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Articles | April 28, 2017

With the new school year on the horizon in a few months, anxiety is sure to be running high for soon to be students. Teachers are busy with the end

Articles | April 19, 2017

Learning the alphabet should be fun and Mary, a Pre-K Teacher, in Boston, MA has a way of doing just that.  When we asked how to best teach the alphabet

Articles | March 15, 2017

There is no denying that music lyrics are easier to memorize than some of the basic facts that your students are asked to remember.  Instead of fighting for their attention,

Articles | January 16, 2017

Let nursery rhymes take hold of your preschool or kindergarten class for a week this school year.  Instead of worrying about finding activities, try the ideas we have for you

Articles | November 8, 2016

As an early childhood teacher, you help children develop not only physically and intellectually. You also guide their social and emotional development. Social and emotional development may not be as

Articles | November 1, 2016

Many aspects of early childhood development are interconnected and interdependent. Gross motor development connects to fine motor development, which connects to cognitive development, and so on—a veritable Dem Bones of

Articles | October 25, 2016

One of the many opportunities for growth students face as they transition into the classroom includes the exposure to new social paradigms. To take full advantage of these growth opportunities,

Articles | October 21, 2016

One way to create a path for success in kindergarten is to begin developing a solid foundation in analytical thinking through the exploration of shapes in the prekindergarten period. Students

Articles | October 18, 2016

Preschoolers practice basic science process skills as they explore the world. These processes are the same as adult scientists use. These skills are not a step-by-step procedure but integrated skills

Articles | October 14, 2016

Throughout the fall season, educators have the opportunity to create rich learning experiences for their student’s senses. There’s a plethora of sights, sounds, smells, tastes, and textures in this wonderful

Articles | October 11, 2016

Fall is finally here! Whether the leaves are falling in your neck of the woods of not, preschoolers are leaf lovers. Leaves are naturally engaging to young children, and best

Articles | October 7, 2016

What thoughts come to mind as you think about social studies? I think about history and geography. But social studies also encompasses economics, government, culture, and living in society. Can

Articles | October 4, 2016

What is it about fall that awakens our senses so much? Is it the changing colors of the leaves? The pumpkin spice coffee now available again at our favorite java

Articles | September 29, 2016

While all preschoolers could be considered language learners because of their developing oral language and vocabulary skills, young children who speak a language other than English at home and who

Articles | September 26, 2016

Numbers are the foundation of math understanding. But a number is not a symbol; a number is a quantity. “Three” is a collection of a certain quantity of items. The

Articles | September 19, 2016

We all share the responsibility to make sure young children’s engagement with technology supports early learning and whole-child development. Whether in early childhood classrooms, at home, or in informal learning

Articles | September 15, 2016

School has started. The weather may be cooler. Fall is coming. Seasonal changes provide natural learning times. Try these ideas for bringing a little fall learning to your preschoolers.

Articles | September 12, 2016

There’s a great amount of complexity and work that goes into planning a balanced literacy block for our early learners. It is important that, while planning language objectives within the

Articles | September 9, 2016

Getting students excited about reading isn’t always easy. As experienced teachers will attest to, the more ideas for generating enthusiasm about reading that you have in your bag of teaching

Articles | September 8, 2016

It’s possible to say that nothing motivates a preschooler to use math skills more than snack time—“he got more than me!” Snack time flips some internal math switch inside the

Articles | September 1, 2016

In the preschool years, teachers are developing pre-literacy skills, skills to prepare preschoolers to learn to read. Key tools for developing literacy are picture books and stories. You can use

Articles | August 22, 2016

It’s midsummer and concerns about school readiness are probably (and hopefully) farthest from our minds. Instead, we focus on exploring our out-of-school senses; playing games, participating in watersports, and enjoying

Articles | August 15, 2016

In today’s preschool classroom, children are engaged in learning through new, innovative technology. One great type of technology to utilize in the classroom is fun, educational iPad apps. The following

Articles | August 11, 2016

In today’s culture, technology has become more and more prominent. Technology can be an important part of the preschool classroom for young children, too.

