Favorite Books for the Preschool Classroom

favorite books for the preschool library

Recently one of my readers messaged me asking about favorite books for the preschool classroom. I'm desiring to make my classroom book collection more meaningful. I would wonder if you could ask your followers for the top 3 books they wouldn't want to be without in their classroom. And so, I posted this question on my Facebook page and got lots of wonderful responses. I'm sharing them today, … [Read More...]

How to Set Up Your Preschool Science Center

preschool science activities

Science is an important part of a preschooler's day, especially when it involves hands-on exploration. Are you wondering how to set up your preschool science center? Does it intimidate you a bit? It doesn't need to be intimidating! With just a few simple tips, you can have a science area that is inviting for your young learners. Today I am going to show you almost all of the science centers … [Read More...]

Preschool Morning Meeting Ideas

preschool morning meeting

Have you ever made a change to your preschool schedule and wondered "WHY did we not think of this years ago"? Okay, I'm laughing now because, truthfully, I've wondered this about a lot of changes we've made. But adding a morning meeting was one of THE best changes. It only took me 16 years to figure it out! So I thought I'd share some preschool morning meeting ideas with you all, just in case you … [Read More...]

Setting Up Your Preschool Learning Centers

Preschool Learning Centers

You have figured out your preschool schedule. You have set up your classroom. Now you are wondering about setting up your preschool learning centers. Well, good! I'm glad you are here, because that's what I'm going to help you with today.   This post contains affiliate links for your convenience.     Setting Up Your Preschool Learning Centers   At what … [Read More...]

67 Free Printable Activities for Preschoolers

Free Printables for Preschoolers

There are so many creative ways to use printables with preschoolers at home and in the classroom! I'm not a fan of worksheets, but I do love labels, picture cards, sorting activities, busy bags … well, the list goes on. If you are like me, you will LOVE these 67 FREE printable activities for preschoolers. Yes, you read that correctly. FREE! Who doesn't like free? Save this post as … [Read More...]

Back to School Bundle for Teachers and Parents

Back to School Resource Bundle for Preschoolers

Woo hoo! I am so excited to help promote this amazing back to school bundle for teachers and parents and homeschoolers, too!  The 54 titles cover everything from crafts and activities to educational printables. You might recall my book Learn with Play. Well, it's included in this bundle. Imagine many, many more fun and educational activities all in one place! The timing is perfect for back … [Read More...]

Separation Anxiety Tips for Toddlers and Preschoolers

Separation Anxiety Tips for Toddlers and Preschoolers

Separation anxiety is tough. You parents who are going through it are nodding, perhaps through tears. It's so hard to leave your babies, especially if they are clinging onto you, not wanting you to leave. And even if you do finally say those good byes and leave, you might find yourself going through the whole thing again the next day, perhaps being even worse. You are looking for separation … [Read More...]

How to Have a Class Helper in Preschool

how to have a class helper in preschool

How to have a class helper in preschool...I'll be honest here. This took me a very long time to figure out. I thought giving every child a job each day would rock! Um, no. It was just too much for this age group. I had this pocket chart where we would display on our classroom wall with each name and the jobs and .... no. Now,  I know other teachers of 3 year olds say this works. And if … [Read More...]

25 Favorite Preschool Learning Themes

Learning Themes for Preschoolers

Are you like I was, searching for themes that will work with preschoolers? Do you have stacks of notes with ideas but not sure where to go next? Take a deep breath. I am hoping to help you with this collection of 25 favorite preschool learning themes. I have searched for the "perfect" preschool themes. I've redone our curriculum so many times during the 15+ years I've taught 3 year olds. … [Read More...]

How to Have Circle Time with 2 Year Olds

Circle Time with 2 Year Olds

Recently one of my readers asked me about circle time with 2 year olds: Hi. I am a toddler teacher. My students are from 2 to 2 1/2 years old. This is my third week on the new job. I am struggling with circle time and trying to keep their attention on me. I feel like at a loss and a failure. Do you have any tips to share? It occurred to me that I've written several circle time posts for … [Read More...]

Preschool Language Development Activities

Preschool Language Development Activities

Using language and communication with young children is crucial for their success in school and beyond. Preschool language development activities should be part of each day in the classroom, and also in the home. In a previous post, I shared how important it is to build young children's language development. We can help build listening and understanding skills by talking with them, listening to … [Read More...]

Building Communication Skills with Preschoolers

Building Communication Skills with Preschoolers

Children are ready to learn language the day they are born. They learn their native language best during the "sensitive period", the first five to six years of life. Building communication skills with preschoolers is an important process. There are many ways to add activities to your preschoolers' everyday experiences. They are not limited to a classroom environment and can, really should, also be … [Read More...]

