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10 SIGNS OF A GREAT PRESCHOOL CLASSROOM:
http://www.readingrockets.org/article.php?ID=46
What elements do you think constitutes a great preschool learning environment? Check your list with the one here to see if you share the formula for success.

Hubbard's Cupboard
http://www.hubbardscupboard.org/
Hubbard's Cupboard is a great pre-school / kindergarten site with resources for both parents and educators. This unique site has information on curriculum, development centers, assessment, preparation for Kindergarten, early reading activities, family involvement ideas, large collections of literacy and math ideas, and even bible / religious education. If that's not enough, take a look for even more resources


 

ACTIVITY PLANNER:
http://parentcenter.babycenter.com/activityplanner/
Select which age group you wish to plan for, then search the game category to fit your current needs. Choices include five minute games, indoor games, games for groups, and more.
 
ADDRESSING INDIVIDUAL DIFFERENCES:
http://www.preschooleducation.com/art1.shtml
Several articles on stages of development for toddlers and preschoolers focus on general expectations for social, physical, and emotional milestones for any given age level. This site will let you know instead what differences you can expect, highlighting the reasons that children will walk through the steps a bit differently, or at least at different times than others.
 
BACK TO PRESCHOOL:
http://www.preschoolrainbow.org/back-to-school.htm
The first day of preschool can be pretty nerve-wracking for all parties involved. Learn how to help make the transition a successful one; this site offers numerous wonderful activities.
 
Beginning of Year
TIME FOR SCHOOL MINI BOOK:
http://www.dltk-teach.com/minibooks/time/index.htm
What time is it? It's back to school time, and as your preschoolers get ready every day to head back to school, you can print out these pages for a mini book on daily activities, such as getting dressed, eating breakfast, and heading to school, all with an accompanying clock to introduce the concept of time.
 
SCHOOL BUS PORTRAITS:
http://www.dltk-kids.com/school/school_bus_activity_sheet.htm
Print out the school bus templates available here to download. Preschool students will then draw their portraits in the school bus window to show them on their way to school.
 
PRINTABLE CALENDAR PIECES:
http://www.daycareresource.com/calendaritems.html
Practice early calendar skills and days of the week recognition by marking off your class calendars with these printable pieces; each month is accompanied by thematic calendar pieces.
 
CHILDREN WHO JUST WATCH:
http://www.naeyc.org/ece/2003/02.asp
Some preschoolers are more reluctant than others to immediately engage in activity, but prefer watching on the sidelines. Here are some tips to help you understand what is going on when some children prefer to observe.
 
CIRCLE TIME IDEAS:
http://scruggle.tripod.com/hartstringspreschoolideas/id5.html
Make your regular circle time with preschoolers more exciting with these excellent ideas, collected by an experienced preschool teacher.
 
CIRCLE TIME DAILY ROUTINES:
http://www.mcps.k12.md.us/curriculum/pep/teachingideas/circle.html
Help build strong skills for preschoolers by incorporating regular routines into your daily circle times.Find ideas here to cover subjects across the curriculum.
 
TIPS FOR CLASSROOM MANAGEMENT:
http://www.mrsnelsonsclass.com/teacherresources/classmanagement/classmanagement.aspx
Illustrations help to convey the tips offered here for establishing routines and organizational principles in your preschool classroom.
 
CLASSROOM NEWS TEMPLATE:
http://www.preschoolprintables.com/classroom/classfebruary.shtml
You are well organized; you've planned ahead and have your curriculum down pat for the month. Your supplies are all ready and categorized, your centers are neat and well-stocked, your classroom library is in alphabetical order... Does this sound like your classroom? Well, even if you are great at staying on top of things, chances are your preschoolers' parents could always use a little bit of help. Try this classroom news format for sending home news on what to expect this month, reminders on what, when, where, how, why of your classroom events, and to solicit help where you may need it.
 
CLASSROOM SIGNS:
http://www.janbrett.com/classroom_signs/classroom_signs_main.htm
If you are using different centers in your preschool classroom, here's a real treat: printable poster signs for dress up, listening, games, reading, art, etc., all illustrated beautifully by author/illustrator Jan Brett. Laminate these ones to make them last.
 
