Dealing with Big Emotions in the Preschool Classroom

You get your classroom set up, everything is organized, you are ready for that first day of school. The children arrive and you smile as you watch them get to know each other. And then you hear a high-pitched scream. It completely startles you. There are big sobs. You are trying to figure out what happened, but the child just screams louder. You are dealing with big emotions in the preschool classroom and need the tools to calm this child.

I know because I’ve been there.

Dealing with Big Emotions in the Classroom

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Dealing with Big Emotions in the Preschool Classroom

Dealing with big emotions in the classroom has been part of my teaching life for years. I’ve had students go from happy to angry in what seemed like a second. I’ve had children who’ve cried a lot, always seeming to fall apart over different situations. I’ve had children with big worries that I wished I could soothe. I’ve had children who would shout at the top of their lungs when they didn’t get the toy they wanted. I’ve watched children have big meltdowns but had no idea what prompted them.

I’ve gone home exhausted, sometimes in tears. And I’ve received so many messages from parents and teachers who’ve asked for help, feeling the same way. They wished they knew why their children acted the way they did. They were desperate for answers.

Finally, there is a solution.

I’m so excited to be partnering with Dayna from Lemon Lime Adventures. She is helping me and so many other parents and educators get to the root of these behaviors.

Dayna is a national board certified educator who is now a stay-at-home mom of 3, one that deals with big emotions. She truly understand what we are going through. She’s lived it and has the tools to help! She wrote the popular post Top 10 Tips Every Parent of an Anxious Child Should Know. And now she has put together The Worries Workshop.

 

What is the Worries Workshop?

The Worries Workshop is a video e-course designed to show you how to easily understand your student’s behavior and implement calming strategies that work.

Starting with the very first lesson, the course provides the tools and strategies necessary to dig deeper to find the source of the worry. You will remain calm and help your student cope with his surroundings.

You will get 16 lessons that take less than 2 minutes.

You have lifetime access, so there’s no need to rush. You are busy. Dayna understands.

You will have a choice of 3 different plans.

There’s even a payment plan!

Oh, and teachers, Dayna will give you a certificate of hours!

Class starts March 13th and space is limited, so don’t miss out! Claim your spot now!

 

Dealing with Big Emotions in the Classroom

 

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Teaching Kindness in the Classroom

Teaching kindness in the classroom is one of our most important jobs as teachers.

From the moment our toddlers start their school year, we are working on teaching them how to care for others. We start working on empathy. Young children are very egocentric, so it takes great work to help them recognize the needs of others.

But we work on it. Every single day. From the first day they arrive as toddlers until the last day of pre-kindergarten, when they are ready to move on to the big world of kindergarten. We are setting the stage for their future years.

It is THAT important.

Kind Classroom

 

 

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Teaching kindness in the classroom

This isn’t the first time I’ve written about kindness. I was part of a kindness blog hop a few years back, where we all shared ways we have taught our young children how to be kind. I also shared how we focused on kindness during the Christmas season. But I honestly don’t think I can write enough on this topic. It is that near and dear to my heart.

I take these types of pictures often during our school year:

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This photo shows how one child reached out to another. It felt so natural.

Recently one of my blogging friends, Anna from The Imagination Tree, created The Kindness Elves. They were part of our Christmas theme, as I mentioned earlier. When I learned that there was a teacher packet to go along with The Kindness Elves, as well as a new book, The Story of the Kindness Elves, I decided to add it to our curriculum.

Kind Classroom is an eBook packed full of helpful resources and printable materials for teachers using the Kindness Elves in their classrooms.

The Kindness Elves are the perfect addition to the classroom setting as they make wonderful mascots and are encouragers of kind and caring behaviour towards others.”

 

The Story of the Kindness Elves

In the clouds not too far above your home, live the teeny tiny Kindness Elves who spend their days making special kindness potions. One day they discover they need the help of some very special children on a very important kindness mission!”

I divided this beautiful book so it could be read during  3 days. I really wanted our young children to absorb how special these kindness elves were, and how they encouraged others to be kind. I was amazed at all the thoughtful comments my preschoolers gave!

 

Our Kindness Shelf

In the Kind Classroom ebook it’s suggested to create a kindness shelf. I placed our kindness elves and their home on the shelf, along with their book (The Story of the Kindness Elves).  I also added other kindness books and our kindness mailbox.

 

Teaching Kindness in the Classroom

During our centers time, I placed our kindness mailbox on a table, along with the kindness elves and heart-shaped paper, stickers, and pens.

Teaching Kindness in the Classroom

Our preschoolers could not wait to write notes to each other and to their family members!

Teaching Kindness in the Classroom

It warmed my heart to see that mailbox fill!

Teaching Kindness in the Classroom

By the end of the week our preschoolers were very skilled at creating love notes.

Teaching Kindness in the Classroom

They wrote so many notes to Sparkle and Pop that their mailbox got jammed.

Teaching Kindness in the Classroom

We had to come up with another place to store our notes for the kindness elves. We found the perfect heart-shaped box.

Teaching Kindness in the Classroom

I introduced our kindness stone during our circle time. I explained that when this stone is in our hands, we think good thoughts about someone else.

Teaching Kindness in the Classroom

We say something kind about another friend in our classroom, and then we pass the kindness stone to the next child.

Teaching Kindness in the Classroom

And when I saw 2 friends holding hands as we went our our letter hunt around the building, my heart was full.

