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Teaching Shapes through Songs at Circle Time circle time

Teaching children shapes is an academic skill that most preschools and kindergarten programs focus on. But, naming shapes can sometimes be a daunting task. How you bring shapes into your preschool world can help support identification.

We like to do a brief review of shapes during our circle...

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Streamline Your Assessment Process assessment teacher tips

Sooo... you know that feeling when things aren't fitting together right? It is like a feeling of disorder and it brings an uneasy feeling... like you can't wrap your brain around how it all is supposed to connect.  Please tell me it isn't just me!

I remember the time at the beginning of...

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Observation Form for Preschool assessment

You know how people say they have the memory of an elephant? Yea, that's not me. I think it is me, I wish it to be me- but when I face the hard facts my memory seems to be as bad as Dory's in Finding Nemo! So, I find myself making notes (shout-out to my best friend- the sticky note) all over...

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Managing Centers in Preschool centers teacher tips

Let's set the scene for a moment... you just set up an epic pumpkin patch in your dramatic play center. It is complete with pumpkins (uh, I'd hope so), a wheelbarrow, leaves and rakes, a scarecrow, and...yes you get it- the center is AH-MAZING!

So, what do all your children do when they arrive?...

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Adding Small Parts in the Preschool Block Center centers

Small parts, loose parts, a trinket box- there are lots of names revolving around this idea.  But, whatever you choose to call them, they are a great addition to the preschool block center.

What are small parts?

Small parts are basically materials that children can manipulate freely, with...

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Holiday Happy Notes for Kids holiday relationships

Fa la la la la..... We set up our tree- Yippee! Pumpkin spice has been replaced with Peppermint Mocha and my kids have been circling the whole...Target...toy....catalog (you feel me?). Helllooo Holidays!! I love when you arrive! But, to be honest- you also stress me out. The amount of things I...

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Cookie Shop Pretend Play centers

One of my favorite units during the year is our Gingerbread Themed Unit.  It is a great start to our Holiday Season with the thought of warm cookies straight out of the oven.  We may not have an oven in our classroom to make real cookies, but we sure can pretend!  I set up a...

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Why You Should be Making Class Books in Preschool centers lesson planning

What is a class book?  A class book is a homemade book that includes a page from each student in the class.  We love to make class books in our pre-k class.  Not only are they perfect for the literacy center, they are also a great keepsake.  We are going to create enough class...

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