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Righty or Lefty? Hand Dominance in Preschool teacher tips

When I was a Parent Educator, I had many families that asked about when their child would show a preference in hand domination.  I personally, am right handed.  Can't do a darn thing with my left!  My best friend from childhood is a lefty, but she could do lots of things with her...

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Pizza Shop Dramatic Play centers dramatic play

Kids love pizza! I created this Pretend Pizza Shop in our Dramatic Play Center for my little pizza eaters! My littles love to pretend to be Chef’s in the Pizza Shop. I love that they are working together, negotiating roles and role-playing. Another bonus to this Pizza Shop set is the...

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Encouraging Writing Through Read-Alouds lesson planning

Read Aloud time is my all-time favorite time of the day.


Maybe it is because I like to read in dramatic voices, or maybe it is because I love watching little ones fall in love with stories and authors... whatever the reason-  Read Aloud Time is very important to me!

While going through...

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Construction Zone Dramatic Play Center centers
I love to create new experiences for my preschoolers. Creating a Construction Zone in our Dramatic Play center was another one of these experiences! This construction theme expands on a love that many children have - building!

Things that I included in this Construction Zone Drama Center:

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Ditching the Paper Newsletter relationships
Raise your hand if you send a newsletter to parents!

{raising my hand}

The importance of communication is huge.
If we want parents to work with us, we must communicate what is going on in the classroom.  Newsletters help us do just that.

In the past, I always created a newsletter on the...

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Planning Preschool Small Group (free planning kit) lesson planning
Do you assess your students progress throughout the year?

Assessment is a common practice that helps educators see the progress of student growth and also see where more support may be needed.

Have you put your assessment results to work?
Much of the education world is focused on...

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How to get your Writing Center Rockin' centers

 Writing in the Early Childhood classroom is important.


Even though preschool writing may not look like traditional writing, it is an important part of the literacy process.

But, have you ever struggled with getting your preschoolers to go to the writing center?

Yep, me too. When...

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4 Lesson Plans you Need for Your Play-Based Classroom lesson planning
“If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail!”

Oh yes, Benjamin Franklin, you got it.

When we don’t plan out our intentions in our classroom, we can easily miss the mark. Being intentional and goal-driven when planning is the key to being successful. Ever feel like you...

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