Teaching Kindness in the Classroom

This brought tears to my eyes, as I mentioned on my Instagram picture. This confirms why I love my job. I adore their tender hearts.

 

Teaching Kindness in the Classroom

Teaching Kindness in the Classroom

 

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Winter Activities for Preschool Circle Time

When planning winter activities for preschool circle time, we make sure to include kids songs, stories, and learning ideas. Circle time is a great way to help build language and social skills while also learning new concepts. Each day our preschoolers hear at least one story, sing songs and/or recite finger plays, have the opportunity to hold and flip though books, and have short discussions. Some days we also have one sharing person and we will also play a large group game or involve all the children in some sort of activity.

winter circle time ideas

 

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Winter Activities for Preschool Circle Time

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Winter activities for circle time:

 

 

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Winter books to read at circle time:

 

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Fun Preschool Apple Theme Activities

I’m quite certain I’ve mentioned before how much I love fall. It seems to awaken all 5 senses and allows so much nature exploration! And so, since I love it so much, I put together this big collection of fun preschool apple theme activities.

And I just might keep adding on to it.

Because I keep finding more!

Grab a cup of coffee or tea and get your fingers ready for some serious pinning. In this apple theme collection you will find activities for art,  dramatic play, sensory bins, play dough, math, science, literacy, fine motor, cooking, large motor, and music and movement.

 

Preschool Apple Theme Ideas - Teaching 2 and 3 Year Olds

 

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Fun Preschool Apple Theme Activities

Preschool Apple Theme Art Ideas - Teaching 2 and 3 Year Olds

 

Apple Art

Preschool Apple Theme Ideas for Dramatic Play - Teaching 2 and 3 Year Olds

Dramatic and Small World Play

 

Preschool Apple Theme Ideas for Sensory Bin - Teaching 2 and 3 Year Olds

Apple Sensory Bins

 

Preschool Apple Theme Ideas for play dough - Teaching 2 and 3 Year Olds

Apple Play Dough

 

Preschool Apple Theme Ideas for math - Teaching 2 and 3 Year Olds

Apple Math

Preschool Apple Theme Ideas for Science- Teaching 2 and 3 Year Olds

Apple Science

 

Preschool Apple Theme Literacy Ideas - Teaching 2 and 3 Year Olds

Apple Literacy

Preschool Apple Theme Fine Motor Ideas - Teaching 2 and 3 Year Olds

Apple Fine Motor

Preschool Apple Theme Cooking Ideas - Teaching 2 and 3 Year Olds

 Apple Cooking Activities

Apple Large Motor Games

 

Apple Music and Movement



Preschool Apple Theme Ideas - Teaching 2 and 3 Year Olds

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Organizing Preschool Classroom Supplies

I am not an organizer. I want to be. I really do. But that is not my gift. Thank goodness other members of our teaching team are gifted at organizing preschool classroom supplies. In fact, in my 18 years of teaching,  this is the first time we are starting a school year completely organized.

It’s not as though we didn’t try in the past. Each August the teachers would meet, decide what needed to be pitched, and tried to put it all back nice and organized. But it never was quite right.

This year we finally got it! And wow, what a difference this is going to make this new school year.

Organizing Classroom Supplies

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Organizing Preschool Classroom Supplies

Our preschool resides in the basement of a church. We have a storage closet that all of our classrooms share. Even though we are lucky to have a decent sized storage room, it still felt cramped. In fact, often we had to pile materials on the floor because we didn’t have enough shelf space.

We also struggled every single year with organizing classroom supplies so that teachers could quickly find what they needed.

So, during our last few weeks of summer break we opened our storage room door….

 

classroom organization

And pulled everything out.

I will be honest. This made me very anxious. We only had 2 days to get this done.

 

classroom organization

But with everyone’s help, we got the shelves emptied.

classroom organization

And it all went into our classrooms, where we organized them.

Literacy, math, science, fine motor ….

classroom organization

We first put together our theme tubs. We have 4 different levels in our preschool. The 2 and 3 year olds are upstairs and we call them the juniors team. The 4 and 5 year olds are downstairs and we call them the pre-kindergarten team.

For most themes we put together 2 bins for each one – a bin for juniors and a bin for pre-kindergarten.  We labeled the outside of the clear containers and filled them.

classroom organization

classroom organization

And then they were placed back on the storage shelves, with September’s bins first and May’s bins last.

classroom organization

classroom organization

We also created bins for our cognitive activities such as shapes, colors, math, fine motor, language and literacy.

 

classroom organization

classroom organization

Our art supplies are in the next bay, with all of our paint and then assorted craft materials. The see-through containers make it so much easier to find what you are looking for!

classroom organization

Paper also has its own spot.

classroom organization

And then, each classroom has its own storage cabinet inside their room. This is ours. Our new assistant took on the challenge and completely organized it for us. I’ve never seen it so clean!

The baskets above the cabinet are where we keep extra clothing in case of accidents, spills, or just having a lot of fun with art materials!

classroom organization

So there you have it.

Our first day of school was today and it was a dream to be able to find what we were looking for in a matter of seconds!

Organizing Classroom Supplies

 

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Favorite Books for the Preschool Classroom

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, along with some articles supporting the importance of reading aloud to children.

favorite books for the preschool classroom

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Favorite Books for the Preschool Classroom

 

The Very Hungry Caterpillar

A hungry caterpillar eats his way through a large quantity of various foods until he’s finally full. He forms a cocoon around himself and goes to sleep. When we emerges from the cocoon, he is a beautiful butterfly.

