Category: Preschool

A lovely little weather book…

Weather is a simple science concept for young children to observe, experience and interact with. Each day the weather brings a new opportunity to talk about with young children; it allows them to observe changes, understand different types of weather and concepts that they can see – wind. Kin Eagle’s story-song book, It’s Raining, It’s […]

Coloring: Not Just for Kids

Just on the cusp of a lot of news casts and articles about coloring as a benefit to you. Yes, you, adults – a simple way to decompress and regain focus and concentration – coloring. With all the “to do” lists and never ending projects it can seem overwhelming and daunting. Regaining appreciation for something […]

Literacy Concepts: Talking about shared reading, guided reading and sight words

When teaching language and literacy to young children it is hard to know how to gauge mastery of literacy concepts – alphabetic knowledge, phonemic awareness, print concepts and emergent reading skills. Along with choosing great picture books for read alouds, shared reading and independent reading, there are activities to extending literacy and language mastery. Once […]

Do You Want to Build a Snowman?: Fun Reading, Writing and Self Concept Sentences

Trying to make connections between letters, sounds and sentences can be very tricky. It is hard to know just how much reading, read alouds, phonics activities, writing practice and fun discussions are necessary to make for good reading skill sets – all children are different. Reading quality literature and making associations between written print and […]

We’re Going on a Picnic…

We had some neat displays this summer in our “tot” room. It was awesome. The kids love seeing their artwork displayed. We made up songs to sing about picnics and outdoor bar-b-ques. We’re going on a picnic (Tune of Mary Wore Her Red Dress) We’re going on a picnic, a picnic, a picnic… Were going […]

Nursery Rhymes and Special Times

This week, at work, as we wrap up our fairy tales theme – we are reading nursery rhymes. This will be the best week, by far. I enjoy themes it is so fun to see the room transformed into another time and place each week or month – the children learn so much and really soak […]

There’s an App for that…Freight Train by Donald Crews

You’ve heard it – “There’s an App for that”. The newest of things these days is an iPhone/iPad application for almost anything. What’s awesome is those interactive learning games for little ones. One of the newest and best apps is based off of a Caldecott Book by Donald Crews  – The Freight Train Application. This […]

Missing mama and making friends….

During the past month storytime has been filled with new books and old friends. First up is Llama Llama. He is out of his red pajamas and he has started preschool, in Llama llama misses mama by Anna Dewdney. Yes our little llama is not too thrilled with this change in routine. All these loud noisy kids at […]

It’s time for a GIVEAWAY: We LOVE school!

The RESULTS ARE IN and they were CLOSE!!! Between the tweets and comments listed, the list of winners is: #1 Maisy Goes to Preschool winner is Katie K.- Congratulations #2 I is for Idea winner is @Sumrthyme – Yay!! Thx for the RTs #3 A Series of Unfortunate Events: The Bad Beginning winner is @113Elle Congratulations […]

Even preschool is back to school…..

There is only one week left and school will be back in session – if not already. But normally, preschool doesn’t begin until after Labor Day! In these last few weeks, storytime has come across some interesting stories.  We can’t forget our pal Pinkalicious -she was reading up on ‘Goofy Gags and Giggles…’ in one of her latest […]