Music and Movement Activities

Music and Movement Activities

Music and Movement Activities
For Your Classroom

Children of all ages express themselves through music. Even at an early age, children sway, bounce, or move their hands in response to music.  To get you started, check out over 60 creative ideas to get your kiddos up and moving to music. Continue reading Music and Movement Activities

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  Teachers, parents, grandparents, or students do you think that the Affordable Care Act should be repealed and replaced with Graham-Cassidy Healthcare Bill?

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Let us know what you think.  We would love to know your opinion.

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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

Numbers Art For Preschoolers

Numbers Art

Numbers Art  For Preschoolers

I do this activity with preschoolers. I take and cut out numbers from fun foam, I then give them all different materials such as paper, buttons, wiggle-eyes, pom-poms and so on. They can just glue what ever they like on the number. Kind of like a collage!

Purchase or make numbers out of sponges and let the children sponge paint!

Have the kids cut out a number pre-traced on construction paper. Then allow them to glue collage items on that number… but the items should equal the number they’re gluing it to.

Have the child pick out their favorite number. Then draw that number(bubbled) on construction paper. Then let them decorate that number with glitter and when they are done have them cut it out. I then used construction paper to make a headband and stapled their number to it and then they have a hat made from their favorite number. My kids loved it!!!!


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.


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