Tag Archives: teaching young children

A Magical Night at School

There’s nothing quite like being a child at school – in the dark – at night – with your family. This week children and families gathered at school for a pizza party outside on the playground.  It was such fun … Continue reading

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England, and the Beatles

My preschool class is learning about England.  Our loft has been transformed into Buckingham Palace.  The Union Jack flies overhead along with a picture of Queen Elizabeth.  We made a red phone booth out of a big box, and we … Continue reading

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The Diorama that Changed a Child

Jared is part of my Book Bears library group.  He is a great kid; he was in my preschool class years ago. I loved Jared (and still do).  No child has a bigger heart.  Teachers just have to see that.  … Continue reading

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Ten Authors and Artists Share Their Inspiration

There I was, listening to the best children’s book authors and illustrators at the Eric Carle Museum of picture Book Art, talking about what inspired them.  I couldn’t write fast enough (yes, I took a flurry of notes) or listen … Continue reading

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Understanding Art and Heart

In September, I send large folders home to children and their families to decorate, together.  Throughout the year, these folders are used to transport their child’s art work each time we send it home.  It’s our Art Pony Express, delivering … Continue reading

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Stillness

Evening tonight is stillness.  Quiet and beauty.  Nothing else.  No birds or dragonflies.  No wind.  Somehow the silence brings out all the important things.  Mother Nature is the greatest teacher of all. She gives children the wonders of discovery and … Continue reading

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International Day of Peace

Peace is an important part of my curriculum at school with my preschool class.  It begins with kindness- that means children understand feelings and begin to develop empathy.  A tall order, but probably the most important thing young children learn. … Continue reading

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