to come!

Deborah Stewart

Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed

If you have any suggestions for how I can make my blog a positive online experience for you, please do leave a comment below! I will certainly do my best to learn from you!

By | March 6th, 2015|Categories: Messages from Deborah|Tags: , |24 Comments

Ready for Kindergarten

For parents, caregivers, and teachers, there is always that big question when a child is getting into the final years of his preschool experience.

Will my child be ready for Kindergarten?

Ready for Kindergarten by Deborah J. Stewart is a book that is designed to give you the tools and insight you need to help your child prepare for kindergarten. Ready for Kindergarten offers simple to follow guidance and tips on where to focus your energy, how to support the learning that naturally takes place, and how to make the most of your child’s pre-kindergarten year.

Inside the pages of this book you will discover…

  • The importance of Building Strength from Fingers to Toes and helpful tips making sure your child is developing the large motor and fine motor strength and control needed to be ready for kindergarten.
  • How to foster your child’s Confidence as You Go so that your child will enter kindergarten feeling secure in his ability to learn and make friends and be a good decision-maker along the way.
  • And finally, you will be guided through the things your child should know in the core content areas of academic learning and how to help your child master skills through natural, everyday, play experiences.

Did you know that your child needs to be “Back Pack Savvy?” As you read along, Ready for Kindergarten will give you the inside scoop on how to help your child be back pack savvy as well as other easy to overlook skills for helping your child prepare for kindergarten success!

Ready For Kindergarten by Deborah J. Stewart : Available on Amazon Now


Who will benefit from Ready for Kindergarten?

Parents of preschool and prekindergarten age children will find this book insightful and helpful whether it is to promote learning at home or to support and understand the types of learning taking place in the preschool or prekindergarten classroom.

Preschool and Prekindergarten Age Teachers will find this book to be a wonderful resource not only for themselves but to give as a gift for their parents or to add as a parent resource in the classroom.

Grandparents of preschool and prekindergarten age children will find this book to be a terrific gift to share with their grown children and as a valued resource for catching up on the current trends in kindergarten readiness.

Administrators of  Child Care Programs and Preschools will find this book to come in handy the next time a parent is asking that question “What else can I be doing to help my child prepare for kindergarten?”

Nannies and other Childcare Givers are often asked to provide additional support for helping young children prepare for kindergarten and this book will give new insight and tools to meet that call for action.

A sneak peak from inside the pages of Ready for Kindergarten

Here is a sneak peak at how this book is organized to help you in the process of helping your child get ready for kindergarten…

Ready for Kindergarten is  divided up into easy to find topics so that you can go back to any topic as needed. Along with each topic, you will find the following sections…

What Your Child Should Know: In this section, you will be given an overview of the developmental skills your child should have a good grasp of before heading off to kindergarten.

How You Can Help: In this section, I’ll give you tips and suggestions on how you can help your child master the developmental skills.

Review, Revise, Revisit: In this section, we’ll discuss simple ways you can figure out how your child is doing. As you review your child’s progress, you will want to revise your plans and activities to fit your child’s interests and abilities. Then revisit the activities to give your child additional opportunities to build new knowledge and to develop new skills.

 Ready for Kindergarten is available on Amazon for preorders at a special price!

Click on the book below to learn more about how to get your copy of my new book from Amazon.

A brand new book with a brand new look at getting ready for kindergarten! Preorder your copy today!

Ready for Kindergarten will be made available to the public in August!


While the children are away, we like to play…

This week, our students are on spring break and normally, I would continue to share a daily post with you because regardless if the children are in school or not, Mrs. Courtney and I have so many photos of activities to share that it would take us months to get all caught up. However, I have made an executive decision to take the week off!

Spring Break for Teach Preschool

Mrs. Courtney has already prepared at least three new super fun posts to share with you but everything is going to go on hold until we return on Sunday, April 7th, 2013.  I know that seems like such a long time but this will give you a chance to look through my blog and see if there is anything you have missed and it will give Mrs. Courtney and I a much needed time to rest and spend time with our families…

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My grandson and I have already been sneaking over to the classroom for a little bit of toddler play which I will also be telling you more about. There is always so many things to share but not enough days in the week or hours in the day to get it all in…

Spring Break for Teach Preschool

So while the children are away on spring break, my grandsons and I will play both inside and outside this next week…

Spring Break for Teach Preschool

Well, it won’t be all play for me. You see, I have to remember to water our plants in the classroom all week and then I need to do some classroom setup and rearranging, some serious organizing of my teaching supplies, a little lesson planning, and I hope to squeeze in a few DIY projects that I have been really wanting to do…

Spring Break for Teach Preschool

And just as a side note, I also have to complete the final edits of a new book I am writing which should be out by August. I will share more on this as soon as my publisher gives me the thumbs up that the book is really a book…

Spring Break for Teach Preschool

This will be my first real break since I started blogging back in 2009 so I think it is time to step away for a few days. While we are away, I hope you will share my blog with others and invite them to come and join us when we return on April 7th.  We have some wonderful ideas and classroom observations ahead to share with you!

