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Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed.

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Planting our class tree

By |September 14th, 2018|

I don’t know about you all, but its raining acorns over here! So, we decided to plant a class tree. We have quite a few steps for this process, so I’ll just take you on a picture walk. But first, let me give you a little background information! We spent [...]

Loose parts in the block center

By |September 12th, 2018|

Are you looking for some loose parts inspiration? Here are some of the loose parts we keep in our block center. We keep four buckets of tools for play on our block shelf. We will change up what is in the buckets throughout the school year, depending on student interest [...]

The Solution is Within You – A Free 3-part Video Series

By |September 9th, 2018|

You are invited to a very special three-part video series for early childhood educators by Deborah Stewart, M.Ed. Over the past 6 weeks I’ve been writing articles that highlight a few specific classroom challenges that you and I have in common in the early childhood classroom and how the solutions [...]

Two simple sign-in routines for pre-k

By |September 8th, 2018|

Every single morning, when the children arrive to school, there are two different sign-in routines. Our First Morning Routine Both of the routines are simple but very different in the process and in the way we can expand on the process. The first routine is to stop by the sign-in [...]

Play-based learning doesn’t come home in a backpack

By |September 7th, 2018|

Play-based learning doesn’t come home in a backpack by Deborah Stewart, M.Ed. My students have been with me for two weeks now and yet everyday, their back packs have gone home pretty much empty. ​If my parents didn’t know me well, they might think that [...]

The number one way to get students to listen to you

By |September 4th, 2018|

The number one way to get students to listen to you. by Deborah Stewart, M.Ed. ​As I stood and watched the boys play in the block center, I could see that things were heading in the wrong direction and it wouldn’t be much longer before someone was going to either [...]

How to help children learn through play

By |September 1st, 2018|

How to help children learn through play by Deborah Stewart, M.Ed. On the second day of school, one of my Pre-K students asked me, “Mrs. Stewart, can I play over there?” He was pointing to the science center where there were cups, pipettes, measuring spoons, trays, vinegar and baking soda [...]

How the camera lens can change your view in preschool 

By |August 31st, 2018|

I have had the honor of working in multiple forms of childcare. From preschools, to in home daycare's, to babysitting, etc. but I've never experienced anything like this before. The amount of hard work, dedication and patience that Deborah has put into this program is so inspiring, and I have [...]

How to find those smiles on the first day of school.

By |August 29th, 2018|

How to find those smiles on the first day of school. by Deborah Stewart, M.Ed. My pre-k class gathered around me for circletime on our first day of school. I had planned this day out in my mind and yet when I sat down to get our morning circle started, [...]

Building our block center

By |August 28th, 2018|

There were lots of requests to show more of our block center, so this is for you! This year we've got some master builders, so not only did we want to provide them with enough blocks we wanted our block center to be as accessible and conducive to play and [...]

Don’t stop! Your joy for teaching is just ahead

By |August 27th, 2018|

Don’t stop! Your joy for teaching is just ahead by Deborah Stewart, M.Ed. There was a time in my teaching career where I thought I was done. I started feeling that I had been teaching long enough and it just wasn’t fun any more. Not that it had to be [...]

Check out the ultimate kids cookbook

By |August 23rd, 2018|

Tiffany Dahle, founder of Peanut Blossom, brings deliciously fun cooking to the whole family. We were sent Tiffany Dahle’s, “The Ultimate Kids’ Cookbook,”and I’ve got to tell you, it’s got our stomach’s rumbling! From breakfast, lunch, and dinner, she’s provided easy to follow recipes with beautiful photos and easy to [...]

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