teacher tips

A polk-a-dot trash can for the preschool classroom

Sprucing up the preschool classroom by turning an old trashcan into a bright colorful addition to the classroom!

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Teaching twins in the preschool classroom

Teaching twins in the preschool classroom can present its own unique challenges. See what the experts had to say on this topic…

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Preschool circle time idea | Grab a spot

  I am so blessed each day by the folks over at  Teach Preschool on Facebook! They are always giving me great ideas and when I hear of something really cool, I like to try it out. A few months ago, we were sharing ideas for sitting in circletime and among the many wonderful ideas, […]

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Ketchup and mustard squeeze painting in preschool

Yesterday I shared about how we painted on the grill for our barbecue dramatic play day and today I want to show you our ketchup and mustard squeeze painting… The mustard and ketchup bottles actually contain red and yellow paint… The canvas is a large piece of currigated cardboard that I cut up into squares… Squeeze […]

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Wonderful windows in preschool

There is something about having windows in a preschool environment. In almost every classroom I go into, I find a child looking out the window… I sometimes notice that teachers cover their windows with lots of artwork which can be quite beautiful but I recommend that where possible, you keep most of the window free […]

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Building parent-teacher relationships in preschool

I participated in two discussions on the Bam Radio Show about building or understanding the parent/teacher relationship. Each conversation had a completely different spin on the topic. You can listen to each show by clicking on the photos below… (Or click here and scroll down the wall to find the title of each radio show)  […]

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Bam Radio: Tips for addressing misbehavior in preschool

I recently participated in the Bam Radio conversation “Bad Behavior: When to Ignore, When to Intervene” with Rae Pica, Mary Gersten, and Kate Williams. This is truly a wonderful discussion and I hope you will stop and take a listen. If you can’t listen to it here or here… I have highlighted some of the points from […]

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Simple tip for organizing activities that go with your favorite children’s books

I thought I would share how I keep track of some of my favorite teaching resources that go with some of my favorite children’s books… There are some activities or materials that I just know I will want to use the next time I read a specific book to my class so I simply tuck the […]

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Keeping the glue bottles with brushes clean in preschool

This is one of my favorite glue bottles that I highly recommend for young children… The only problem is that after some use, the glue lid gets impossibly stuck to the bottle… I spent a long time cleaning the tops of these bottles and even ended up with some pretty sore fingers trying to pry […]

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