• Activities for teaching poetry

    Easy Activities for Teaching Poetry

    Kids LOVE poetry! It’s silly, fun, and appealing! The good news is you don’t need to be a poet to use these easy activities for teaching poetry! Why Poetry is So Important Not only is poetry something kids enjoy, but it also has many educational benefits. Teaching poetry helps build phonemic awareness and ultimately helps children learn to read. When you focus on rhyme and the rhythm of words in a poem, the foundation is being built for a child’s literacy skills. Also, poetry aids in speech development and introduces your students to new vocabulary words. Learning short poems helps build the brain and even improves the memory. Where Do I…

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    7 Sensational Activities for Teaching Colors

    Let’s go beyond the color of the week with these amazing activities for teaching colors! Here are seven of my favorite ways to teach colors to preschoolers! Activities for Teaching Colors Using Paint Chip Cards Paint chip cards offer numerous ways to teach colors to your students. The best part about using paint cards is they’re readily available, abundant, and FREE! First, go to your neighborhood Lowe’s, Home Depot, or any hardware store. Next, introduce yourself to the paint department clerk and explain you’re a teacher. Tell them you need their help teaching colors to your preschool class. Then, ask for a stack of paint chip cards. At this point,…

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    Organization,  Small Groups

    Teaching a Small Group Lesson

    You’ve organized your small group supplies, pinpointed the skill you want to work on, and decided how to group your students. Now it’s time for teaching a small group lesson! Planning a Small Group Lesson Small groups are a personal, more intimate way to teach so start the planning process by considering the needs of each student in the group.  Ask yourself these questions as you plan: Do I need to reteach something first? Is there a skill the children need BEFORE I teach this lesson? Will all groups be doing the same activity but on different levels? What book, game, or song might be a good introduction to the…