Best Books for Preschool Classroom

 

Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons

Pete the Cat is wearing this favorite shirt that has four groovy buttons. When one button falls off, Pete doesn’t cry. He just keeps on singing his song. We count down as Pete eventually loses all four buttons.

Books for the Preschool Classroom

 

Owl Babies

Three baby owls wake up one night to find their mother gone. Where is she? What is she doing? When will she be back? The owls are frightened and worried until mother owl returns.

favorite books for the preschool classroom

 

We’re Going on a Bear Hunt

Four children and their father go on a bear hunt and they’re not scared!

Favorite books for the preschool classroom

 

Dear Zoo

This is a classic that is still as popular as ever with young children!

favorite books for the preschool classroom

 

Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?

Children love the boldly colored collages in this story, calling out each animal that Brown Bear sees.

favorite books for preschoolers

 

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom

Will there be enough room when all the letters of the alphabet race up the coconut tree?

favorite preschool books

 

Giraffes Can’t Dance

Gerald the giraffe wants to dance, but his legs are too skinny and his neck is too long. However, with some advice from a wise cricket, Gerald learns to dance to his own sweet tune.

favorite preschool books

 

Little Blue Truck

Young children love Blue, a little pick-up truck. When Blue gets stuck in the muck, his animal friends help get him back on the road.

favorite books for preschoolers

 

Not a Box

A box may seem like just a box … until it because something like a rocket ship or anything your imagination allows.

preschool favorite books

 

More Favorite Books for the Preschool Classroom


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How to Set Up Your Preschool Science Center

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 we set up on ONE  year in our preschool classroom. Some of these stayed out all week, some for a couple of weeks. All of them were tied into our preschool theme of that week. We connected other classroom activities with what was in our science center.

preschool science activities

 

 

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How to Set Up Your Preschool Science Center

 

You will notice that many of these science centers include picture books and perhaps one or two visuals placed in plexi-glass sign holders. At some of the centers there were also tools such as magnifying glasses and tweezers. We also tried to have some sort of objects that could be touched. I’ve added some affiliate links if you are interested in learning where these products can be purchased, but you might already own them. I am hoping these photos help you understand how to set up a science center that will be visually pleasing to your preschoolers, inviting them to come and explore.

Magnets

Preschool Classroom Science Area Ideas

At the start of the year we explore with magnets. This is a simple and fun activity that is especially loved by visual learners. The preschoolers discovered that the magnets stuck to some objects, but not to others. Later in the year we explored magnets at the light table, in the sensory table, and even in the block area.

More to read:

8 Irresistible Activities to Do with Magnets

Preschool books about magnets:

Families

Preschool Classroom Science Area Ideas

Learning about families is another great preschool activity at the beginning of the school year. As we are getting to know each other, we also love talking about the members in our family. The children bring in a family photo which we frame and display on the wall all year.


Owls

Preschool Classroom Science Area Ideas

As we explore owls, we also learn about nocturnal animals. Why do they sleep during the day?


Bats

Preschool Classroom Science Area Ideas

During October, one of our science displays is all about bats. Most of our preschoolers remember seeing the bats at our local zoo, so this is meaningful to them. I put together a simple discovery bottle placing some small foam bats (from a sticker pad) into water along with some glitter (just because our preschoolers love to watch it swirl).  We love National Geographic Kids books, as you can see in the photo. The rubber bat was a nice prop, too!

 


Pumpkins

Preschool Classroom Science Area Ideas

In October we go on a field trip to the pumpkin patch, so we make sure to study pumpkins at the science table. Along with small pumpkins, we also provided a pumpkin matching activity. (If you are interested in these types of printables, you can find them at Montessori for Everyone.)

Make sure to check out our Pumpkin Theme post for lots of pumpkin activities!


Corn

Preschool Classroom Science Area Ideas

While at the pumpkin patch, we get to walk through the the corn that is being harvested. We set up this science center to show a real piece of corn that is still in its husk, a can of corn, dried corn kernels (that I also placed letter tiles inside to spell “corn”), and some visuals.

Pines

Preschool Classroom Science Area Ideas

Where we live, there is an abundance of pine cones. This includes all around our preschool building. We learn where they come from while we take a nature walk. What trees did they fall from?

Dinosaurs

Preschool Classroom Science Area Ideas

Preschoolers have a fascination with dinosaurs, and we’ve happened to acquire quite a collection. The children love how large and powerful dinosaurs are!


Preschool Classroom Science Area Ideas

In the winter a dental team visits our preschool, talking about how to keep our teeth healthy. The week that they visit, we invite our preschoolers to practice brushing teeth with a model.


The Colors of the Rainbow

Preschool Classroom Science Area Ideas

During the month of March we explore the rainbow. You might recall our giant color wheel, where the children bring in items from home that are the colors of the rainbow.


Seeds

Preschool Classroom Science Area Ideas

April means gardening! We invite our preschoolers to play with our seed model while we plant sunflowers. By doing this, they actually get to watch their seed sprout. They learn about taking care of another living thing, giving it sunlight and water.


Daffodils

Preschool Classroom Science Area Ideas

After learning about seeds, we then explore daffodils. We explore them under our magnifying stands and learn to treat them gently.

