- Filed under: Animals and Insects, Featured, Reading and Language, Stories, Teaching Ideas Codley and the Big Storm Book Review by Cheryl Villareal on Sep 14th, 2012
As preschool teachers, we can’t help but grab every book we see with a catchy title or a cool cover page. I personally am always on a quest to find the best books so I can read the story to my students based on our theme. As long as the illustration is good, I always find a way to use it with my toddlers. I can always change the words a bit for their level.
A few months ago, I was sent an e-book of the book Codley and the Big Storm... Read More » Tags Share Comments (2 )
- Filed under: Animals and Insects, Colors and Shapes, Edible crafts, Featured, Teaching Ideas Fruit Loops and Octopuses by Cheryl Villareal on Jul 30th, 2012
Other countries have CHEERIOS, we on the other hand have FRUIT LOOPS. I love how many things you can do with these stuff! So for our animal theme…while also learning the circle shape, we decided to create some octopuses using FRUIT LOOPS!
What you will need:
Construction Paper (we used color purple but you can use any)
What you will do:
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- Filed under: Animals and Insects, Business and Services, Featured, Fieldtrip Suggestions, Flowers and Plants, Games and Activities, Lifestyle and Events, Museums and Galleries, Reading and Language, Senses and Body Parts, Teaching Ideas, Tips for Parents Mind Blown at the Country’s First World Class Science Museum: The Mind Museum by Cheryl Villareal on Mar 1st, 2012
Some time last year, I started seeing posters and banners about a new Science Museum rising in Taguig. Being a teacher, the news of a new fieldtrip site was naturally very exciting… but learning that it would rise at the Fort Bonifacio Taguig boiled up various expectations for me. I started imagining just how cool this place might be and wondered what they would have to offer that other museums didn’t have. I eagerly waited for more news an... Read More » Tags Share Comments (1 )
- Filed under: Animals and Insects, Featured, Recycled art, Teaching Ideas Paper Bag Owl Craft by Cheryl Villareal on Jan 24th, 2012
Whenever learning about the different animals, I always find myself at a crossroads as to what activity to do. There are so many animal crafts all over the internet and art books. All seem to be so wonderful that we always have a hard time deciding which one to go with. For our lesson on animals that fly/ birds, we decided to make an owl craft.
My partner and I came up with 2 different ideas and we decided to merge them together. Thi... Read More » Tags Share Comments (0 )
- Filed under: Animals and Insects, Arts and Crafts, Colors and Shapes, Featured, Fine arts, Messy art, Stories, Teaching Ideas Eric Carle Collage in Brown Bear Brown Bear by Cheryl Villareal on Nov 27th, 2011
The kids have always loved BROWN BEAR, they love learning the different colors while also seeing the pictures of different animals! Moreover, they enjoy singing the song while looking at the pictures.
This time, we wanted to try and make collages. So we had them pick which color they wanted and we mixed 2 other complimenting colors with it. So if they picked green, we’d give them GREEN, YELLOW and WHITE. If they picked PU... Read More » Tags Share Comments (2 )
- Filed under: Animals and Insects, Featured, Messy art, Sand and Sea, Teaching Ideas Giant Squids and Jellyfishes by Cheryl Villareal on Jun 23rd, 2011
When working with little kids, you always want to go BIG! Not only is it easier for them because their fine motor skills aren't developed yet, but they are also very much amazed by it! At times, they couldn't even believe they're the one who made it! I always love that kind of reaction from the kids!
We intentionally wanted to make squids, but it's hard to limit the kids and tell them to just place 8 tentacles, so we just let them be and ... Read More » Tags Share Comments (1 )
- Filed under: Animals and Insects, Edible crafts, Featured, Sand and Sea, Seasons, Spring, Summer, Teaching Ideas Digging for Gummy Worms! by Cheryl Villareal on Jun 16th, 2011
Worms are often a child's favorite play thing and an adult's worst nightmare! I remember playing with worms and caterpillars myself when I was younger...but now that I'm all grown up, I can't even imagine touching one! However, as a preschool teacher... I think this is one of the fears we have to overcome!
As long as none of my children ask for it or we don't into such a situation, I'd rather not play with worms! (haha) But I wouldn't wan... Read More » Tags Share Comments (1 )
- Filed under: Animals and Insects, Featured, Sand and Sea, Seasons, Summer, Teaching Ideas Silly Foot and Hands Lobster by Cheryl Villareal on Jun 1st, 2011
Summer reminds me of the beach and all the wonderful sea animals. Often, we do fish projects and crafts in school that we neglect all the other beautiful sea animals. So this time, why not try something new? Why not make a silly little lobster with those little hands and feet! I saw the idea from Moments of Mommyhood and I instantly knew I had to try it!
What you will need
Eyes and mouth print o... Read More » Tags Share Comments (1 )
- Filed under: Animals and Insects, Featured, Messy art, Sand and Sea, Seasons, Summer, Teaching Ideas Starfish Art with Rock Salt by Cheryl Villareal on May 27th, 2011
I remember being so amazed with starfishes when I was younger. I used to think they were just star-shaped rocks! I was so curious how they moved and how they become "alive". It was only when I visited a beach during my teen years that I finally saw starfishes move and even piling up one over the other! They were really fun to watch and are something you can't miss during the summer season.
So for our theme on sand and sea, we decided to have ... Read More » Tags Share Comments (0 )
- Filed under: Animals and Insects, Featured, Sand and Sea, Seasons, Summer, Teaching Ideas Watercolor Jellyfish Painting by Cheryl Villareal on May 15th, 2011
Our theme for the week was sand and sea! I saw several wonderful ideas that I wanted to try, and this was one of it! When I first saw this through TeachPreschool.org, I wondered if the little ones would be able to do it. It looked fairly easy, but then again... maybe not. Still, I decided to give it a go. Regardless of how it turns out, the important thing is that they tried and they had fun!
What made this activity great is the unique way of ... Read More » Tags Share Comments (1 )