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Join us online for the 2019 Outdoor Discover Conference on April 25, 2019!

By |April 16th, 2019|

The Discover Conference is a series of online conferences designed to bring in top experts to help early childhood teachers from all backgrounds have the very best early childhood indoor and outdoor educational experiences through play and exploration. Each Discover Conference focuses on one specific topic. Our last [...]

What does outdoor learning really look like?

By |April 14th, 2019|

What does outdoor learning really look like? Does it look like children sitting down quietly reading a children’s book? Does it look like children eagerly listening to the teacher as he or she explains how to plant a seed? Or does it look like children taking their time to [...]

Swap Out Your Teacher Basket for a Picnic Basket

By |April 11th, 2019|

If you read my two last posts where I shared 10 wonderful ways to take the learning outside, then you might be inspired to drop everything and get outside OR you might be thinking, “ “Deborah, we have so many things we need to accomplish indoors, that we just [...]

Five More Wonderful Ways to Take Learning Outside

By |April 10th, 2019|

In my last post, I shared with you the first five ways to take learning outside but there is even more you can do. Let’s dive into number six through ten. #6 Artful Explorations Don’t be afraid to bring some of your art supplies outdoors. Set up [...]

Five Wonderful Ways to Take Learning Outside!

By |April 9th, 2019|

This quote by Cathy James of NurtureStore beautifully sums up how to take the learning outside… Anything you can teach in an indoor classroom can be taught outdoors, often in ways that are more enjoyable for children. Anything we can do to make learning more [...]

If your students are bored, hand them a bucket!

By |April 3rd, 2019|

Even with the best playground equipment, young children can start to get bored outside and boredom leads to the kind of play that can drive you nutty. You know, the kind of play that ultimately leads someone to tears. Anytime I see a bored kid on my playground, [...]

How to make your own writing tray

By |February 9th, 2019|

A fun and interactive way to encourage handwriting in preschool! 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 or Sand Writing Tray To [...]

How to help preschoolers take care of your books

By |February 7th, 2019|

Ways to model and promote a love of books in your preschool classroom 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 [...]

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|

Exploring the outdoors has many benefits for your preschool students 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 [...]

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