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10 Great Gross Motor Activities for Preschoolers

What are Gross Motor Skills? Gross motor skills are the large movements that young children develop as they learn to move—movements like crawling, standing, running, jumping balancing and climbing.  Fine motor skills, on the other hand, refer to the smaller movements that children learn to do as they develop their physical skills, such as pinching, …

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10 Wonderful Winter Activities for Preschoolers

As the weather turns colder, we must work with it so that children don’t miss out on all the proven benefits of being outdoors, particularly in winter when crisp, frosty days can be full of sparkling winter magic. Just imagine…. There’s so much learning out there. Don’t let the weather dictate how the outdoors is …

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14 Brilliant Ways to Teach Character, Setting, Problem and Solution

Are you looking for inspiration to teach your students how to write their best, most brilliant stories? Look no further! I have some great ideas for you to motivate your students and have them engaged in writing stories like they’ve never been before. Where to Start? Character, setting, problem, and solution are the basic story …

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40 Plus Open-Ended Questions For Preschoolers

What is an Open-Ended Question? In a nutshell, an open-ended question is a question that has no right or wrong answer. There are as many different answers to an open-ended question as there are individual children.  What is a Closed-Ended Question? Just the opposite, a closed-ended question is a question that is set up so …

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Trajectory Schema or Autism? – How To Know

Firstly, What is a Schema? Put simply, a schema is a pattern of repeated behavior, usually seen in children up to five or six years old. Recent research suggests that some schemas may even continue a lot longer, possibly into adulthood. Generally, though, we associate schemas with typical childhood development in the early years. The …

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9 Fantastic Parachute Games for Babies

Baby classes are a growing trend, especially after the last few years of lockdowns. It’s amazing to think that so many new babies are starting with opportunities for brilliant social interactions. Parachute games are so much fun! They’re a popular feature of many baby classes, as they can be used with even the youngest babies. …

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Blending Sounds: How to Teach Children Blending More Complex Sounds

After children have mastered blending individual sounds (the alphabet), it is time to extend their knowledge to more complex sounds such as digraphs and trigraphs. Having taught Phonics for many years in different schools, I have discovered amazing strategies to help kids improve their phonics skills as long as they practice blending every day. Young …

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 11 Fantastic Forest School Games

It’s been well-documented that modern life can be quite toxic for our children. Sue Palmer wrote brilliantly about this prior to the pandemic and the last few years have escalated many of the barriers to learning that she raised in her book, Toxic Childhood.  An increase in screen time, poor diet and sleep patterns, and …

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