Using all those great ideas in your preschool classroom

I love to search out new preschool ideas and activities on other blogs. New ideas keep me motivated and inspired. However, once I find a cute idea, I visualize how I will do the activity with my students. Lose the recipe Often times teachers look at an idea they find online or in books as they would a recipe for baking a cake. Following the idea one step at a time. Following step one, step [...]

By | April 18th, 2010|Categories: Messages from Deborah|Tags: |8 Comments

Presenting simple songs and fingerplays to young children

I wrote this article for Teaching Tiny Tots a few months ago on teaching simple songs to preschoolers.  In this article, I talk about using the S-I-M-P-L-E method when introducing simple songs and fingerplays to young children. Singing and Chanting the Itsy Bitsy Spider!

Deborah’s new CD and the IAEYC conference

I have been preparing for the Indiana Association for the Education of Young Children (IAEYC) conference that will be held this weekend in downtown Indianapolis. I will be presenting on: Friday, April 9th, - 3:15 to 4:30 pm. I will also be at a presenters booth on: Friday, April 9th - Booth #114  - Time: 9:00-11:00 am Saturday, April 10th - Booth #118 - Time: 12:30-2:30 I will be presenting a session on simple music for [...]

By | April 8th, 2010|Categories: Around the Classroom|Tags: , |6 Comments

Capturing the attention of preschoolers

There are lots of techniques teachers use to capture the attention of preschoolers. Walk Over When needing to get the attention of only one child or a small group of children playing together, it is always more effective just to walk over, bend down close and speak warmly to them.  What doesn't work well? Yelling across the room. Kids learn to tune this out pretty quickly. Eye Contact I always say if you don't have [...]

By | April 3rd, 2010|Categories: Professional Development|Tags: |2 Comments

Week of the Young Child

April 11 - 17th is the Week of the Young Child. This week is a chance to honor young children and to thank teachers who dedicate their time to the field of early childhood education. I have been asked for ideas quite often on my Facebook page but haven't had a great deal of success finding ideas online. I thought I would share this idea for thanking teachers. Apple of my Eye Make copies of [...]

By | March 30th, 2010|Categories: Inspiration|Tags: |2 Comments

Building positive relationships with preschool parents

An interview with Tom Hobson by Deborah J. Stewart Tell me about your preschool program and the ages you teach. We are a cooperative preschool with a play-based curriculum. I teach a class of 3-5 year olds and class of 2-year-olds. What is your background as it relates to early childhood and what is the length of time you have been teaching preschoolers? I've been a preschool teacher for 8 years, all at Woodland Park. [...]

Sing it again in preschool

A couple of days after presenting the 'Simple Songs for Preschoolers' workshop, I took the opportunity to visit one of the schools. The teachers didn't know I was coming, I just dropped in. What a thrill it was to come into this class and find them trying out some of the new songs they had learned. But first we had to stop and fix our hair! After singing "Round and Round I Go" the children [...]

Are your preschoolers loving the process?

I spend a great deal of time researching activities and ideas for the classroom and often come across the cutest ideas but then I try to visualize how much of the activity my preschool age students would actually be able to do. Sometimes, the way an art activity looks online isn't exactly how they turn out in the classroom. For example, the snowman head shown above didn't quite look the same as the ones pictured [...]