Face Meets Identity

We are moving on from mark making into exploring our faces. Our faces set us apart from anyone else- unless of course you are an identical twin. I’ve had several sets of identical twins over the years. Faces also play a role in letting others know how we feel because they are so expressive. There […]

Building Community

We had a dilemma today. We talked about all the things we wanted to do to make it a great FRIDAY. The kids wanted to watch a cartoon. Though that isn’t in our norm I can flex for that once in a while. We also talked about sleeping outside. I’ve only done this one day […]

Risk Taking

I plan my blogs a week in advance. I mostly know what direction I’m going in. Today my plan was to blog on young children taking risks and what the benefits are. Yesterday I took these pictures. This is one of the kids favorite places to test their physical ability and take risks. You can […]

It’s DOT day!!

Today is international dot day. We place a few fun days on our calendar so we can count up to special events. Why ? Because it’s a fun way to include natural math in our day. First thing this morning I met the littles with a dot on my nose. They couldn’t wait to get […]

The Most Important Things

Today we played outside a lot . Today we continue to explore marking by marking under the table. That was fun. . But the most important thing we did was help a friend. I gave a five minute warning and said it’s time to clean up. Our friend was playing with Play-Doh and could not […]

Marking to the Drum

Today we read the book ” The Line.” We learned that sometimes books don’t have letters that make words. Sometimes the marks… or illustrations tell the story. We made marks to the beat of a drum. If the drum beat was slow we marked slow. If the beat of the drum was fast.. we marked […]

Secret Drawings

Apple continue to make marks today the lesson plan called for secret drawings. The children were introduced to colored pencils and asked to cover a part of their page and make it secret . I’m actually not usually really fond on any secrets (of any type) in preschool with this age group. To be honest […]

Choices

Resist getting in power struggles with children . It’s not about me being right… It’s about helping the child begin to make choices on their own that are healthy and wise. Instead of yelling “get dressed and get dressed now” give them choices – all of which have your end goal in mind. Today we […]

Level 3 Voice

Today we started discussing voice levels. It’s helpful if everyone uses them at home too. It’s a game changer. Level 0 – no voice Level 1 – whisper Level 2 – normal talking voice Level 3 – the voice you might use to get someone’s attention or talk to a group. Level 4 – the […]

Making the Calendar Meaningful

A lot of early childhood places do calendar time. Ask your child what they did yesterday ? Go ahead. Most don’t know the difference between yesterday , today and tomorrow yet 10 minutes of the day is wasted taking about the month , counting the days and even graphing the weather or creating number patterns […]