I can day in preschool : circletime

“I Can Day” is a play on the word “can” and it is a fun way to introduce the children to all the things they “can do” in preschool…

We began our day by reading the book, “All by Myself” by Aliki.  This was a super simple book about a little boy who can get dressed, eat breakfast, go to school, come back home, and get ready for bed all by himself…

The book was a great introduction to “I Can Day” because it gave us a starting point to talk with the children about the things that they can do at home and at school too…

After reading the book, we passed around our “I Can” can and each child pulled a special note out of the can which had one action word.  I would read the note aloud by saying the child’s name in a sentence like this;  “____ can jump, can you jump too?”  And all the children would jump…

Other words in the can included; bend, twist, march, run, and kick. I had 12 words total so each child could pick a paper out of the can…

I also brought a bag of cans with me to circle time.  As I took each can out of the bag, the children shouted out whether the can was taller or shorter and helped me figure out how to organize the cans from tallest to shortest…

We followed up our circletime with lots of other activities all related to cans and the things we can do in preschool. So stay tuned for more on “I Can Day” in my next post…

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By |2012-09-03T09:00:30+00:00September 3rd, 2012|

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Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. has been working and teaching in the field of early childhood education for over 30 years. Deborah currently owns and teaches in her own part-time, private preschool called The Children’s Studio. Deborah’s deep passion for teaching and working with young children is documented and then graciously shared with millions of readers around the world through her blog and other social networking communities. Deborah believes that young children learn best through play and exploration and embraces this belief in all that she does in her own classroom so that she can effectively and passionately share rewarding, real- life, tried-and-true practices with other teachers, parents, and leaders across the field of early childhood education.


  1. Brenna September 3, 2012 at 11:46 am - Reply

    The beginning of a preschool year of school is a great time to teach young students all that they can do by themselves. Great book you featured, too. I did a video book reading on All By Myself by Mercer Mayer. You may choose to use this video reading in your library center https://www.brennaphillips.com/all-by-myself-video-book-reading

    Happy days in preschool.

  2. Katrina September 3, 2012 at 2:41 pm - Reply

    Can’t wait to see the activities! This week we are focusing on the theme “God Made Me Special” and I think these would fit in well with that 🙂

  3. Dawn @ PricklyMom September 3, 2012 at 5:10 pm - Reply

    I just discovered your blog and I love it! I’ve been looking for a unique way to motivate my 3-yo to do things for himself. We’re kind of a silly, fun-loving family, and I love teaching a lesson with a unique prop!

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. September 3, 2012 at 6:24 pm - Reply

      Thanks for stopping by Dawn. I love props too – they really helped to capture attention and spark conversation:)

  4. onesunflower September 3, 2012 at 11:43 pm - Reply

    I like to start my year with a book but most of my children don’t speak English so I usually choose a book with an engaging character and pictures or repetitive phrases. This is a great idea for a foundational book that we can build on through the year – and I have it in my library. Always a plus!

  5. Mud Hut Mama September 4, 2012 at 10:07 am - Reply

    What a cool and empowering activity. I love your I can can and will be looking for that book.

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