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Making story stones in preschool

We made awesome story stones in preschool.

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Literacy Beginnings | Chapter 20 | Names

The most powerful and effective way for children to begin learning the complex process of learning about letters is by writing their own names.” ~Carol Lyons Retrieved from Literacy Beginnings on July 25, 2011 Today I am sharing the highlights from Chapter 20 Names: A Powerful resource for Literacy Learning by Pinnell and Fountas. This […]

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Fun with color words in preschool

Through out the school year the children have been exploring all of their colors and color words. Last week, the children reviewed many of their colors through different kinds of paint and sensory materials… Some of the children finger painted their color words… Others sprinkled some colored salt on their color words… The salt was […]

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Writing the letter of the week

Each week, when a new letter is introduced, the teacher invites each child to come up and try to print the letter on the dry erase board. The teacher begins by printing a capital and lower case letter on the board first – she identifies each letter as she is writing them for the children […]

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N is for newspaper in preschool

This week, we used the newspaper in a variety of ways to help us explore the letter N… The newspaper is a great way to explore letters and numbers and other language and literacy concepts. We laminated one large page from the newspaper to search for letters and numbers… We searched for titles and talked […]

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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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Tactile letters (a to e) in preschool

To integrate the letter of the week with a sensory experience the children glue or paint something on each letter. Presenting the Letter A! A tactile experience is integrated to reinforce the sound of the letter as well as the shape of the letter…   Presenting the Letter B!     We try to make […]

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The Alphabet Tree and activity for preschool

Today the children explored letters with alphabet stamps and a book titled “The Alphabet Tree” by Leo Lionni This really was a very simple activity that included paper leaves, alphabet stamps, and ink pads. The teacher read the book to the children first and used this activity as a way to extend the concepts from […]

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Getting started on creating a print rich environment in your preschool classroom

Simple ideas you can do to create a print rich environment in your preschool classroom.

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Graphing and painting with oranges

When painting with objects, I always print the word of the object on the paper so the children can see that word as they participate in the activity. In this case the word is Orange. We cut an orange in half and used one of the halves for creating orange prints on our paper. For […]

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Potato alphabet activity in preschool

It was farm week in this two year old classroom. Laying in the center of this table was a set of mixed up construction paper potatoes with one letter of the alphabet on each one. There are several centers open throughout the classroom including a sand table, water table, easel, gluing activity, blocks, and so […]

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T is for triangle colors and patterns

The two year olds in this class are exploring triangles. Each child reaches into a bag and selects different colors of triangles they would like to glue to their paper. While the children work with the glue, the teacher converses with the child. “What color would you like to glue next?” “I see you are […]

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Make a ladybug book with your preschoolers

With spring coming there are so many wonderful bugs that can be explored. I love to bring in books about bugs and one of my favorites is Eric Carle’s “The Grouchy Ladybug” book. I also love to have my students create their own ladybug book.  Each child is given a red construction paper circle that […]

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Bright and colorful home made puzzles and games

Did you know that you have all the supplies you need to make bright and colorful games and puzzles for your preschoolers right in your own kitchen? Here are some ideas for you to try… Puzzles Don’t throw away the panels of your cereal boxes! Turn them into puzzles. Laminate them before cutting apart for […]

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Can your preschooler say “a, a, a”?

The mailbox brought me a little package several months ago and inside was the Amazing Alphabet Action CD and Book written by Esther Kehl.  Along with the book was a little note from Vanessa Kerr who asked me take a listen and see what I thought. Vanessa indicated in her little note that her child […]

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Teaching English language learners in preschool

A guest post by Karen Nemeth http://www.languagecastle.com/ Excellence in early childhood education is a wonderful goal that we’d like to achieve for all young children. As the population changes, that means all early childhood teachers should be prepared to teach children who speak different languages. Right now as many as 20%-25% of the children in […]

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