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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   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 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 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 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 This author’s name is Karen Cox. She has tabs for learning areas, themes, classroom ideas and printables.

10 Best Preschool Activity Blogs  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 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 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 Jan 17, 2017 in Art, Blog, Bulletin Boards, January Themes, Pre-School Teachers, Teacher/Provider Resources, Winter |

Preschool Winter Bulletin Boards

Preschool Winter Bulletin Boards

Preschool Winter Bulletin Boards

Many of these preschool winter bulletin boards were actually made by preschoolers!

Preschool Winter Bulletin Boards Wish List Ideas  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.

Preschool Winter Bulletin Boards Winter Scene Next we have a pretty scene that was created by two year olds! Glueing and glittering was done on the table then the teachers hung the work of art under their twisted paper tree.

Preschool Winter Bulletin Boards Tissue Paper Snowman  This big guy was also made by two year olds, with some help from their teachers. They started with the two circles, the toddlers ripped and shredded white tissue paper. The children glued the paper to the circles and teachers added the features.

Preschool Winter Bulletin Boards Giant Snowflake  Finally we have this giant snowflake. It’s hard to tell from the pic but this snowflake is about 2 1/2 feet wide! And the really cool thing is that it was made by infants! Wish the teachers would have checked here before they cut the shape though.




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Posted by on Aug 25, 2016 in Blog, Pre-School Teachers, Teaching Strategies |

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 day of preschool. After all the meetings, in-service trainings, parent/teacher conferences…there’s still a classroom to prepare! Teachers who have had the summer off will usually have two or three days (children free) to open their classrooms and prepare for the new year. There are many preschool teachers who run year round programs. These teachers will have very little time to remove all the vestiges of this year’s class before welcoming new children and families. These are the teachers I’ll be focused on here.

Getting Organized

Most preschool teachers won’t have assigned seating arrangements, text books, or guided readers to set up. Preschool teachers do, often times, have complicated daily schedules (yes for the children!), room rearrangement, materials and equipment to rotate, and individual medication/allergy lists and procedures to compile. In an effort to help you get organized I’ll share some of the things I use year after year to stay on top of the chaos.

Sending home all the children’s art work while they’re still making new masterpieces is futile. We close our art center for a day about a week before the close of our program. We put away all the more complicated tools and supplies like hole punches and water colors and bring out the simpler items. The children are generally enthusiastic to use some of the old standards. With glue and paint off the shelf every piece of art made during that last week goes home the same day. New rule: No saving work, no drying rack…put it in your cubby!

One of the things you can do with this year’s children in the room is hang boarders and bulletin boards. These are quality boarders for $1.

Bulletin Board Boarders Teacher first Day

Your older more mature, end of the year students will enjoy helping prepare for the new little ones. They might make tape circles, measure border strips, or hold the tape measure. I’m sure you can find many ways for your current class to help you prepare your displays.

Preparing files that will be sent to the next teacher is a critical step in getting organized for the coming year. My advice is to get this squared away ASAP to save from doing paperwork when you have a classroom of new kiddos to tend to. Color coded file folders can be helpful. Getting any other paperwork like, class lists, schedules, and job charts done ahead of time will save you a lot of stress later.

Color Coded File Folders Teacher First Day

These folders are great for making file folder games too! has many file folder game ideas.

Help Them Help Themselves

All children want and need to feel they are capable of big things. All of us, even the grown ups, need confidence, so we can succeed. That success builds our confidence. Having a ‘can do’ attitude is the best way to start the year. Anything you can set up that gives the children opportunities to do things for themselves will help them develop this kind of ‘can do’. Meal times are a great place to offer these opportunities.

Baskets For Preschool

Children can grab their own cups, napkins, spoons, or whatever you put in this tray. Children can set tables from items you place in the tray. They feel like big kids when they can do things for themselves.
How teachers prepare for the first day of preschoolGive your children a boost and save your back with this sturdy step stool. This great stool will give your children the ability to reach sinks, and help at counters.









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