Leading preschoolers towards success

Last week, after our final rehearsal for the spring show the children wanted to speak on my real microphone. I happen to have come from my news segment at Fox 59 earlier that morning and so I played news anchor and interviewed the children.... The interview went something like this... Me:      "Good morning, this is Deborah from Fox 59 Morning News and today I am interviewing the children from Learning Time and they [...]

By | June 8th, 2011|Categories: Around the Classroom|Tags: , |8 Comments

How to clean up the preschool classroom

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 [...]

Getting preschoolers involved in classroom setup

Sometimes we, as adults, tend to think we should have everything just perfect and all set up before the children come into the classroom.  I agree that having things organized can help with classroom management and the flow of the classroom day but at the same time, it is also a good idea to save some of the classroom set up for the children to help out with... This is my fabulous water table that [...]

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 keep essential tools at my fingertips... I use it to keep things handy like scissors, a permanent marker, glue, and [...]

By | February 26th, 2011|Categories: Teaching Tools and Resources|Tags: , |15 Comments

Using trays in the preschool classroom

In some of our classes, the teachers like to use trays to help with classroom management or organization... Trays can provide children with their own work space... Trays can help contain lots of pieces... Trays can be set up to invite different kinds of play, exploration, or creativity... Often times, teachers will use a tray system to give guidance or set limits when the need seems to be present... Trays can be useful for many [...]

By | January 21st, 2011|Categories: Classroom Management|Tags: , |23 Comments

The things that go on in our preschool classroom

Because most of my articles only focus on one activity at a time, it may look like there is nothing else going on in the classroom. So today, I wanted to show you how there are lots of things going on all at the same time... Each day, our teachers follow a lesson plan that includes a set of structured activities - these activities are often the ones I share with you. But through out [...]

Promoting independence at naptime in preschool

In my years of classroom experience, I have found that the more I encourage children to take care of their own property the more responsive and cooperative they become. Naptime is an example of how children can be taught to take pride in doing something well and then enjoy the results. Naptime begins in this classroom by having each child get their blankets out of their own cubby. The cots are already placed on the [...]

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 of the week and place them in your basket. In each pocket folder, place the games, flannel board pieces, songs, [...]

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 them..... It has take commitment and time from the teachers to help these preschoolers successfully learn this process and I observed amazing [...]

Centers in the preschool classroom

When children enter this classroom, they will discover plenty of things to do and the freedom to explore because each center in this classroom was designed just for them.  At this table the children are creating paintings with the dot painters. At the block center, a couple of boys have decided to pull out the legos. As they play with the legos, they also communicate with each other and discover how to cooperate and collaborate. [...]