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An Open Letter to those Who Think we Play All Day relationships

“Oh, you’re a preschool teacher? That must be so fun getting to play with little kids all day!”

This is a statement preschool teachers hear a lot. Leading us to believe that we are just glorified babysitters (I for one, have never sat on a baby- so, there’s that).

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Preschool Spaceship Dramatic Play   centers
This Preschool Spaceship Dramatic Play Center idea is far out… way far out! Encourage your students to blast off into space to learn and imagine what a world beyond ours holds!

To create this Spaceship drama center, several different pieces were put into play.  First, the...

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Baby Care Center Dramatic Play centers
In my classroom this year, I have lots of students who love to play with baby dolls. I wanted to enhance that love by creating a pretend play area where students could be little caregivers!

I already knew that I had students that would love this area, but I was surprised at some of the...

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Preschool Beach Dramatic Play centers
Here in Missouri, we (sadly) aren't even remotely close to a beach.  Most of my preschoolers have never even seen a beach!  So, creating a pretend play beach and ice cream shop was super fun for my midwest kiddos!

To create this Beach drama center, several different pieces were...

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Why We Don't Use a Sign-In Book in Preschool lesson planning

Have you heard of the process of 'signing in' in the pre-k classroom?

When a student comes in for the day, he or she takes time to sign their name in a sign-in book or clipboard.  It is a way for children to practice writing their names each day.

Years back I tried the idea of...

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Visual Schedules for Preschool (free printable) classroom management

Schedules are an important way of life. They keep us in our daily routines and get us to the places we need to be. In a preschool classroom, a daily schedule is the backbone to our day.   At the beginning of the school year, I create our classroom schedule (using the 5 step...

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Preschool Rainforest Dramatic Play centers
 I love the way that a dramatic play center can take preschoolers to another place.  In this Rainforest Tours Pretend Play Props, children took a jeep tour to look for rainforest animals and also pretended to be animals!  The creativity and team work witnessed in this center were...
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Encourage the Home & School Connection with a Fine Motor Tub fine motor home connection relationships

Tell me something... do you happen to struggle with making meaningful home and school connections?  

A positive connection between school and families is an integral part of the success of students in the classroom.    It is important for us to try and educate parents...

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