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Creation Station, The Best Thing I’ve Ever Added to My Classroom

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Creation Station, The Best Thing I’ve Ever Added to My Classroom

Kids are crafty and creative.  If you give them a pile of materials, they will think of ways to put things together that we, intelligent adults that we are, would never have thought of in a million years.  They’ll make all of our Pinterest searching and project planning seem like, well, child’s play.  But Creation Station isn’t just about making things!   Read More

Superhero Unit

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Superhero Unit

During the last week of our Apple Unit, I sat down with the kiddos and asked them what they wanted our learning theme to be next.  We’d gotten to know each other and the school routines well enough that I could start stepping back into the teacher-as-facilitator role and the kiddos could take a more active role in constructing their own interest-driven learning.  We came up with a bunch of ideas:  dinosaurs, princesses, cats, Batman.  Then one of the kids suggested “Superheroes” and they all agreed that it sounded like a great idea.  So, Superheroes it was! Read More

Magic Sprinkles Behavior Supports

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Magic Sprinkles Behavior Supports

I noticed during our first few weeks of school that there were some behaviors happening with the kiddos that were making our days more challenging.  I’ve used Quiet Spray before and it worked wonders, but I wanted something smaller so I could make a few different versions and they wouldn’t take up a bunch of space.  I was visiting my favorite teacher supply store (The Dollar Tree) and spotted some plastic salt and pepper shakers.  I got two sets and got to work. Read More

Apple Unit (Preschool)

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Apple Unit (Preschool)

This was the second learning theme of our year.  I selected it, unlike the themes that will follow.  This theme started on the third week of school, so I started planning during week one.  At that point, we were all still learning about each other and settling into routines, so I didn’t feel like the kiddos were ready to vote on a theme quite yet.  Even though it was my choice, the kids still enjoyed all the fun activities. Read More

Preschool Catch Phrases for Teaching Children Appropriate Social Interactions (With Literature Connections)

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Preschool Catch Phrases for Teaching Children Appropriate Social Interactions (With Literature Connections)

I noticed today when I was debriefing with a parent and child that I have a lot of catch phrases.  Seriously, there are so many.  Being both a parent and a teacher, I end up saying them so many times a day that I hardly even think before the words are out of my mouth.   Read More

All About Me Unit

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All About Me Unit

The first two weeks of the school year, out class’s learning theme was All About Me!  It’s a go-to theme for early childhood education because it allows students and teachers opportunities to get to know one another and settle into the routines of school.  I like to start with this theme because we all have a story and we’re all experts on this theme from the minute we walk through the door! Read More