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Posted by on May 2, 2018 in Art, Blog, May Themes, Mother’s Day |

Tea and Flowers for Mom

Tea and Flowers for Mom

Tea and Flowers for Mom

Going old school with these two cute Mothers Day gifts saved from years gone by. Your preschoolers can make tea and flowers for Mom.

Little Tea Pot

Tea and flowers for MomOriginally the poem was mimeographed and glued inside the tea pot with a tea bag stapled inside. My little tea pot is very fragile some 30 years later! Cut these out so the handle is the fold.”


Flower Basket

Tea and Flowers for Mom  These flowers baskets are perfect for young toddlers to put together. Cut out enough for each in your care.

You’ll need Have lots of flowers cut from magazines, seed packets, or seed catalogs. You’ll also need a plastic strawberry quart container. The one we used has a grid almost. Like this… Quart basket .

You’ll also need brown paint and a paper plate or small tray used for the paint. Glue sticks or glue bottles will also be needed.

Begin by having the child dip the strawberry basket into the brown paint and the print it onto the basket cut out. Have the children do this several times to give the effect of a woven basket.

Next have the kids glue on flowers of their choice, keeping the handle free of any flowers.

Finish with a little bow on the handle. (Not shown)

Now let it dry and sign the back with a Mother’s Day message.

Dandelion

This is a nice flower we call dandelion. Make a wish Mom!

Tea and Flowers for Mom  This is finger print art. Have the child dip their index finger in black paint to make the stem. The teacher offers the child two or three different colors of paint, and help them make finger rip ts to resemble the seeds getting blown. Very cute!

Happy Mother’s Day!

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Posted by on Feb 19, 2018 in Art, Blog, February Themes, Olympics |

Preschool Winter Olympics

Preschool Winter Olympics



The 2018 Winter Olympics are here!

This is our Preschool Winter Olympics. Our preschoolers are having a great time competing and winning silver and gold medals.

Let The Games Begin!

Preschool Winter Olympics      Our torch is just a paper towel tube covered in foil and stuffed with orange and yellow tissue paper.

Preschool Winter Olympics  Simplest art project ever! Five paper towel tubes in 5 plates of paint. Red, yellow, blue, black and green. Let the kids dip and print!


  Pre cut the center of paper plates away, so you have just the outer ring left. Set up five stations where each kid paints a ring of each of the 5 Olympic Ring colors. When they’re dry cut each one so that you can inter lock them like the actual Olympic Rings.

Figure Skateing

Preschool Figure Skatin  Little feet wrapped in waxed paper slide across  carpet like ice.

  Rubber bands hold the waxed paper loosely around their ankles.

Luge

Preschool Winter Olympics   This is a common scooter rolling on a very old slide from a climber maybe as old as the 70’s lol. We set it up on a huge wedge mat. Not many schools will have just this combination of items to replicate this. Our Olympians love this so much I had to share!

Ice Hockey

Preschool Winter Olympics   Indoor “ice” hockey. Our kids are 3-4 so we play one-on-one hockey. Too many sticks becomes dangerous. This year we’ll remember the waxed paper “skates”.


Bring Home The Gold (or silver)

  Cut a 3-4 inch circle.

  Wrap the circle in foil. I was unable to find gold foil so we have silver medalists this year.

  Add red, white, and blue crape paper.

Preschool Winter Olympics  Just tape the ribbon onto the back. They’re not real! lol

Preschool Winter Olympics   There you have it.

  We’re planning on trying this snack this year!

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Posted by on Feb 19, 2018 in Authors, Blog, Dr. Seuss, Uncategorized |

Dr. Seuss’ Birthday Is March 2nd

Dr. Seuss’ Birthday Is March 2nd




Dr. Seuss’ Birthday Is March 2nd

This is our Dr Seuss‘ Birthday Celebration, it goes on all week! Dr. Seuss’ Birthday Is March 2nd. Each year we add some new elements. Our preschoolers have fun and learn about rhyme, patterns, and just tons of other stuff!

Things

Dr Seuss Birthday Is March 2nd   We start the week before getting everyone’s handprints for a long strip of “Things”.

   This was the early years before it dawned on me to make a long strip and only do each child’s hand print once. lol

Cats’ Hats

This week the children are introduced to the concept of patterns. This concept is an important developmental step fostering pre-reading skills.

