lesson plans

A lesson in color mixing

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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…

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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.

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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 […]

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Planning marvelous mitten activities for preschool

Creating a preschool lesson plan on mittens.

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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 […]

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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 […]

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At play with baby: I am special

Look in the mirror and who do I see? I see baby Clara looking at me! I see two eyes, two ears, a nose, and a mouth Two hands and two feet! Uh, oh! Where did baby Clara go? There she is!

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Evaluating lesson plans in preschool

I write a lot of lesson plans and I never know how well something will turn out until I see it in action. One of the best ways to evaluate lesson plans is to observe children in action. When evaluating lesson plans, some questions to ask yourself might include… Were the children interested in the […]

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Infant lesson plan suggestions

My number one request for information is on how to write infant lesson plans so I thought I would share some tips as well as a lesson plan shared with me. Lesson plan template Click for MS Word Doc First of all, you want to start with a lesson plan form of some type. It […]

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Building connections to math, art, and more through children’s literature

When I am at a loss as to what to do in my preschool classroom, I always sit down and start thumbing through all my children’s books. As I read through my collection of children’s books, my mind begins to swirl with all the ways each book can be extended throughout my curriculum content. I […]

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Building connections to math, art, and more through children’s literature

When I am at a loss as to what to do in my preschool classroom, I always sit down and start thumbing through all my children’s books. As I read through my collection of children’s books, my mind begins to swirl with all the ways each book can be extended throughout my curriculum content. I […]

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At play with baby: My Family

Clara has a mommy… Clara has a daddy… Clara has a grandma and a great grandma… Clara has a grandpa… Clara has a family! Photos were used by permission from Clara’s family and Photography by Karena DeMerchant

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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 […]

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At play with baby: musical instruments

When baby Clara kicks the tambourine it goes “jingle, jingle!” When baby Clara kicks the maraca it goes “shake, shake!” The rhythm sticks go “tap, tap, tap!” “Jingle, jingle, shake, shake, tap, tap, tap!” I wander if Clara can go clap, clap, clap? See why reading to your baby is so important from Room to Grow: […]

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