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Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed.

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Your students will love this book!

By |November 2nd, 2018|

If you haven't heard of this book, it's adorable and our students loved it! Every month in the Honey Bee Hive, we share the best books for preschool and this is one of them. It's called "Tickle Monster" by Edouardo Manceau. As I read the book, I followed along [...]

Invest time in pretend play and watch the learning begin!

By |October 19th, 2018|

Pretend play inspires imagination... that's where the learning really begins. Our preschoolers are developing their interest and abilities in pretend play more and more throughout our classroom. From making tunnels and roads to playing with the animals and cars, their interest in pretend play is building their confidence to [...]

Five tips for asking inspiring Questions of the Day

By |October 18th, 2018|

Are your questions inspiring the children? Now that the children have settled into our morning routine, it is time to introduce the children to our Question of the Day board. The top goals of our Q and A routine is to inspire action, promote conversation, and build critical thinking and [...]

Learning about real life through small world play

By |October 17th, 2018|

What is small world play? Small world play is an activity where you create a miniature real life scene using real objects. In the past we have used different types of rocks and sand to create a construction site. We have also used different sticks, logs, and leaves to create [...]

The best apple pies ever: see how we made them!

By |October 16th, 2018|

The fall season is here and that means two words... Apple Pie! This day has by far been my  favorite day in the preschool classroom. Last week the whole school took a trip to the apple orchard and had the incredible opportunity to learn about apples. We followed up our [...]

Putting together our art portfolios

By |October 15th, 2018|

Our students have loved using dot dabbers, so that's what we used to decorate their portfolios! We started our morning off by reading "Dot" by Patricia Intriago. At the table, I set out blank portfolios. We use the expanding manila folders to hold the art made by each student. I [...]

DIY bunny game

By |September 29th, 2018|

After 3 baby bunnies visited, we created a game to keep them around. One of our students brought in 3 of her 6 week old bunnies to the classroom this past week. Because the children loved holding and interacting with them so much, I created this game. The object of the [...]

Discovering spectacular things in preschool

By |September 27th, 2018|

Your students will love the simple joys of discovering spectacular things! We read a book this week that inspired us to hunt for our own spectacular things. Expanding on a Book This past week we read "Sam and Dave Dig a Hole" by Mac Barnett. Following the book, the children [...]

Rainy day inspiration in preschool

By |September 27th, 2018|

Thanks to a rainy day, we were inspired... We had our whole day planned out. From the book we read to each activity we set out on the tables, but our day went a little differently than we initially intended. Miss Lauren and I had planned to talk about dots. [...]

Pressed flower art in pre-k

By |September 21st, 2018|

Bring flowers into art experiences in your classroom to create beautiful displays that ignite the senses! Our Pre-K class spent the week exploring, creating, and dissecting flowers. Exploring Flowers in the Classroom After reading, 'Rose's Garden' by Peter Reynolds, flowers really caught the children's and my attention. We used magnifying [...]

Construction truck sensory play

By |September 19th, 2018|

Following the interests of your children makes learning meaningful! This idea was inspired by one of my students who loves construction trucks. When one of my students came up to me and asked, "Miss Lauren, can I take these construction trucks and play with them in the beans?" I thought [...]

Turning loose parts into art

By |September 16th, 2018|

Who would have thought that giving the students a basket full of loose parts would spark an artistic masterpiece. The preschool children have been learning about squares. Throughout the room the children found different centers set up with activities involving squares. From reading the "Perfect Square" by Michael Hall, to [...]

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