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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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Facebook Groups for Class Communication home connection relationship

My phone goes DING! and I know it is another Facebook notification. Sometimes it feels as if social media is taking over our lives!!! But, in all honesty... this year in my preschool class, Facebook has been a blessing. I know, you don't hear Facebook and blessing in the same sentence...

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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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Developmental Milestones Checklist assessment

Do you have a child in your care that you want to make sure is on track developmentally? Eight years ago, as a new parent I was always concerned if my first born was meeting all her milestones. 'Concerned' may be an understatement - I was borderline obsessed with making sure I was giving her the...

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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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