• Friday Freebie – Ring in the New Year

    Happy Friday! It’s the end of another week, and almost the end of the year. I’m trying to squeeze in as much as I can before I have to go back to work, so I’m sure my weekend will fly by way to fast. Today’s freebie is a cute little New Year questionnaire from Carol Miller that could become an annual tradition.  Whether you use this with your students or your own children their answers will be cherished! Have a wonderful weekend!

  • New Year’s Eve Round Up

    I’ve been scrambling to figure out my New Year’s Eve plans, so if you’re doing the same, and your plans include little ones, I’ve rounded up all of my previous New Year’s posts to give you some more ideas.  Take a couple of minutes to check these out! Friday Freebie – New Year’s Countdown  Explaining Units of Time to Preschooler New Year’s Activities for Preschoolers Friday Freebie – New Year’s Sequencing For even more ideas take a look at my Preschool Holidays pin board, and have a wonderful rest of the holidays!

  • Save your extra wrapping paper!

    Preschool teachers are well known for saving everything, so it should come as no surprise that I’m telling you to save your left over wrapping paper.  There are so many things that you can use it for in the classroom, here are a few ideas: Create artwork on top of the wrapping paper design. Most wrapping paper is shiny, so it would be interesting to see how paint, crayons, and glue react to this surface. It would also be interesting to see if the children cover the design, or if they incorporate it into their art.  Cut wrapping paper into smaller pieces and use it for collages. I always had…

  • A little reflection

    I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas, I know I’m taking some much needed time to relax (and do lots of shopping)!  The end of the year is the perfect time to think about what went well this year, and goals that we have going forward.  If you’re thinking about the rest of the year in your classroom and what it might look like I want to share some inspiration that might be helpful. Here are the top five posts from Preschool Ponderings this year: 1. Make your lesson plans work for you – This post has quickly become one of my most popular of all time because it includes…

  • Thursday Freebie

    I know, you’re used to Friday Freebies, but since this weekend will be so crazy, I didn’t want this to get lost in the holiday shuffle! Since it’s the first time I’ve ever done a Thursday Freebie, I’m going all out and sharing two freebies.  This first one is a Christmas Cookie counting set, which would be great math practice as you wind down your Christmas celebration. The second freebie is a Snowman themed mini-book.  This freebie is perfect for that transition from the holidays into the rest of your winter work. Download both freebies and have a wonderful holiday weekend!

  • Tips for banishing pre-holiday behavior problems

    If you’re spending this week with young children – your students, or your own children – then I’m sure you’ve taken a deep breath and prepared yourself for chaos and tantrums.  While some off the behavior problems you might encounter come with the season, others are a product of messed up routines, missed nap times, and too many sweet treats.  Those are the kind of problems that can be avoided with some careful preparation. Here are a few tips that I’ve picked up along the way: Try to keep your routine as normal as possible.  If you can’t schedule fun events into your normal routine, then prepare the children in…

  • Last minute gift idea

    If you’re still looking for something easy to make for your students or co-workers, check out the idea I have for you: I whipped up some of these snowman marshmallows over the weekend because I had some extra frosting left over from baking sugar cookies.  These are so easy to make that you could even have your students make some of them for their families. All you need is marshmallows, black frosting, and orange frosting.  I used piping bags to get the small details, but you could always pick up some tubes of the pre-mixed colored frosting for even less mess and hassle. Add a packet of hot chocolate to…

  • Friday Freebie – Cookie Patterning

    Happy Friday! We’ve almost made it to the holidays, and let me tell you, I am ready for a break! I had to share this Cookie Patterning freebie from Stuff from Steff because I’m pretty sure it was the first thing that I ever downloaded from TPT. I still use it every year, so I can attest to how wonderful it is, and how much my students love it! Go download your and enjoy your weekend!