CLASSROOM DECOR:
http://www.teachers.net/lessons/posts/1167.html
How can you create a warm, cozy, and secure feeling in your preschool classroom, while still making it inviting and exciting? Find numerous teacher-submitted suggestions here to help you out.
 
PRESCHOOL CLIPART:
http://schoolhouseprintable.tripod.com/clrclipart.html
Designed specifically to reflect preschool themes, find clip art here to use throughout the school year for your web pages or student worksheets.
 
COLOR FLASHCARDS:
http://abcteach.com/directory/basics/abc_activities/color_flashcards/
Print out a set of these flashcards for each of your preschool students to use and thumb through regularly, becoming familiar with color words.
 
SAMPLE MARCH CURRICULUM:
http://www.preschoolbystormie.com/mar.htm
http://www.preschoolbystormie.com/mdiamond.htm
Science activities revolve around water table explorations, while the number 8 and diamond and octagon shapes are explored in math. Look for other suggestions by subject with this curriculum planning calendar, and then link to the 2nd URL above for matching lesson plans.
 
DISCOVERY BOTTLES:
http://www.mrspohlmeyerskinderpage.com/discoverybottles.htm
Have fun this year making these wonderful, exciting Discovery Bottles. Find ideas for glitter bottles, magnetic bottles, ocean bottles, desert bottles, and numerous others.
 
END OF THE YEAR SONGS AND ACTIVITIES:
http://www.theteachersguide.com/Junelessons.html
Prepare your preschool students for kindergarten by teaching them songs, or help them to write words and student biographies, or plan to have a reading celebration. Find even more ideas here to help you mark this important transition.
 
FIELD TRIP NOTES:
http://www.preschoolbystormie.com/fieldtrips.htm
If you still have your end-of-the-school-year field trip ahead of you, take notes from the experienced and wise at this site. From planning for a field trip to occur early in the day and also mid-week, to safety issues and group concerns, the tips offered here will help your own excursion run more smoothly.
 
GETTING TO KNOW YOU:
http://www.123child.com/selfconcept/friend.html
How can you encourage cooperation and positive friendship practices amongst your preschool students? Find several ideas here, involving art projects, songs, language arts, and physical education activities. Consider incorporating this theme in your curriculum at the start of the school year to encourage the concepts as an ongoing thread throughout the year.
 
GETTING TO KNOW EACH OTHER WITH ART:
http://www.kinderart.com/across/knowyou.shtml
Great for PreK classes, students will create a self-portrait of some kind (let them be as creative as they wish) after discussing differences and similarities, while their parents will use the letters of their children's names to describe their children in an acrostic poem, to partner the portraits. Consider this activity for a wonderful Open House Night exhibit.
 
HELPING PARENTS DECIDE ON KINDERGARTEN:
http://www.parentinginformation.org/readyforkindergarten.htm
Many parents may approach preschool educators for advice on whether or not their students are ready for kindergarten. While many factors may be involved, social and emotional development are often key factors. Find further discussion here to help you address the topic with students' parents.
 
I CAN DO IT!
http://www.punkyschildcare.com/preschool/activity.html
I can do it all by myself, is the theme for this cross curricular unit for preschoolers. Introduce thematic content through your math centers, reading, songs, and more.
 
HAVE AN ICEBREAKER SCAVENGER HUNT:
http://www.sesameworkshop.org/parents/activity/article.php?categoryId[]=4444&contentId=18086
Adapt this creative activity to your own school yard or hold it in your preschool classroom for a great back to school icebreaker. Students will need to work in teams to locate all of the items on their list; make sure you use pictures for the items for preschoolers.
 
THE IMPORTANCE OF ROUTINES:
http://www.daycareresource.com/article7.html
Share this article with the parents and families of your students, with a solid argument for providing a regular framework for guiding preschoolers through their day.
 
JACKET FLIP GAME:
http://www.sesameworkshop.org/parents/activity/article.php?contentId=20703
Here is an excellent idea on how to get your preschool students to put on their coats and jackets all by themselves. An animation is included.
 
