- Filed under: Featured, Stories, Teaching Ideas, Tips for Parents Stevie Nicholson and the Superdudes Kick Off Their World Premiere in the Philippines! by Cheryl Villareal on Apr 5th, 2016
After almost a decade of entertaining young Filipinos as a member of the Australian pop group Hi-5, Stevie Nicholson returns to the Philippines for the World Premiere of Superdudes.
As a preschool teacher, I often get to see my students engage in dramatic play as they act out a scene from their favorite TV show, book or even from something that actually happened recently. Though you’d probably imagine young kids would just be busy building b... 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, 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: Arts and Crafts, Fine arts, Fine motor skills, Skill development, Stories, Teaching Ideas Painting on Tissues like Eric Carle by Cheryl Villareal on Nov 20th, 2011
Eric Carle may not be famous in the world of fine arts, but his very famous in the world of preschool children and teachers! For most of us, not only do we love his art and all his book, but we love also all the books in which he did the illustration. Brown Bear, Hungry Caterpillar, The Tiny Seed, etc.
Well, though he may not have his art up in the museums like MichelAngelo and Picasso, Eric Carle is one of the greatest artists for the kids. S... 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: Animals and Insects, Role Play, Stories, Teaching Ideas Little Pigs Role Playing by Cheryl Villareal on Mar 12th, 2011
For our unit on family.. we decided to invite some of the parents to come and be the teachers for the day. Through this, they get to share a little bit of their expertise such as cooking, art and stories! We had so much fun watching the parents teach the kids... and I honestly learned a lot from them as well!
Besides giving parents the opportunity to teach and share their knowledge, this also gives us the opportunity to spend time with th... Read More » Tags Share Comments (1 )
- Filed under: Cooking in Class, Featured, Stories, Teaching Ideas Warm Up with Some Stone Soup by Cheryl Villareal on Jan 9th, 2011
Ever heard of the story Stone Soup? I hear there are different versions of it, but I've only heard a few. My favorite version would be that by Ann McGovern because it simple depicts a young man outwitting the older woman. It does not really show that anyone was being boastful or mean. Warm up this winter season with a bowl of stone stoup!
Several kids enjoy this story. Some would really think that it was magic that turned the stone into soup,... Read More » Tags Share Comments (1 )
- 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, 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 )