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Hay Bales in the Playground

Hay Bales in the Playground

We are always looking for new things to add to our playground. Early in October, Miss Marta had the idea to add bales of hay to switch it up for the fall. At first we piled the hay for climbing and gave the children the opportunity to explore it.    The next week, I rearranged the hay to make little huts or crawl spaces. I added pumpkins, play dishes, and dolls. We decided to call it the pumpkin patch.  The…

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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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Some Halloween Ideas from the Two’s Room

Some Halloween Ideas from the Two’s Room

Here are some things we did last October in the two’s classroom. Pumpkin Science Center We put out different pumpkins and gourds along with pumpkin seeds, magnifying glasses, bowls, and rulers for the children to explore.  Pumpkin Predictions  Each of the children chose one of the pumpkins from the science center. We measured and weighed each pumpkin and I wrote down how the children described their pumpkins. Then each child predicted what they thought would be inside the pumpkins before…

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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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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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