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Lots of Pumpkins!

Lots of Pumpkins!

Last week I went to Sprouts Farmers Market to get a couple of pumpkins for our classroom. They were so cheap I ended up getting about twenty pumpkins and gourds in all different sizes and colors. Since then, we have been using them in all areas of the classroom and even in the playground. Here are some of our favorite ways to use pumpkins at preschool. 1. Pumpkin Hammering We hammered golf tees into one of the bigger pumpkins with…

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Gardening in Preschool

Gardening in Preschool

One of my favorite children’s books about gardening is The Curious Garden by Peter Brown. The illustrations in this book are charming and beautiful. It tells the story of a little boy, Liam, who makes his city prettier by growing trees, flowers, and other plants. My classes have always enjoyed reading The Curious Garden. They especially like comparing the picture of the city before it had gardens to the picture of the city after Liam inspired everyone to grow things….

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Monster Emotions

Monster Emotions

 One of my favorite children’s books about emotions is Glad Monster, Sad Monster  which we read many times this week. The book came with monster emotion masks for the children to try on. After reading the book, we decided to make our own monsters using an idea for blown paint monsters that I found on Pinterest. I gave each child a drinking straw and a glob of watered down paint. It took a little practice, but eventually the children were…

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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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Setting Up the Classrooms

Setting Up the Classrooms

For me, setting up the preschool classrooms was my favorite part of getting the school ready. I was starting from scratch and I was on a mission to create a welcoming, child friendly environment that would promote independence and creativity. I wanted the classrooms to help the children feel safe and comfortable while engaging them and stimulating their curiosity. The first step was to purchase child sized shelves, tables, and chairs. Having furniture that is the appropriate size for the…

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Making Vegetable Soup

Making Vegetable Soup

We have been talking about seeds and planting all week and have planted some seeds of our own. Today, in keeping with this theme, we read the book Growing Vegetable Soup by Lois Ehlert. In the book a child plants vegetable seeds with her dad and, when the seeds have grown into plants, harvests the vegetables and makes soup with them. Our seeds are obviously nowhere near ready to harvest, but we still wanted to make vegetable soup so I brought…

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Trains, Trains, Trains

Trains, Trains, Trains

We have been doing so many train activities over the past week but I haven’t had much time to blog so I decided to put five of my favorites in one blog post.  1. Freight Train This activity I found at teachpreschool.org. After reading Frieght Train by Donald Crews, we set up this train center on one of our tables.  I used painters tape to make the track and photo copied a picture of the freght train from the book…

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Goldilocks and the Three Bears Activities

Goldilocks and the Three Bears Activities

In addition to setting up the three bears’ cottage in our dramatic play area, here are some other activities related to the story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears. Dressing Bears I cut out bears and bear clothes from scrapbooking paper. The children chose the clothes they liked and glued them onto their bears.   Sizing Bears The children arranged the bear family, according to size, on a piece of construction paper and painted them.    Hard and Soft We felt…

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The Three Bears

The Three Bears

 The story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears has been a favorite of every group of children that I have read it to. There are so many versions of this classic tale available. Some of my favorites are The Three Bears by Byron Barton, Goldilocks and the Three Bears by Valeri Gorbachev, and The Three Snow Bears by Jan Brett. We have been reading these three books in the classroom this week. Two and three year olds in particular seem…

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Colored Pasta Bracelets

Colored Pasta Bracelets

 This week we have been learning about the Maasai tribe of Africa. Two of our favorite books are Papa Do You Love Me? and We All Went on Safari. While reading these books and looking at pictures of members of the Maasai tribe, we noticed the colorful jewelry that the Maasai people wear. Today we made our own colorful bracelets out of pasta.   To color the pasta, I added about five drops of food coloring to 1/4 cup of water. …

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