Don't toss out all that left-over paint in preschool!
Mini-Plexiglass Easels are a terrific tool for inviting young children to color and write!
Although school is just around the corner, it is likely that with the days still being so hot, many of you will still be taking your preschoolers for a little dip in the swimming pool. "Two-thirds of childhood drownings occur May through August, making drowning the biggest summertime risk for kids" (RD) Cara Pettersen wants to remind everyone that even though your children may have been around the pool all summer long, it is important, [...]
I am so blessed each day by the folks over at Teach Preschool on Facebook! They are always giving me great ideas and when I hear of something really cool, I like to try it out. A few months ago, we were sharing ideas for sitting in circletime and among the many wonderful ideas, this one really stood out as super fun... I purchased a set of these colorful place mats from Target. They [...]
I am always making and collecting flannel board stories and games for my classroom. I love how flannel board stories and activities can capture the attention of young children and get them involved in circletime. I will be posting several of our flannel board activities throughout this school year but today, I want to show a few tips for storing flannel board pieces... One of my favorite ways to store flannel board pieces is through [...]
I thought I would share how I keep track of some of my favorite teaching resources that go with some of my favorite children's books... There are some activities or materials that I just know I will want to use the next time I read a specific book to my class so I simply tuck the activity or resource inside the book. For example, I keep this simple elephant pattern for making a patchwork painted Elmer [...]
In our zest to help children "create" sometimes it is easy to forget what it means to be creative... Creativity is inspired when we give children the opportunity to explore the art process and materials without the pressure of having to do it in a specific way... In an effort to teach children, adults get the idea that if they control a child's movements or actions that this will help the child be more proficient [...]
During our musical a few weeks ago, I taught the older children a little train song and dance. Part of what we did was use our chairs to make a train for the musical. The two year old children would often come into the room and watch us as we practiced the train song... I went in the twos classroom sometime later and found them making their own train... At first only one or two [...]
To keep your classroom clean, start by keeping a broom and dust pan by the sand table at all times... And keep old towels near the water table at all times... And be sure to have extra paper towels available for cleaning the tables... And keep plenty of baskets handy for sorting and putting away the toys... And plenty of trashcans nearby for throwing away the trash... And then teach your kids how to be [...]
This is one of my favorite glue bottles that I highly recommend for young children... The only problem is that after some use, the glue lid gets impossibly stuck to the bottle... I spent a long time cleaning the tops of these bottles and even ended up with some pretty sore fingers trying to pry the lids off. Then I put the bottles (only the ones that had lids completely glued shut) in the dishwasher. [...]