- Filed under: Family, Featured, Teaching Ideas, Tips for Parents Project Mom: Sharing Convenient and Successful Tips on Motherhood by Cheryl Villareal on Dec 21st, 2013
When I think of motherhood, the first image that comes to mind is that of a sweet baby peacefully sleeping in my arms – tiny little fingers, cute little nose, funny little giggle and more. We think of all these wonderful things and feel all giddy and excited, but we forget how much work also needs to be put in.
We were taught about the “baby-making” process in high school, and were even given detailed explanations of how babies are forme... Read More » Tags Share Comments (1 )
- Filed under: Arts and Crafts, Family, Featured, First Day of School, Personalize, Reading and Language, Recycled art, Teaching Ideas, Transportation Personalized School Bus with the Old Shoe Box by Cheryl Villareal on Feb 12th, 2012
This activity was supposedly a really simple art and craft activity for our theme on transportation. However, as we were planning it, more ideas kept popping out and we eventually came up with this. The idea came from the teachers, but it wouldn’t have turned out this great if the kids weren’t as creative! Good job kids!
What you will need
Yellow cartolina/ paper
Thin strip of black paper
4 circul... Read More » Tags Share Comments (0 )
- Filed under: Family, Featured, Fine motor skills, Flowers and Plants, Messy art, Role Play, Skill development, Stories, Teaching Ideas Our Self-made Cardboard Playhouse by Cheryl Villareal on Oct 8th, 2011
Whenever I see old boxes coming from soaps, shoes, gifts or the like, I often want to keep it in hopes of finding a purpose for it in the near future. I’m guessing most preschool teachers agree with me too! We like to keep all sorts of stuff, especially boxes! Regardless of how small or BIG the box may be, we just want to keep it because we feel throwing it away will make us regret it in the future.
Just a few weeks ago, on our unit o... Read More » Tags Share Comments (1 )
- Filed under: Arts and Crafts, Colors and Shapes, Family, Flowers and Plants, Teaching Ideas A Family Tree in Fall by Cheryl Villareal on Sep 24th, 2011
In their song “FAMILY”, the Laurie Berkner band sings, “If you’re in my heart, you’re in my family… if I’m in your heart, I’m in your family.”
When teaching toddlers and young children, we often start our lessons with things that are already common to them. In our case, our lesson moves from the self, to the people around them… the FAMILY.
Most, if not all of the teachers who would read this post have probably ... Read More » Tags Share Comments (0 )
- Filed under: Arts and Crafts, Family, Featured, Holiday crafts, Mothers' Day, Teaching Ideas, Valentines Day Holiday Gifts: Thumbprint Heart Rings by Cheryl Villareal on May 7th, 2011
I previously shared our activity on Thumbprinted Heart Pendants and Flower Pendants, this time, I want to share with you how we made a ring using the same procedure! Out of all the jewelry we made using plaster of paris, this has got to be my favorite!...well at least for now! :)
What you will need
1 cup Plaster of Paris
1/2 cup water
Old adjustable ring
Circle shaped cookie cutter (or any roun... Read More » Tags Share Comments (1 )
- Filed under: Family, Featured, Flowers and Plants, Holiday crafts, Mothers' Day, Teaching Ideas, Valentines Day Flower Pendants for Mom by Cheryl Villareal on May 7th, 2011
They say jewelry is a woman's best friend. To a mom, jewelry is great but not necessary. However, handmade and personalized jewelry from the kids... now that's a lifetime treasure!
Just moments ago, I shared a post on making THUMBPRINT HEART PENDANTS/NECKLACES. This is a perfect gift for mother's day or for any other occasion if you ask me! So, since we had so much fun making these, I decided to experiment a little. After our tutoria... Read More » Tags Share Comments (0 )
- Filed under: Family, Fathers' Day, Featured, Holiday crafts, Mothers' Day, Personalize, Senses and Body Parts, Teaching Ideas, Valentines Day A Mother’s Day “HUG” card by Cheryl Villareal on May 6th, 2011
There's no better gift to give our moms than a hug and kiss, so why not make this moment last a little longer with a HUG card? Of course, this hug may not give the warmth that a real hug could give, still, it's a great gift to give!
What you will need
Print out of child's picture
Crayons or other coloring materials
Step 1: Decorate the card by pasting or drawing. We decided ... Read More » Tags Share Comments (4 )
- Filed under: Arts and Crafts, Colors and Shapes, Family, Fathers' Day, Featured, Holiday crafts, Teaching Ideas Daddy and Me Shape Collage by Cheryl Villareal on Feb 18th, 2011
It's always fun to play with shapes! You can always come up with a random things just by putting them all together. For our theme on family, we decided to play with some shapes and make a picture with daddy!
This activity not only puts the children's imagination to a test, but it also gives us teachers the opportunity to start a small conversation with our students about their relationships with either their mom or dad. For older kids, yo... Read More » Tags Share Comments (1 )
- Filed under: Arts and Crafts, Colors and Shapes, Family, Featured, Teaching Ideas Bib Necklace of Family Members by Cheryl Villareal on Feb 11th, 2011
There are so many activities that come to mind when you think of FAMILIES, however, we try not to be too redundant else risk our students getting bored.
We wondered what activity we could do that would make the children more aware of the number of people in their families, as well as recognize the roles each one plays. We thought of several ideas, but none which really made us say, "This is it!"... until...
My co-teacher told me a... Read More » Tags Share Comments (0 )
- Filed under: Arts and Crafts, Family, Featured, Teaching Ideas Family Tree in Preschool by Cheryl Villareal on Feb 7th, 2011
When learning about our families, the family tree is one lesson or activity that we just couldn't miss out on. A family tree making activity can be done for all ages, from preschool to high school. It is one activity that would simply differ in the process it is made. So for my toddler class, what's the best way for the kids to make it?
My partner and I were discussing how we were to let the children make their family trees. Should we ask... Read More » Tags Share Comments (3 )