There is less than two weeks left of school, and the last day of class is just around the corner. My preschoolers have made such precious friendships, but soon they will be parted for the summer holidays. Come Fall the older children will be heading to different kindergartens, as there are many choices in our city. Most preschoolers will no longer see each other on a regular basis.[Read more…] about Best Friends Forever Printables
As everyone can attest, Superhero activities are hugely engaging for children. Superheroes is also a topic I was hesitant to plan a full theme around for many years. I was afraid that the children’s excitement level would go up, and never return to a manageable rate.
One year I decided a generic Superhero theme could be feasible as the last one of the school term. I thought the children might get riled up, but I would be sending them home for the summer afterward!
The Superhero theme was a hit and turned out to be perfectly manageable. Dress up props were available in the gymnasium, where loud noises and running were the norms. A number of books read in the classroom highlighted good character traits of Superheroes. Puzzles, manipulative toys, and sensory trays rounded out our activities.[Read more…] about Superhero Party
Mother’s Day is just around the corner, and every mom deserves to be treated special. Here is an easy Mother’s Day craft that is bound to hit the mark. A key chain or brooch makes a lovely addition as a gift.
Flower and butterfly paper punches
Craft paper with cream, gold, and silver tones
Gold and silver metallic bead stickers
White pearl and silver jewel stickers
Butterfly adhesive shapes
Template with the word MOM
Decorative silver key chains
[Read more…] about Mother’s Day Crafts And Gifts
The birds are chirping, and there is excitement in the air. Everyone seems to have a skip in their step. I think it is because Spring has come early to our city and… it’s the Easter long weekend!
[Read more…] about Spring Bunny Art Activities
Here’s a couple of easy bunny art activities that will add some hop to the skip, and be sure to keep everyone’s good mood up.
One in a thousand baby green sea turtles lives to become an adult. Sea turtles face many challenges in trying to survive. Here’s how they get their start in life.
At night, baby green sea turtles scurry to the ocean from the deep hole they dig out of. They hatch from eggs deposited by their mother (also at night) on a sandy beach above the high tide line. The small, white eggs are buried in a blanket of sand to keep them warm and hide them from predators. The eggs are left alone to incubate for 50 -70 days.
The temperature of the nest determines the sex of the turtles. Warmer eggs become males; cooler eggs become females. Both males and females can dig out of the same nest, because the temperature can vary in different parts of it.
The hatchlings hurry to the ocean in the dark when it is less likely that they will be eaten by crabs or shore birds like gulls or herons. Most babies do not make it to the ocean. Even if they safely make it to the water, they could be eaten by birds hovering above the waves or predatory fish lingering close to shore.[Read more…] about Saving Green Sea Turtles
It’s March, but there is still lots of snow outside in Edmonton. St. Patrick’s Day activities and the green color they surround us with are so welcome. Here are three centers my class is currently playing in.[Read more…] about St. Patrick’s Day Activities
It’s been said that you should buy beautiful things you are drawn to, even if you are not sure how they will fit into your color scheme or wardrobe collection.
When I purchased a narwhal themed sequin pillow, I wasn’t sure how I would use it in preschool play. I loved seeing color and shape change sequins in children’s clothing, and thought a sensory item like this would be nice to explore in the classroom.
Then I saw some “Glamping” pretend play posts on social media and knew this pillow would be perfect for an igloo “glamping” pretend play center.
[Read more…] about Igloo “Glamping” Pretend Play
World Book Day is held every year on the first Thursday in March. It is a celebration of authors, illustrators, and books. And it is most of all a celebration of reading.
The impact of the picture book “Just Itzy” spanning my preschool storytime, a teacher aide’s home, and three children and their classrooms makes the story worthy of a shout out for World Book Day![Read more…] about World Book Day Story Book Feature: Just Itzy
Here’s a Hawaiian Party that works for all ages. We did it with a group of seniors, preschool children and their parents. It was dreamed up because this school year our preschool classes were invited to visit a seniors home to socialize with the residents. February was a great month to show some kindness, so we planned our visit then.
Hawaiian Holiday Theme
Hawaiian Holiday was the theme of choice. Our city was in the middle of a cold-weather spell, so the thinking was “If we can’t be in Hawaii, (where we would ALL rather be), then let’s bring Hawaii to us.”[Read more…] about Hawaiian Party
The Chinese New Year officially begins on Tuesday, February 5, 2019, and it will be the Year of the Pig. The pig is the 12th and last zodiac animal. Some ancient storied explanations are:
- The pig was the last to arrive at an important meeting because he slept in.
- A wolf destroyed the pig’s house so he had to rebuild it before he could get to the meeting.
- The pig stopped to enjoy a feast while taking part in a race. He resumed the race but not surprisingly came in last.
- Being pretty pudgy, the pig moved the slowest in the race.