Spring Break for Teach Preschool

Thank you for all you do for young children and for all the support you give to me here on Teach Preschool! I can’t express how deeply touched I am by the comments and emails you all leave. You inspire me!


By | April 1st, 2013|Categories: Messages from Deborah|Tags: |12 Comments

I am going to be a big brother

Yep, grandson number two is coming soon!

I have been spending time with my grandson this summer and very soon, we will be joined by his little brother!

One little blessing in my lap and another little blessing on the way!

Having shared this with you leads me to also tell you that with so much going on right now in my life (helping my daughter as she prepares for her new baby, helping to watch my super busy grandson, and preparing for preschool) that I may not be able to blog as frequently as I normally do for just a bit. In the meantime, I have a few back to school give-aways coming next week that I hope you will stop by and enter to win.

Thank you for  your continued loyalty to the Teach Preschool blog and other social networks! There is much more to come so stay tuned!





By | July 22nd, 2012|Categories: Messages from Deborah|Tags: |12 Comments

Merry Christmas from Teach Preschool

May your Christmas be filled with the wonder of a young child…

~ Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed

Photos retrieved by permission from Karena DeMerchant.

PS.  The light photo shown above was taken under careful adult supervision and in a controlled professional environment:)  In other words – don’t let your baby play with Christmas lights! 

By | December 24th, 2011|Categories: Messages from Deborah|Tags: |4 Comments

A Thanksgiving feast poem

On the night before Thanksgiving….

The tables were out with bright little chairs.

And napkins, and plates, and bright orange silverware.

So the children could set their table with care…

And sit down together with a meal to share…

I am thankful for the children who are in my care…

From my preschoolers to others everywhere….

Happy Thanksgiving!

By | November 23rd, 2011|Categories: Messages from Deborah|Tags: , |4 Comments

Introducing the Little Lectern from Guidecraft

This month our Guidecraft Educator Group is reviewing this interesting piece of furniture called the Little Lectern and if you would like to enter to win this fun piece of furniture for your home or classroom then hop on over to Simply Stacie to enter the Little Lectern Give-away.

I was able to put most of the Lectern together all by myself but needed my husband to help me put together the finishing pieces.  I haven’t set it out for my class to use yet.  I am looking forward to see how they incorporate this into their play. It will be quite an unusual addition to our classroom!

It comes with a little carpeted foot stool as well but I forgot to put the foot stool next to the lectern when I took the photos.


Learn more about the Little Lectern and check out all the other high quality educational equipment on the Guidecraft Website.  Then hop on over to Simply Stacie and enter to win the Little Lectern valued at $200.00!

I can just picture the dramatic play that this little addition to our classroom will promote!

Learn more about the Little Lectern from…

Busy Lil’ Hands





By | November 7th, 2011|Categories: Messages from Deborah|Tags: , , |4 Comments

Do you ever take a break?

Someone asked me recently if I ever take a break. All I can say is, “it has been awhile” – so….

Can you believe it? I am going to take a few days off from writing any new blog posts so I can rest for just a few days before the start of the new year at preschool. I say that and then I find something new and exciting to share and just can’t wait to get back online and write another post. But really, I am going to try and take a few days off.

I will share ideas from some of my older posts and from other blogs over at Teach Preschool on Facebook but no new blog posts here for just a few days.

I will check and respond to comments regarding the postcard exchange since this is a time sensitive project.  And don’t worry, I will be working to get this organized for us as scheduled.

Thank you so much for your support of Teach Preschool – I can’t tell you how much it means to me to have the opportunity to share with you.

In the meantime, if you have a topic or something that you would like for me to write about over this next school year, leave me a comment below. Also – I would love to hear what your favorite post on Teach Preschool has been this year. I want to learn from you!

See you in a few days…







By | August 12th, 2011|Categories: Messages from Deborah|Tags: |12 Comments