Five tips for my preschool teacher

While I was over in the classroom working on sorting toys and preparing for our first day in preschool, my two little grandsons stopped by and one of them left behind this little note for me. I thought I would take a few minutes to translate the note and share it with you too…

Five tips for my preschool teacher by Teach Preschool

Tip One

Before you tell me that I need to put the lids back on the markers or put the markers back into the lids so they don’t get all dried up and ruined…

Five tips for my preschool teacher by Teach Preschool

Be sure to first tell me how you noticed all the colorful lines and circles that I just took the time to draw…

Five tips for my preschool teacher by Teach Preschool

Tip Two

Before you tell me that playing in the sink is a big no-no and a waste of our soap and water and all those paper towels…

Five tips for my preschool teacher by Teach Preschool

Be sure to first tell me how you noticed that I expertly washed every single animal we had in the classroom and set them neatly on the paper towels to dry…

Five tips for my preschool teacher by Teach Preschool

Tip Three

Before you tell me that pulling on the rubber band too hard is sure to snap my finger….

Five tips for my preschool teacher by Teach Preschool

Be sure to first tell me that you noticed how strong I am to be able to stretch those rubber bands so far and actually still manage to get a few on the board…

Five tips for my preschool teacher by Teach Preschool

Tip Four

Before you tell me that you just sorted all those buttons by color into nice and neat little piles and put them in the box for later…

Five tips for my preschool teacher by Teach Preschool

Be sure to first tell me that you noticed how I was able to use my hands and fingers to reach in and pick up every single button and drop them all neatly into one single jar…

Five tips for my preschool teacher by Teach Preschool

Tip Five

Before you tell me that I shouldn’t dump all the dinosaurs out of the basket and then just leave them on the floor…

Five tips for my preschool teacher by Teach Preschool

Be sure to first tell me that you noticed how thoughtful I was to leave one dinosaur in the basket for my little brother to play with…

Five tips for my preschool teacher by Teach Preschool

End of translation!

I hope my new students are just as excited to come to my classroom as my grandsons were today. I hope they want to explore, examine, and discover the things that I am in the process of preparing for them. But mostly, I hope that I will remember to tell my students all the good and positive things that I notice about what they are doing as we work together to learn about our classroom and build our community.

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By |2013-08-20T06:00:25+00:00August 20th, 2013|

About the Author:

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.

24 Comments

  1. Stacy @ Share&Remember August 20, 2013 at 7:03 am - Reply

    Sweet! Adorable grandsons you have. 🙂

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. August 20, 2013 at 11:00 pm - Reply

      Thank you Stacy. I have to agree with you:)

  2. Stephanie Livesey August 20, 2013 at 7:16 am - Reply

    I love it! Really makes you stop and think.

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. August 20, 2013 at 11:01 pm - Reply

      Thank you for stopping by Stephanie!

  3. Honi August 20, 2013 at 7:19 am - Reply

    I love this. Definitely something to always remember. Thanks for posting! 🙂

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. August 20, 2013 at 10:59 pm - Reply

      You are welcome Honi! Thanks for stopping by today!

  4. Diane August 20, 2013 at 7:23 am - Reply

    Said with love, what all preschoolers deserve!
    Have a terrific start to a new year.

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. August 20, 2013 at 10:59 pm - Reply

      You have a terrific start too!

  5. Scott August 20, 2013 at 7:30 am - Reply

    This is an excellent post, Deborah! This helps me remember to comment on those positive actions and skills, to notice them, before I jump into instructions or admonitions. A great reminder. Thanks.

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. August 20, 2013 at 10:58 pm - Reply

      Thank you Scott! It is so much easier to think about doing it than to actually do it:) I have to constantly practice this skill!

  6. Lori August 20, 2013 at 7:44 am - Reply

    So sweet!

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. August 20, 2013 at 10:58 pm - Reply

      Thank you for stopping by Lori:)

  7. Nicolette Roux @ Powerful Mothering August 20, 2013 at 7:54 am - Reply

    That is so cute and makes me think before I tell a certain 3 year old who has gone to turn a tap on .. again.. lol

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. August 20, 2013 at 10:57 pm - Reply

      They just love to play in the sink!

  8. Asia Citro August 20, 2013 at 10:44 am - Reply

    LOVE!!! So, so true.

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. August 20, 2013 at 10:56 pm - Reply

      Hi Asia,
      Thanks for stopping by!

  9. Donna August 20, 2013 at 1:49 pm - Reply

    It’s all about perspective! Thanks for the reminder.

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. August 20, 2013 at 10:57 pm - Reply

      Keeping perspective is an important part of our job:)

  10. Rebekah August 20, 2013 at 5:22 pm - Reply

    Beautiful post. Your grandsons have certainly learned well about the little things that make such a difference in how we approach our eager learners.
    Tell them thanks for the reminder!

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. August 20, 2013 at 10:56 pm - Reply

      I will be sure to let them know:) They always like to have a say in how to teach preschool!

  11. Happy Home Fairy August 21, 2013 at 10:57 pm - Reply

    I loved this. Thank you!

  12. Play School August 22, 2013 at 8:21 am - Reply

    I love it…Thanks for posting… 🙂

  13. Denise September 1, 2013 at 1:19 am - Reply

    <3

  14. Christine Drawert July 28, 2017 at 2:14 pm - Reply

    Wonderful post, this should be a mandatory read for every preschool. Makes me proud to be in such a great profession.

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