JANUARY CURRICULUM FOR PRESCHOOL:
http://www.preschoolbystormie.com/jan.html
Focus on the rectangle, the colors blue and white, the letters "K" to "N", winter sports, hearing, hibernation, ice and frost, and much more in this excellent January curriculum resource for preschool teachers.
 
KINDERGARTEN READINESS CHECKLIST:
http://preschoolerstoday.com/resources/readykinder.htm
Print out copies of this checklist to use as a general guide for families to see if their students are ready for kindergarten. Fine motor, gross motor, social, personal, and academic skills are all covered.
 
PREPARING LEARNING CENTERS:
http://www.preschoolbystormie.com/learncentrs.htm
http://www.ed.gov/Family/RSRforCaregvr/reading.html
Find some excellent examples here to create wonderful art centers, as well as fine motor center suggestions to help develop finger muscles. Use the 2nd URL above for reading and writing centers.
 
SAMPLE LETTERS HOME:
http://www.sasked.gov.sk.ca/docs/kindergarten/kindlett.html
Creating strong communications between family and school is essential to successful learning, and part of that strategy is to communicate your needs and expectations to parents through letters. Find sample letters here to help you fashion your own, for all kinds of situations.
 
A LIST OF REWARD IDEAS:
http://www.canteach.ca/elementary/classman2.html
It always helps to have some fresh ideas to use as student rewards and to help you encourage good behavior.Find almost fifty suggestions here to help you manage your elementary classroom.
 
LITERACY CHECKLIST FOR PRESCHOOL TEACHERS:
http://www.mcps.k12.md.us/curriculum/pep/teachingideas/literacycheck.html
Preschool educators can play an important role in establishing literacy skills in students at an early age.Here is a checklist to help you out, with examples for each activity.
 
MAKE A CLASS BOOK:
http://www.printableprek.com/EbooksfortheClassroom.html
Collect pages for your class book using these printables, with pages for birthdays, holidays, class pictures, hand-prints, spring stats, and more.
 
ME, MY FAMILY, AND FRIENDS:
http://www.preschoolrainbow.org/family-theme.htm
Expand preschool students' awareness and consideration of others and the world around them with the various lesson plan ideas presented here. Students will examine homes around the world, role playing with their hand-made dolls, and then collaborate with their own families on understanding their own unique heritage and backgrounds.
 
MEET YOUR TEACHER:
http://www.teachers.net/lessons/posts/1157.html
Here is a wonderful idea for easing young children into a back-to-school mode, while encouraging sharing and discussion as well. Using a full bulletin board, the teacher brings in an all-about-her/him theme; find several suggestions here to make it work.
 
Names:    GETTING TO KNOW EACH OTHER WITH ART:
http://www.kinderart.com/across/knowyou.shtml
Great for PreK classes, students will create a self-portrait of some kind (let them be as creative as they wish) after discussing differences and similarities, while their parents will use the letters of their children's names to describe their children in an acrostic poem, to partner the portraits. Consider this activity for a wonderful Open House Night exhibit.
 
NAME THAT CHILD:
http://teacher.scholastic.com/lessonrepro/lessonplans/ect/namechild.htm
Here is an excellent back to school activity, where preschool students collaborate to create a group "All About Me" flip book. Find further directions here.
 
PRINTABLE NOTES:
http://www.abcteach.com/Extras/notes1.htm
All students love getting mail, and you can also encourage literacy by printing out and using these notes in your weekly student folders, or occasionally inserting a personal note to each student in their individual cubbies.
 
PRINTABLE NOTES OF PRAISE:
http://www.alphabet-soup.net/ttools/praisenotes.html
It's Thanksgiving time just around the corner, so don't forget to thank your students for all their hard work. Find some cute printable praise notes here to download, print out, and send home with your preschoolers.
 
NURTURING EMOTIONAL LITERACY:
http://www.naeyc.org/ece/2002/08.asp
In order to encourage social and emotional development and maturity in your preschool students, find some helpful research and tips here.
 
OPEN HOUSE, ORIENTATION, AND SEPARATION:
http://www.preschoolbystormie.com/openhsorientation.htm
How can you relieve preschool anxiety at being left alone in an unknown environment? What kinds of activities should you plan for Open House night? And how can you best prepare for orientation? Find numerous creative suggestions here to help get you started.
 
