Who Says You Have To Stay Inside For School Work?

Yesterday I took advantage of the sun and went outside for some art time. One can not let the creativity flow in a boring classroom 🙂

The kids had a blast finger painting and using real flowers

on the playground as inspiration for their:

“Flower Gardens”

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Warning: For preschoolers it is best to get washable paints….less ruined clothes= less frustrated parents 😉

Also please make sure it is non toxic…safety first when kiddos are in question.

Upcoming “July Fun” Activities

Hello,

It has been awhile since I have done a post and first let me say I am sorry for that; I have been so busy with upcoming summer preschool program and the start of my vacation soon that I have just not had enough hours in a day. I did want to post today and let everyone know that starting in July I will be posting our preschool ‘fun in the sun’ activities everyday. For the crafts there will be tutorials on how to make them and links for any templates that I might use 🙂

Also I will be starting a reading corner on this site for anyone who would love for their children or preschoolers to hear safe readalongs. I used to have my preschoolers follow along with readalongs on youtube for a fun switch when they had grown tired of me reading to them 😉 I found this way to be not so reliable at times due to some videos being more for adults but geared towards childrens books. So with that in mind, I decided to make my own videos for children’s storytime in hopes that they will be fun to hear and engage children. This will start in July as well 🙂

So many exciting changes are taking shape and I look forward to sharing each one of them with you.

Have a wonderful week and a safe/fun summer 🙂

What is in Your Cleaners……

So it has been a little while since I have been on but I have had a crazy preschool schedule…..when is summer? Anyway I wanted to touch base on something that I found out while researching cleaners in August for my in-home preschool. I always hated bleach, clorox, and piney cleaners. The smells make me nauseous and my skin terribly itchy. While researching I was appalled to find out that the government does not regulate these essential items that we have in our homes and Lysol is the worse with ingredients leading to cancer..Yikes!!!! (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a6m1dvJFzig&feature=youtu.be) Just like many people, I felt like the government would have companies uphold higher/safer standards but unfortunately that is not the case. Now this is not an attack on government but it did worry me at what to use in my home and around the kids that would be here. Thankfully I found a company that does make safer cleaners and all around safer products for the home. I have never been so happy with a scrubbing cleaner like I am now..I can honestly say when the company guarantees no scrubbing required they mean it and now I smile, spray, and wash away the grime….knocked my cleaning time down to 20 seconds..HOORAY!!!! Many people have asked me if it kills the common cold germs and my answer is this…I have had no preschool illnesses to date so I feel safe in answering yes it does. Be proactive and find out what you are using around your loved ones…you might be surprised…… Here is another interesting link about two cleaners that children should stay away from altogether… they have been known to cause delays….. www.deseretnews.com/article/865617835/Study-finds-association-between-everyday-chemicals-and-your-childs-IQ.html

No Money for Preschool/Daycare Centers……..

As a preschool teacher/ owner I do not have a lot of extra money to play around with every 2 months when my kids grow weary of a center. So what do I do? I look around the house for odds and ends that I can blend into a fun play area for my preschool kiddos.

IMG_0649 2 IMG_0650 2 This center cost me 4 dollars 😉 I had some stuffed animals laying around and found some pics from the web. I bought two doctor sets and two baskets from the dollar tree to add some realism in the children’s play. Every kid loves to play doctor.

IMG_0943 2 For the sensory table I used some stickers and clothespins I had in my class and spent a dollar at the dollar tree for the coin wrappers to encourage the kids to look at everyday objects for shape fitting… (ex.) circle stickers of small or medium size can fit into coin wrapper. Simple but effective sensory area for small kiddos.

IMG_0033 This area was made with a little help from my older daughter. She was growing out of some clothes so instead of donating them I borrowed them for a laundry center. Had some extra clothespins and string in my classroom for a laundry line and presto….laundry center;) This helps the kids with sorting clothes by what kind of clothing, size, and color. Also helps with fine motor because they are working to hang them on the line with the clothespins.

I hope this helps others to not only find things for achieving the center goals but also does not cost a fortune to setup.

A little this, A little that……

Welcome to the first of many blog posts that I will be writing about preschool, my travels as a preschool teacher, and weekend photography. I wish I could say that my travels would include Egypt, Brazil, or heck even an exotic place like San Diego but no just the travels of my classroom and lovely, yet exquisite backyard.  Before any of that can take place let me first let you in on a little secret. I hate punctuation!!!! Or it very well could be the other way around.  But whatever the case might be this blog will ignite the flames of hatred towards me from those readers who may be English professors or wonderful people with a flair for proper grammar.  With that in mind, I hope that many of you will look past this flaw and enjoy my blog.

Month 1 of opening my own preschool—

It has been an interesting look of a dream becoming a reality. I have always wanted to have my own personal classroom space with nothing getting messed up by kids due to lack of people not fully watching things going on around them. I bet many of you know the feeling to have worked on something for a long time (a week or even a month), hang it in the class, smile, and go home for the day. Upon returning to your classroom bright and early the next day your smile hits the floor because your famous artwork has been ripped. And it doesn’t matter if it was a corner sign for rules the outrage is out for whoever is close to see.  Even though that might be comical to a lot of my fellow readers (and when I wrote this part I found myself chuckling at the comic strip imprinting on my brain) it is a disaster for my comrades in action…… my fellow teachers. So to have my own classroom—– What a dream!!!!!

A couple of weeks ago my dream became a reality when personal issues arose in my life making me take a hard look at my life. I can’t say it was an epiphany but it was pretty dang close (Oops slang word—sorry professors).

I hated what I saw and with my financial life on relaxation mode I figured today would be the day. I opened shop officially last week fulfilling my own classroom dream. The classroom is a small cozy room with an eating area off to the side. I have given up my living room and dining room for this endeavor but in time it will pay off. I have always loved teaching but now with less children and no constant brain anorism threatening to burst open from another shriek of a block crisis— I can say this is what teaching is about. To get really focused on one child and having time to reach the others before the day comes to a close is GREAT!!!! Now don’t get me wrong I still have block issues or Barbie wars to deal with but with a small class I am able to fully emerse myself into the class, making less wars among the smaller folk. Once again I am finding my love for teaching come back with a full force much like the force of Star Wars (only the good jedi force of course;) Finding my lesson plans and menus is enough to make my head spin every week but I am finding that I love this as well. My new kids are crazy, loving children with a knack for the dramatic, which helps me to stay grounded as a teacher. Let’s face it anyone who loves preschool is just a tad bit eccentric with a nice dramatic side hidden deep inside. So to have children that way allows me to focus on them pushing my diva side down.  My goal is to post weekly about my ups and downs but it might turn into monthly posts as I am finding more things to check off of my to-do list. In any case this post was about the introduction of myself and setup of my dream.

I am not sure where this blog will lead but if it achieves my dream of writing then hey it wasn’t a total lost. My only hope is that this dream of mine can continue……… knowing that I made this blog to share, grow, and help my preschool reach others. So if you like this post and can’t wait for others to come or you just want to help me spread the word out then please help my blog sight flourish.

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