 

Ocean Life

science shells

In May we explore the ocean. We have real shells, a couple of discovery bottles, and books. You can read more about this in our Preschool Ocean Theme post.


 

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Preschool Morning Meeting Ideas

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 might like to add a change to YOUR schedule.

And if you do decide to try this, will you please let me know how it goes? I’d love to hear!

Preschool Morning Meeting

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Preschool Morning Meeting Ideas

If you’ve been following my blog for awhile, you will recall how we like to break our circle times up, so that instead of just having one, we have quite a few. (If you are not familiar with this, you can read about it in my circle time post.)

I like to think of our morning meeting as another circle time. (I really should be calling it group time, as our circle is now more like an oval.)

Two summers ago I took an online class from Fairy Dust Teaching and was intrigued by a photo of a classroom that used small wooden stools for the children to sit on during group time. I shared it with my staff and they were in love with the idea. We presented the idea to our committee and they loved them, too. The parents pay for part of the stool and fundraising covers the rest. Each child has her own stool that stays with her the entire time she is at our preschool. When she graduates, she takes the stool home as a keepsake of her preschool years.

Before we open the doors to greet our preschoolers, we set out the stools on our group time carpet and place their name sticks on top. We place a basket of books in the middle.

Preschool Morning Meeting

When the preschoolers arrive, they take their name stick and place it in their envelope which is on the wall.  This is a visual to let us know who is here.

They then get a book from the basket to look at while waiting for their classmates to arrive.

Let me compare this to how it used to be. The preschoolers would arrive and we’d immediately start centers time. There would be a mix of energy and there was not near as much focus as there is now. I didn’t realize this until we implemented our morning meeting.

What now happens is that even if a child arrives full of energy (and it happens every single day), when they walk into the doorway, they find a calm environment.

preschool morning meeting

When it’s time to start our morning meeting, the children put their books either under their stools (so they can look at them again later), or in the basket.

We then sing our good morning song.

(Tune: If You’re Happy and You Know It)

Good morning, good morning, how are you?

Good morning, good morning, how are you?

It’s such a special day, I’m glad you came to learn and play!

Good morning, good morning, how are you?

Each day we have a class helper. That child’s name is placed on a pocket chart at the entrance of our classroom. A teacher will hold up the child’s name and call out each letter until someone figures out who it is.

 

preschool morning meeting

Introducing Our Learning Centers

We then share what is happening in each of our learning centers. We talk about the materials and how we will use them. If we are introducing new tools, we might pass them around while showing how they are handled.

preschool morning meeting

We might demonstrate something that is related to that week’s theme.

preschool morning meeting

We will pass items around to touch and explore.

preschool morning meeting

All of these tie into that week’s theme, making what we will be doing that day more meaningful.

preschool morning meeting

We then invite the children to go work and play. And it’s amazing how they all go off into different areas, excited to explore!

 

preschool morning meeting

 

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Setting Up Your 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.

 

preschool learning centers

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Setting Up Your Preschool Learning Centers

 

At what part of our day is centers time? How long is it?

Our learning centers are offered during free choice centers time. It is one of the first events of our day, after our morning meeting. It is 60 minutes long and the preschoolers can be at any center they wish, for as long or as short as they want. I feel strongly that with 3 year olds, they get time to explore areas they are interested in. Others have expressed concern that some children might only stay in certain centers if we don’t rotate them from center to center.

What if the children stay in one area most of the hour?

Rarely do our preschoolers stay in one area the entire hour. Because we introduce each center during our morning meeting, they are naturally curious and want to explore several areas. Many times they will leave a center and return later, realizing there is more exploring to do.

If we do see a child staying away from certain centers, we might encourage him to come try something else. (Encourage, not pressure.)

How do we set up an inviting center?

We put great thought into how we set up each center, especially at the beginning of the year when we are still learning what our preschoolers are interested in. We strive for an uncluttered atmosphere where everything has a home. (Sometimes that can be a challenge, but we are always working on it!) While observing the children working and playing in these centers, we notice how they are using the materials. If the children seem frustrated or are dumping everything, we adjust what we have available. Even though we do show them how to use the materials, sometimes the children just are not ready for them. In that case, we replace them with something simpler and will try again later in the year.

How do we teach them to take care of each center?

At the beginning of the school year, we keep it super simple, not putting out near the amount we will later in the year. This is so we can stay on top of showing the children how to take care of the materials, including putting them away. With our 3 year olds, we don’t expect them to neatly clean up each area when they are finished, but we work on simple actions such as placing all the puzzle pieces back on the tray, or sweeping up spills under the sensory table. Our main time for clean up is at the end of centers time, when our class helper rings the clean up bell and we work as a group to clean each area.

 

Our Preschool Learning Centers

Here are the centers we have on most days during our free choice centers time.

Science Center

This is our discovery and exploration area. It usually relates to that week’s theme. We provide books, photos, and materials that can be touched and held.

Further reading: How to Set Up a Preschool Science Center

Preschool Classroom Science Area Ideas

Easel

The easel is part of our art area. It is an important part of fine motor development, but also fosters creativity as children learn how to use a vertical surface.

Further reading: Preschool Art at the Easel

Preschool Art at the Easel

Art Center

Our art center is a perfect place to explore colors and textures. Like with the easel, the art center builds fine motor skills and also strengthens hand-eye coordination.

