Developmentally Appropriate Practices

Preschool large motor fun with tape shapes
Wy and I had a busy new year’s night trying all kinds of fun art activities but it was also nice just to do something geared more towards...
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Playing the train game in preschool
During our musical a few weeks ago, I taught the older children a little train song and dance. Part of what we did was use our chairs to make a...
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Play dough nature printing in preschool
Today is National Play-Doh day! Shara Lawrence Wiess of Early Childhood News and Resources is great about remembering special or unique holidays...
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Hands off in preschool
In our zest to help children “create” sometimes it is easy to forget what it means to be creative… Creativity is inspired when...
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Powerful words to say instead of “good job!”
When one of my preschool students shares with me something they have made or done, my automatic¬†response is almost always to say, “good...
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The value of scooping and pouring and counting candy corn in preschool
If there is one area in my own professional development that I have come to appreciate more than ever, it is the value of sensory play. I have...
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Making lid soup at home with a two year old
I had a surprise visit from little Wy this week and we needed something to do so I set out the little table and chairs I keep in my office and a...
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Exploring birds that are not-alike in preschool
Today was a wonderful exploration of birds and nests but this post also shares a few observations on creating a successful preschool...
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How to facilitate the creative art process in preschool
Allowing children to make decisions is an important aspect of their art experience. When children are constantly told where to place each piece of...
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We are writing on the walls in preschool
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...
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