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…

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…

Rethinking Calendar Time

Most preschool classrooms include calendar activities as part of their circle time.  The class will add another number, identify the month and day of the week, and talk about what day it will be tomorrow and what day it was yesterday.     Does your calendar time go something like this? Teacher:  Today is Tuesday!  What day is tomorrow? Children:…

4 Ways to Nurture Problem Solving in the Classroom

Problem solving can be defined as the ability to overcome obstacles to find a solution.  Often we think of it in terms of mathematical or scientific ability, but in actuality problem solving is part of every developmental domain: cognitive, social/emotional, language/ communication, and physical.  Luckily, children are natural problem solvers.  From their first days, their brain…