Ways to use fine motor skills and communication

  Lacing cards are a great way to incorporate fine motor skill practice.  It is also an opportunity for a Teacher or Parents to role model and guide a young child during their first tries at this task.  Once the child has mastered the concept it is a great way for the child to continue toContinue reading “Ways to use fine motor skills and communication”

The joy of a wooden tool bench and more!

  This is another addition to the building and construction area!  I prefer wooden toys that really do what they claim.  I also enjoy the fact that the tools all work and are just right for young developing fine motor muscles of children ages 3-5. 🙂   This particular learning set is one the children could haveContinue reading “The joy of a wooden tool bench and more!”

Colorful Counters

  My new wooden dolls came in this great divider and I thought it was perfect for my new colorful counters!  Reusing items you already have is not only more cost effective but easier on our environment as well. 🙂     Using colorful counters to incorporate shapes and letters are a couple ways of using thisContinue reading “Colorful Counters”

Create your own Doll House!

I’m so happy I was able to purchase some new wooden dolls!  Boxes are a good example of how children can use recyclable materials to create a doll house complete with garage.  The stamps are one way the children could decorate the doll house to add a more personal and home like feel for theirContinue reading “Create your own Doll House!”

Emotional Stability

     I am using the term Emotional Stability as a way to clarify the difference with a well used early learning term and one that I have been consistently observing for the past twenty years.  Emotional stability is not the same as the well used term social /emotional development.  Emotional stability referrers to how aContinue reading “Emotional Stability”

Flexible Small Spaces

Standing interest area for small spaces is a great solution for those of us with small schools! 🙂 I have magnetic dolls and puzzles set up for the right side of the shelves, which could possible have two or three children on that side.  On the left side is construction which can have up toContinue reading “Flexible Small Spaces”

Flowers

I can’t remember the name of this plant, but I saw it at a friend or family’s place a few years ago and I really liked it.  So the following spring I bought my own plant.  I usually try to save the tags, but for some reason I did not save this one.  When itContinue reading “Flowers”

Flower, Paint and Crayon Provocation

This may look daunting, but just wait, I will explain. 🙂       I set up a lavender rhododendron, purple and pink tempera paint (washable), two different paint brushes, green and brown crayons, small rectangular paper and finally blue play dough.  I also made sure there were half filled jars of water with rocks atContinue reading “Flower, Paint and Crayon Provocation”

Rhododendrons

The above picture is of my red rhododendron.  About two years ago I trimmed it way back and it came back strong and healthy the next year, however this year it seems to have a problem.  The leaves have a spotted yellow color instead of the nice solid green.  Does anyone else have this issue withContinue reading “Rhododendrons”

Canterbury Bells Question?

   Sorry for the blurry picture, but my camera refused to focus on this flower. 😦                                                                              Continue reading “Canterbury Bells Question?”