Articles | August 8, 2016

All students start school with a love for music, whether they know it yet or not.  As educators, we can tap into this intelligence by engaging students with lyrics and

Articles | August 4, 2016

Summer is great time of year to support children in the sciences by asking questions and conducting experiments. Here are three fun activities that will get your students asking questions,

Articles | August 1, 2016

Play in the classroom provides a number of opportunities for children to acquire positive social emotional skills.  Building self-confidence, motivating peer relationships, and strengthening communication and cooperation abilities are all

Articles | July 25, 2016

When running a classroom, I find that the little things are the ones that seem to cause the most frustration. (No, not the children!) These five “small things” have helped

Articles | July 18, 2016

Summer time is an optimal time to explore gross motor development, as you are likely to engage your children in many more outdoors or physical activities than you might during

Articles | July 14, 2016

The classroom is the place where learning happens. That sounds rather basic, but sometimes we can forget how important the room is – the furnishing and equipment, the arrangement, the

Articles | July 11, 2016

Choosing nutritious meal options for breakfast, lunch and dinner is a lesson that should be had in every preschool classroom. By introducing healthy food concepts at an early age, better

Articles | July 5, 2016

School’s out for summer, but the first day of Kindergarten will be here before you know it! Fortunately, young children learn best through creative and exploratory play – play that

Articles | June 16, 2016

Spring brings an explosion of color and an awakening of our senses. It’s a great time to inspire children’s creativity and to make colorful works of art. When Pigcasso Met

Articles | June 2, 2016

Preschool reading centers are a wonderful way to help develop literacy and language skills in early learners. Designing an area within a classroom that focuses on listening, reading, and writing

Articles | May 30, 2016

My name is Q. Futrell, and I recently developed a resource that brings awareness and helps get the conversation of parental incarceration started! My book is called, Our Moms. This

Articles | April 7, 2016

  April 10-16th, 2016 is Week of the Young Child! Celebrating young students, their parents, and caregivers, Week of the Young Child is the National Association for the Education of

Articles | March 29, 2016

Creating a bakery dramatic play area for toddlers is a wonderful way to introduce the culinary art of baking to children. Complete with a kitchen, recipes, and a storefront to

Articles | March 16, 2016

Ah, April….Spring is in the air and students are focused on learning.  Okay, the smells of Spring are in the air, but as any teacher knows, the season can also

Articles | March 15, 2016

  Spring is the perfect time of year to explore and discover nature first hand. Everything from the weather changing to the plants starting to bloom can be helpful in

Articles | March 10, 2016

  Activities and games on a rainy day can keep children learning and laughing. Here are five ideas preschoolers are sure to enjoy when they have to stay inside.

Articles | February 25, 2016

  Experimentation can introduce a variety of different school subjects to the early learner both in and out of the classroom. Discovering new vocabulary words, math theories, and science concepts

Articles | February 23, 2016

  Infants are naturally motivated to investigate the world around them through discovery, exploration, and involvement. Gathering information about anything and everything that comes into their environment, babies begin to

Articles | February 19, 2016

Decorating the preschool bulletin board in March can be achieved by incorporating a holiday or observance that takes place sometime during the month. Below are five bulletin board ideas for

Articles | February 17, 2016

Initially a religious feast to honor the patron saint of Ireland, St. Patrick’s Day has now become a celebration of Irish culture across the world. Help preschoolers get into the

Articles | February 9, 2016

  Recognizing numbers, counting, patterning, and sorting are all aspects of math awareness that children need to practice and study. These basic math concepts are introduced in the early developmental

Articles | February 5, 2016

Read Across America Day is commemorated on March 2, which is also the birthday of famous children’s author Dr. Seuss. A small group from the National Education Association created this

Articles | January 27, 2016

With winter here, the cold weather tends to keep us inside. Engaging children with indoor activities, such as arts and crafts projects can be fun for everyone. Here’s a list

Articles | January 19, 2016

  February is mostly known as the month for love, as Valentine’s Day is widespread popular holiday. However, there are other celebrations and traditions that take place during this second

Articles | January 7, 2016

  Get ready for Valentine’s Day with great Valentine’s Day books for preschool. They’re a fantastic way to introduce the history of the holiday, as well as get your students

Articles | December 22, 2015

  January marks the start of a new year and new beginnings. Monthly events, holidays, and seasonal themes for the bulletin board display can help integrate a variety of topics

Articles | December 15, 2015

  Looking for employment as a preschool teacher? Let’s talk first about where preschool teachers can be found and the level of education that is needed to become a preschool

Articles | November 25, 2015

Inquisitive little learners will love presents that will challenge their minds, as well as, allow them to experiment and discover how things work. Presents that both educate and entertain will

