Tag Archives: early childhood

Connecting Animals and Children In Early Childhood

I’ve always been an animal lover.  I was that little girl who brought home stray cat after stray cat.  My mom still reminds me of the day that I stood on the front porch and cried, “Her bones are sticking out!  Can we keep her?”  As an adult, I still have animals around my house

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My Favorite Gingerbread Books

Thanksgiving is here, which means that Gingerbread Season has officially begun!  I truly believe that if there was a title of Gingerbread Queen, it would be mine.  At home and in the classroom, December is filled with gingerbread. (Side note:  I think part of the reason I love it so much is that it’s not

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Great Books For Kindergartners to Read Independently

I’m a kindergarten teacher and I’m always on the look out for books my kids can read independently.  It’s not easy finding great books that 5 and 6 year olds can read.  We tried the BOB books, but many of my students think they are boring.  I have to admit, I think they are a

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The Idea Room – Organizing An Art Area For Kids Even When You Don’t Have The Space

Last week I shared my post about an Idea Room that was at a school I visited for a training class.  Today I’m sharing how to create an Idea Room in your own house, even when you don’t have the space for a dedicated Idea Room or Art Area in your home, and how it

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Bats Books and Model Magic

We’ve been reading a lot of bat books lately in my kindergarten class.  Some books are fiction and others are non-fiction.  Obviously, the non-fiction books have a lot of great information about bats, but the fiction books are not without their important details about bats.  The kids have been very interested in learning about the

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