Organization:  SCHEDULING HELP:
http://www.preschoolbystormie.com/schedulehelpr.htm
If you are new to preschool or you simply want some creative input for organizing your day in fresh ways, try the suggestions here. Also included are ideas for choosing classroom helpers and organizing charts.
 
ORGANIZATIONAL TIPS:
http://www.preschoolbystormie.com/organizingtips.htm
Since even organized teachers can use another good tip, then everyone can use these organization suggestions for preschool teachers. Topics cover cubbies to bulletin board storage ideas.
 
DESK BINDER ORGANIZER:
http://www.theteacherscorner.net/resources/binder.htm
Keep yourself well-organized with the effective, uncomplicated tips offered by this teacher in-the-know.
 
PATTERN STATION:
http://www.preschoolexpress.com/pattern_station.shtml
Jean Warren's Pattern Station not only includes printable patterns for each holiday and season, but a wealth of child activities to go along with them--a great resource to print out and collect for the coming school year. Discuss what each symbol represents to Americans, and then ask your students to find the one that doesn't belong in each row.
 
PENCIL CONTROL WORKSHEET:
http://www.underfives.co.uk/chseline.pdf
Preschool students will help the mouse get to his cheese and practice pencil skills at the same time with this printable worksheet.
 
PRESCHOOL PLANNING GUIDE:
http://www.nncc.org/Curriculum/planguide.html
Find a detailed package here to help you plan several elements of your preschool program, from themes, curricular areas, materials, to developmental considerations.
 
THEME PLANNING:
http://www.sasked.gov.sk.ca/docs/kindergarten/kindthm.html
If you are starting a new theme this year with your preschool classes, here is a great little tool to help you out. Starting with a generous theme list, this site offers planning steps, outlines, theme planning charts, resources, and an instructional approach checklist.
 
PLANNING FOR SUMMER:
http://www.mcps.k12.md.us/curriculum/pep/teachingideas/summer.html
If you are starting to plan your summer school program, check here for all kinds of activities and ideas covering all preschool skills.
 
PRINTABLES FOR PRESCHOOL:
http://www.prekinders.com/printables.htm
From field trip checklists, to magnet sorting maps, to shape books, weather cards, song books, rhyming cards, and classroom center cards, you will find a whole lot of useful printable resources for your preschool classroom here.

PRESCHOOL TEACHER TIPS:
http://members.tripod.com/~Patricia_F/tips.html
Find wonderful tips and ideas here for easy fishnet displays, hula-hoop centers to mark out work places, how to use glitter without the mess, and more.
 
EFFECTIVE REST TIMES:
http://www.nncc.org/Curriculum/resttime.html
More than likely you encounter at least some resistance when it comes to rest time for preschoolers. What are the myths, what are the facts, and how you can stay flexible and create an effective rest time period are all addressed in this article for educators dealing with children and naps.
 
ROOM ARRANGEMENT:
http://users.stargate.net/~cokids/roomdesign.html
Your classroom arrangement can be an effective part of your teaching strategy. Find tips here for defining learning areas, where to put shelving, how to display materials, or how to divide space for both quiet and noisy activities.
 
SETTING UP YOUR CLASSROOM:
http://www.eduplace.com/rdg/res/classroom.html
Find several helpful tips here for arranging group areas, learning centers, reading areas, art stations, and more.
 
SEVEN WAYS FOR YOUNG CHILDREN TO BE SMART:
http://www.kidsource.com/kidsource/content4/child.smart.html
Refocusing the question from how smart, to how is this child smart, this site offers an overview of the multiple intelligences and how teachers can use them to better understand and teach their students.
 
STUDENT INFORMATION CARDS:
http://www.abcteach.com/free/t/teacherextras_studentinfocards.pdf
Print these cards out onto cardstock and send them home with your students during the early weeks of preschool.Then label the top of your returned cards with students' names, filing them into a file card box to keep handy for both yourself and any substitute teachers during the year.
 
SUMMER LEARNING WITH PRESCHOOLERS:
http://www.mcps.k12.md.us/curriculum/pep/teachingideas/summer.html
With a wide range of activities across all learning abilities, find suggestions and strategies here to incorporate into preschool curriculum during the summer months.
 

