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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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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[...]
Permission to fail on the first day of preschool
Because you are reading this, I am going to guess that you are are a lot like me when it[...]
Why you should make more room at the table
My teachers and I have a saying in our preschool and it goes like this... There's always room at the[...]
Are you spending a ton of time on your classroom walls?
Do you spend a ton of time decorating your classroom walls before the first day of school? I have seen[...]
What should you read on the first day of school?
A friend of mine recently sent me a conversation that she happened to come across online. The conversation started with[...]
Add some class to your classroom!
To put together a classy classroom, all you really need to do is add a few little touches here and[...]
Five attributes that will warm up your classroom!
I’m sure you have heard folks say, “Young children need to enter a warm and inviting classroom.” Let’s talk about[...]
How much time should you plan to spend in circle time?
At the beginning of every school year, I am often asked, “How much time should I plan to spend in[...]
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[...]