Teaching Tools and Resources

Five fun ways to teach with tape

Teaching with Tape

Introducing five fun ways teachers can use tape in the preschool classroom to promote learning and play!

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Colorful and educational rice bottles for preschoolers

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 […]

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Organizing your teacher bag for preschool

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 […]

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Our favorite ways to glue in preschool

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 […]

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The value of scooping and pouring and counting candy corn in preschool

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 […]

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Rainbow tracing in preschool

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. […]

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Put a spark in your story time by Tammy Flowers

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 […]

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Simple read-aloud circle time tip for preschool

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 […]

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If you send a preschool teacher to buy a gallon of milk…

You know you are hooked on preschool when you just can’t think about anything else.

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We made our family apple tree in kindergarten

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 […]

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Let’s make our own bulletin board in preschool

Exploring fingerpaint is always fun with this little fish in the pond art activity!

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My pre-k handwriting book

This little handwriting book is simple to put together and keep on hand to help children practice their handwriting skills. The cover of the book is printed on the computer on heavy card stock. Pieces of lined paper are placed in the center of the book and another sheet of heavy card stock is placed […]

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My list of must-haves for preschool teachers!

I am linking up with…. Babbling Abby: for the Teacher Must-Haves! A Beautiful Mess and Five Minutes for Mom:  for Wordless Wednesdays! What are your ‘must-haves’?

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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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Handmade paint brushes for preschool

Make your own paintbrush in preschool!

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Creating a stick puppet stage for your preschool classroom

Create your own puppet stage for preschool!

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