Seuss’ Birthday Is March 2nd  I found these tiny solo cups at the grocery store, I just cut some white paper into squares. Not sure of the size but not much bigger than the mouth of the cups. The kids can practice stacking as seen in the photo. Working on pre-reading patterning, balance, and the activitiy increases attention span.

  Over the years I’ve fine tuned these activities. Now the children begin with these white striped hats. They glue on just white strips. Teachers staple these to construction paper head bands to make actual hats to keep at school and wear all week. Later come the colorful hats that we display.

    Seuss’ Birthday Is March 2nd These hats are an important lesson in paterning. Children pick two colors and alternate as they glue.

Trees

This year we will be adding Truffala Trees!

The children will make these trees from aboutamom.com.

I might (if I find the time) do these as favors for our Dr. Seuss birthday party.

 

Dr Seuss’ Birthday Is March 2nd

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Posted by on Jan 22, 2018 in Authors, Blog, Dr. Seuss, Eric Carle |

Preschool Author Study

Preschool Author Study


Preschool Author Study

Even little children can understand that words make a story. Your Preschool Author Study can be great fun. Young children can even be authors! Learning about authors can be fun even for preschoolers. Head to the library if your school doesn’t have a large collection and bring back as many books by your chosen author. Read them all! Choose one or two of the books to focus on and bring to the other areas of your room with flannel stories, art projects, and science experiences that relate to the book.  

The topics of books chosen to highlight for this article is arctic animals. You might choose to do an author study as a secondary theme. Check out our arctic theme here.

Jan Brett

The first Author we study is Jan Brett. She has a wonderful website that accompanies her many children’s books. Her illustrations are from a time gone by yet somehow timeless. By the time we’re doing our author study we’ve read several of her book with our preschoolers. We’ve been explaining to the preschoolers all year, every time we read a book, who an author/illustrator is. Now we’re going to show them.

Preschool Author Study  Jan Brett

For this post we’ll discuss her book The Three Snow Bears.

The book is a twist on the traditional Goldilocks And The Tree Bears story. It’s beautifully illustrated in Jan’s style. Read both stories and do a little comparison on chart paper.

We have a few different ways the children can tell and retell the story available to the children during our author study. There’s polar bears, an igloo, and a few Eskimo dolls to re-enact the story with. We also have a flannel board story for the children to use. Of course all of Brett’s books that we own are on our book shelf for the children during our study.



Eric Carle

The next author we’ll study will be Eric Carle. His books are staples in schools, libraries and day care centers. Children everywhere know Brown Bear, Brown Bear What Do You See?

The next author’s work has been a staple with parents, teachers and kids for more than 50 years. Brown Bear, Brown Bear was released in 1965! A great way to introduce Eric Carle to your kiddos is to watch the video The Artist Who Painted A Blue Horse or 40 Years Of The Hungry Caterpillar

Preschool Author Study  Eric Carle

For this post we’ll discuss Carle’s Book Polar Bear, Polar Bear What Do You Hear?

Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear can be a part  a week long author study or a study of article animals. Take a look at how we look at the arctic. We have pleantiful real snow to play in but for those who can only pretend there’s DIY Sparkly Fake Snow. Flannel stories, books on tape (cd)  are great ways to introduce literature to young children.

Children Authors

The books children author can be elaborate or as simple as a few pages of paper stapled together.

Teachers can help children become authors by dictating their story onto paper and binding the story into a book. I just plop down next to my preschoolers with their journal in hand and say “ Tell my your story.” They usually have at least something to say. Sometimes they go on and on! Below are a few examples of story prompts to get you started. 

Childrens own books can be elaborate or as simple as a few pages of paper stapled together.

Preschool Author Study

Links

Scholastic has a great page called Story Starters. They have something for every age group and 4 different fun categories like Sifi and Fantasy. The page is very easy to use with young children.

A cute site to visit for writing ideas is Look! We’re Learning  This is actually a homeschool blog but this could be applied to preschoolers.

