I have a nice collection of holiday trinkets that I have built up over my years of teaching and these trinkets make wonderful loose parts for play and exploration around the classroom. For this table, the Pre-K children were invited to try their hand at making their own graph and then sort the holiday trinkets on their graph. Although we have done lots of graphing as a class, I hadn't started the children on drawing [...]
I am a huge fan of inviting young children to write all throughout the day. In order to get my students writing all through out the day, I fill my classroom with lots of opportunities to write.
Every morning after the children come to preschool, we settle into our morning group time and talk about the weather. It's been interesting how much learning takes place and how much growth and development I have seem stem from this simple process of documenting and talking about the weather.
The children were invited to draw and frame a portrait of their bears as a very nice way to celebrate the first day of spring with their bears. See how we wrapped up our Wake-Up Bear Party!
As we continued our exploration of maps, the children were invited to explore this simple DIY table top map and drawing game. Like with most games I make for the children to explore, the process is very open ended. Even if I have an objective in mind, the children often take the idea and change it to make sense to them. For set up, I used tape on a large sheet of paper to map out [...]
Creating thank you notes is a great way to invite students to show appreciation, develop writing skills, and think about what is important to them.
Inviting children to expand their drawing skills by adding simple drawing prompts!
While I am on a DIY rock making mission, I thought I would share my DIY chalk rocks with you!
One of our many ways of exploring pizzas in preschool included this simple DIY pizza toss game!
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.