This is a curriculum book that no preschool teacher (or homeschooler) should be without! Each activity even includes what center it could be used at! (Circle time, Art area, etc.) It lists words that you can introduce to the children through the activity, as well as what to do, what you need, what to do for more, & involving parents! Age appropriateness is cited, and the table of contents breaks the activities into themes. A very useful tool!
This one really came in handy for that outside play time when you just want to add a little structure to it! Some great activities for preschoolers! It’s sectioned into themes, like “The Wonderful World of Make-Believe,” “Wheels, Wheels, Wheels,” “Dig It-Things to do with Sand & Mud,” & much more! And each activity tells what age its appropriate for as well as what materials are needed, what to do, what to do for more, and what they can learn from the activity.
Another terrific preschool curriculum book! This book is divided into topic areas…”Science Center Activities,” “Construction & Measurement,” “Circle Time…” etc…Age appropriateness is mentioned, as well as words to introduce, things you’ll need, what to do, & what to do for more. A good book for bringing science into the preschool classroom! Many of the activities can also be adjusted for older kids, also.
This book has some really fantastic art projects for kids of all ages, all “earth friendly!” I especially love how the authors use symbols to help you quickly find the projects that are appropriate for your specific needs! Very user-friendly book!
I love the projects in this book! Some fantastic art to do with kids…all focusing on the “process,” not the “product.”
With children, particularly the very young, this is vital for their healthy development & creativity. I can’t tell you how much it drives me crazy to see so many teachers using coloring pages and pre-prepared “art” with children. From my college education on child development, I learned that children do not benefit from a creation that was drawn, and often cut out by someone else. They need the “hands-on” process of creating their own art, in their own way, without anyone telling them (or implying, by giving them something pre-designed) how their final product is supposed to look. The “cookie cutter,” “teacher-directed art” where you can’t tell the difference between the kids’ work can even be detrimental to young children. By giving children pre-designed, pre-created art projects, we are unintentionally telling them that we think them incapable of doing art “right.” This can halt the creativity process and hinder a child’s ability to feel themselves capable of creating at all.
So, use this book to have fun, developmentally appropriate, creative art experiences with your kids.