Further reading: 10 Favorite Painting Activities

Salt and Watercolor Painting - Teaching 2 and 3 Year Olds

Fine Motor Center

There are so many fun ways to strengthen the hands and fingers to get them ready for holding writing tools! We use this center for activities such as transferring water, threading macaroni, and making collages on sticky paper.

Preschool Fine Motor Activity Transferring Water

Dramatic Play Center

The dramatic play center is important for developing social and emotional skills, as well as motor skills and communication. We change this center out approximately every 2 weeks, depending on what the theme is.

Further reading: Dramatic Play Activities

Apple Stand Dramatic Play

Block Center

This is our most active area during centers time. If anyone ever doubted children learn through play, they need to watch preschoolers in this area. While building with blocks they are sorting by shape, color, and size. They are counting as they stack the blocks, using their fine and large motor muscles handling the block center materials, and building social and language skills while working with other children.

Further reading: Fun Block Activities for Toddlers and Preschoolers

block play for toddlers and preschoolers

Sensory Bin

Having a sensory bin (also known as a sand and water table) provides many opportunities for hands-on exploration. Preschoolers can dig, scoop, transfer, and pour. Our sensory bin is offered every day and we change out what’s in it every 1-2 weeks.

Further reading: Fun Water Table Activities

Ocean Theme Sensory Bin

Cognitive Activity Table

We have 1 table during free-choice centers time where we offer various activities that build cognitive skills, such as counting and sorting, matching shapes, and alphabet puzzles.

preschool learning centers

Light Table

Not all preschools have a light table, but after visiting a Reggio Emilia inspired preschool, we just knew we had to have one. Thankfully, through fundraising, we were able to purchase a light table that conveniently fits in the corner of our reading and writing center. Not only can we explore light, but also different colors with translucent pieces. Our light table is also nice for science displays, such as leaves and shells.

Further reading: 30 Light Table Activities

preschool learning centers

Literacy Center

Having a quiet area to look and books and use writing tools is very important in the preschool classroom. This is also where we keep our memory books and our journals.

Further reading: Creating a Writing Center in the Preschool Classroom

First Day of Preschool

Play Dough Center

Play dough is offered just about every day because it is loved so much by our preschoolers. (Toddlers, too!) We make our own play dough and change it every week. We vary what materials and tools we set out, but rolling pins and cookie cutters are usually part of each week. The play dough table is another fun way to strengthen fine motor skills, and because we sometimes add scent and texture, it’s a fun sensory experience.

Playdough Snowmen - Teaching 2 and 3 Year Olds

Cooking Center

Cooking is not a regular center, but when we do offer a cooking activity, it’s usually at our fine motor table. There are so many advantages to cooking with children, from building fine motor skills, learning how to cooperate with others, strengthening language development, and doing simple counting while measuring.

Blueberry Cake - Cooking with Kids

 

What are in your learning centers?

Preschool Learning Centers

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67 Free Printable Activities 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.

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Colors

 

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Teaching 2 and 3 Year Olds




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 anxiety tips for toddlers and preschoolers. You might have done a Google search, desperate to find answers. I hope I can help!

I am extremely sensitive to this subject. As a child, I had separation anxiety issues, off and on. I then had 3 children who went through separation anxiety. And now, a teacher for over 15 years, I experience it with my toddler and preschool students. And their parents.

It is hard. And I address this with my parents before school even begins. Their biggest fear is that we will make them stay at school while they are crying the entire time. I assure them that we will not. We want this experience to be a positive one. We want them to feel safe and loved. That is our goal starting the very first day we meet them, at open house.

Separation Anxiety Tips for Toddlers and Preschoolers

Separation Anxiety Tips for Toddlers and Preschoolers

 

How we handle separation anxiety at our preschool:

When we open our classroom doors each morning, a teacher greets each child with a warm welcome. We suggest that parents give hugs and love and say their good byes at the door. However, if they feel more comfortable coming into the classroom, that is fine. Whatever they decide, they should be consistent each day.

We’ve also found that shorter good byes seem to be easier. We help by gently taking the child, giving him love, and getting him involved in an activity. This gets easier as the year goes on because we have a good idea what activities they enjoy.

If a parent says good bye to a tearful child, we will send a text and photo showing their child happily engaged in an activity. This is probably the biggest comfort to parents. I clearly remember leaving my tearful preschooler and wondering all morning if he stopped crying. That was back before text messages, so I’d actually call the school. I needed to be told that my child was no longer crying. I will never forget that feeling, so I know how my toddler and preschool parents are feeling.

If a child is having a real hard time, we will call the parent. We’d rather have a shorter day, hoping that the next day we can go a bit longer.

We do allow lovies in the classroom, such as stuffed animals. Usually within an hour the lovie is abandoned so we will slip it in the child’s cubby. We can always retrieve it if the child needs it again.

 

The main thing is to let parents know that you are sensitive to the situation.

 Separation Anxiety Tips for Toddlers and Preschoolers

How others handle separation anxiety:

I decided to ask my Facebook readers how they’ve handled separation anxiety. Some answers were from parents and some from teachers. Here’s what they had to say:

Separation anxiety advice from parents:

Practice runs, reassuring they are safe and that you will indeed come back. – Julie C.

We had a little angel pin for him that made tough days better – I’d pin it to his shirt to remind him that mommy loves him. Then by December he’d made some friends and he was way more excited to go spend time with his friends. Still didn’t always want to leave me, but wanted to spend time with his friends enough that all was well. – Heather W.

