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Month: October 2012

The Rainbow Fish Printable Game

The Rainbow Fish Printable Game

The Rainbow Fish  by Marcus Pfister is a wonderful book about sharing, and is a staple in many classrooms. Last week, my class wanted to read it over and over. Every time we read it, we talked about how nice the Rainbow Fish was to share with his friends. Every time one of the children shared a toy with a classmate, I said, “You shared like the Rainbow Fish!” With all this talk about sharing and the Rainbow Fish, I…

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Family Style Dining in Preschool: A How-To Guide

Family Style Dining in Preschool: A How-To Guide

Transitioning to family style dining can be an intimidating task for many teachers. Its easy to imagine a free-for-all occurring when the children have direct access to the meal, or mounds of spilled food all over the floor. In order for family style dining to work, you have to be prepared and you will need lots of patience. To begin, child-sized dishes and utensils are a must. If things are too big, the children will not be able to manipulate…

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Family Style Dining in Preschool: Why It’s Important

Family Style Dining in Preschool: Why It’s Important

During the first few weeks of school, the children have been getting used to all of the new routines and expectations that are part of going to preschool. One of my favorite, and also one of the most important, routines we are establishing is family style dining. What is Family Style Dining? With family style dining, children are responsible for setting the table, helping to get snacks and meals ready, serving themselves at the table, and cleaning up when they…

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Practicing Circles on the Map

Practicing Circles on the Map

This week my class has been very interested in sea animals, dolphins especially. One morning, one of the children noticed that there were pictures of dolphins on the world map that is hanging in the classroom. I purchased this map last year and laminated it at my local Lakeshore Learning store (laminating is only 29 cents a foot there). Since we have been working on our fine motor skills, I gave the children dry erase markers and asked them to…

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Digging for Treasure in the Sandbox

Digging for Treasure in the Sandbox

The first week of school at Aspen Leaf Preschool is drawing to a close. It has been so wonderful working with children again after three and a half months of getting the school ready and licensed. I have enjoyed getting to know the students and our new teacher, Miss Erin. We did lots of fun activities this week but I think everyone’s favorite was digging for treasure!   All week, the sandbox that my fiance built has been everyone’s favorite…

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