Celebrations · Learning Environments & Curriculum

Thanksgiving Activities (and books!)

Thanksgiving is almost here! I can’t believe how fast this year has gone by. I’m sure most everyone already has most of their activities planned for this holiday and here are some more ideas!       Have a family potluck – Invite families to bring a dish to share with your class that is… Continue reading Thanksgiving Activities (and books!)

Learning Environments & Curriculum

International Talk like a Pirate Day

So how do pirates talk? Today is a day to have fun with the kids and the other teachers. Let parents know ahead of time and dress up like a pirate. Practice your pirate vocabulary ahead of time so you can teach your class, Pirate Speak.  Here are some words with their translations: Ahoy –… Continue reading International Talk like a Pirate Day

Human Growth & Development · Learning Environments & Curriculum · Observation & Assessment

What is Developmentally Appropriate? DAP

When I started this journey to do training, I joined several facebook groups for preschool teachers. I wanted to get an idea of what things they were interested in and what questions they might have. I am so surprised at how many posts ask questions like, “What’s the best way to teach two-year olds the… Continue reading What is Developmentally Appropriate? DAP

Learning Environments & Curriculum

Unstructured Play vs. Organized Sports

Young children need to run. They need to play. They need to cooperate. So how do we meet all these needs and still promote positive development in our kids? Organized sports are OK. They do teach cooperation. But they also lead to frustration (I’m not good enough) and they put a lot of pressure on… Continue reading Unstructured Play vs. Organized Sports

Learning Environments & Curriculum

Growing Butterflies

Watching the metamorphosis of butterflies is fascinating! Every spring we purchase painted lady butterfly larva (another word for caterpillars) from InsectLore. They come in a little cup with the food in the bottom. We place the cup on the front counter with information about the caterpillars and what’s going on in there. With each stage… Continue reading Growing Butterflies

Human Growth & Development · Learning Environments & Curriculum

Why Use Loose Parts?

Some years ago a theory popped up – the theory of loose parts. Although this concept has been around and used a lot longer than its name, it’s now a mainstream idea. The practice of providing children with movable materials that have no specific purpose; that can be taken from area to area and put… Continue reading Why Use Loose Parts?

Learning Environments & Curriculum

Divergent and Convergent Thinking

Us humans employ multiple methods of thinking. Divergent thinking uses creative thought processes. Through exploration we work through many  possible solutions to a problem. It is free-flowing and non-linear and is usually very spontaneous. Convergent thinking, by contrast, usually means there is a correct and incorrect answer. There are directions to follow and is very… Continue reading Divergent and Convergent Thinking

Human Growth & Development · Learning Environments & Curriculum

National Inspire Your Heart with Art Day

Art has the power to move us. It can bring a smile or reduce us to tears. Some art is disturbing while another is comforting. Today is a day to ponder art as a way to fill our souls with joy. And for children, that comes in the process, not the product. It is the… Continue reading National Inspire Your Heart with Art Day