Sailing the seas at summer camp

We have some awesome college students who are lead the planning of our summer camp one year! Their enthusiasm and creativity are evident in all they do … and we just had to share it here! These are ideas from our “Sailing the seas” theme, which lent itself to great projects and experiences like building tin foil boats, making sandcastles and seashell picture frames. The week
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Pets in the preschool classroom

Caring for a small pet, such as a fish or reptile, can provide young children with the opportunity to learn more about animals firsthand. As preschool teachers, we know that young children are engaged and learn best by DOING. We can certainly teach about animals through books and pictures … but how much MORE will they learn when they can actually interact with one.
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Tips for incorporating the CT Early Learning and Development Standards

A couple of Fridays ago, I was invited to attend a training for Educational Consultants on the Connecticut Early Learning and Development Standards (CT ELDS).  As our state continues to encourage programs to use these standards, it is my job as a consultant to support programs when and where needed.  During our 6 hour training, great conversations around early education, teacher responsibility, and child
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Celebrating

Celebrating Dr. Seuss in preschool

I may be going out on a limb here, but I imagine almost EVERYONE has a favorite Dr. Seuss story that they remember growing up. My personal favorite Dr. Seuss book is … “Green Eggs and Ham” … hands down! I could recite it by heart! For my children, it’s “The Cat in the Hat“. We are coming up on March 3rd and NEA’S
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Painting with snow and other fun snowy activities!

If you are lucky enough to live somewhere with winter weather – you can bring the outdoor in for a little snow day fun! Painting with (and ON) snow is a fun way to let children explore concepts of color mixing and the scientific properties of snow. First, we scooped up a small bucket of clean snow and brought it inside (if you scoop
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Pete the Cat

Most viewed posts of 2014

Just like we have done the past couple of years, we enjoy seeing what our top posts were from 2014! We look back and evaluate what has been the most viewed on Google Analytics — and our resolution is to post more of what you are looking for!   So here we go, our TOP 5 posts, starting with #1 …. #1: Counting and literacy with PETE THE
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Zumba follow up

I am excited to report that Andrew WON the title of Mr. Rockville High School at this year’s annual fundraiser! Andrew got up in front of an audience filled with parents, teachers and peers and performed Zumba fitness for his talent. With on stage backup from his friends and audience support from his fellow Zumba classmates, Andrew led the number with confidence and style.
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Bringing Zumba ® to teens and staff

In March of 2014 I was asked to teach Zumba ® to teenagers at an area high school.  They were having an all-night volleyball “lock-in” fundraiser and needed some “entertainment” for students waiting for their team to play.  I agreed, but was feeling nervous.  I worked on my playlist for days, wanting to ensure I chose music that these teens were going to like. 
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Turkeys, teepees and being thankful preschool

Visiting my favorite local preschool this week, I had to stop and take some pictures of the fabulous Fall fun setup in the classrooms!  Take a peek and see some of the fun ways they explore Thanksgiving all month long. Thankful Turkey I love, love, love this turkey that is hung in the preschool hallway, where the feathers are comprised of EVERYONE’S handprints!  And by
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We are thankful in preschool

At this time of year, children get excited about all the holidays coming up. It is important to take some time before and during Thanksgiving to talk to young children about their blessings … what they have to be thankful for. Many children can easily talk about all the things they would like to have or “want” … but how about talking about how grateful they
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