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Affordable Care Act Teachers Speak Out Now

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Affordable Care Act Teachers Speak Out

The Graham-Cassidy Health Bill has been in the news over the last couple of days.  Teachers, parents, grandparents, or students do you think that the Affordable Care Act should be repealed and replaced with Graham-Cassidy Healthcare Bill?

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Preschool Humor My Taste Bugs

Preschool Humor: Taste Bugs

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During our unit on the Five Senses, we passed a mirror around during circle time so we could look at our taste buds.  Everyone took a turn.  The children oohed and awed at their taste buds.

However, one darling little girl took a good look, then said, “I just don’t see no stinkin’ taste bugs.” I laughed so hard I had to leave the room.

I still laugh when I hear the phrase “taste buds”!

Preschool Teacher Humor And Stories

Teaching Peace-Teaching Real Peace

Teaching Peace, Teaching Real Peace

Peace, The Real Peace

The following article has been reprinted with permission from the author, Jenny at A Teacher’s Reflections.  Thank you, Jenny!

I talk about peace often in my classroom.  Well, that’s partially true.  When children talk about peace, I jump right in. They have a lot to say. We adults should listen more.

Years ago, when I first had the the good sense to listen to children, it struck me to paint a peace dove in our parking lot, right in front of the entrance to school.  Janine, an artist and parent of Juliet (Starry Night post) and Audrey, was happy to do the job.  Since then, she has returned many times to repaint this simple, beautiful bird.  It has become a symbol to welcome all the families and visitors who come into our school.  Crossing the threshold of peace.

Peace is really very simple.  Children know.  When asked, “What is peace?”, they pause, and pull an answer from their soul.  I think the soul is a heart that has lived.  “My new baby sister, dancing, dinner with my family”… true peace.  That’s what children say.

It took me a while in my teaching to let go of the structure of teaching peace.  I remember interviewing children when we were sitting under a Peace Portal that we had made in the classroom.

I asked, “How does peace make you feel?”

Colin answered, “It makes me feel hearty.”

“Oh… it makes you feel strong?”

“No, Jennie.  It makes me feel heart-y.”  Then he patted his heart.

Oh my goodness!

Colin answered with a why-are-you-asking, and a don’t-you-already-know, mindset.  He was right; I did know.  I was teaching peace as part of my curriculum.  I realized that peace is learned by doing.  I had to set the stage, be a role model, stop and talk at all the little and big things that happened in the classroom, read plenty of books aloud that open the door for both goodness and evil- oh, the conversations we have are pretty intense; from fairy tales to the more subtle, like Templeton the rat in “Charlotte’s Web”.  I made sure children felt comfortable saying what they thought and asking questions.

I was right.  It made a difference.  Thereafter, peace became something  real.  Now, peace in my classroom is something children just understand.  Talking about it, or making a book, or designing a quilt happens as a reflection of what they already know and feel.


via Peace, The Real Peace — A Teacher’s Reflections

The Goal Of Teaching Preschoolers

The Goal of Teaching Preschoolers

The goal of teaching preschoolers

The goal of teaching preschoolers is to enable children to become self-reliant and confident. Ann Landers says it best in her quote: “It’s not what you do for your children, but what you have taught them to do for themselves that will make them successful human beings.”  Building autonomy in young children will help them become confident adults who are sure about who they are.  Being able to promote autonomy makes us successful as preschool educators.

Positive Guidance For Preschool Children

Navigate The Perpetual Preschool

Navigate The Perpetual Preschool With Ease!

Navigate The Perpetual Preschool

The Perpetual Preschool has grown over twenty years!  We have over 50,000 free themes, lesson planning ideas, and curriculum that you can use in your preschool classroom.  You are probably saying “how am I supposed to find specific ideas for my lesson plans?”

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Preschool Teacher Humor-Count Backward

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Here’s your daily preschool teacher humor to bring a smile to your face and a giggle in your heart!

One morning we were evaluating our preschooler’s cognitive skills. We asked each child to count to five. Continue reading Preschool Teacher Humor-Count Backward