Centers for seasons learning and skill practice are perfect for young learners and can add so much depth and layers to what you’re teaching in your classroom. Skills like pencil grip, using scissors, print awareness, shape and color recognition can all be a part of centers focused on each season. The bonus for your students… Continue reading Why and How To Use Center In Your Classroom Part 5 – Season Center Ideas!
You can send these preschool holiday art decorations home mounted on a sheet of construction paper, or cut out a paper frame and add the art to the back for more of a decoration kids can put out in their homes! Add the student’s name and write the date on the frame. Chances are if you go a step further with your students’ art work, parents will keep these treasures for their kids!
Even though cute, bright, cheerful manipulatives are out there to purchase, there’s no need to spend your classroom funds for these. I’m betting your students, and you as their teacher, will actually have more fun together using just “stuff” from around your school or home. Your students won’t learn any better or more quickly, or be less engaged, using unexpected items in unexpected ways in your classroom centers!
My affection for using centers in my classroom grew even more when I realized the center I had planned and set up could also be used as assessment tools! Not only was I getting more mileage out of the centers, but y students were familiar with these centers so it wasn’t something new and different which made the assessment process more comfortable for everyone.
Not only was Emerson participating in the cents and catching all the learning there, he was – more importantly – interacting with his fellow classmates! There was laughing, talking about what they were seeing and doing, and even cooperation among these friends – with Emerson right there in the mix. I seriously attribute his about-face to those center placed out around the classroom.
Kids love nursery rhymes because they’re full of silly words and rhymes, they have animals acting like people, funny names for the characters, and they’re catchy to say. But did you know nursery rhymes are filled with teaching and learning opportunities? Language Development When we talk to young children, we use voice inflection, pitch, volume,… Continue reading Learning From Nursery Rhymes
There have been many days teaching preschoolers where I’ve put aside the planned lessons for the morning or afternoon because my students were so engaged with the open-ended art table there was no way to stop them from creating! I love those kind of days! You might be considering all the learning that’s being abandoned… Continue reading Children’s Open-Ended Art
What is Subitizing? For preschoolers, subitizing is the ability to see a small number of objects and, without counting, instantly know how many objects there are. Okay, you’re questioning whether a preschooler can grasp this concept – I get it. But for years most of the 3-5 year-olds I’ve taught have been able to catch… Continue reading What is Subitizing for Preschoolers?
Playdough is a must-have, powerful learning tool! Not only is it fun, it’s a serious learning opportunity for your kids. Here’s some more good news: if you sit down and squish and pound and make a worm or two with a batch of playdough alongside your preschooler or toddler, the learning – and fun –… Continue reading Playdough is a Learning Superhero!
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