Classroom DIY Ideas for Teachers

Classroom DYI Ideas for Teachers

Teachers, if you are on a budget, you will appreciate these classroom DIY ideas. Oh yes, it's fun to look through those school catalogs, but once you start pricing them, it adds up! I was thrilled to find so many items that can be made for a fraction of the cost, for all areas of the classroom. Go take a look at your wish list and see what you can cross off by making it yourself! Have you made … [Read More...]

Ready for the First Day of School

First Day of Preschool

I love getting the classroom ready for the first day of school. I really do! You've seen how we pay attention to detail when setting everything up. I take into consideration how our mornings will go during our 2 year olds' schedule and our 3 year olds' schedule. While we don't put all the same activities and materials out for both classes, they do share the same classroom and I am mindful of that … [Read More...]

Creating a Writing Center in the Preschool Classroom

Creating a Writing Center in the Preschool Classroom

Creating a writing center in the preschool classroom is so important. In fact, we have one in our toddler classroom as well. Have writing materials available encourages young children to explore writing tools, building fine motor skills that are necessary for future writing. Change out what you offer at this center so that they can experience different writing tools and surfaces. You can add other … [Read More...]

Classroom Schedule for 2 Year Olds

classroom schedule for 2 year olds

The most successful classroom schedule for 2 year olds is simple but well thought out. The teacher takes time to observe how the children use the materials. The teacher notices what they are interested in, what is working, and what is not. The teacher is careful about balancing active and quiet times and tries to have as few transitions as possible, understanding that too many changes can be … [Read More...]

Preschool Classroom Schedule

Preschool Classroom Schedule

During my over 15 years of being an early childhood educator, I have made numerous changes to our preschool classroom schedule. I've taken a close look at how the children handle each transition, how to balance quiet and active time, and how to add special activities into our day. Each year I might tweak it a bit to fit the needs of the class, because no two classes are ever alike. My goal is to … [Read More...]

How to Set Up a Preschool Classroom

How to set up a preschool classroom.

Are you a new teacher who is wondering how to set up a preschool classroom? Or have you been in your setting for awhile and want to make some changes? Six other early childhood educators and myself joined together in a classroom blog hop. We each put together a virtual tour of our environments. Scroll down to get the links to each tour! This post contains affiliate links for your … [Read More...]

Creating a Preschool Circle Time

Creating a Preschool Circle Time - Teaching 2 and 3 Year Olds

You've gathered the children together, so now what? Creating a preschool circle time can be a bit daunting for the new teacher. Well, at least it was for me! How long should it be? What books should I read? What about songs? What if they don't listen? What if I lose them all?   In this post I hope to help you. After years of circle times, I've had my shares of "perhaps this isn't … [Read More...]

Circle Time Activities

Circle Time Activities for Preschoolers

 I love circle time. At one time I didn't. Just being honest! It overwhelmed me. I felt like I had to cram a bunch of stuff into a small amount of time. It's taken me many years of teaching to figure out what circle time activities work best.   Fast forward 16 or so years (I've lost count) ....I love circle time because it brings all of the children together. The louder ones (hopefully) … [Read More...]

7 Fun Preschool Gravity Experiments

Preschool Science - Gravity Experiments

Have you noticed how preschoolers are fascinated by things that move? Whether it's pushing, throwing, or falling, they are very into it! So why not tap into this interest? Here are 7  fun preschool gravity experiments that you can add to your classroom or homeschool curriculum, or for weekend fun.   When talking about gravity with preschoolers, we keep it simple. During our morning … [Read More...]

Preschool Math Activity with Bear Counts

Preschool Math with Bear Count

Books are a big part of our every day. We've found that they become even more meaningful when we can connect activities with them. You've seen us do this with Zoo Looking, when we put together a zoo small world play scene. We also did a color mixing activity that related to Little Blue and Little Yellow. One of my very favorites, however, is a preschool math activity with the book Bear Counts. … [Read More...]

Building Fine Motor Skills with Lego Bricks

Fine motor strength - learning with Lego

Preschoolers with weak fine motor skills can be frustrated when they try to use tools such as paint brushes and markers. In fact, they might stay away from them altogether. It's important to find playful activities that not only strengthen those fine motor muscles, but also build the child's confidence. Building fine motor skills with Lego bricks has been very successful. Young children love … [Read More...]

10 Easy Science Activities for Toddlers

simple toddler science activities

  Toddlers can be very curious about how things work. In fact, you might hear "why?" a lot. This is a good time to give them opportunities to investigate, finding answers to those "why" questions. Hands-on science exploration should be a part of your toddler curriculum. Simple, short ideas that work with their shorter attention spans. Today I'm going to share 10 easy science activities for … [Read More...]