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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 [...]

Planting our class tree

By |September 14th, 2018|

Bring nature into your classroom with this collaborative process! 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 [...]

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 [...]

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