- 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: 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: Fall, Flowers and Plants, Teaching Ideas Colored Leaf Wreath by Cheryl Villareal on Sep 19th, 2011
Here in the Philippines, we only have 2 seasons: Summer and Rainy. But in other parts of the world, there are 4 - winter, spring, summer and fall (made you sing didn't I?) Anyway, though we don't have those seasons here, there is never anything wrong with teaching a little more. Most kids actually know all 4 seasons even more than our own because of all the cartoons and TV programs they often watch.
So though we cannot gather REAL leaves ... Read More » Tags Share Comments (0 )
- Filed under: Arts and Crafts, Featured, Flowers and Plants, Seasons, Spring, Teaching Ideas Finger Paint Cherry Tree Pop Art by Cheryl Villareal on Aug 3rd, 2011
Another school year just started for us and we wanted to introduce paint to the kids by starting with the finger paint. I have had experience with kids in the past that cried when we tried to make them paint with their hands! They just didn't like the idea of getting their hands dirty! So finger painting is actually a small step for the child to slowly understand that it's okay to get some paint on their hands.
Besides finger painting, we were... Read More » Tags Share Comments (0 )
- 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: Arts and Crafts, Colors and Shapes, Featured, Flowers and Plants, Holiday crafts, Seasons, Spring, Summer, Teaching Ideas, Valentines Day Flowery Suncatchers for Spring by Cheryl Villareal on Apr 10th, 2011
Spring is here! Hooray! Although we do not have spring in the Philippines, the idea is still there. I always imagine scenes in cartoons where the snow slowly melts and the flowers blossom. Oh and Bambi and his friends all fall in love. (heehee)
During our unit on nature, we decide to make some lovely flower suncatcher! It was such a fun activity to make and the kids reaction as to how the paper was sticking was priceless!
What you will... Read More » Tags Share Comments (1 )
- Filed under: Arts and Crafts, Featured, Flowers and Plants, Holiday crafts, Mothers' Day, Nose can smell, Seasons, Senses and Body Parts, Spring, Teaching Ideas, Valentines Day Paper Flowers Smell Good too! by Cheryl Villareal on Nov 7th, 2010
It's always nice to stop and smell the flowers every now and then, but wouldn't it be great if we could decorate our own and make them smell the way we wanted them to as well? Well now you can!
What you need:
Step 1: For younger kids, you can hand them a pattern to color. While for older kids, you can let them draw it themselves and cut it... Read More » Tags Share Comments (4 )
- Filed under: Arts and Crafts, Colors and Shapes, Featured, Flowers and Plants, Holiday crafts, Mothers' Day, Seasons, Spring, Teaching Ideas, Valentines Day Flower crafts! by Cheryl Villareal on Aug 30th, 2010
I've seen several different ways to make flowers... but we wanted to make something 3D! So after several experiments trying to come up with something easy for little hands to make... we came up with this!
Not only do the kids get to make flowers... but they get to review shapes while doing it! We're actually on the topic of squares this week, and had just finished our discussion on circles. Hence, we used the square and circle shape. Of course... Read More » Tags Share Comments (3 )