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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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How to Teach Social Emotional Skills in Whole Group classroom management social emotional

For the last couple of years, I have been teaching social emotional skills in a very intentional way.  In whole group.

Now, that is not to say that I don't teach social skills all day long when the opportunities arise. Because I totally do.

But, now I have just added in a whole group...

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Which Social Emotional Skills to Teach classroom management social emotional learning

Storytime!

Last summer we were at the dealership buying my husband a truck. We were talking to the salesman (whom we knew and was a previous neighbor) and he was talking about his dad.  His dad had been struggling with dementia and memory problems. His brother, who is also helping care for...

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Why We Should be Teaching Social Emotional Skills classroom management social emotional

It's true confession time....

I have tried every behavior management system known to man.

^ Okay, that might be an exaggeration.  But, I've tried a ton: clip charts, treasure box, marbles in a jar, compliment parties, walking laps at recess, safe seats, individual reward systems, sticker...

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