TEACHABLE TRANSITIONS:
 
http://www.ghbooks.com/activity/activities.cfm?bookid=14658&actmax=15
 From "1-2-3 Clean" to "I Spy" or "A Flick of the Lights", find several ideas here to help you make clean-up and  transitions easy in the preschool classroom.

 

TEACHER TIPS:
http://members.tripod.com/~Patricia_F/tips.html
Short of cubbies? Try this idea for using a bench, shoe boxes, and Velcro. Or how about fishnet displays when bulletin boards are in short supply? Find some great tips here for classroom organization for preschool teachers.
 
TEACHING OUR YOUNGEST:
http://www.ed.gov/teachers/how/early/teachingouryoungest/index.html
Download this online PDF book for preschool teachers, outlining how to create an optimal learning environment, teaching how to count, teaching about letters and books, developing listening and literacy skills, and more.
 
PRESCHOOL TEACHING TIPS:
http://www.preschooleducation.com/ttip.shtml
How would you like a list of rewards for your students that won't cost you a cent? Find several excellent suggestions submitted here, along with odds and ends teaching suggestions to help you in your preschool classroom.
 
TEACHING TIPS FOR PRESCHOOL TEACHERS:
http://www.preschooleducation.com/ttip.shtml
How can you make sure you are not interrupted during teaching time? How can you prevent crayon boxes from becoming smashed and ruined? What are some inexpensive rewards to use in your classroom? How can you save markers from drying out? Find numerous teacher-submitted tips here to help you out in your own preschool classroom.
 
DO TIMEOUTS WORK FOR TODDLERS?
http://toddlerstoday.com/resources/articles/timeout.htm
Read this article on early education discipline for both "yes" and "no" arguments, then weigh in with what the specialists suggest.
 
TIPS FOR PRESCHOOL TEACHERS:
http://www.kinderthemes.com/teachertips.html
Did you know that putting a strip of cellophane tape on a splinter can help remove it fairly painlessly? Find lots of tips here to use in your preschool classroom, all submitted by PreK teachers.
 
TRACING PAPER GENERATOR:
http://www.mymoondrops.com/spelling.html
Here's a cool little tool for you to use in your preschool classroom. Enter a student's name--or any word you wish your students to practice--and click to create customized tracing paper for letter and word writing practice.
 
VELCRO MATS & MARKERS:
http://www.theteacherscorner.net/resources/mats.htm
Help your students remember where they are to sit during circle time by using this great little idea, applying Velcro markers.
 
HELPING YOUNG CHILDREN DEAL WITH VIOLENCE:
http://www.naeyc.org/ece/2003/01.asp
Even very young children can be affected by violence when they are exposed to either media coverage, or adult discussions about news events. This early childhood educator offers a solid discussion on how young students might need an outlet to deal with the issues, and how to provide opportunities to creatively support your preschoolers regarding violence in the news.
 
WHAT SHOULD PREK STUDENTS KNOW?
http://www.readingrockets.org/article.php?ID=44
As a preschool teacher, you are preparing a foundation for success in later school years. But just what should Pre-K students know before entering primary grades? Find a skills checklist here to help target your own curriculum.
 

PLAN A YELLOW DAY!
http://www.childfun.com/modules.php?name=News&file=article&sid=107
http://www.easyfunschool.com/article1332.html
It's summer, and sunflowers are blooming, the big yellow sun is boldly shining, and you can have a yellow day at summer school. Make your own yellow sunshine with streamers, have some science fun with yellow exploration bottles, wear yellow, count yellow counters--the possibilities are endless. Use any of the above sites to get you started.
 

YES/NO STICKS:
http://www.teachingideas.co.uk/earlyyears/yesnosticks.htm
Use this teaching idea to help keep your students' attention and get them interacting and motivated. Fashion your own version of these "yes" or "no" sticks, and think of including different colors and other responses as well.
 
ZIP-LOCK BAGS AND PRESCHOOL:
http://www.redshift.com/~bonajo/preschool_activities.htm#Dolly
Find several creative activities here to show you how to make useful preschool learning tools with simple items and zip-lock storage bags. Activities include sorting, counting, cutting, beading, tracing, and more.
 

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