Exploring mixed-up chameleons with Eric Carle

Today is Eric Carle's birthday and in honor of his birthday, a large group of bloggers have been putting together ideas that would go nicely with many of his books. I love so many of Eric Carle's books that I had a hard time narrowing it down. But after much ado, I have narrowed down my choice to a sweet idea for "The Mixed-Up Chameleon"... This book is about a chameleon who isn't happy with [...]

By | June 25th, 2011|Categories: Children's Books, Light Table|Tags: , , , , |25 Comments

Circle time: Introducing the forest to preschoolers

One way I like to introduce a new concept to young children is by filling up my treasure box with little trinkets that inspire questions and conversation about that topic. Today's treasure box is a forest box... Inside my forest box are different items one might find if they went for a walk in the forest. As I pull out each item, I invite the children to tell me about what they see... Although I [...]

By | June 16th, 2011|Categories: Activity Boxes, Children's Books|Tags: , , , |16 Comments

Rainbow sensory play plus a rainbow linky!

I have a tendency to over-think or worry about what I plan for the children to do! Last week I decided that we should try adding rainbow bottles to our activity boxes... To make the colorful rainbow bottles, we simply filled the bottles about 3/4 of the way with water, added about 1/2 cup of cooking oil, and then added a few drops of food color. Then we used hot glue to permanently attach the [...]

Linky up to Dr. Seuss week in preschool

I have seen so many wonderful activities this past week related to Dr. Seuss Birthday Week that I can just barely keep up. I was hoping that if you have a preschool related blog post about a favorite Dr. Seuss book, that you would link up here! The students at our school have been busy with Dr. Seuss week... The children have been listening to the many stories written by Dr. Seuss and expanding on [...]

By | March 3rd, 2011|Categories: Around the Classroom|Tags: , , |10 Comments