• Friday Freebie – End of the Year Checklist

    Happy Friday! This week seemed to drag on forever, I am so happy to see the weekend! That said, it’s never too early to start thinking about the end of the school year.  This free End of the Year Checklist from Mrs. Irvin’s Toolbox will help you start planning for all of those end of the year to-do’s! Download your copy and have a wonderful weekend!

  • New Resources

    I’ve been working on a ton of different projects lately, and while doing so have stumbled across some new resources – and rediscovered some old favorites.  Here’s a few that I wanted to share with you: Early Learning Resources Ohio – This site is personalized for teachers and program administrators in Ohio, but there are similar sites for other states.  I cannot say enough good things about the resources that are available to subscribers; templates, forms, policy samples, discounts, every time I log on I find something different and this would have saved me so much time when I was an administrator! Child Care Aware – this site has a…

  • Teacher Inspiration

    It’s definitely that time of year when I feel myself needing a little extra inspiration.  The weather is so nice, my weekends are so busy, and I just want to do fun summer things – even though it’s not quite summer yet.  If you’re feeling the same way, here are some quotes to help you get through the rest of the spring! Optimist Quote Follow their lead Quote Be who you needed Quote Funny teaching Quote Silly Quote

  • Procrastination

    I know that I usually write about preschool – some kind of activity, or assessment, or curriculum, or something at least slightly related to teaching so this one is a little bit of a stretch, but let’s get real for a minute.  It’s usually pretty easy for me to sit down and write a blog post. I enjoy it, and I love the topics that I write about – but this week I can’t seem to get out anything that I want to share.  I had a bunch of posts about seeds planned, but I must not be very excited about them.  This is probably because I’m a terrible gardener,…

  • Friday Freebie – Earth Day Matching Book

    Happy Friday! I hope that you have a beautiful spring weekend for your Earth Day celebration! Today’s freebie is an Earth Day matching book from File Folder Heaven. This little book would be perfect for a center, individual, or small group activity.  Go download your copy and enjoy your weekend!

  • Earth Day Round Up

    If you are still planning your Earth Day lesson plans, or if you’re searching for activities to make the exploration last all week long, here are some of my past posts to inspire you! Quotes for Earth Day Earth Day Science Activities Earth Day Super Hero Masks Earth Day Graphing Freebie Make sure to check back tomorrow for another great freebie!

  • Practicing Conservation in Preschool

    Conservation can be an abstract concept for preschoolers, they haven’t had a lot of experience with the world around them, and it can be difficult to understand why they might need to save water or electricity.  There are some things that you can work on in the classroom to help children understand conservation practices and why they are important. Save paper scraps in a basket for children to use for cutting or collage projects Turn off the lights when you leave the room, or leave the lights of during certain parts of the day and enjoy natural lighting Use dry erase boards instead of printer paper Set up recycling bins…

  • Recyclable Jewelry

    Yesterday I shared some thoughts on open-ended recyclable art, and today I’ve rounded up some more ideas for those recyclable materials.  These fun projects all use recyclable materials to create jewelry, so if you love the way they turn out you could use them as Mother’s Day gifts too! Coiled magazine pendant Soda Bottle Jewelry Washer pendants Yarn wrapped bracelets Fabric and paper straw bracelet I can’t wait to try a couple of these ideas myself, I’d love to know how they work for you too!

  • Earth Day Recyclable Art

    Earth day is on Saturday and I am full of ideas for exploring conservation and natural resources! Today I wanted to share an opportunity for open-ended recyclable art.  Earth day is all about re-using materials instead of throwing them away, and using recyclables as materials for art is great way to encourage children to look at common objects in new ways and flex their imaginations. It’s also a fun way to  explore three dimensional art since recyclables lend themselves to sculpture. The key to open-ended art is to make sure that the children have all of the materials that they could need, and let them use them in any way…

  • Friday Freebie – Bunny Hop Song

    Happy Friday! There is just something about a holiday weekend that makes the weekend even more fun.  Today’s freebie is a cute little activity that you can use with your class, send home for your families to try, or use with the children at your own Easter celebration! This adorable Easter Movement Song from That Fun Reading Teacher is on a poster that children can color themselves.  I’m sure that your students would love to share this with their families over the weekend so download your copy and send some home! Have a wonderful weekend!