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The following is a classroom clutter alert!

By |July 22nd, 2019|

I just spent the last month cleaning out a WHOLE lot of clutter. As a general rule, most of the preschool clutter around my school ends up in our teacher office, supply closet, my garage, and in my basement. Everyone around here gets in a big hurry and drops [...]

Planning your Meet the Teacher Day

By |July 21st, 2019|

Having a Meet the Teacher Day can really get the school year off to a great start. Meet the Teacher Day is a simple way to invite your students and their families to come see the school and also to meet you. This day doesn't have to be complicated, [...]

Permission to fail on the first day of preschool

By |July 17th, 2019|

Because you are reading this, I am going to guess that you are are a lot like me when it comes to getting ready for the first day of preschool or Pre-K. You do NOT want to fail. In fact, you want everything to be perfect for the first [...]

Why you should make more room at the table

By |July 17th, 2019|

My teachers and I have a saying in our preschool and it goes like this... There's always room at the table. It's a simple saying and yet it often becomes a source of contention or confusion for early childhood teachers. Read on to see what I mean. What Does [...]

Are you spending a ton of time on your classroom walls?

By |July 16th, 2019|

Do you spend a ton of time decorating your classroom walls before the first day of school? I have seen LOTS of classrooms over my 30 years of teaching filled with colorful pictures, posters, words, and letters. I can tell that the teachers have spent countless hours decorating the [...]

What should you read on the first day of school?

By |July 14th, 2019|

A friend of mine recently sent me a conversation that she happened to come across online. The conversation started with “What book is everyone planning to read on the first day of school?” The answer was unanimous, “We always read the Kissing Hand book” And most of those comments [...]

Add some class to your classroom!

By |July 10th, 2019|

To put together a classy classroom, all you really need to do is add a few little touches here and there! As you head back to school, you might be looking for ways to add a little fun, warmth, or classiness to your classroom centers. One of the [...]

Five attributes that will warm up your classroom!

By |July 9th, 2019|

I’m sure you have heard folks say, “Young children need to enter a warm and inviting classroom.” Let’s talk about the “warm” part for just a minute by taking a looking at the attributes of a warm classroom. The Five Attributes of a Warm Classroom A warm classroom [...]

How much time should you plan to spend in circle time?

By |July 7th, 2019|

At the beginning of every school year, I am often asked, “How much time should I plan to spend in circle time?” My quick answer is always the same: Circle time should last as long as the children are interested in the process and not one minute more. [...]

Discover how you can facilitate trust with a smile

By |July 4th, 2019|

There was a special moment in my classroom that taught me the power of a smile and how a smile has the power to facilitate trust. I was talking with our Pre-K age students during our morning group time when a student walked in a little late. I [...]

This is why you should huddle up with your students

By |July 2nd, 2019|

There are so many things you can do to help facilitate a sense of community in your classroom so I am going to give you a specific task to take back with you and try in your classroom tomorrow. Not in a week or two but tomorrow or [...]