- Filed under: Reading and Language, Teaching Ideas FarFaria: Digital Children’s Books for the iPad, iPhone and Android Devices by Cheryl Villareal on Dec 2nd, 2014
Through our ever evolving technology, knowledge is now at every child’s fingertips. Though some would still disagree on introducing gadgets to young children, I have to admit that it has its pros and cons. Just like all things in life, proper moderation and rules in using gadgets goes a long way.
Recently, I learned about a new app called FarFaria. Basically, it’s an app with a whole library of children’s books. Through this app, childre... Read More » Tags Share Comments (0 )
- 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, 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: 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: Animals and Insects, Featured, Reading and Language, Role Play, Stories, Teaching Ideas Going on a Bear Hunt by Cheryl Villareal on Oct 16th, 2010
We're going on a bear hunt is a book written by Michael Rosen and Helen Oxenbury. It's such a fun and interactive story in which it would be impossible for a child to just sit and listen... (unless the teacher says so I guess).
The book is about a family going on a bear hunt! On their way, they come across several obstacles. "Uh-oh, mud! Thick oozy mud! Can't go over it, can't go under it. Uh-oh, we have to go through it!" If you can draw or p... Read More » Tags Share Comments (1 )
- Filed under: Reading and Language, Skill development, Teaching Ideas, Tips for Parents Name Recognition Part 3 by Cheryl Villareal on Sep 25th, 2010
In my past posts, I shared different ways to help children recognize their own names. I shared music, and pre-reading skills.. So this time, let's do some art!
It's always important that the kids at least become familiar with the first letter of their names
What you will need:
Any small objects that can be glued (bottle caps, sequins, glitter, sand etc.)
Print out of their name with the first letter emphasized
Just l... Read More » Tags Share Comments (0 )
- Filed under: Bazaars, Books, Contests and Announcements, Lifestyle and Events, Reading and Language, Tips for Parents, Workshops and Seminars Superkids 2010 and the 31st International Book Fair by Cheryl Villareal on Sep 19th, 2010
Have you visited Superkids 2010? I visited the bazaar this morning, it was a little bit smaller than expected but it still had a lot of interactive activities for the kids. There were several shows which I unfortunately was not able to catch. The Superkids 2010 was set on the same date and venue as the 31st international book fair.
Today is the last day of Superkids , but lucky for you, the book fair still has one more day to go! Go cat... Read More » Tags Share Comments (0 )
- Filed under: Reading and Language, Skill development, Teaching Ideas, Tips for Parents Name Recognition: Learning to Read Part 2 by Cheryl Villareal on Sep 16th, 2010
Check out Name Recognition Part 1 in case you haven't seen it!
As mentioned in Part 1, we sing the song "Hello, hello, hello" daily to let the kids practice saying their names! Another tip I can share with you is to LABEL everything! At the beginning, we labeled their cubbyholes, tables and chairs with their pictures. After a month, we added their name to the picture. After another month or two, we removed the picture and all that was left wer... Read More » Tags Share Comments (0 )
- Filed under: Reading and Language, Skill development, Teaching Ideas, Tips for Parents Name Recognition Part 1 by Cheryl Villareal on Sep 12th, 2010
One of the first things a child should learn as they enter school is their names! Some parents and teachers would think that this is obvious and need not be reviewed, but you'd be surprised as to how many toddlers and even nursery-aged children still have difficulty saying or recognizing their names. There are also a few who don't really know their names yet, such that calling them by name would not get their attention. You'd have to tap them to ... Read More » Tags Share Comments (1 )
- Filed under: Reading and Language, Stories, Teaching Ideas Hug by Jez Alborough by Cheryl Villareal on Aug 10th, 2010
Just seeing the front cover already caught my attention! It's a really cute story about a baby monkey who just really wants a hug!
Who would've thought that a book containing only ONE word would be so much fun? Children of all ages can relate to it... from the tiny toddlers to the grown up kindergartners.The book is simply about a little monkey taking a walk around the jungle. He sees different animal cubs and their mommies all hugging. The ... Read More » Tags Share Comments (0 )