Raise your hand if your blocks center is the most popular center in your preschool, pre-k, or kindergarten classroom. I thought so! Setting up a block center in your preschool or kindergarten classroom can be tricky; and it’s so much more than just putting out a bunch of blocks in a basket and letting the […]
The Trailblazer is a printable curriculum map that will help you plan for your entire school year in Pre-K. This free, 50 70+ page pacing guide will save you tons of time, use it as is, or as a reference to make your very own! Everything you need to plan out your literacy, math, and […]
Before we start discussing center time, first let’s define what it is. Centers are clearly defined areas of the classroom grouped by topic, such as blocks, dramatic play, art etc. Center time is a part of your daily schedule, it’s a time when your students visit the centers in your classroom. The way centers are […]
I stumbled across this fantastic book recently: No Limits to Literacy for Preschool English Learners by Theresa A. Roberts. I have always been passionate about two things, teaching young children and working with English language learners so this book really jumped out at me. I thought I would share some of the highlights with you […]
No, not Oprah’s Secret, or the Ancient Chinese Secret (for those of you old enough to know what that is), it’s The Secret of how to get young children to listen to you. I used to frequent an early childhood chatboard and this was the #1 question people would ask. During the 10 years I […]
This is a post I’ve been wanting to write ever since I first read the Shanker Report a few weeks ago. The official name of the report is “Preschool Curriculum and What’s In It for Children and Teachers”. The report is 32 pages long and if you don’t have time to read it in it’s […]
I will be conducting another workshop for Totally Teaching (formerly Teacher’s Paradise) in Frisco on Saturday, October 4th at 10:00 am. Workshop Description: Fall into Totally Teaching and rake up plenty of creative seasonal ideas for math, literacy, science and more! Call the store at 972-377-6604 to sign-up today. See you there!
Shapes are found, identified, and drawn in all preschool classrooms! Discovering just how often circles, squares, and triangles occur in our everyday life make them relevant to children. When a concept is applicable to the learner, it is easier to retain the knowledge. Let’s show our students shapes all around them! The Shape of Things […]
An open letter to the worn-out teacher. When exactly did it happen? When did you become so worn-out that you can’t anymore? You. Just. Can’t.
A fun color activity to extend the book Mix It Up by Herve Tullet using colored ice and jars, for preschool, pre-k, and kindergarten.