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STEM & Preschoolers - the WHY lesson planning math science

STEM, STEAM, STREAM...  these acronyms are big buzz words in the world of education.

The idea behind STEM (science, technology, engineering & math), STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art & math) and STREAM (science, technology, reading, engineering, art & math) is to...

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How to Use Circle Time Games circle time games

My preschoolers and I have been loving our Circle Time Games!  I love that my students are practicing important skills and the kids love that the games are fun.

What are Circle Time Games?

Circle Time Games are simple, quick and engaging skill-based games that you do with your class as a...

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Bringing Literacy Into Your Fall Unit lesson planning literacy
Have you tried bringing a Literacy Unit into your Thematic Unit?
 
It's what I have been doing for the past year and I love it!
 
What makes a Literacy Unit different then just reading a book during your thematic unit? And why should you be incorporating Literacy Units?

Let's look at...

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Analyzing Preschool Assessment Data assessment teacher tips
One day I was getting ready to do a whole group alphabet activity.  It was a simple 'swat the letter' game where you call out a letter name or sound and students take turns whacking the letter card with a fly-swatter. I was trying to decide which letters I wanted to focus on for this...
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Things to Do Before Teaching Name Writing fine motor name name writing teacher tips writing

Teaching children to write their names is such a rewarding process.

You can see the progression right before your eyes!

But, sometimes... we, as teachers, get excited. Too excited.  We jump right in to teaching our 3 and 4 year olds how to write their name.  After all, it's important...

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All About Me Thematic Unit Comparison all about me lesson plans preschool three year olds two year olds

A question I get often is.... What is the difference between your 2 & 3 Year Old and Preschool Lesson Plans?

To answer this question- let's take a look at the unit All About Me.

The All About Me Unit is available in a 2 & 3 Year Old version and a Preschool version. The preschool version...

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Center Signs that Work Harder centers play-based

When it comes to play-based learning, sometimes it's hard to see what children are actually learning.

Think about it, in a center where children are sitting and doing worksheets or workbooks, we can see the learning outcome.

More importantly, parents can easily see what their child...

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