Recently, we enjoyed our annual Scholastic Book Fair. It’s as much fun as any party … even for preschoolers!
Here’s why: browsing books together – while exclaiming about this or that title – helps children know how much you value reading. Continue Reading
Yogurt lids have lots of great uses, and recently I dreamed up another one. It happened while I was pouring paint into the lids for a preschool painting project, while musing about new Literacy Center activities.
Bingo! The lids might make a great alphabet activity! Continue Reading
I have discovered a fabulous new website through another site called Edutopia. It’s called Gonoodle and is absolutely great.
All you need is a whiteboard, TV or laptop to access the fabulous and short – often less than 5 minutes – brain training and exercise programs they offer. Continue Reading
Recently it’s been so cold and wet here (we expect a high of 5 degrees today) that the children haven’t been able to go outside to play. Aaargh. Imagine a roomful of preschoolers peering out at all the pretty snow yet cooped up inside. Not a pretty sight. 😦
So last week we brought the outside in, and had a Polar Party. Continue Reading
If you’ve ever done marble painting with little ones, you know how messy it can be. I used to do it anyway, because it was so fun. But, oh boy.
At the beginning of my teaching career, I was truly Master of the Marble Mess. I used box lids for paint trays and ended up with paint on the tables, chairs, myself, the kids and the wall-to-wall carpet. (That’s another story!) Continue Reading
I have never thought learning shouldn’t be fun. In fact, I think if learning ISN’T fun, it’s not actually working! That is, kids who aren’t engaged and enjoying their classroom experience probably aren’t learning much. (Or at least aren’t learning what you wish they were.) Continue Reading
Every year the students of Our Lady of Grace Catholic Academy help Alleman High School collect food for the Hunger Drive … and our 4-year-old preschoolers are no exception. This year I decided to up the ante: if my kids collected 100 cans, they would earn a Pajama Day. Ha! They worked like crazy to win! Continue Reading