A “lovie” worked for my son! He got super attached to his cow cow but it was the only thing that worked. – Kelly E.

Separation Anxiety Tips for Toddlers and Preschoolers

I gave my son a worry rock. He’d give it a squeeze when I was about to go. I think the main thing for him was also to keep busy, if he was distracted goodbyes were a lot easier! – Lilly D.

I drew a smiley face on  her hand and she drew one on mine, so when we missed each other we could look at the face! -Candy B.

My son’s teacher was great. She had a routine to distract him, feeding the classroom frog and guinea pig. Those distractions seemed to work the best. – Erica B.

Separation Anxiety Tips for Toddlers and Preschoolers

What worked with my daughter eventually was a good long hug and telling her “I’ll always come back”. I was told during the day she’d say “Mommy come back” and keep playing knowing Mommy will be back. – Gina M.

 

We read the book called The Kissing Hand often and we set up a routine at drop off that included a kiss in the palm and we drew hearts on each other’s arm. He took a photo of us to school with him. Eventually, he started to forget to bring his photo and stopped picking the book at bedtime for stories, but we continued the kiss in the palm throughout the whole year. – Bianca B.

I made a key ring with a photo of myself on one side and daddy on the other side and attached it to the button hole of her cardigan each day. I told her if she felt sad she could look at us and know we were thinking of her and we would be back soon. – Tas W.

I used to put a spritz of body spray on my daughter’s wrist, and a spritz on my wrist every morning and we’d rub them together {her wrist on mine} so we smelled good together. This gave my daughter a sense of my being close by, she’d smell her wrist and knowing I had the same smell it make her feel more content. – Sarah C.

 I make sure my son has an activity to go to as I leave and I generally hand him to a teacher for a cuddle and to wave from the window. For some reason actually seeing me go helps – otherwise its like i just disappear from the room.  – Kimberly S.

 

separation anxiety tips for toddlers and preschoolers

Separation anxiety advice from teachers:

I tell parents on the first day that I recommend short goodbyes and long hellos. Make goodbye quick, no more than 5 minutes. There will be tears but we stay with the child comforting him and letting him know they are heard and that they are safe and loved. When the parents pick up, I tell them to walk with their child around the room and spend some time in the classroom.” – Diane C.

At pre-school where I now work we suggest a comfort toy or blanket, a photo of family or something that mum will need later so they know she will come back. We let parents/carers know they can phone us at any point to see how their child is getting on and sometimes give them a slightly earlier collection time which is gradually extended as the child settles. – Kelly F.

Consistency with the parent and teacher is crucial. Decide on a routine and stick with it. – Rachelle L.

As a teacher I know that, for most kids, when the parents are confident and comfortable with the idea of leaving their kids at school, the toddlers adapt faster. – Gabi C.

We have a family wall where kids bring photos of their families and hang them up so they can see them when they get overwhelmed. – Christina C.

Best solution I’ve had on both parents and teachers side is all about routine. Routines help child have some level of control of their day and help them to know what’s coming next. I always had the same routine/schedule all day and my students always knew what was coming next and when their parents were coming back.  – Kathryn J.

Parents should try to have a steady routine in the morning before drop off and a relatively quick drop off process — don’t linger and let them ask for more time. The longer the drop off the more anxiety about leaving. – Kathryn J.

For me, with my 2s and 3s, it helps to engage the kids in some sort of activity right away while mom/dad are still there. They usually are distracted enough that they either don’t cry, or cry very little. – Rachel L.

Separation Anxiety Tips for Toddlers and Preschoolers

At pre-school where I now work we suggest a comfort toy or blanket, a photo of family or something that mum will need later so they know she will come back, we let parents/carers know they can phone us at any point to see how their child is getting on and sometimes give them a slightly earlier collection time which is gradually extended as the child settles. – Eleanor K.
 I make sure to acknowledge the child is sad and let them know I get sad to0 when I need to say good bye to my mom as well. I also let them know where mom is going and run through what our day will look like. Also encourage quick goodbyes explaining to parents the reasoning for it and letting parents know it’s important to tell child mommy has to go to work. Mommy will come and pick you up when I’m done, have a good day love you. – Kelly G.

Separation Anxiety Tips for Toddlers and Preschoolers

Most commonly, kids can feel parent’s anxiety…if it’s too hard for you get someone else to drop them off.  – Maria E.

Put together a teacher made book with a visual schedule so the child has an idea when the parents will come back. – Misty T.

Understanding the child’s feelings, too, and letting them know it’s ok to be sad when they leave but remember we will have great fun and they will be back. – Lorna T.

I have a communication friendly space (snuggly area with drapes and soft sparkly lights) that the children use if they feel upset. – Helen M.

As a preschool teacher we have an area where the kids can look out the window and wave goodbye. It really helps. Also,
a picture of mom and dad they can keep with them really work to so they can see mom and dad all day. -Krista N.

 

At open house I talk to parents about the possibility of separation anxiety and tell them to come up with a goodbye routine but to always say goodbye and you will be back this afternoon. Sneaking out makes their anxiety worse. – Amanda D.

 

 We also tried a method, that did help a lot, of having the mom leave a “important item” of mom’s that the child had to take care of and mom would want back. So it gave the child connection to mom and another “reason” so to speak for mom to need to come back. It worked well, and my other four year old kids in the room would help remind her to take care of the item! And that mom was coming back for her and the important item. In this case it was an old cell phone. – Alyssa B.

