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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 greeted her [...]

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 [...]

How do you find inspiration in the downtime?

By |June 28th, 2019|

If I'm being honest, one of the biggest struggles for me during the summer is finding my inspiration. I love being a teacher and working with my students. But, sometimes I hit a lull! Does this ever happen to you? Well, here is what I find to be most refreshing [...]

Play, Make, Create: A Process-Art Handbook

By |June 21st, 2019|

When I first came across Meri Cherry's blog, I was blown away with how she approached art! And now, I am excited to introduce to you Meri's new book, "Play-Make-Create A Process-Art Handbook". Her book is filled with all kinds of amazing ideas to keep your little busy at the [...]

Discovering imagination with chalk

By |June 19th, 2019|

The book "Chalk" by Bill Thompson is a great addition to any classroom library. It's a book that inspires imagination within the students and the teacher. We love reading this book to our class when the weather is nice, but sometimes the weather doesn't always cooperate! Starting Our Day Mrs. [...]

Everything in this new book is now on my to do list!

By |June 14th, 2019|

If you haven't heard me say this before, then let me tell you now. I LOVE process art, especially for the early childhood classroom. One of my biggest Ah-ha moments last year from the Discover Conference on process art was how amazing process art is for the early childhood classroom. [...]

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