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Monthly Archives: January 2012

Circle Time Number Bear

 This is our number bear.  Our kids love having a turn with the number bear at circle time.  Each day the special helper, with the help of the other kiddos if needed, tells us which number is next.  Next, they add a button and we count them together.  Once the bear is filled with 10 buttons we take them all down and start over.  We have a younger group this year, so we waited and introduced the number bear after Christmas break.  In the spring we will switch to something else so we can work on numbers 11-20.  This is a fun little activity that helps to learn counting, 1-1 correspondence and number identification.

Scissor Skills and Preschoolers

Does the idea of a pair of scissors in your preschoolers hands scare the bejeebers out of you? Well it should. Those little things are sharp and can cut all sorts of stuff like hair, clothes, the curtains and even the cats whiskers. So why am I writing about actually putting these tools of destruction in your child’s hands you ask? Well, because scissor skills are an important developmental step for your child.
Using scissors develops your child’s hand strength, coordination, motor planning and eye/hand coordination. These are all skills that carry over to other activities, like writing, doing math problems and even playing sports.
So let’s talk about letting your little one practice that all important skill of using scissors and keeping the cat’s whiskers safe. First some general guidelines:

  • Use good quality kids scissors like Fiskars or Wescott. These are not expensive and they are sharp enough to actually cut and allow your child to experience success in their earliest attempts at cutting. Cheaper scissors will only frustrate their efforts and in actually may lead to them to explore to find something the scissors will actually cut.
  • Set guidelines for cutting practice. “Only when mommy is around”,… Continue reading

About Miss Margaret and Miss Kristen

Welcome to our blog!  We are glad you are here and hope you enjoy what we have to offer.  Here is a little about Miss Margaret and Miss Kristen who, combined, have over 30 years teaching experience!

Miss Margaret is a teacher.  Just like all of you, when her children were young she acted as their first teacher. They he read together and counted together and studied the wild things in their back yard together. When they got old enough to go to school for their learning Miss Margaret realized that she was still a teacher so, went to school to become a “real” teacher.

Miss Margaret earned a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and used it to teach kindergarten for a few years. Then she earned a master’s degree in literacy and taught in Head start for a few years. Finally, she took some classes so she could work with students with disabilities. Now Miss Margaret started her own early education program (with Miss Kristen) to put all her skills to good use. Teaching young children has become her passion, she doesn’t go to “work” each day, she goes to “school” and loves  it.

Miss… Continue reading

Snowmen, Marshmallows and Math

 Here is a fun little winter math activity.  First, we printed and laminated counting grids from the PreKinders website.  We used the grid with 10 snowmen for our younger kiddos and the ones with 20 snowmen for our older kiddos.  Each child got a turn rolling the big die.  They counted the dots and covered up that many snowmen with min-marshmallows.  It may have been better if we had the older kids use two dice to work on 1-1 correspondence counting to 12 instead of just 6.

Baby Wipe Containers-Circle Idea

If you are like us, you have a plethora of baby wipes containers in your classroom.  Even if you don’t have kids in diapers wipes are great for quickly cleaning paint off hands, wiping little messes off the floor, etc.  And as every preschool teacher knows…we never through any containers out as there will always be a use for it at some point!

Well, here is a use we have found for empty baby wipe containers.  We just started using these this week and so far so good.  We have velcroed them to our circle time board to hold the things we need every day.  We currently have a bin for calendar to hold our numbers, weather to hold our weather words and pictures, the number bear to hold numbers and buttons (look for a post on him coming soon!) and the question of the day to hold our questions, answers and hand markers.  Here is a closer look:

We placed two pieces of industrial velcro on the back and used some sticky tack on the lip of the tub so it wouldn’t lean forward so much.  These tubs… Continue reading

Letter Roads-Pre-Writing Activity

This was a really fun idea, I believe we got it from Pinterest.  It’s very simple, you take black posterboard and cut in the shape of letters.  Each poster board will give you 1-2 letters, depending on the way each letter fits.  We used small white labels as the dashers and covered with contact paper.  We loved how the kids took the letters and formed longer roads.

Some of the older kids were able to tell that they were letters right away and loved the fact that they were driving on them.  Our younger kiddos drove on the roads, not realizing that they were letters.  Either way, this is a great pre-writing activity.


We are teachers and as any teacher knows, we borrow  ideas.  Therefore, we want it known that the ideas you read about here may be unique but also may come from other resources such as the web, classes, books, etc.  Miss Margaret and Miss Kristen have over 30 years of combined experience.  We will give credit when it is known but more often than not, there is no way for us to recall where our ideas came from.

We also need to make it known that many of the links on this blog are affiliate and/or referral links, therefore we may be compensated when clicking these links.

The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats Activities

I just love The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats.  My son’s first preschool teacher gave it to him for preschool so he just loved having me read it to him over and over again.  This a great story to read during a winter or snow theme.  Homeschool Creations has a printable packet to go along with The Snowy Day.  You can find it here.  There are pages that can be printed and laminated to be used in games while others are quite ‘worksheety’.  Margaret and I try not to use many worksheets in our class.  We have found that our kids REALLY like to use dry erase markers, so we will at times laminate worksheets so kids can use them with dry erase markers or crayons.

How do you avoid using worksheets?

Hello world!

Hello from Central New York!!!

We are two special education teachers who have not only just started our own early childhood school, but who decided to start this blog as well.  We aren’t sure exactly what will come of it just yet, but we hope to include activity planning ideas, assessment information, how to furnish a classroom on a shoe string budget, special education regulations and more!  We hope you enjoy the ride with us!!


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