Empathy for the Big Bad Wolf ~ A New Take on an Old Tale

When I went to photograph at Rosa Parks recently, I noticed some peculiar documentation panels which seemed to show empathy for the Big Bad Wolf. I asked the classroom’s teachers about this and they confirmed my suspicions. Upon hearing the age old story of the Three Little Pigs, the children in the classroom wondered why […]

5 Reasons You Should Take Your Class Outside

If you should ask me – What do you remember about your childhood? – I would answer: playing outdoors.  I remember, like yesterday, creating a little hide-out under a group of tall bushes.   I would spend hours with my friends gathering twigs and rocks to make those bushes into a secret hide-out. Children have a natural desire to play […]

All Around Child-Outside

I have been sharing the wonderful things I saw while visiting All Around Child in Overland Park, KS. So far we have explored the common areas, hallways, and the beautiful classrooms. Now you will get to see the masterpiece that is the outside play areas, but they are so much more than that. They are […]

All Around Child-A Reggio-Inspired Preschool

I had the pleasure of taking a tour through All Around Child, a beautiful Reggio-Inspired preschool in Overland Park, KS. This school serves children 6 weeks to 6 years. I was so impressed with this school that I took way too many pictures to put into one post. This will be a glimpse into the […]

DIY Sand Blocks

It is super simple to make your own sand blocks – and on the cheap!  These are wonderful for a Music center.   You can do group music as you can make a class set for under $25.  Woo hoo! What you will need: 60 coarse grit sand paper wood blocks (wood craft section of […]

My Favorite Things: AlphaBeat

My Favorite Things:  What I feel every Early Childhood Teacher should have in their bag of tricks! Here is my first recommendation: If there was one CD I would recommend for movement with young children – it would be this one.  I first found this CD in my public library in 2003.  It has been […]

Getting Your Groove On! Dance!

Dancing is one of my most powerful weapons against the lack of recess. We dance and everything works better. Yesterday I shared my “Dance Off” technique. Today I want to share my “Dance Circle.” Dance Circle Instructions  Gather everyone onto the carpet standing on the edge of your circle time carpet or in a circle. […]

Dance Breaking! Move it!

One of my favorite movement tricks is what I call “Dance Off.”  At some point during the day – during table work, maybe centers, walking down the hall – who knows when this special moment will come. . . . We break into dance!  Yup! I turn off the light and say “Dance off!!”  Everyone […]

A Little Seed Drama

This is an sweet little poem I love to act out as we explore the world seeds and beans.  It is an adaptation of two poems. The little brown seeds went to sleep in the ground. In their little brown nightgowns they slept very sound. Old Winter, he roared and he raged overhead. But the […]