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Best of 2011

2011I’ve been inspired by some of my favorite early childhood bloggers to create a “Best of 2011″ list! It is fun to take a look on Google Analytics from this perspective and see which posts generated the most interest. Not surprisingly … the top posts also were some of my favorite activities that we did this year! So, before we start get too far into 2012, here’s a look back! So without delay ….

Here’s our TOP 5 posts of 2011

#1: Read “Llama Llama Red Pajama” and set a record

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I was so glad to help spread the word about Jumpstart’s Read for the Record Campaign on October 6, 2011. The purpose of this annual event is to spread awareness of the importance of early childhood literacy. I was particularly excited that the book to read was one of my favorites … and that we got to share some cool “Llama Llama” themed activities to go along with it!

#2: Melting Marshmallow SnowmenMelting marshmallow snowmen

Love the comments and feedback we received from this post!! I loved even more making and EATING these treats and look forward to doing this activity in preschool this month!

#3: Literacy Beginnings book study blog partyLiteracy Beginnings

It was a great experience to be able to participate in the “Book Study Blog Party” organized by Vanessa over at Pre-K Pages this past summer. Several great early childhood bloggers discussed chapters of the book “Literacy Beginnings” by Gay Su Pinnell and Irene C. Fountas. I was particularly excited about using this book as a way to further my own professional development. We had several posts that discussed various chapters of this book and our own experience. The best part about this book study is that you can start it at ANY time and follow the chapter reviews at your own pace. If you haven’t yet read this book, make it your new year’s resolution to do so!!

#4: Pets in the preschool classroomIMG_1349

For preschool programs, having a classroom pet provides a wonderful opportunity for learning about nature, science and living things. In this post, we talked about the educational opportunities of having a classroom pet, as well as mentioning a grant available from PetSmart for Pre-K through 6th grade teachers to cover all the expenses of a classroom pet.

#5: Playing with nature on a sticky tablenature on a sticky table

Go on a nature walk … collect items such as leaves, grass, small sticks, flowers … unroll some clear contact paper … have fun! This reminds me that I want to revisit this idea again in 2012 using other types of materials. Any suggestions??

May the new year bring you new ideas, opportunities and blessings!

 

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