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Purposeful play based teaching strategies can lead your students towards building the confidence and competence they need for kindergarten success!

Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. 

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Rainbow in a frame: Process Art
I want to dive right in and show you these amazing rainbows in a frame. You could also call them[...]
Where to get the BEST inspiration for your early childhood classroom
Do you ever find yourself stuck when it comes to coming up for new ideas or deciding which idea to[...]
I Heart Math: Graphing hearts for Valentine’s Day
Have you ever invited your students to make their own graphs? Young children are so capable of doing things but[...]
I Heart You: A sweet Valentine’s game to promote kindness in your classroom
As a kid, I used to love getting those little boxes of conversation heart candy and reading all of the[...]
Three important elements of building healthy relationships with young children
Being new in this setting, one of the first things I wanted to do was just get to know the[...]
Easy to set-up valentine water play for preschool
Water play is always a win in the preschool classroom and the perfect addition to add to your Valentine's Day[...]
A simple way to celebrate MLK Day!
Coming up soon is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and in case you are looking for a simple way to[...]
Play has the power to transform your children and their families too
A dear friend of my daughter called me super excited because she was going to finally leave her job teaching[...]
Let go of faulty expectations and dial into how your students learn best
When my daughter was nine years old, she started her first figure skating class. She took to the ice right[...]
Do you want more freedom to teach ‘outside of the box’?
I took my dog Benji to the vet the other day. As we sat and waited for the doctor to[...]
The freedom to choose creates competent kids
I am often asked; “Do you let your students choose which centers they can play in?” The short answer is[...]
How to help children learn through play
On the second day of school, one of my Pre-K students asked me, “Mrs. Stewart, can I play over there?”[...]
A hand-washing lesson can FREE up your time!
How often do your kids wash their hands during the day? You don't have to add it all up because[...]
The following is a classroom clutter alert!
I just spent the last month cleaning out a WHOLE lot of clutter. As a general rule, most of the[...]
Planning your Meet the Teacher Day
Having a Meet the Teacher Day can really get the school year off to a great start. Meet the Teacher[...]
Rainbow in a frame: Process Art
I want to dive right in and show you these amazing rainbows in a frame. You could also call them[...]
Where to get the BEST inspiration for your early childhood classroom
Do you ever find yourself stuck when it comes to coming up for new ideas or deciding which idea to[...]
I Heart Math: Graphing hearts for Valentine’s Day
Have you ever invited your students to make their own graphs? Young children are so capable of doing things but[...]
I Heart You: A sweet Valentine’s game to promote kindness in your classroom
As a kid, I used to love getting those little boxes of conversation heart candy and reading all of the[...]