If you want to capture a young child's attention, then focus on the things that matter the most to the child and one of those things is the child's family. Our preschoolers have a way of reminding us about what matters most to them through their everyday conversations and interactions. And although any time throughout the school year is a good time to celebrate families, the holidays are especially a good time to focus on the [...]
At the top of your list of priorities needs to be building a sense of community in your classroom. Come and see these tips on how to build community!
This was our second year of implementing the "Star of the Week" in my classroom and all I can say is that I love, love, love the results of this process.
Come and see this simple idea for young children to be kind and share kindness with a heartprint!
Promoting kindness in the preschool classroom...
Stacking boxes and learning about kindness as we read Claude the Dog in preschool today.
Enjoying a little dramatic play in the outdoor homemade cafe!
Making homemade game mats can lead to surprising learning opportunities!
In this classroom the children are literally writing on the walls! The bottom half of the wall is painted in chalk board paint around two whole walls of the classroom. Each of the children who have decided to write on the walls have a piece of chalk in one hand and an eraser in the other hand. They erase as fast as they draw. It is obvious that erasing is a very important part of [...]
This may just look like an empty blue ice tray but if you stop and think about how it can be used to promote fine motor skills or sorting skills, the ideas are limitless. By adding a basket of small, plastic objects - this ice tray becomes a tool for both play and developing new skills. Today, the children are simply focused on putting pieces of fruit in the tray. No instructions are given. Instead, [...]