Quick Tips for Preschool Teachers

Building connections to math, art, and more through children’s literature

When I am at a loss as to what to do in my preschool classroom, I always sit down and start thumbing through all my children’s books. As I read through my collection of children’s books, my mind begins to swirl with all the ways each book can be extended throughout my curriculum content. I […]

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Folding paper in preschool

Folding paper is a great way to help young children work on those fine motor skills as well as a way to give children guides for processes like writing, sorting, and counting. This little one spent time coloring a picture this morning and when she was finished, she decided she wanted to fold it up […]

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Building connections to math, art, and more through children’s literature

When I am at a loss as to what to do in my preschool classroom, I always sit down and start thumbing through all my children’s books. As I read through my collection of children’s books, my mind begins to swirl with all the ways each book can be extended throughout my curriculum content. I […]

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Getting started on creating a print rich environment in your preschool classroom

Simple ideas you can do to create a print rich environment in your preschool classroom.

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Using the book cover to keep preschoolers engaged in storytime

Try these ideas for engaging preschoolers in story time!

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Organizing your daily lesson plan materials

This is a simple way to keep your daily lesson plans materials organized as you prepare for each week of school. Gather a nice sized basket (a lesson plan box). Make sure your lesson plan box is large enough to hold file folders and large children’s books. Label a set of pocket folders with each day […]

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Preschoolers can serve their own lunch!

Today, I observed these preschoolers serving their own lunch. Let me begin by saying that the room was not quiet and there were a few dropped cups along the way (luckily all empty). Looking around, I saw children serving themselves in a orderly, considerate, and talkative manner. It was quite fun to be there with […]

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The child’s eye view of your early childhood classroom

What do your preschoolers see when they walk into your classroom? One of the best ways to find out is to look from the child’s level. Go to the front door of your classroom, sit down low, and take a look! What do you see? Does your classroom look inviting, safe, and friendly from the […]

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Choosing scissors for your preschooler

Scissors come in all different shapes and sizes. Here are just of few of my observations of different types of scissors.

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Making your own fishing poles for preschool

Fishing poles can be made in many ways and can be used for all kinds of preschool activities.  This fishing pole is simply a dowel rod that I painted then taped on a length of yarn. At the end of the yarn, I added a small, but strong, magnet wrapped in a thin piece of […]

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Displaying toddler art

This isn’t a new idea or even my idea but I wanted to document this idea in my blog because I think it is fabulous. I am often asked for activities that toddlers can do that will also be great to display. Sometimes this is referred to as “refrigerator art.” I hesitate to focus too […]

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Organizing art supplies in preschool

I thought I would share some of the ways teachers organize their student art supplies. Above is a caddy that holds markers, scissors, a stapler, crayons, and glue. This little caddy also has a side pocket where crayons are kept. The caddy would be placed in the center of the table and the supplies shared […]

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Sing it again in preschool

A couple of days after presenting the ‘Simple Songs for Preschoolers’ workshop, I took the opportunity to visit one of the schools. The teachers didn’t know I was coming, I just dropped in. What a thrill it was to come into this class and find them trying out some of the new songs they had […]

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Finding a teaching job can be hard…

Finding a teaching job can be hard, but here is some advice to make it easier… Personally stay connected with other professionals in the field… Getting to know other teachers and administrators can possibly lead to opportunities you were not aware of. Keeping in touch with others who are in education helps them to know […]

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Making books with children

Making Books with children by Marisa Constantinides Making big or small books with children is not a novel idea; in fact, all you need to know about this is included in the wonderful series of books listed at the end of this short post, with some new ideas which include digital storybooks. Children will love […]

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A message from the tooth fairy

My guest today is Birgit Gajdos. What is super cool about Birgit, is that she is passionate about helping young children have a positive experience when going to the dentist. Dental health and oral hygiene is a focus in many classrooms during the month of February so what better way to start off by having a Dental Assistant […]

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