Articles | November 24, 2015

  Preschoolers and teachers need to have the proper selection of materials and supplies available to facilitate and maximize the education of students. To keep kids actively exploring through play

Articles | November 9, 2015

  Sharing is a skill that is needed throughout life and is usually taught at the onset of early childhood. As most little learners tend to focus on themselves, teaching

Articles | November 6, 2015

  For some preschoolers, making friends seems to come easily. While for other children, it may appear that they need a little assistance finding a companion or two. In the

Articles | November 5, 2015

  Creating works of art that involve getting messy and include a little bit of imagination are some of the most favorite activities among children. Exciting crafts using handprints can

Articles | November 4, 2015

  Regular active play helps children to develop healthy bodies and strong minds. Through movement, children strengthen their heart, muscles, and bones while working on coordination, dexterity, and a range

Articles | October 30, 2015

  A preschooler’s ability to receive, understand, and follow directions can vary from child to child. By giving children time to process directions, and by offering plenty of positive reinforcement,

Articles | October 27, 2015

  Helping children to develop a sense of empathy, kindness, and compassion towards others may seem a bit challenging at times. While temperament may seem to come naturally to some,

Articles | October 23, 2015

  Dramatic play in preschool is a wonderful way to engage children in activities that expand the imagination, as well as incorporate real life situations to be acted out. Once

Articles | October 21, 2015

Preschoolers love to play games and be active. Bringing more math lessons into early curriculum through a variety of engaging activities can help to make learning more fun. Incorporating different

Articles | October 19, 2015

  Kindergarten readiness is the term used to describe whether or not a child is prepared to start learning in a formal setting. A child’s physical, social, and cognitive abilities

Articles | October 16, 2015

  Play in preschool presents young learners with a means to understand and process how the world works around them. Best of all, play comes naturally to children as they

Articles | October 14, 2015

Going to the zoo can be more than just visiting the animals. Watching, listening, feeding, and meeting a variety of the earth’s amazing creatures are sure to create a spark

Articles | October 12, 2015

  Developing social skills, improving language comprehension, and inspiring creative productions, dramatic play areas are essential for growing preschoolers. Dramatic play can be done anywhere, anyhow, and with anything. All

Articles | October 8, 2015

  Engaging the senses in a variety of ways helps preschoolers to learn and retain information better. Sensory tubs provide different methods of experiencing sight, touch, sound, smell, and sometimes,

Articles | October 5, 2015

  Get out the floor cushions and settle in for a few great Halloween reads preschoolers are sure to enjoy! Don a witch’s hat or give your best spooky voice

Articles | October 2, 2015

  Apple crafts for preschoolers are a great way to introduce the beginning of the school year and the beauty of the autumn season. Here are seven fun craft ideas

Articles | September 29, 2015

  Providing children with the opportunity to explore sound, feel movement and make their own music is the purpose of an outdoor music center. Allowing them to freely discover different

Articles | September 25, 2015

  Sound walks can be done anywhere and at anytime: inside or outside and in the morning, the afternoon, or the evening. They can be done individually, with a few

Articles | September 23, 2015

Writing centers in preschool are a great way to encourage writing, doodling, and drawing. By supplying children with the necessary tools to facilitate writing education, toddlers will engage themselves in

Articles | September 18, 2015

    Transforming your dramatic play area into a doctor’s office is a wonderful idea for a pretend play theme. Toddlers can imagine they are the doctor, the nurse, the

Articles | September 17, 2015

  When a nap is the last thing on a toddlers mind, quiet time is the next best option. Quiet time allows for a little bit of down time and

Articles | September 16, 2015

  An important lesson for preschoolers is learning how to recognize, read, spell, and write their own names. Early learners in preschool are most likely already familiar with what their

Articles | September 9, 2015

  Music is a universal tool for supporting early developmental growth in a number of educational areas including math. Through the use of harmonic sounds and melodies, opportunities to uncover

Articles | September 4, 2015

  A block shelf in a preschool classroom will be one of the more popular go to places for most toddlers. Blocks provide an outlet for creativity and imagination that

Articles | September 1, 2015

  In preschool, it is important to familiarize toddlers with common ideas and practices of every day life. Calendar time is an educational tool used in many preschool environments to

Articles | August 28, 2015

  Organization is a priority for the preschool classroom. By keeping everything in order, a successful learning environment for both teacher and students can be created. In turn, there will

Articles | August 27, 2015

  Outdoor play is essential for kids of all ages, especially preschoolers. Being able to run, jump and explore nature helps toddlers to grow and develop both physically and mentally.

