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Why Every Preschooler Needs to be Playing Cooperative Games cooperative games empathy learners prescholers preschool teachers small group win

 Gameplay and young children can be so much fun and full of so many great benefits. But if you have some children who struggle with the winning and losing aspect of a game, a cooperative game is just what you need. Don't get me wrong, because playing cooperative games is important for all of...

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Free Play + Playful Learning = Engaged Centers centers change classroom explore fresh learners learning materials overwhelm play playful preschool teachers

Let's see if you can relate to me on this one, creating centers that draw children in and keep them engaged and make them want to go there, as well as helping them learn important skills that we've got to meet isn't as easy as it sounds. And that isn't even to mention handling the sometimes...

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Leveling Up your Centers with Tray Tasking centers counting curriculum fine motor independent play manipulatives math skills organization science small group tray tasking

Have you ever heard of tray tasking? If not, don't worry, it is not as fancy as it sounds, but it does hold some serious magic when paired with centers. So, we're going to talk about the what, why, where and how of using tray tasking.

What Is Tray Tasking?

For me, tray tasking is placing an...

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Should Preschoolers be doing Worksheets?

Putting the words preschooler and worksheet in the same sentence can sometimes bring up some big feelings from early educators. It seems that there are many views on the worksheet or no worksheet stance in preschool. Some educators think worksheets are helpful. Some use worksheets sparingly and...

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What Play-Based Learning means in a Preschool Classroom play-based preschool

What exactly is play based learning?

Most people would say that play based learning is children learning through play. But when you really stop and think about it and dig a little deeper, we start to question ... well, which activities are actually considered play based learning? And how does...

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3 Mindset Shifts Preschool Teachers Need to Make regarding Teacher Letter Recognition letters literacy

 Have you ever went on Google or Pinterest to search how to teach children letters or, or anything related to letter learning? If you have, I bet you can relate to me on this. There are just so many different ways to teach children letters, everyone has different ideas, and just different...

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The Do's and Don'ts of Circle Time circle time

Let's talk about circle time, shall we? Do you love it? Or do you loathe it? Some of us have mixed feelings about circle time. And depending on how you structure your circle time, it can lead to like a great, wonderful group experience or a chaotic and frustrating episode.


Today, let's go into...

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Preschool Calendar (why we still use it) circle time

Are you a preschool teacher that still does daily calendar at circle time? I'm raising my hand! Seems like the newest trend in early education is to say 'so long' to calendars in the classroom. The traditional calendar is either being replaced by a linear calendar or no calendar at all.

But WHY?...

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