Whether you’re looking for activities as a full-time teacher, a group of co-opting preschool parents, or a parent with curious kids and an afternoon to fill, you’re in the right place! Find more Thematic Units here!
Thematic units are my favorite way to teach young kids. They organize learning by creating connections, which is how our little ones learn best. Whether you’re homeschooling, co-oping, or in the classroom every day, I thought I’d give you a jump start in creating your lesson plans by putting together quality play-based activities that fit within a thematic structure and cover a wide array of developmental objectives.
It’s certainly winter time around here, as the three and a half foot berm of snow that has been shoveled and blown from our driveway will attest. If it’s winter in your neck of the woods, I thought you might like a list of ideas for activities you could use in creating a winter themed unit.
Whether you’re preparing to teach your first preschool year or your 30th, a little planning goes a long way. Here are 12 tips and resources that will help you get started right: [Read more…]
I’m getting ready to launch a new project next week and I’m really excited to tell you all about it! While I wrap up the loose ends, enjoy this repost from May of 2010.
I met with a program director not too long ago who talked with me about the improvements she’d made to her center. Among other changes, she proudly announced that she had “gotten rid of all holidays”.
Water is everywhere in our lives. Without much thought, we bathe in it, drink it, cook with it, and wash our hands over and over on a daily basis. And in spite of its everyday status, there’s still something mesmorizing about it, especially for children. They’ll scoop, pour, and explore, over and over and over again.
Well, it looks like we’ve got all the email subscriptions moved over! Phew! For those of you who are getting posts emailed, you might have missed an email or two in the move. You may want to check out Weekend Reads for 3.26.11, or More to Build On… with more construction activities to add onto the “Let’s Build” unit. And for those of you who aren’t receiving the emailed posts, well you might want to click up there in the top right side of this page and start getting some of this good stuff sent right to your inbox! Have a great Tuesday!
*I hope you’re enjoying the layout of the new site. A big “Thank You” to Brandon Sunday of Sunday Ventures for his help! I think it would have taken two years to figure it all out on my own. We’re still fine tuning, so if you notice anything that needs our attention, please let us know. It looks like email subscribers still need to be transferred from the old, so don’t fret if you haven’t gotten your emails yet, they should be back on track by the time the next post goes out!
When I wrote about activities for a construction theme a while ago, I left you hanging on a few activities I promised to add. Well, today’s the day!
If you have budding readers, you may want to try out this word family activity. Draw a crane and tall building with windows on poster board. (I’m pretty sure you can make yours look better than mine!) Laminate so that you can use dry-erase markers to change up the word families in the windows. [Read more…]
In early education, there is too much distance between what we know and what we do. I bridge the gaps that exist between academia, decision-makers, educators, and parents so that together, we can improve the quality of early education while also respecting and protecting the childhood experience.
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