Four Fabulous Ways to Engage Children through Stories

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  Blueberries for Sal by Robert McCloskey A favorite classic children’s book, this Caldecott Honor–awarded book has great potential for children to learn a variety of skills. The book was written in 1948, and while the pictures are all in black and white, the message of this story is heartwarming. Activity Ideas: Find a tin pail and freeze a container of …

Lesson Planning: No Way! Lesson Planning: Hooray!

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I have presented at conferences and provided professional development on the topic of lesson planning. To my dismay, there are always some mumbling and grumbling from educator attendees. While I know lesson planning might not be the most exciting topic, it is an essential part of teaching children at any age level. Teaching, as you already know, is a demanding, …

Back-to-School Faculty Devotion

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Bible Verses: “And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.” Colossians 3:17 “Do all things without grumbling or disputing.” Philippians 2:14 Introductory Activity: Pair up with another classroom teacher. Go to each other’s classroom as you share with your colleague a few …

recharge

Recharge! Reflect! Reconnect!

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It’s summertime! And while that provides a great time to rest before another school year begins, there are ways to be intentional to use this downtime to its best potential. Recharge Think about how you can recharge emotionally, physically, and spiritually this summer. For some of you, that may include reading, cooking, gardening, devotional reading, exercising, or taking a vacation. …

Teaching in Early Childhood: Not Excited to Go Back to School? Four Ideas to Help Get You There

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August is just around the corner. Where are you? Still savoring the smells from your backyard grill? Still soaking up the sun at the pool or beach? What? You’re not already back in the classroom, inhaling a new box of Crayolas and basking in the fluorescent glow? Don’t panic if your heart’s not in it yet or if you’re afraid …