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Welcome to the Zoo!

Posted by on Jul 22, 2019 in Art, Blog, Zoo | Comments Off on Welcome to the Zoo!

Welcome to the Zoo!

Going to the zoo is a fun summertime activity. Many schools and child care centers go on field trips to local zoos. Even if you can’t take them to the zoo you can bring the animals to life for the kiddos. Welcome to the Zoo is a kind of play on words that most parents get when they see the sign on the classroom door. 😉 These are some of our favorite books that bring the zoo to life for little ones.  Story Extenders    My favorite preschool site (besides this one) is teachpreschool.org. She has a really nice early math flannel board lesson...

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Father’s Day Gifts

Posted by on May 27, 2019 in Blog, Father's Day, June Themes | Comments Off on Father’s Day Gifts

Father’s Day Gifts

In in honor of our awesome dads here are a few of the nice Father’s Day Gifts our kids have made over the years. I’ll add more as our teachers create more beautiful gifts for dads. Father’s Day Gifts Picture Frames   This cute picture frame holds a photo of Dad’s little kiddo wearing an apron, cooking hot dogs on the play grill, just like Daddy!   This picture frame holds a pic of Daddy’s little bidding artist.   “I Love You To Pieces” will be the saying on the card that accompanies this gift. Inside the...

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Mothers Day

Posted by on Apr 28, 2019 in Art, Blog, Mother’s Day, Spring | Comments Off on Mothers Day

Mothers Day

MOM   M🖐M this little handprint mom is so cute for a new mom’s first Mothers Day.    The teacher used masking tape to spell Mom. The children then painted over the tape. When it was dry the teacher carefully removed the tape revealing the name Mom.  Handprints For Mom    First, this is a simple heart with baby’s first handprint and planted in a pot. So cute for a first Mother’s Day.   This flower pot took a bit more work! Four handprints and the cute little poem in the middle make this flower great for babies to give to their mom on their...

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Easter Fun!

Posted by on Apr 13, 2019 in April, Art, Blog, Easter | Comments Off on Easter Fun!

Easter Fun!

  Here’s a mashup of lots of different ideas for Easter Fun with preschoolers. This page contains affiliate links, thank you for your support.  These cute transparent eggs were found in at a Dollar Store. They are being used in a toddler room. The children worked on a large egg shape, dipping the ends of paper towel tubes into pastel colors and printing onto the paper.    This is a color transfer art project. The children paint their large white paper egg shape with vinegar. Next they lay small pieces of tissue  paper (bleeding) onto the...

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Rain and Rainbows

Posted by on Apr 2, 2019 in April, Art, Blog | Comments Off on Rain and Rainbows

Rain and Rainbows

Rain and Rainbows If you live in the North, March is not necessarily sunny. It’s likely cold and rainy. Not exactly a good time to make rainbows. If you wait a few weeks and do the rain and rainbows theme at the beginning of April, it will probably make more sense for you and the kiddos. April Showers In order to make a rainbow you need rain. We have some really fun and wet activities to help children understand that rainbows start with rain.           For this drippy art project you’ll need paper, glue, liquid water color, crayons, pipettes,...

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April Fools Day

Posted by on Mar 24, 2019 in April, April Fool's Day, April Themes, Blog, Easter | Comments Off on April Fools Day

April Fools Day

Turn April Fools Day into a whole week of fun! Your preschoolers will be amazed when they open their bananas at breakfast and they’re already sliced! 🍌This does take some prep work so if you have lots of kiddos for breakfast you might need to do this the night before. Watch how it’s done. Mommypoppins.com has some very cute things preschool teachers can modify for fun in their class. Brownies anyone?  Make that brown E’s! Later in the day offer brownies for a special snack time treat. Present them to the children and watch their faces...

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Children’s Art Auction

Posted by on Mar 10, 2019 in Art, Fund Raising | Comments Off on Children’s Art Auction

Children’s Art Auction

For many centers fund raising is a means to getting much needed equipment or special  supplies. A Children’s Art Auction is a fancy affair where parents gather and have a silent auction. One hundred percent of the proceeds can go to the center if there are no other charitable entities involved. Masterpieces Each classroom creates a masterpiece to be auctioned off. Many of the items are up cycled from thrift stores, other pieces are photography projects, some are Pinterest finds.   Our Tree House class made this with a handprint for each...

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Researcher finds “Magic 8” preschool practices

Posted by on Mar 5, 2019 in Blog, Curriculum, Teaching Strategies | Comments Off on Researcher finds “Magic 8” preschool practices

Researcher finds “Magic 8” preschool practices

Researcer finds “Magic 8” preschool practices This is the story of how a researcher finds “Magic 8” preschool classroom practices. In October 2017, Lillian Mongeau of the Hechinger Report told the story of a  scientist who took their research to the next level. Negative Effects And Outcomes It began in 2015 Vanderbilt researcher Dale Farran published the findings from her first study of the Tennessee state preschool program. That study resulted in disappointing findings. The preschool program had no effect or negative effects on children by...

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Children’s Author Study

Posted by on Jul 25, 2018 in Authors, Blog | Comments Off on Children’s Author Study

Children’s Author Study

Author Natalka Prytula    Welcome to our first children’s author study. The honor of being our first featured author goes to Natalka Prytula. She is the author of Everything’s Better With Cheddar.  The book is written for five to seven year olds. Cheddar is a food-loving mouse who loves to cook gourmet meals while the lady of the house is sleeping. He enjoys trying new things and making new friends. But he soon finds himself with a big problem! A house cat has been brought home from the shelter and everyone knows that cats eat mice. So...

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Ocean Theme

Posted by on Jul 16, 2018 in Beach Theme, July Themes, Ocean Theme, Themes | Comments Off on Ocean Theme

Ocean Theme

Ocean Theme I am a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program. When you shop through the links or banner ads on this blog I make a small commission and you help support my blogging efforts. Thank you! Ocean Sensory Bottles     A student teacher helped our kiddos make these cute ocean theme sensory bottles.  You can add stickers on the outside, even on the lid. You can add sand and tiny seashells to the bottles. Fun Stuff. Life’s A Beach   Like a Zen Garden only it’s a beach. Kids can make this their happy place. Add a few props...

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