Are you on Instagram? If not, let me invite you to check it out and if you are let me invite you to look me up!… You can take a quick look at my Instagram photos here! What is Instagram? I would describe it as a simple photo sharing forum designed for on-the-go or mobile […]
Teaching Tools and Resources
Introducing five fun ways teachers can use tape in the preschool classroom to promote learning and play!
I have been playing around with rice bottles to see what I can do to make them both fun and educational. I love all the different versions of rice bottle, also called “I Spy” bottles, I have seen on other blogs and since I whipped up all that colorful rice a few weeks ago, I […]
I think I have hundreds teacher bags laying around. I get them from all sorts of places but mostly from conferences I attend. Several months ago, I shared how we organize our teaching materials for the week. My main purpose in using a teacher bag is to make transitions between activities go smoothly and to […]
Gluing with Cotton Swabs Cotton swabs make a quick and easy way of adding glue to art activities – when you are done, just throw the swabs away. The drawback is that if you use one swab too long, it gets kinds of stringy so you need to have plenty of fresh swabs around to […]
If there is one area in my own professional development that I have come to appreciate more than ever, it is the value of sensory play. I have always included sensory play in my lesson plans but it hasn’t been until this past year that I have really taken the time to sit down with […]
Rainbow tracing is a simple technique for helping children work on their fine motor skills, eye-hand coordination, and beginning writing skills. The technique is fairly simple. You give each child at least three different colors of crayons and a shape, number or letter to trace. The children begin by tracing the shape with their finger. […]
As an early childhood educator with a heart for literacy, I am inspired daily by the awe in a child’s eyes as they lose themselves in a simple storybook. As the pages are flipped, we naturally alter our voice to make magical characters come to life; seizing the attentions of even the squirmiest child and […]
I have written several posts about reading aloud to preschoolers and this is a little tip you might like to use for one or more of your read-aloud opportunities… Whenever possible, I like to collect the characters of popular children’s books like “Madeline” by Ludwig Bemelmans and “Arthur” by Marc Brown. When I go to […]
You know you are hooked on preschool when you just can’t think about anything else.
This was the first week in Kindergarten so I wanted to drop in and welcome the new group. Of course, most of the children I already know but it was fun to see how much they have grown and quite amazing to see that they will be the new big kids on the block. During […]
Exploring fingerpaint is always fun with this little fish in the pond art activity!