Classroom Management

3 Mistakes You Don’t Want to Make with the Parachute

March 14, 2021
parachute preschool

When I think back to my elementary PE days, the most exciting week was when we got to use the parachute. It was just one week a year which I found very disappointing. I wanted to use it every time! Now I’m all grown up and I get to make the rules. That means the…

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5 Benefits of Circle Time

October 15, 2020
preschool circle time

There are many unique learning benefits to having children learn together in a group setting. It may seem like a simple daily ritual within the classroom, but when you look closer, there is so much learning happening just beneath the surface. No matter what you call it (circle time, morning meeting, ect.) this gathering is…

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How to get your students’ attention WITHOUT yelling!

March 8, 2020
transition songs preschool

Ever heard someone singing a familiar tune, but the words were different? They were singing a “piggyback song” and if you are someone that works with children (and even adults), you will want to utilize this very effective group management strategy on a frequent basis. From hand washing to lining up, this strategy beats the…

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3 Reasons Why Kids need to Move to Learn

October 7, 2019
WHY KIDS NEED TO MOVE

“I can’t get my kids to sit still at circle time!” If I had a nickel for every time a teacher told me they struggled with this, I’d be rich! Do you want to know the reason why kids can’t sit at circle? Kids need to move! It makes the brain function at its best.…

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3 Reasons Why Preschool Teachers Shouldn’t Use CDs

January 17, 2019
digital music in the classroom

I have been wanting for so long to help teachers move from using CDs in their classrooms to using digital tracks. I have seen far too many teachers struggling to keep all of their CDs organized and it’s just not worth the stress. I can prove right off the bat that my reasoning for getting…

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4 Secrets for Setting Up Your Circle Time Space

June 13, 2018
room set up

When it comes to circle time, many teachers spend a considerable amount of time finding activities to keep the children engaged. But they fail to think about how the space where their circle time is happening may be just as important. Over the years I have found that simple changes to the space can make…

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