 

At curriculum night, I had the parents trace their hands onto card stock, write a message to their children on it, decorate it and cut it out. I laminated them before meeting the children the next day. When all children had arrived I read the story “The Kissing Hand” and then presented the kids with their own kissing hands made by their parents. I hung the hands at the back of their cubbies and allowed them to visit their hands whenever they wanted. Many children visited their hands less and less over time. One child still asked mom to fill her hands with kisses before she left on the last day of school. – Tammy P.

 

I was a teacher, I would always greet students and tell them I had a special day for them! This worked often… and time helped. – Mary B.

 

Separation Anxiety Tips for Toddlers and Preschoolers

 

 I encouraged my kids to bring a book or toy to share with their teacher. When a child approached me to show me something I got on their level and my attention was on them. They could keep said item in hand until group time and THEY put it in their bag. Worked like a charm. – Christina B.

 

Have we missed anything? What worked for you? Share in the comments section!

 

Separation Anxiety Tips for Toddlers and Preschoolers

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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 it’s working for you, keep on going! But it did not feel right for me.

Eventually I figured it out.  What worked best for me and my 3 year olds was having one classroom helper a day. And they don’t have a big list of duties. Just a few.

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How to Have a Class Helper in Preschool

 

We assign one child each day to be class helper.

When they arrive, they look at our pocket chart that conveniently hangs right by the door. And as they enter the classroom, they check it.

And if their name is on it (and yes, they do recognize their name during the year), they turn around and tell whomever is dropping them off. They BEAM.

 

how to have a class helper in preschool

I keep track of who will be class helper when with a simple chart. I keep it on a clipboard that hangs on the wall.

how to have a class helper in preschool

Ring the Clean Up Bell

As we finish our centers time, the class helper rings the clean up bell and we sing our clean up song.

how to have a class helper in preschool

Weather Person

The class helper reports the weather during circle time. I created a simple weather chart using wooden pieces I found at Michael’s Crafts. I made 3 bottles: one for sunny, one for cloudy, one for rainy. Because that’s our weather where we live. (If we have snow, we are not in school, because it only happens once, maybe twice a year.)

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The class helper looks out the window.

 

how to have a class helper in preschool

Then chooses the bottle he or she feels reflects the weather and holds it while we sing our weather song.

 

 

how to have a class helper in preschool

Line Leader

The class helper gets to lead us to gym. He or she holds a stop/slow sign as the others line up behind.

The Preschool Journey

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And that’s it! It truly is that simple and our 3 year olds LOVE it!

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25 Favorite Preschool Learning Themes

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. Remember I had the same issue with our preschool classroom schedule? It’s HARD. But, dear teachers,  I bet you know this. That’s why you are searching.

The collection of preschool curriculum ideas I’m about to share has been used for several years now, and we love it. You could move some of the themes around a bit and it will still be effective. Or, if there’s a particular theme you really want to use that’s not in this list, just substitute one of my suggestions for that one.

 

25 Learning Themes for Preschool

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Note: We usually do a different theme every week or every 2 weeks. However, if we see that the preschoolers are really into a particular theme, we will stay with it another week.

Please click on the photo for activities. The themes with no pictures means I have not created posts about them yet. (But, believe me, I’m working on it!)

25 Favorite Preschool Learning Themes

 

SEPTEMBER

In September we start with just getting to know the classroom and our routine. We then move into “All About Me”. This is why you only see one theme this month.

All About Me
All about me theme

OCTOBER

Apples

Apple Theme for Preschoolers
Pumpkins

pumpkin theme activities for preschoolers
Squirrels

Farm

Farm Activities for Preschoolers

 

NOVEMBER

Family
Leaves
Thanksgiving

thanksgiving craft ideas

 

DECEMBER

Gingerbread

Gingerbread Dramatic Play Ideas - Teaching 2 and 3 Year Olds
Christmas

Easy Christmas Ideas for Little Kids

 

JANUARY

Ice and Snow

Kids Winter Ice Activities
Hibernating Animals

Hibernation Theme Ideas
Day and Night

 

FEBRUARY

Post Office

post office dramatic play
Valentines

valentines learning activities
Community Helpers

 

MARCH

Dr. Seuss

Dr. Seuss Activities for Toddlers
St. Patrick’s Day

St Patrick's Day Ideas
Easter

Easter Ideas for Kids

 

APRIL

Bugs
Caterpillars and Butterflies
Gardening

Gardening Ideas for Kids - Teaching 2 and 3 Year Olds

 

MAY

Mother’s Day

mother's day ideas
Ocean

Ocean Theme Activities
Water

water activities for preschoolers - teaching 2 and 3 year olds

What about themes for toddlers?

For those of you wondering about our toddler themes, we pretty much use these same themes but make sure they are age appropriate.

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Easy Ways to Use Rhythm Sticks in the Classroom

Children love percussion instruments, so the first ones we use are rhythm sticks. They are easy to hold and simple to use. And there are so many benefits! So now you are looking for easy ways to use rhythm sticks in the classroom.

I’ve got you covered!

Over the years of using rhythm sticks in our toddler and preschool classrooms, I’ve found that simple is best. The children are working hard to listen to the beat and/or words and also following my lead. I wanted activities that involved changing tempo and direction, but not too quickly.

