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New research finds “Magic 8” preschool classroom practices

Posted by on Dec 27, 2017 in Blog, Curriculum, Teaching Strategies | Comments Off on New research finds “Magic 8” preschool classroom practices

New research finds “Magic 8” preschool classroom practices

New research finds “Magic 8” preschool classroom practices In October Lillian Mongeau of the Hechinger Report told the story of a  scientist who took their research to the next level. This is the story of how new research finds “Magic 8” preschool classroom practices. In 2015 Vanderbilt researcher Dale Farran published the disappointing findings from her study of the Tennessee state preschool program.  That study found the preschool program had no effect or negative effects on children by third grade. Rather than doing reasearch and just...

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Sugar Plums Last Minute Christmas Fun!

Posted by on Dec 21, 2017 in Blog, Christmas, December Themes | Comments Off on Sugar Plums Last Minute Christmas Fun!

Sugar Plums Last Minute Christmas Fun!

Sugar Plums Last Minute Christmas Fun! Spin Art Lollipops          Just tape a paper plate to the turn table of an Fisher Price record player turn it on 33rpms and give a kid a paint brush. Some how they seem to know what to do! Gingerbread Men In Their Gingerbread Houses          Tree Decorating        These are simple painting and gluing activities.  These trees were purchased at thrift stores. We just plopped ‘em in the sensory table with beads and ribbon. They know what to do next!   This is a store bought magnetic tree, might have been...

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Preschool Stained Glass Windows

Posted by on Dec 19, 2017 in Art, Blog, Christmas, Holidays | Comments Off on Preschool Stained Glass Windows

Preschool Stained Glass Windows

This all started many years ago when I moved into a new classroom and found a box of unused tiles. Some were mosaic some were just 4×4 bathroom tile. I had no idea what to do with them so they sat for a long while. I thought maybe a mosaic or stepping stones for the playground, but they just sat collecting dust. Then one day I had some left over plywood from some other project and my idea started to take form.   First I glued the tiles to the boards in interesting patterns. I used E6000 glue because the thing will need to hold up with...

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Life Size Gingerbread House Before And After

Posted by on Dec 12, 2017 in Blog, Christmas, December Themes | Comments Off on Life Size Gingerbread House Before And After

Life Size Gingerbread House Before And After

Life Size Gingerbread House Before And After A very generous parent donated this cute playhouse to our class. The playhouse stayed in the closet for a few days while we decided where and when to set it up. On the big day it hit me to assemble it inside out! This is the story, all about how my life got flipped, turned inside out!   It was a little tricky at first. The instructions were clear enough but turning the folds in the opposite directions didn’t always make sense. I persisted and had it assembled in under an hour. The Big Reveal    ...

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Life Size Gingerbread House

Posted by on Dec 10, 2017 in Blog, Christmas, December Themes, Holidays | Comments Off on Life Size Gingerbread House

Life Size Gingerbread House

Want a life size gingerbread house for your kids this Christmas? This is a story all about how my life got flipped…turned inside out. lol One of my preschooler’s generous parents gave us a playhouse like this. So it stayed in the closet for few days while we decided where and how to set it up. On the big day it hit me to assemble it inside out! I put the thing together with the cute printed part on the inside so the out side is brown, like a real gingerbread house. It was a little tricky at first but remembering that all the folds go...

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You Can’t Catch The Gingerbread Man!

Posted by on Dec 2, 2017 in Art, Blog, December Themes, Holidays | Comments Off on You Can’t Catch The Gingerbread Man!

You Can’t Catch The Gingerbread Man!

No matter how fast you run you can’t catch the Gingerbread Man! We’re turning our classroom into a gingerbread classroom! I’ll keep updating as we go. This is part of out Christmas celebrations. We also celebrate Hanukkah and Kwanzaa so watch out for those posts as well. Begin with the traditional story book. Read other versions and have a discussion about the similarities and differences. Gingerbread Men   Raisins, buttons, ribbons, glitter, and a little “teacher glue” (tacky glue). Free pattern on Printables! Gum Drops         Free Pattern...

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Giving Thanks On Thanksgiving

Posted by on Nov 12, 2017 in Autumn, Blog, Families, November Themes, Thanks Giving | Comments Off on Giving Thanks On Thanksgiving

Giving Thanks On Thanksgiving

Giving Thanks On Thanksgiving is an American tradition. Giving thanks is an important lesson for children to learn any time of year. At Thanksgiving it’s especially important. There are many ways to approach this lesson. First and foremost is modeling thankfulness for children and to use please and thank you throughout your interactions with them and others. Leading by example will take you far in this regard. Your children will begin to use these polite words when you show them that it’s expected. Giving Thanks On Thanksgiving For Healthy...

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Down On The Farm

Posted by on Nov 3, 2017 in Autumn, Blog, Cooking With Kids, Farm | Comments Off on Down On The Farm

Down On The Farm

Preschoolers of all ages have a great time with the Down On The Farm Theme. Sorting animals by type, cooking, fun songs and videos  are just a few of the activities for this week long theme. There might be enough material for two weeks. Let’s start off with a fun song. On Our Way To Grandpa’s Farm Next try Sleeping Cows. Can’t find a video so imagine… your children lie down and pretend to be sleeping while you sing 🎶 ” See The sleeping cows till it’s nearly noon come let us wake them with a merry tune.” 🎶 As the children wake up they...

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Last Minute Preschool Halloween Ideas

Posted by on Oct 30, 2017 in Autumn, Blog, Fall, Halloween, October Themes | Comments Off on Last Minute Preschool Halloween Ideas

Last Minute Preschool Halloween Ideas

Some of these last minute preschool Halloween ideas just came to me today! Talk about last minute…tomorrow is Halloween! Sorting By Two Attributes   Spider webs in shoe boxes. The pic doesn’t show it very well but there are cards in front of each box with spider/fly on one side and orange/black on the other side. The flies are just a printed pic of a realistic fly laminated and cut out. They are stuck onto the ribbon web with scotch tape. Kiddos grab a spider or fly and sort.  Science   Stirring our brew. Black paydough. See recipe...

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Halloween Fun

Posted by on Oct 22, 2017 in Art, Autumn, Blog, Halloween, Math & Science, October Themes | Comments Off on Halloween Fun

Halloween Fun

The Halloween fun has begun! Magic Pumpkin Song Video 5 Little Pumpkins Video   The pattern for these masks is Free at Printables! Collaborations   This is no Itsy Bitsy Spider. He measures about 3 feet across! We sing Itsy Bitsy Spider then we sing “Biggy Wiggy Spider” with the same tune and same lyrics but deep BIG voices!  Our Jack-O-Lantern is also very big although there’s no reference point in the pic. Both of this and the spider were collaborative works. Sensory Tables   These sensory tables are great fun. Math   Matching Dollar Tree...

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