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Wednesday, 31 August 2011

Tattle Monster

I try to share my own ideas here on Kreative Resources, but I really wanted to share this idea because it is, in my opinion, a great tool for any social situation where tattling is becoming an issue!
Giggles Galore gave me permission to share this with you.
Tattle monster

Thank you Giggles Galore for allowing us to share this great idea!
Please visit their blog to see other wonderful ideas for your preschooler!

Tuesday, 30 August 2011

'D' is for DANCE!

Here in Ontario Canada the weather can present us with moments we would rather be inside. It’s too hot – too cold – rainy or just not conducive for extended play outside. So what we like to do is provide a lot of gross motor activities that can be implemented indoors. One of our favorites is DANCE! We love to throw on some happy tunes and kick up our heels. It’s all about free movement – and letting loose!
Some of our favorite tunes are:
Hands Up  and
The Twist

Dance is for all ages – from the youngest toddler to the eldest friends (me). Everyone wiggles and bops to the beat, with a smile and a giggle. Whenever the urge strikes us we put on a tune and get our bodies moving. To extend the experience, we have dance ribbons and batons which enhances our movement. They assist us in moving in new ways - we experiment with these ‘aids’ allowing our muscles to get a good workout.

As I stated in my Music and Movement post on my blog:

The development of language and memory skills - co-operation and socialization - co-ordination and balance, are supported with music and movement. We are energized and motivated to continue our daily lessons, when we are able to get up and move or burst into song. We are simultaneously building so many important developmental skills, so it would be imperative to have music and movement in the classroom whenever possible. The introduction of music and movement ensures a positive classroom experience. What a great way to let loose and enhance those dramatic urges inside us. 
If dance is not a part of your everyday classroom routine, I would suggest you implement it as soon as you can – daily gratification will be your reward.

*As a part of a 20,000 day celebration on Teach Preschool Deborah J Stewart asked her peers to take part in sharing the ABC's of Teaching Preschool. I was honoured to join in! I hope you visit her blog to see the other wonderful posts in this celebration series.

Link to series: ABC celebration 

ABC's of Teaching Preschoolers Click here to view all posts

Monday, 29 August 2011

New e-Magazine

Play Grow Learn
One of my peers has created a new e-magazine - it's very well done and loaded with great information - well worth the purchase!
Sample pages!

Saturday, 27 August 2011

I had to do it - another day at the garage sales!

OK I really didn't have time for this but I just couldn't miss any 'local' garage sales today! My husband is having friends over today and I really should be cleaning and preparing food - but hey my kids always come first! :)
So here are todays garage sale finds!

OK you have to love this! Moon Sand in it's own sandbox - with molds and extra Moon Sand!
$5 for all!

Christmas stamps!

Gotta have books!

I thought I could make 'I Spy' jars with these or use them in a sensory bin!
My price $1 - Retails for $65 per bag (yikes)

Cool magnet toy!

Must have a big selection of wooden puzzles! $1

Video for rainy days - 25cents!

LOL love these! Great for dental hygine week! 25 cents.

By the end of the summer I hope to have a set for every child to use! :) $1

This is to be hung in the window to reflect prism light into the room - 25 cents!

Plus I got a book case and odds and ends for other classrooms and some crafting supplies!

Another good day at the garage sales - glad I took a bit of time out to go to them!
But sad about the ones I may have missed! LOL

Wednesday, 24 August 2011

Back to school bulletin board

Here is one of my back to school bulletin boards - I include the children's pictures in most of my bulletin boards - these are our returning children and I will add the new children when we get back to school.
I used wrapping paper for the background cover - $1 at the dollar store and there is enough to do two boards! I cut my letters out of extra pieces of boarder trim - I trace them using letters from an old puzzle.

(Sorry about the glare - it was difficult to get the picture right! Click photo to enlarge)

It says - "Time to Laugh and Learn"

Monday, 22 August 2011

Pirate booty

During our Pirate week theme this summer we made our own Pirate booty (pasta necklaces) - I was remiss in posting the pictures - so here they are!

We dyed the pasta by putting the pasta in a large bowl with 2 tablespoons of vinegar and several drops of food colouring - stir until all the pasta is coated. Let dry for about and hour.
Plastic lacing was used for stringing the pasta since it is stiffer and easier to hold for the toddlers - the end does not sag while trying to put each piece on. We also tied one piece of pasta on to one end, so the other pieces do not fall off during stringing.

These two little girls made several necklaces - they really concentrated on the task at hand!

Sunday, 21 August 2011

Friends of Kreative Resources

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Easy to make instruments

One of our Facebook followers Charmaine Teritaiti asked:
"Needing ideas for homemade musical instruments for a small group of 4 year old children for diploma assessment thanks"
Here are the links we found for her - hope you all find some neat projects of your own!
Printable instructions for homemade instuments

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Saturday, 20 August 2011

A great day for garage sales

Today I hit the mother load - many of the garage sales I went to were teacher selling off their classroom resources - I did well! :) I also got quite a few great items! :)

A box of books - $5

Love this one!

Classroom posters

Resources on apples and plants.

Dinosaur counters

Black light

Vtech globe


Recordable teaching phone

To add to our music box.

Wooden dominoes

Spongy balls

McDonalds Dolls - good for Birthday gifts

Package of 4 wooden puzzles

I got a bunch of balls for free - this one 25 cents

Mr. Potato Head parts

Block set

Basket for storage

OH and comfy shoes for $5 - brand new still in the box!

So how's that for a Saturday morning! :)

Friday, 19 August 2011

Mardi Gras

Today the tots participated in a Mardi Gras parade that our school - put together as part of our summer school theme. They made their own hats and made a banner to carry - sang songs - did a dance and shook some shakers to the beat of a Caribbean song.

Getting them outside with their hats and balloons was half the battle! :)

Waiting to go on!

Um what were we here for? LOL

... and off they go! :)