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Fall Art Ideas for Young Children

Fall is here, the leaves are starting to turn and the air is becoming crisper. Hooray! It’s time for the scents and smells of autumn. Here are some fun ways to bring autumn themes into YOUR home or classroom.

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Rows of Pumpkins

With the weather getting crisper, kids will enjoy creating some pumpkins (and learn about color mixing as they do it). Read More…

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PicMonkey Collage-10 BTS tipsTopics in ECE: 10 Tips for Setting Up a Classroom

Here it is August and many teachers begin to consider what things they need to do prior to the beginning of school. Since most school systems begin during the month of August, teachers will reach the point of rushing to get ready for that first day. After teaching for 25+ years and supervising pre-service teachers for the last seven years, there are a few things I think should be considered when setting up a classroom for the school year. Although this list could be endless, I have narrowed it down to 10 things I think are essential.

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Sharin with Sharron:

I just returned from a fantastic family reunion in South Lake Tahoe.  Three of the five grandchildren were present and activities for the week included a hike at beautiful Fallen Leaf Lake.  We got close and personal with chipmunks, a snake, and a Steller’s Jay which was quite bold in stealing cherries from our picnic lunch!  The kids found sticks, went swimming in the lake, and enjoyed skipping rocks.  I happened to bring a roll of wide masking tape with me so the children could make Nature Bracelets of the items they collected on their hike. 

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Sharin’ with Sharron:
While I was watching the humpbacks, I also spotted a mother and son exercising on the beach. I couldn’t help but notice the correlation between the mother whale with her calf and the mother and son lifting weights. Just as the mother whale role models for her baby, so does a physically active parent role model for her child. Read More…

New Blog: Monday Memos!

Monday Memo

Introducing Monday Memo:
Monday Memo is an insightful look into the challenges faced by teachers, directors and parents. In her new book and blog, DJ Schneider Jensen shares her experiences and encourages you to share yours. Read more here.

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