Month: June 2017

Ball Theme For Preschool

Baby Bottle Bowling

Backward Day Snacks

Backward Day Snacks:  My son loves sandwich rolls (flour tortillas rolled with meat and cheese inside them). A neat lunch for a backward day would…

Backward Day

Backward Day – we celebrate as the children arrive, have them walk into the room backward, and wear shirts backward.  

Dance in the Rain

  Twelve years ago, I was well on my way to teaching early childhood education full-time in a college or university setting. Then…the storm came.…

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Celebrating High Chair Philosophers

What do sippy cups have to do with STEM learning? Definitely more than you might think, says Elisabeth McClure, recent Cooney Center fellow and lead…

kids and computers

Can Typical Educational Games Support Learning Within Curriculum?

The potential of digital games for education is enhanced by the fact that digital games are everywhere. In 2008, the Pew Internet and American Life Project found…

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Introducing the Diversity Sauce Podcast

Recently, with support from the Joan Ganz Cooney Center, the Kids’ Inclusive and Diverse Media Action Project (KIDMAP) relaunched the former Diversity in Apps podcast under a…

Positive Guidance For Preschool Children

Positive Guidance Tips Over 50 tried and tested ideas submitted by teachers for teachers and parents of preschool children.

Grow Jack’s Beanstalk in Your Classroom!

 RSS From Literacy Launchpad When I do one of my fairy tale units with my students, I tell them the story of “Jack and the…

Make a Play Mat! Build Letter Knowledge!

From Literacy Launchpad My Little Reader has been really into Tonka’s Chuck Trucks lately. They have a Chuck Truck show on Netflix, which is the…

Try These Ideas to Kick Off Summer Reading Fun!

Need to kickstart your summer of reading with your kids or students? Try these ideas!

Creating Captive Readers

   I have been anxiously anticipating the newest edition of Jim Trelease’s Read Aloud Handbook. The waiting has reminded me that I need to be…

Pen Pals! A Great Way to Keep Them Writing This Summer!

Enjoy this flashback tip I shared last summer! My lovely cousin, Holly, asked me if my kids would like to be pen pals with her…

Summer Boredom Buster: Make Your Own Board Game!

For some parts of the country, school is just letting out for the summer. In other parts, like where I live, we’re already almost four…

Read About Robots, Make Robots

… We’ve been doing just that all month long! There are too many fun robot books to not have a robot-themed unit! I’m so excited…

A Thrifty Way to Make Craft Supplies Accessible

We have a wonderful armoire that we got from a yard sale. My husband added some additional shelving to the inside, and now we use…

Finding Space for Reading

Summer never feels like a time when things slow down and life is a little less crazy. Our summers are busy, for the kids and…

Making A Personalized Storytelling Game

Ever play one of those story-making games with you kids? You know, the ones where you take turns drawing a card with a random picture…

Snapshots of Summer Reading

This summer has been going by so fast. It’s been pretty crazy and feels a bit like a blur. We’ve been visiting our library in…

Ideas for Summer Book Fun!

Can I show you what we’ve been doing in class this past month? I can’t believe I will be trading the preschool classroom for the…