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 [...]
With the winter days still around, it is nice to bring a little color into the classroom right now. This past week we have been exploring oranges and we definitely had LOTS of orange all around the classroom... As a part of our exploration, we read the book "An Orange in January" by Dianna Hutts Aston. This book takes the reader through the process of growing oranges to selling them at the market. Before reading the [...]
I want my group times to be all about building community and in my mind, building community is all about being close together, being engaged in the process, being aware of each other as needed, and making any necessary adjustments as we go along.
We read the book "Ten Little Caterpillars" by Bill Martin Jr. then enjoyed a little counting and patterning of our own ten little caterpillars!
Exploring the process of asking the "Question of the Day" in my preschool classroom!
We read the Dr. Seuss book "In a People House" and then spent time exploring things you can find in a people house all around our preschool classroom.
We recently spent a few days exploring different types of weather. We also focused a great deal on raindrops and clouds. This simple activity that I would like to share with you today sparked some great use of vocabulary and imagination... To begin our discussion on clouds, we read the book "It Looked Like Spilt Milk" by Charles Shaw... This is a classic picture book that perhaps many of you have used in your own [...]
We are introducing the letter Jj with this simple and fun jumping game!
Our children just love story book games! We read a story during circle time and then often follow it up with some sort of learning activity or game. We've played several different variations of this particular game and it is one that they never get tired of... The story book that inspired this game was "Little Hoot" by Amy Krouse Rosenthal... If you aren't familiar with this author, she is well known for writing children's [...]
The kinds of games we play with the felt board are not all that complicated and all I really need are just a few bight and colorful felt pieces and I have everyone's attention.