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The butterfly unit in preschool

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My students and I loved the experience of exploring and observing the growth of a caterpillar to a butterfly!

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Let’s head outdoors and check out nature!

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Exploring the things we can do while going out on a nature walk with our nature checklists!

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Science in the preschool classroom

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The basics of science in the preschool classroom.

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Fun with some bugs!

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What do you do if you have a kid who loves bugs? You find a book about some bugs and spend lots of time playing with pretend bugs and looking for real bugs too!

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Flower petal glitter for preschool

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Real flowers are so beautiful in the classroom and before all the petals naturally fall of this set of colorful flowers, I decided to turn the petals into an array of flower petal glitter.

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Let’s go on an up walk

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We took an “up” walk to see if we could spot anything stuck in the trees…

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Who cares about the weather?

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As the weather changes, it is a good time to naturally promote conversations and ideas that lead us to explore the weather in the preschool classroom.

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Tucking our bears in for a long winter’s sleep

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We are making caves for our bears to hibernate in all winter long.

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Time to hibernate

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We are stuffing bears and putting them down for a long winter’s nap for a lesson on hibernation.

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Making our mark in the snow

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We are always looking for new and interesting ways to explore snow in our classroom. This one really hits the mark!

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Six ways to discover and explore the holiday season with pinecones and pine needles

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There are so many wonderful ways to celebrate the holidays with pinecones and pine needles. Today we are sharing six of our favorite classroom ideas.

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Going on a looking walk

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After reading “The Looking Book,” I gave each child their own pair of lookers to wear so we could head outdoors and take our own looking walk!

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Creating with natural materials: Fun Friday features

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Last week, our Discover and Explore crew asked our fellow bloggers to link up their favorite posts about creating with natural materials.  Today I am sharing a few of the posts that I found to be really interesting and unique… Danya Banya shared these awesome painted seed pods.  I don’t think I’ve ever seen seed […]

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Learning with leaves

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After gathering a set of leaves, the children explored the leaves by sorting them on our table chart and making leaf confetti!

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Discovery and explore creating with natural materials

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We are sharing our collection of 11 wonderful ways to create with natural materials for our Discover and Explore linky.

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Exploring the colorful flowers of fall

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Since our leaves haven’t changed color yet we introduced fall colors by exploring the flowers of fall and soon we will explore fall leaves.

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