Rhythm sticks are also a great way to help active children slow down and focus. (This is probably my #1 reason for loving them!)

 

If you have an extra wiggly group of children, hop on over to this post to see our favorite songs that burn energy!

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Rhythm sticks are a good instrument to start with because they are so versatile. Part of the percussion family, these sticks are tapped together to make sounds.

Using rhythm sticks helps develop:

  • Fine motor development and hand-eye coordination
  • Language development and listening skills
  • Rhythm, beat, and tempo
  • Creative thinking and problem solving
  • Early brain development
  • Directionality (up, down, forwards, backwards, etc.)

 

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Getting Started

 

Start with the basics: Show your children how to use rhythm sticks with these basic motions that start with one hand and then two. (Source: Learn, Play, Imagine)

I have our toddlers sitting on our oval rug and our preschoolers sitting on their stools, as they do during circle time.

As I pass out each set of rhythm sticks, I have the children place them on the floor in front of them. I first demonstrate how to use the sticks, making sure they understand not to hit another child with them. (This is an excellent lesson in spatial awareness.) When I pick up my sticks, they pick up theirs and we place them in our laps. We don’t start using them until the music starts, and we follow along to the beat and words (if applicable).

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Easy Ways to Use Rhythm Sticks in the Classroom

 

 

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Rhythm Stick Articles

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Rhythm Stick Activities for Toddlers and Preschoolers

More ideas for young children:

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How to Have 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 preschoolers, but none on circle time activities for 2 year olds.

If you have anything to add to this, tips that have worked for you, will you please share them in the comments section?

Circle Time with 2 Year Olds

 

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Circle Time with 2 Year Olds

I will format this post by answering the most popular questions that I’ve been asked regarding circle time with 2 year olds. Feel free to ask me any other questions either in the comments section or by email. (See my about page for the address.) I’ve also added advice from my readers when this question was posted on my Facebook page.

What do you use for them to sit on?

We use carpet squares. They stack nicely and are comfortable. Fidgety hands like to feel the tufts of yarn in them. We don’t place them in a particular order, like we do with our 3 year olds.

How long should circle with toddlers time be?

That really depends on the group of toddlers. At the start of the school year, it’s very short, about 7 to 10 minutes. We are simply learning how to gather and look at books. Then, we add a short story. Eventually, we can add an activity, such as music and movement.

circle time with 2 year olds

How do you begin your circle time?

We sing a song that I made up many years ago:

(Tune: London Bridge)

“It’s time to come to the circle,

to the circle,

to the circle,

it’s time to come to the circle,

find your mat.”

We place a basket of books in the center and they choose one to look at. It’s a nice transition that we also do with our 3 year olds.

circle time with 2 year olds

What if a child does not want to come to the circle?

We don’t force our toddlers to come to the circle, but we do encourage them. If they choose not to join us, they can sit in the reading and writing area where there are quiet activities available. It’s close enough so they can still see and hear what we are doing, and might decide to join us.

Don’t worry if they don’t all attend group. They’re only very little and still at the egocentric stage. If they see the ones who are there are having fun, they may watch from a distance (where you can invite them again), or eventually join on their own. – Brittany

What kinds of books work best?

Short books work best with their shorter attention spans. We love interactive books that encourage them to point to different body parts, mimic sounds, and/or move parts of the body. Singable books work well, too!

circle time with 2 year olds

What if I just can’t keep their attention?

This happens a lot, trust me. Two year olds are not meant for sitting and focusing on someone else. There have been times I’ve had to close the book before it’s finished because they just weren’t into it.  We have boxes of bells, egg shaker instruments, bean bags, and scarves in our classroom cabinet. We have a good selection of music on hand.

Music and movement is the key with this age group! It engages their brain, as well and develops control over their body. Use 2-3 songs (only 1 or 2 each circle time tho) and repeat, repeat, repeat! They will love it! Songs with scarves so they can wave them around and throw in the air are awesome too. – Mary

I finally put down the book and turned on some music and we had a dance party. 5 songs later they were still at it. That was a good 10-15 minutes. – Rhonda

circle time with 2 year olds

I hope these tips will help! And If you are a new toddler teacher, you can read even more tips from seasoned teachers in this post:

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Circle Time with 2 Year Olds

 

More ideas for toddlers:

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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 them, reading and singing with them. When thinking about what types of activities to provide, keep in mind ways you can encourage young children to use their verbal skills. This can be done in so many fun, playful ways, building their confidence at the same time. In this post I’m sharing over 10 different types of language development ideas that work well in the preschool classroom, although they can be done at home as well.

 

Preschool Language Development Activities

 

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Preschool Language Development Activities

 

 

Play group games that encourage conversation.

Add small groups to your classroom schedule that encourage preschoolers to use their verbal skills.

Recite favorite fingerplays.

Use a telephone in the dramatic play area. (Teach Preschool)

Create story baskets to encourage preschoolers to retell stories. (Nurture Store)

Play an I-spy game that encourages language participation. (Ready, Set, Read)

Make an experience book that encourages children to retell something special they recently participated in. (Two-Daloo)

Sing songs to encourage speech.

Provide listening activities to build language skills. (Inspiration Laboratories)

Play games that encourage speaking and listening skills. (Childhood 101)

Build letter sounds by providing rhyming activities. (No Time for Flashcards)

Preschool Language Development Activities

More ideas for young children:

 

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