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Promoting Early Literacy

Posted by Susan Armstrong on July 20, 2011 at 9:10 AM Comments comments (0)



Early literacy is everything children know about reading, writing, speaking, listening and visual representations, before they know how to perform these skills. Early literacy experiences form the building blocks for

language, reading and writing development during elementary school and be...

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Colors and Shapes Lesson Plan

Posted by Susan Armstrong on February 23, 2011 at 7:29 PM Comments comments (2)

Colors & Shapes Lesson Plan

This lesson plan is age appropriate for toddlers and younger preschool children.

This lesson plan helps children with:

  •      Fine motor skills
  •      Social skills development
  •   ...
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"Green" Lesson Plan

Posted by Susan Armstrong on February 9, 2011 at 1:52 PM Comments comments (0)

"Green" Lesson Plan Using

Green Eggs and Ham By Dr. Suess


Developmentally appropriate for toddlers, 18 months to 3 years old. Green eggs and Ham will be used in story time and as a food activity. It is designed to enhance listening skills and give encouragem...

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Outdoor Play Blog

Posted by Susan Armstrong on February 9, 2011 at 1:40 PM Comments comments (1)


Outdoor play is a very important part of a child’s learning experience and life in general. Research indicates increased outdoor play time has been shown to reduce outbursts by children with behavior issues. ...

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"Fathers" Book Reviews

Posted by Susan Armstrong on January 22, 2011 at 7:33 AM Comments comments (0)


Here is my list of twenty good books to share with children, which depict various types of fathers. In looking for and reviewing books about fathers, I have found that the majority of these types of books depict fathers as a loving, caring, gentle and helpful per...

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Planting a Rainbow

Posted by Susan Armstrong on January 21, 2011 at 10:19 AM Comments comments (0)

Planting a Rainbow

Lesson Plan Designed by Susan Armstrong

Using the following kindergarten standards for NC:


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Preschool Computer Environment Article

Posted by Susan Armstrong on January 20, 2011 at 9:25 AM Comments comments (0)


Preparing the Preschool Computer Environment




The learning environment ensures the child’s success in developing necessary skills on the computer. It is stressed through this article that the area where the computer is...

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Technological Toys: Special Needs Reflection

Posted by Susan Armstrong on December 28, 2010 at 9:38 AM Comments comments (0)

Technological Toys: Special Needs Reflection

Play provides a fun, care free means to learning and developing cognitive, language, social-emotional,and perceptual motor skills. For some children with disabilities, technology makes play possible (Lewis). Disabilitie...

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Perceptual Activities

Posted by Susan Armstrong on December 28, 2010 at 9:13 AM Comments comments (0)

A variety of perceptual activity ideas:

1)    Visual discrimination:

A)   Over & under-  Hold a toy under table, then hold it over table

B)   Thick & thin-  Use self-slicing bologna; Cut some thick, cut some thin. See and discuss differ...

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Parent Involvement Strategies

Posted by Susan Armstrong on December 15, 2010 at 2:28 PM Comments comments (0)

Parent Involvement Strategies for Preschoolers: Early Literacy


1)   Create a trusting relationship with parents.

Parents want to feel accepted, respected and valued, for their individuality, parental capabilities, and cultural diversity. Teachers should...

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Poetry Chart- The Color Blue

Posted by Susan Armstrong on December 1, 2010 at 7:22 PM Comments comments (0)




Oh, how I love the color blue!

It’s all around us, yes it’s true.

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Experience Chart- Field Trip

Posted by Susan Armstrong on December 1, 2010 at 7:13 PM Comments comments (0)




We saw fields of pumpkins.
We picked one to take home.
We saw cows and goats.
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Digital Portfolio outline

Posted by Susan Armstrong on November 19, 2010 at 10:54 PM Comments comments (0)

A preschooler’s digital portfolio should include actual scanned copies of the child’s work, as well as photos, audio, and video of the child, or any other item that can be stored digitally, to show the growth and progress of the child during the year.

Each portfolio should be individualized for each child.

Such portfolio...

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Creative Listening Activities

Posted by Susan Armstrong on November 19, 2010 at 10:42 PM Comments comments (2)


CREATIVE Listening - Imagination and emotions that are stimulated and expressed freely through words or actions.

1)   Painting Feelings- After learning about and reading aloud about feelings, enco...

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Critical Listening Activities

Posted by Susan Armstrong on November 16, 2010 at 8:24 AM Comments comments (0)

Critical Listening Activities

CRITICAL Listening is when the child listens and hears, understands, thinks through, responds, and decides on a solution; and gives their point of view.

1)   Rewind Recall- Watch a short, fun and educational video with t...

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Discriminative Listening Activities

Posted by Susan Armstrong on November 3, 2010 at 2:12 PM Comments comments (1)

Discriminative Listening

DISCRIMINATIVE Listening is an awareness of changes in pitch and loudness of sounds and it is determining if sounds are different or the same.

These activities are designed to enahnce this listening skill:

1)   ...

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Purposeful Listening Activities

Posted by Susan Armstrong on October 27, 2010 at 10:33 AM Comments comments (0)

PURPOSEFUL Listening is listening with a purpose; listening to and following instructions.

These are activities designed to help strengthen this listening skill!

1)   Pass it down- Challenge the children’s listening and communications skills with thi...

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Appreciative Listening Activities

Posted by Susan Armstrong on October 19, 2010 at 4:22 PM Comments comments (0)

APPRECIATIVE Listening is listening to music, poems and stories that are enjoyable, meaningful and purposeful for each child.

1)   Musical Painting- Music can change your mood and outlook. Play some music and have the children paint the way the music makes them feel. Provide enough time in the activity for exploration of the moods of the music.

2)   Musical Movements- Provide scarves and ribbons. Provide a ...

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Concepts: Hard and Soft

Posted by Susan Armstrong on October 13, 2010 at 7:39 PM Comments comments (0)

Hard & Soft Collage Activity


Materials needed:

1)   Large sheet of paper (can be colored or white)

2)   Glue

3)   Pencils,markers  and ...

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Rough & Smooth Bulletin Board Activity

Posted by Susan Armstrong on October 12, 2010 at 4:29 PM Comments comments (0)

Our Rough & Smooth Bulletin Board


Materials needed:

1)    Largebulletin board and colorful paper to cover it

2)    Glue,tape and staplers

3)    Scissors

4)  ...

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