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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.

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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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