Saturday, April 9, 2016

New Picture Book Review: The Most Magnificent Thing

Ever have one of those days when the temper tantrums outnumber the Kumbaya moments? The Most Magnificent Thing delves into a child's frustration while in the the throes of creativity. Ashley Spires little girl is adorable, and this would be a great book to read to your class.

Here is my review:
A little girl has an idea for a "Magnificent" creation. "Easy Peasy". 
This humorous book shows a child's excitement and resulting 
frustration in the creative process. After blowing off some steam, 
the little girl goes back to her creation and comes up with something 
really magnificent. This would be good for all children, but especially
 children who become easily frustrated.  Loved this delightful book.

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Thursday, April 7, 2016

Baseball Book for Spring Read Aloud

This time of year, many preschoolers take part in T-Ball and baseball. The hardest thing for these children is the realization that they haven't developed the skill set to play ball and can only achieve that through practice. A tough concept for a five year old.

 My Review: I really enjoyed Jake plays ball because he struggles so much. This book is from Christian publisher, Zondervan so not only does Jake work on his batting moves, but he also prays about his frustrations. He "strikes out" while playing with a friend but then with his Grandmother's help and few props, finally is able to hit a ball. Great book to read-aloud to a pre-k class.

 Click on the link to find this book at Amazon in ebook form.
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Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Snowflake Bulletin Board Border to Print

                   So, it's January--Gray skies, cold days and snow.  Don't you need a border for that?

       You can use this bulletin board border around all of those snow-related crafts your kids are making this month.  Now go have some hot chocolate and cheer up.  February, full of pink, red and purple is coming.
                                         Click Here to Download The Snowflake Border

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Activities To Use with Sam and Dave Dig a Hole

SamandDaveSam and Dave Dig a Hole by Mac Barnett and illustrated by Jon Klassen is delightful picture book that came out in 2014 about two characters who decide they're going to dig a hole. These two little guys decide to keep digging until they find something spectacular. As they dig, the reader can see how they are tunneling through the dirt.  It is sort of like watching ants tunneling around on an ant farm. The reader can also see that as they dig, they are missing diamonds in dirt all around them.  As you read this book aloud to your students they will start pointing out the hidden diamonds, and it creates a fantastic sense of tension and attention in your students.  If your little listeners don't catch it the first time, don't worry, the diamonds get bigger and bigger. Sam and Dave, exhausted from digging such incredible tunnels, fall asleep.  Their dog smells a bone, digs it up and somehow they fall through the dirt back to their house.

Things you might want to do with this book.
1.Put toy jewels in a sand table (or something spectacular!)  so that the children can reenact Sam and Dave digging the hole. This is great for sensory motor skills.
2. Matching Exercise: Make this into an adapted for special learners. Make laminated copies of diamonds and have them place their diamond on the diamonds on each page.
 3. Turn this into a classroom game and hide laminated diamonds around the room for your kids to find.
4. Discuss the concept of finding something spectacular. Talk to the kids about things that they would consider a treasure. Then discuss whether all treasures are things that can be held.
5.  Use Sam and Dave Dig a Hole along with a Spring planting unit. Plant seeds in paper cups and tell students they are planting something spectacular. If have a planter that has viewable sides, your kids can see something spectacular growing.  

Monday, December 2, 2013

December Calendar and Free Christmas Memory Card Matching Game

Merry Christmas and here are a couple of gifts to download!

 My calendar this month is a song set to the old tune True Love.  When I started looking for an example of the tune, I discovered Pink has a song of the same title but it's not the same song.  If you have ever seen the old movie "High Society" with Bing Crosby and Grace Kelly they sing a beautiful duet of the song.  Here is an instrumental version that gives you some of the tune in the sample.  My thoughts on this song are to take some of the emphasis off of getting and put a little more on giving. Use the lines to incorporate the movement of giving and getting gifts and then dance around the Christmas tree.  This would also make a great short song for a preschool Christmas program.  You can use the instrumental mp3 below for accompaniment.

Download the December 2013 Preschool Calendar

Only free for the month of December. Use one of the links below to go to download page.  Match six pairs of colorful Christmas items.
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