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How to make your own writing tray

By |February 9th, 2019|

One of my favorite ways to encourage the children to practice writing their names is by setting out the writing tray which is also called a salt box or sand tray. Making your own salt box or sand writing tray To put together your own salt box or sand writing [...]

How to help preschoolers take care of your books

By |February 7th, 2019|

I have so many fabulous children's books that are near and dear to my heart and the last thing I want is for one of my students to trample all over one or for a page to get ripped. I am sure you feel the same way about your children's [...]

What you might not know about process art

By |February 5th, 2019|

I have lots of teachers tell me that they would like to try process art but it makes them nervous, they don't know how to try it, they can't deal with the mess, or they fear that the children will waste the materials. If this sounds like something you worry [...]

I am NOT an outdoorsy girl!

By |February 3rd, 2019|

I was recently asked if I take the kids outside to play in the snow and the answer was, "Yes I do!" I guess I was surprised by the question. It actually never occurred to me to not take the children outside to play in the snow. Now you should [...]

Six crazy cool ways to explore with snow inside the classroom

By |January 31st, 2019|

The weather here has been all over the place from well below freezing to beautiful blankets of snow. I am not a fan of the freezing but the snow.... well I love it! Snow gives us some crazy cool ways to explore both outside and in the classroom. For this [...]

Experience the Inspiration of Process Art

By |January 12th, 2019|

I am so thrilled that you joined me for this series of articles and not just thrilled for myself, but I am thrilled for you and your students. You see, I figure if you have taken a few minutes out of your day to read the articles then you [...]

They Keep Mixing All the Paint Colors

By |January 9th, 2019|

They Keep Mixing All the Paint Colors I watched my little PreK girl dip her paint brush in the red paint, then the blue paint, then the yellow, green, and orange paint. After dipping in every color that was out at the easel, she reached up and [...]

Why Avoiding the Mess Creates More Stress

By |January 5th, 2019|

Why Avoiding the Mess Creates More Stress At the beginning of every school year, I come expecting my students to want to squeeze out tons of paint or glue from our glue and paint bottles. I let them cut up paper even if it means I have [...]

Things rarely go as planned in Pre-K

By |December 31st, 2018|

Even with the best planning, things rarely go as planned in Pre-K but this is actually a good thing. One of my favorite books to read before exploring the process of color mixing is "Mouse Paint" by Ellen Stoll Walsh. It's a great book to build conversation about colors and [...]

Get Your Students to Stay Longer at the Art Table

By |December 29th, 2018|

Get Your Students to Stay Longer at the Art Table I can’t tell you how many times I have gone through the trouble of setting up a really cool art activity only to have my students come to the table for 30 seconds and then announce, “I’m [...]

When is the last time your students gave you an idea?

By |December 27th, 2018|

Almost every single day, one of my students will say, "Mrs. Stewart, I made this for you." What they are giving me is an idea. I never know when one of my students is going to give me something but I have noticed that when I tell the children what [...]

Ten Ways to Encourage Young Artists

By |December 22nd, 2018|

Ten Ways to Encourage Young Artists I recently posted a 30 second video of my students painting at the easel. The video showed the children painting their papers from one edge to the other. In the comments, I was asked “Don’t you encourage something rather than seeing [...]

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