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Making Shadows on Groundhogs Day

Posted by on Feb 12, 2017 in Blog, February Themes, Groundhog Day, Math & Science, Science, Shadows | Comments Off on Making Shadows on Groundhogs Day

Making Shadows on Groundhogs Day

We had a great time making shadows on groundhogs day. Groundhogs Day is a great time to explore shadows. We have a great little groundhog pattern available at Printables! Print it out, add color, tape it to a craft stick. Send the kids under a table that has paper draped over one side, with a big bright flashlight. Does the groundhog see his shadow? Kaplan Early Learning Company has this great blog post on making shadows on groundhogs day or any day. Making Shadows on Groundhogs Day These little shapes are just stencils taped to craft sticks....

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Preschool Winter Bulletin Boards

Posted by on Jan 17, 2017 in Art, Blog, Bulletin Boards, January Themes, Pre-School Teachers, Teacher/Provider Resources, Winter | Comments Off on Preschool Winter Bulletin Boards

Preschool Winter Bulletin Boards

Preschool Winter Bulletin Boards Many of these preschool winter bulletin boards were actually made by preschoolers!   We used the Shel Sliverstein book The Giving Tree as the basis for our classroom “wish list” of items parents can donate to our class. This display changes with the seasons. Colorful leaves and apples are programmed with wish list items for fall, green leaves and pretty flowers for spring and summer.  Next we have a pretty scene that was created by two year olds! Glueing and glittering was done on the table then...

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Polar Bears and Igloos

Posted by on Jan 13, 2017 in Art, Blog, January Themes, Winter | Comments Off on Polar Bears and Igloos

Polar Bears and Igloos

Polar Bears and Igloos Polar Bears    This theme is called Polar Bears and Igloos. First print out a class supply of this bear. The children will paint over this, then remove it, creating negative space. Check out our polar bear and igloo display!   Next wet the finger paint paper. Don’t forget this important step.   Kids can do this part. We want the children to learn new art techniques. Teachers demonstrate and guide.   Lay the polar bear cut out on the wet paper. The bear cut out becomes flimsy when wet. Children might need some help...

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Snowmen & Snowflakes

Posted by on Jan 11, 2017 in Blog, January Themes, Winter | Comments Off on Snowmen & Snowflakes

Snowmen & Snowflakes

Snowmen & Snowflakes Giant 3 Texture Snowman Welcome winter, make snowmen and snowflakes! Build this giant 3 texture snowman with your preschoolers to welcome winter! Start with the 3 different size large white circles. Divide your class into three teams, each team gets a body part to build. You can use any 3 white materials you have on hand. The team with the base (the biggest circle) can glue on cotton balls; the team with the middle part can glue on white tissue paper; and the team the smallest circle can glue on millions of tiny...

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Penguin Page

Posted by on Jan 9, 2017 in Art, Blog, Books, January Themes, Math & Science, Winter | Comments Off on Penguin Page

Penguin Page

Penguin Page Everything here on the Penguin Page will be related to penguins. There’s art, flannel board stories, science activities, and links to cool penguin sites. Tube Penguin First lets look at paper towel tube penguins. We don’t use toilet paper tubes because of the yuck factor. Start by cutting paper towel tubes in half. The pattern is posted on the Printables! page    FREE pattern found on Printables! Flannel Board Penguin Matching Since preschoolers are captivated by flannel stories try this matching game. Make 2 sets for...

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Preschool Science Activity Ideas – Fall

Posted by on Nov 25, 2016 in Autumn, Blog, Bulletin Boards, Math & Science, November Themes, Science | Comments Off on Preschool Science Activity Ideas – Fall

Preschool Science Activity Ideas – Fall

Nature is full of preschool science activity ideas! You just need to know where to look. One of the early science classes children are given in elementary school is called Earth Science. The science of the Earth is actually only nature. Young children can learn a lot about nature. Having a broad basic understanding of the outside world early will help them succeed when the reach that elemntary Earth Science class. So here we go. Bringing Nature In To the Preschool Classroom    We put this tray in our science center for further exploration...

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November Themes Developmentally Appropriate Practice (DAP)

Posted by on Nov 24, 2016 in Autumn, Blog, Developmentally Appropriate Practice, Families, Holidays, November Themes, Thanks Giving | Comments Off on November Themes Developmentally Appropriate Practice (DAP)

November Themes Developmentally Appropriate Practice (DAP)

November Themes: I was recently asked if teachers can uphold developmentally appropriate practice (DAP) with a theme based curriculum. I quickly answerd “Of course we can! We do it every day!” So here I am a few days later double checking. On second thought, I’d say, there’s always room for improvement but it can be done. Here are the fundamentals of DAP from NAEYC:   Knowing about child development and learning. So learning about the theories and findings of psychologist Jean Piaget, cognitive development theorist Lev...

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September Songs and Art

Posted by on Sep 30, 2016 in Autumn, Back to School, Blog | Comments Off on September Songs and Art

Our September songs and art will be bushels of fun for your preschoolers. The action songs are always fun to do over and over! Try adding some apple tasting and cooking activities for a fun week. Below you’ll find September themes and the songs we sing around each theme. Themes Apples      I’m A Little Apple Tree I’m a little apple tree.                                                                                                                                                                                              ...

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How Teachers Prepare For First Day Of Preschool

Posted by on Aug 25, 2016 in Blog, Pre-School Teachers, Teaching Strategies | Comments Off on How Teachers Prepare For First Day Of Preschool

  Teacher Prep This article will show how teachers prepare for first day of preschool. Many preschools and kindergartens begin classes a week or two after the “official” start of school. Even if yours has begun there are many helpful hints here to help you in the early part of the year. All teachers preparing for the first day of preschool know how tough it can be. You know I certainly can’t take all the pain away but I can offer some ideas and maybe some advice to lessen (not lesson 😉 the pain of prepping for the first...

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Preschool S.T.E.M. Is STEAM

Posted by on Aug 9, 2016 in August Themes, Blog, Engineering, Science, Tech | Comments Off on Preschool S.T.E.M. Is STEAM

Preschool S.T.E.M. Is STEAM

Preschool S.T.E.M. Is STEAM “Every kid starts out as a natural-born scientist.” -Carl Sagan Because the world has moved into the Information Age the focus in education has shifted to S.T.E.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics). Smart preschools have found ways to incorporate STEM’s different disciplines into children’s daily activities, with one important addition…art. Add Art and you turn STEM into STEAM curriculum. Preschool S.T.E.M. is STEAM. Since art is already integral to preschool curriculum you’re...

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