Articles | August 25, 2015

  A great way to introduce autumn and the changing of seasons to preschoolers is to read about it. Here are ten great books to include during story time about

Articles | August 21, 2015

  Autumn is a great time to bring the outside indoors and use nature as a tool for crafting with preschoolers. Take toddlers on a trail walk and collect all

Articles | August 18, 2015

  Experimenting with their environment through hands-on play and interaction is how preschoolers learn best. Setting up specific learning centers within the classroom gives toddlers a way to maximize their

Articles | August 11, 2015

  Back to School Night is an opportunity to welcome students and their families into the classroom to see what goes on firsthand. Creating an evening of new friendships, educational

Articles | August 10, 2015

  Having themes in the preschool classroom is a wonderful way to get toddlers engaged and excited about learning. Focusing on a particular topic and providing children with specific lesson

Articles | August 7, 2015

Teaching preschoolers about numbers and counting is made easy with a variety of educational reads available. To make it easy, we have put together a list of ten books your

Articles | August 6, 2015

Preschoolers love to sort, as it comes naturally to them. Creating a sense of order and defining objects give toddlers a way to express and reflect what is going on

Articles | August 4, 2015

Learning the letters of the alphabet for preschoolers includes concepts such as letter recognition, letter shapes, and letter sounds. The ‘Alphabet Song’ is typically the way children initially begin to

Articles | July 30, 2015

Dramatic play is an extremely valuable part of early learning. Encouraging children to be creative and use their imagination positively enhances their educational experience. There are endless possibilities for dramatic

Articles | July 28, 2015

  Rain, rain, go away; come again another day! When the weather isn’t cooperating, toddlers can become bored or anxious being stuck inside. Because finding fun activities for children to

Articles | July 25, 2015

  A functional and organized library is essential for every preschool center. Having a place where children can discover and explore all types of books fosters both independent and group

Articles | July 22, 2015

  Using pasta for preschool arts, crafts, and sensory tables can enhance creative play and increase fine motor skills. Making noodle necklaces, designing pasta collages, and exploring the different shapes

Articles | July 13, 2015

When separated from the person with whom they are attached, it is common for infants and toddlers to display cautious or panicky reactions. This is known as separation anxiety. Separation

Articles | July 11, 2015

Starting preschool can be an overwhelming life event, not only for the child, but the parents, as well. Here are seven tips to help welcome families and make that transition

Articles | July 8, 2015

Preschool is one of the first places to introduce a classroom setting to early learners. Providing a space that is child-friendly allows children to make the most of their early

Articles | July 1, 2015

  Let’s go to the shore! By setting up a beach themed dramatic play area, children can enjoy the surf and sand no matter what time of year. Winter or

Articles | June 19, 2015

  Early childhood is the best time to start summer reading challenges and activities. Introducing stories and telling tales to preschool age children begins to unlock a love for books

Articles | October 2, 2014

Books that focus on the alphabet not only help to reinforce a child’s understanding of the ABCs, but they also help to foster a love for books and reading.  With

Articles | August 28, 2014

Sure the Dolch sight words are an impressive list, but with a little bit of practice your students can master them in no time.  If you are searching for some

Articles | February 6, 2013

  Those who teach preschool and early elementary students face unique challenges due to students’ limited language abilities.  When a child enters the classroom with no English language skills at

Articles | June 12, 2012

A classroom library plays a key role in helping early childhood students to make the transition from emergent readers to independent readers. Simply stated, it is a designated area of

Articles | January 12, 2012

Bundle up; it is cold outside!  The winter months are the perfect time to bring a bit of polar fun into the preschool curriculum.  Polar bears are an ideal way

Articles | December 14, 2011

Watching and playing football is a passion for many in the US.  Parents dress their infants in their favorite team’s jerseys and by the time children reach preschool age, they

Articles | September 20, 2011

Are you tired of teaching the same apple unit every fall?  Are looking for a way to add some variety into your fall lesson plans?  Try the “L is for

Articles | December 21, 2010

Letter recognition – it is one of the most important foundations of learning. Without knowing letters, children will have trouble learning phonics and how to read. For some children, learning

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