A well designed Invitation to Play (paint, cook, draw, etc...) will help the teacher capture a child's attention. Whether the process involves cutting, building, writing, sorting, or painting - we can set the stage and make the process look inviting so the child will want to give it a try. We use the invitation to capture attention. However, capturing attention and keeping a child engaged or inspired in the process is totally different. Keep reading and I will [...]
When one of my preschool students shares with me something they have made or done, my automatic response is almost always to say, "good job!" But as you will hear in this recent Bam Radio Interview with Randy Hitz and Rae Pica, there are far more valuable things I could be saying instead of "good job" to my students. Before I share my thoughts, let me invite you to take a listen to the Bam Radio Show. Just click [...]
Every teacher will find inspiration through the beautiful works of Meri Cherry!
I know - calendar time is a tradition. It's something you've always done. It's something that you just never want to give up. I get that. But as you can see in my photos, there is no calendar on our morning greeting boards... I recently participated in a discussion on Bam Radio with Rae Pica, Amanda Morgan, and Heather Shumaker titled, Is it time to dump calendar time and letter of the week? Click the play button in [...]
"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.
Transitions can be a source of trouble in the classroom. Today, we are sharing a few tips for dealing with those troubling transitions...
5 Preschool Teacher Resolutions for a better YOU in the New Year!
Hey Teachers and Parents! Join us for the Summer Book Study. Stop by and check out who are new surprise author is - this summer should be one of our best summer book studies ever!
Here is my secret recipe for helping the preschool-age children in my class take care of our classroom books!