Preschool Pumpkins: Measurement

From Mary’s Teaching Toolbox Preschool children should have many opportunities to measure.  I’m not just talking about measuring length but also weight, time, and volume.  No matter what you’re measuring, its best if preschoolers use non-standard units.  So instead of inches- paperclips or shoes.  Instead of pounds- marbles or blocks.  Instead of seconds-counting. Comparing the size or…

Preschool Pumpkins: Pumpkin Circle The Story of a Garden by George Levenson

From Mary’s Teaching Toolbox My favorite book about pumpkins is Pumpkin Circle: The Story of a Garden  by George Levenson, photographs by Shmuel Thaler.  (available on Amazon) The beautiful photographs and engaging text follows the life cycle of pumpkin from seed to pumpkin and back to seeds. Possible Themes Fall Halloween Pumpkins Harvest Gardens Seeds…

From Head to Toe by Eric Carle

Mary’s Teaching Toolbox This is the first post of what I hope to be a weekly feature. Each week I will share different activities that can be used in early education.  One type of post will a compilation of activities to go with a book.   Some books will be new to you and others, like this one, may be familiar.  Either…

Weekly Reads – September 11

Here are four early education gems I found on the internet this week.  Topics include: information to help parents at IEP meetings, criteria for choosing books to read to children, making a pumpkin stand for dramatic play, and a thought provoking poster. Parent Education Three Steps for Navigating the IEP Process for Parents from NAEYC for Families: If you have a child…