Get Groovy with These Pete the Cat Classroom Decor Ideas
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by Angela Thayer
2d ago
Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links to Amazon. See my disclosure for more details. Are you looking to add a touch of fun and creativity to your preschool classroom? Look no further than this Pete the Cat classroom! Your students will love the vibrant colors and the familiar character that will greet them each day. Pete the Cat Classroom When I saw my blue-walled classroom for the first time, I knew I wanted to make this a Pete the Cat classroom. Pete is such a beloved children’s book character and he inspires little ones to explore, discover, and show good character. I’m excited to ..read more
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Teacher Appreciation Week 2024
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by Angela Thayer
2M ago
Every single day we are thankful for all the amazing educators who teach and care for children. During the week of May 6-10th, we’re giving back and honoring all the teachers! For 5 days this week, we will be hosting a giveaway and giving away a FREEBIE! Day 1 Giveaway – We’re starting this week with a giveaway for gift cards! The winner will get to choose which gift card they would like: Amazon, TpT, or Lakeshore Learning. This giveaway is open to anyone worldwide. Click on the button below to enter! Day 1 Freebie – Today’s freebie is a Spin & Cover game with shapes! Here’s how to play t ..read more
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Windy Hair Preschool Craft
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by Angela Thayer
2M ago
Spring is a windy time of year! It’s also the perfect time to try this Windy Hair Preschool Craft! Your students will have a blast with this fun and interactive process art activity! Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links. See my disclosure for details. Materials Needed For this craft, you just need a few materials! liquid watercolors (this set is my favorite to use!) card stock paper straws (I like paper straws!) windy hair printable (found at the bottom) Directions Begin by printing the page onto card stock paper. You want a thick paper so the liquid doesn’t soak through the pape ..read more
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Frog and Fly Shape Matching Game
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by Angela Thayer
3M ago
Practice recognizing shapes with this adorable frog and fly shape matching game! Not only does this game help with shape recognition, it’s great for working on visual discrimination skills! If you’re looking for an engaging game to help teach shapes, this is for you! Shapes to Learn Children start learning to recognize shapes as early as the toddler years! As a preschool teacher myself, we do a lot of shape activities to help our 3 and 4-year-olds learn these shapes. Usually, children learn the most simple shapes first: circle, square, rectangle, and triangle. These shapes are simple and found ..read more
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Pattern Practice Pages
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by Angela Thayer
3M ago
I love to teach about patterns because patterns are everywhere! Your day is set up in a pattern, stores are designed in a pattern, clothes have patterns, and you find patterns in music. Patterns are a foundational skill that you child learns at a young age. Learning patterns will help children become successful in reading, math, and science. If you’re looking for pattern practice pages, I’m here to help you out! I love using songs to teach, like this pattern song, and then practice completing patterns together as a whole group. After teaching this skill, I want my students to practice on thei ..read more
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Easter Sensory Table
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by Angela Thayer
3M ago
Are you looking for a fun and engaging sensory idea? Check out this unique Easter sensory table idea! I used it in my preschool classroom and it was a hit! You could use this for the Easter season or really any time of the year. Keep reading to see how to make it! What is a Sensory Table? A sensory table is filled with items to engage a child’s senses. This could be rice, pom poms, dry beans, water, cloud dough, pasta, and so much more! A sensory table is necessary for a preschool classroom. You will want a table that can have 3-4 children at it. They are an investment, but it’s well worth it ..read more
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How to Teach Patterns to Preschoolers
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by Angela Thayer
4M ago
Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links to Amazon. Learning about patterns is a fundamental math skill that young children begin learning in preschool. Like all math concepts, children begin with learning the basics and then build upon them. It may seem like such a basic concept to each simple patterns to young children, but it is important to their math development. What Are Patterns? A pattern happens when there is recurring sequence. This could be in numbers, shapes, colors, behaviors, or events. They make a predictable order making them recognizable. You can find patterns in nature ..read more
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Rhyming Song
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by Angela Thayer
4M ago
My favorite way to teach preschoolers is by using songs. This rhyming song is perfect to sing with young learners because it makes learning fun, memorable, and engaging! Importance of Rhyming Teaching kids to rhyme is a crucial skill for beginning readers. Rhyming is when two words have the same ending sounds. Identifying rhyming words heard when spoken aloud precedes producing them. Rhyming helps kids with phonological awareness, which is the ability to hear and manipulate individual sounds in words. Before children can read a written text, they really need a firm knowledge of units of speech ..read more
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Marshmallow Play Dough
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by Angela Thayer
4M ago
Marshmallow play dough is a unique dough for children to play with. It’s soft, stretchy, and smells great! Your kids will LOVE this unique play dough! Materials Needed Of course you’ll need marshmallows for this play dough! You also need the following: 30 Large Marshmallows 1 Tablespoon of Coconut Oil (or another type of cooking oil for medium temperatures) About 1 cup of Cornstarch or Flour Food Coloring Stovetop or cooktop Spatula Mat or cutting board Steps to Making Marshmallow Play Dough You can make this play dough in under five minutes! Start by adding 1 tablespoon of coconut oil into ..read more
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Easter Egg Beginning Sound Puzzles
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by Angela Thayer
4M ago
Making phonics FUN with these Easter Egg Beginning Sound Puzzles! This activity is a great way to practice letter and sound identification while celebrating spring and Easter! Your preschool and kindergarten students will enjoy matching the puzzle pieces to make egg matches! Beginning Sounds Teaching beginning sounds for phonics is exciting because it’s a step towards learning to read! I like to start with simple activities such as identifying objects that begin with the same sound, making an alphabet sound box, and playing matching games. It is crucial for students’ early literacy development ..read more
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