Preparing the preschool environment

There was a time in my teaching career when I spent the majority of my preparation time researching and writing out my daily lesson plans. This was time well spent, make no mistake about that. Because of all those years writing and implementing my own lesson plans, I built up a library of ideas that I can now draw from in a pinch. From fingerplays and children's books on just about any topic to ideas for art, [...]

A lesson in color mixing

All through out the year, I give my students lots of opportunities for exploring concepts such as color mixing but along with the freedom to explore, I will often take the time to sit down with my students and walk through a concept. This lesson in color mixing is an example of such a time...

At play with baby: look at me

For those of you who have not graduated into the grandma club, then you may not appreciate this as much when I say...   There is nothing more amazing than watching your own child be a parent! I love watching my daughter be a mom - she is so natural and nurturing and smart! Shall I go on:) During a recent grandma visit, I enjoyed watching my daughter play this little visual tracking game with [...]

By | May 20th, 2011|Categories: Infant and Toddler|Tags: , , , |15 Comments

Building daily living skills in preschool

There are lots of opportunities for young children to build daily living skills. When my little friend Tristan came over today, I thought we could do some art activities in my studio but he wanted to help me with some cleaning and arranging instead. As we started working together, I realized that this was an opportunity to explore daily living skills so we went with it... Daily living skills can include just about any thing [...]

By | April 28th, 2011|Categories: Daily Living Skills|Tags: , , , |2 Comments

At play with baby: hello hands!

Discover how to create a wonderful book of hands for your infant or toddler and use the book to explore the things in your child's world! A terrific tool for infant lesson plans.Discover how to create a wonderful book of hands for your infant or toddler and use the book to explore the things in your child's world! A terrific tool for infant lesson plans.

By | February 9th, 2011|Categories: Infant and Toddler|Tags: , , , , , |4 Comments

At play with baby: bouncing balls

A big ball, medium ball, and a small ball too... A red ball, yellow ball, and one the color blue... What can Clara do with three balls on the ground? She can push them, and follow them, and roll them around! The small ball is soft... The red ball is bumpy... The blue ball is smooth... The balls are no longer sitting on the ground but Clara found them as she looked all around!

By | January 17th, 2011|Categories: Infant and Toddler, motor skills, Sensory Play|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

At play with baby: shiny paper

What is baby Clara doing today? She’s getting ready for the holidays! Paper red, silver, and gold… This paper feels a little bit cold! Cut the paper into small pieces and stick to laminating paper... And Clara can explore some more! See what Clara’s mommy made with all that shiny paper… As with anything you do with babies - always monitor what they do and don't let them eat the paper!

By | December 20th, 2010|Categories: Infant and Toddler|Tags: , , , |8 Comments

At play with baby: in and out

What can baby Clara do with a spoon, and a pan, and a plastic egg? The egg goes in... The egg comes out... The egg gets rolled all about... Turn the pan over and then Clara can... Go tap, tap, tap on that funny little pan.. But uh, oh where did the egg go? There it is! Hiding under that pan. See more Infant Lesson Plans!

By | December 2nd, 2010|Categories: Infant and Toddler|Tags: , |4 Comments