Another great site for this was found on thehandcraftedstory.com. There you’ll find a cute game designed for around the dinner table but could easily be used in small groups at preschool. She has an Etsy.com

I’ve only highlighted two authors here but you get the idea. Introducing authors to young children may just inspire our next Jan Brett,  Eric Carle, or Steven King! lol



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Posted by on Jan 20, 2018 in Art, Blog, Pre-School Teachers |

10 Best Preschool Blogs

10 Best Preschool Blogs




10 Best Sites For Preschool Activities

This list of our 10 best preschool blogs will grow as I come across new blogs. Teaching early childhood is quite different from teaching grade school, or even kindergarten. Depending on the dynamics the curriculum in preschool classrooms changes from year to year. Preschoolers require teachers to have a whole other skill set and resources that they’ll find in a wide range of places. Our curriculum develops, each year, to be responsive to the children’s abilities and interests. Back in the day preschool teachers used magazine subscriptions for printed publications like The Mailbox or Ladybug Magazine.  These days the search for resources begins with colleagues and ends on the internet. Here is this preschool teacher’s list of the 10 best preschool activity blogs:

10 Best Preschool Activity Blogs

10 Best Preschool Activity Blogs Teach Preschool Deborah Stewart’s blog is my archetype. Deborah’s site is just beautiful! Her blog is inspiring. Her activities are always developmentally spot on. The photos capture the action and depict the wonder she inspires in the children. She has also put together an early learning workshop for new teachers. Deborah is also the author of a readiness guide for preschool teachers titled Ready For Kindergarten!. I highly recommend a visit to this site you’ll book mark it for future visits.




10 Best Preschool Activity Blogs OoeyGooey.com   Lisa Murphy, the Ooey Gooey Lady has an exhaustive collection of fun activities for preschoolers. There are articles for teachers; hundreds, maybe thousands of pictures of her inspiring workshops; links to her Facebook page and Twitter feed; audio recordings of past workshops; and a page offering Lisa’s own books as well as books authored by other experts in the field. I highly recommend her workshops.

10 Best Preschool Activity Blogs TeacherTomsBlog Tom’s blog is thought provoking. His posts are introspective and inspirational. He’s been at it a long time and the blog is worth a look.

10 Best Preschool Activity Blogs HappyHooligans.ca Jackie put together a nice site where she blogs about her family child care center. She posts crafts and activities for toddlers and preschoolers. The site has many links to activities, tons of pics, arts & crafts, and she even has a recipes! This is one busy lady, she’s a mom, teacher, and blogger.

10 Best Preschool Activity Blogs RedTedArt.com Red Ted Art is written by another very busy wife, mother, and blogger named Molly. Her site is full of age appropriate activities. Molly produced many videos, photos, and even authored a book called Red Ted Art .  Enjoy!

5 More Best Preschool Activity Blogs

10 Best Preschool Activity Blogs WeAreTeachers.com Here is a blog dedicated to teachers of every grade. They do offer a large preschool section. There is a section with pages of free downloads. This blog is valuable to teachers everywhere!

10 Best Preschool Activity Blogs  PreKinders.com This author’s name is Karen Cox. She has tabs for learning areas, themes, classroom ideas and printables.

10 Best Preschool Activity Blogs  PreschoolInspirations.com  This is a cute blog written by a former preschool teacher who is now a full time mom and blogger. There are tabs for science, literacy, math, fine motor, and parenting.

10 Best Preschool Activity Blogs  HandsOnAsWeGrow.com This blog is designed for parents still the ideas presented are appropriate for classroom use as well. This site has many free resources although they do offer a pricey subscription. Very well illustrated.

10 Best Preschool Activity Blogs  ThePreschoolToolbox.com This blog is overflowing with fun activities! Their latest post, a gingerbread theme goes on and on forever. You will find something fun to do with your preschoolers!



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Posted by on Dec 27, 2017 in Blog, Curriculum, Teaching Strategies |

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 leaving it there with children in mediocre settings she decided to get involved and do something about it! “Do you just say ‘we found these outcomes’ or do you roll up your sleeves and try to do something about it?” said Farran.

Farran initiated a second study. Farran’s team collected data on teacher actions and student achievement in 26 preschool classrooms. The study of 840 children ran for two years from 2014 to 2016.  From the data Farran developed eight critical actions teachers can take that can increase positive experiences. These “magic 8” actions, taken across curriculua, can improve outcomes and transform mediocre programs into high quality programs.

Learn more about the “Magic 8” here. 

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