Fun Fun Friday: Leopard Edition

Once I read a story about a leopard. To introduce the book, I told the children about leopards and emphasized their lovely spots. I must have said the words “leopards” and “spots” twenty times. When I started the  first page, which showed the leopard, and said “Once there was a leopard,” a little boy called […]

A Thought for Thursday: How Music Sets the Tone for Learning

  This article of mine appears in the current issue of “Teaching Young Children”: ABBY CONNORS I’m clapping to the beat as we begin music time. Soon Nyra, Mason, and Aditya are clapping, too. Sophia pats the floor to the beat. While Sophia responds to the music differently from the other children, she too is […]

What’s New Wednesday: Preschoolers Outsmart College Kids

How amazing are preschoolers? They may not have the knowledge that we do, butmaybe their flexible thinking processes could teach us a thing or two… (from ScienceDaily.com) Preschoolers can outsmart college students at figuring out gizmos Date: March 6, 2014 Preschoolers can be smarter than college students at figurin g out how unusual toys and […]

A Tune for Tuesday: Gogo

Gogo from “Too-da-la” CD by Kindermusik Available from Kindermusik.com/ en/albums/219-too-da-la When your class needs a little silliness to work off some steam, “Gogo” is perfect. This is an African movement/dance song. The motions are fun and there’s even a part where children can make a funny face! I usually make extra-silly faces myself to amuse and […]

Once Upon a Monday: Peepsqueak Wants a Friend

Peepsqueak Wants a Friend by Leslie Ann Clark I just discovered this story recently and my students love it! All of the other chicks in the farmyard are in 2’s (they each have a friend) but Peepsqueak is only 1. He goes off to look for a friend, telling each pair of friends (I sing this to the […]

Fun Fun Friday: Birthday Edition!

Birthdays bring out a lot of fun and funny comments and conversations! First child: Saturday’s my birthday! Second child: No, it isn’t! First child: Yeah it is! Second child: No, your party’s on Saturday! First Child: Then when’s my birthday? Second Child: Today!   Child: It’s my birthday today! Me: Happy Birthday! How old are you? […]

Fun Fun Friday: Vacation Edition!

Every Friday this blog will be devoted to the wonderfully fun things young children say and do. Today: Special Vacation Edition!   Me: Where’s Marco today? Child: He’s on vacation. Other Child: No, he’s not! He’s getting married! Third Child: No, he’s not! His uncle’s getting married! First Child: Well, he’s still on vacation!   […]