Category Archives: preschool

When Children Tell Their Stories

Stories.  That word alone is groundbreaking.  It means listening, looking, hearing, and thinking.  Stories light a fire.  That means learning. Children have more ideas and thoughts in their heads than we realize.  Their brains are gigantic sponges; they see it … Continue reading

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This Year’s Favorite Picture Books

Every year children vote on their favorite chapter reading book.  Charlotte’s Web is the clear winner most years.  This year we voted on our favorite picture books as well.  That was a big challenge for children as we read at … Continue reading

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Dr. Seuss

Thank you Dr. Seuss for saying the most important words.  I thought I knew you well, and today you inspired me yet again with your wisdom. And now I find that the tables are turned.  I must write words of … Continue reading

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The Pillowcase Event

Did you know that the last words the brain hears before you fall asleep are what ‘sticks’, what the brain remembers?  For children this is most important. Growing up is hard work, and any good words are more than needed. … Continue reading

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Children and Memorial Day

Patriotism is a constant thread in my classroom, from the American flag to singing songs.   Here are the children “flying to the red white and blue”: These moments happen all the time.  They’re spontaneous and driven by the children. … Continue reading

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From Little House on the Prairie, to Geography, to Maps, to Mount Rushmore, to History… And More

When good reading happens in my classroom, it opens the door to so many other things. Children have questions and ideas.  Interrupting in the middle of chapter reading means children are listening and interested.  I can answer those questions and … Continue reading

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Discovering The Wonders of Spring With Children

This tree on the playground is beside the climbing structure. It is gorgeous. Today we stopped climbing to look. Really look. It was windy, so petals we’re flying everywhere. And children paid attention. They soaked up the wind and flying … Continue reading

Posted in Imagination, Inspiration, joy, Mother Nature, Nature, preschool, Uncategorized, wonder, young children | Tagged , , , , | 62 Comments