teaching tools

My pre-k handwriting book

This little handwriting book is simple to put together and keep on hand to help children practice their handwriting skills. The cover of the book is printed on the computer on heavy card stock. Pieces of lined paper are placed in the center of the book and another sheet of heavy card stock is placed […]

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Using the book cover to keep preschoolers engaged in storytime

Try these ideas for engaging preschoolers in story time!

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My list of must-haves for preschool teachers!

I am linking up with…. Babbling Abby: for the Teacher Must-Haves! A Beautiful Mess and Five Minutes for Mom:  for Wordless Wednesdays! What are your ‘must-haves’?

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Choosing scissors for your preschooler

Scissors come in all different shapes and sizes. Here are just of few of my observations of different types of scissors.

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Making your own fishing poles for preschool

Fishing poles can be made in many ways and can be used for all kinds of preschool activities.  This fishing pole is simply a dowel rod that I painted then taped on a length of yarn. At the end of the yarn, I added a small, but strong, magnet wrapped in a thin piece of […]

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Creating a stick puppet stage for your preschool classroom

Create your own puppet stage for preschool!

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Preschool proof your teaching resources

Let’s face it – laminating posters, file folder games, and bulletin board pieces can get expensive. I wish I could offer up some great alternatives to laminating but all I can tell you is that in the long run, laminating produces the best results. In the old days, I used clear contact paper to laminate my resources […]

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Using personalized photos in the preschool classroom

A guest post by Shara-Lawrence Weiss When Deborah approached me about guest blogging, I was honored. I have gotten to know a little about Deborah through twitter and facebook and have found her to be kind, gentle and caring. She clearly loves children and enjoys working with preschoolers, making crafts, writing songs and more. The […]

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Reading aloud to Preschoolers

When reading aloud to a group of students, be sure to hold the book up where all of the children can see it as you read. This will help eliminate some of the complaining during story time and allow the preschoolers to stay engaged. They do want to see the pictures – so make sure […]

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Extending music in the preschool classroom

Music and fingerplays are a wonderful tool for teaching in the preschool classroom. Do you have a favorite song or fingerplay that you sing or say often with your preschool students?   Print the words Choose a favorite song or fingerplay that your students know well and print the words out on a large sheet of chart […]

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Teaching Tools for Circle Time

There are many tools teachers can use to introduce educational concepts during circle time to their preschool students for example… Puppets – puppets are a great way to capture the attention of preschool age children. Preschoolers of all ages love to interact with and watch puppets. Children’s books – a well selected book can kick […]

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Make Bulletin Boards a Priority in Your Classroom

Messy, outdated, torn, and faded bulletin boards have a negative impact on parents and students where as bright, clean, and updated bulletin boards have a positive impact on parents and students. It is easy to forget that what goes on the wall is just as critical in the learning environment as the furniture on the […]

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Choosing the Right Books

Reading to preschoolers starts with choosing the right books. There are several points to consider when choosing books to capture a preschooler’s interest and keep groups of preschoolers engaged in the story. Illustrations: The books you choose for young children should include quality illustrations. Most preschool-age children are not yet reading and depend on the […]

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Reading Aloud to preschoolers

During the preschool years, preschoolers are developing life-long attitudes about the reading experience. A preschool teacher plays a major role in developing a joy for reading by creating the right reading experiences. For this reason, a preschool teacher should have a good grasp on how to best read-aloud to a group of preschool children. When […]

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