Learn the when, why, and how of modeling inspiration in preschool

A well designed Invitation to Play (paint, cook, draw, etc...) will help the teacher capture a child's attention. Whether the process involves cutting, building, writing, sorting, or painting - we can set the stage and make the process look inviting so the child will want to give it a try. We use the invitation to capture attention. However, capturing attention and keeping a child engaged or inspired in the process is totally different. Keep reading and I will [...]

Painting circles with a compass

I don't know about you, but I am always looking for a new or unique tool for painting for making the process fun and interesting for children.  These compasses that we used for painting circles really fit the bill... I've shared with you how we have been exploring circles and other shapes lately.  Deborah picked up these awesome compasses at the Dollar Tree, obviously intending to use them for making circles. She wanted to borrow [...]

By | January 22nd, 2014|Categories: Around the Classroom, Creative Art|Tags: , , , |5 Comments

Making circles in the salt tray

Last week I shared our shape hunt activity as an introduction to our unit on shapes.  First up on our list of shapes to explore was the circle.  We explored this new shape by drawing circles in our salt trays... We use salt trays in our classroom quite frequently as a fine motor tool and to encourage pre-writing skills.  We use a basic plastic tray that can be picked up at most any school supply [...]

By | January 21st, 2014|Categories: Around the Classroom, Creative Art|Tags: , , |1 Comment