Author Archives: debic321

Colorful, fragrant glue and play dough using Kool-Aid

Thanks to the ideas on “11 Mind-Blowing Ways to use Kool-Aid”, from, you can save time and money making fun, sensory stimulating glue and play dough!  Obviously, there are 9 other amazing uses, so look those up, too.  I … Continue reading

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“Ten Apples Up On Top” by Dr. Seuss

I love this book, which is very popular in September.  Thanks “vancemo” for posting this fun song on You Tube!   He stops at 10, before the true ending of the story, but it works well with the activity provided in … Continue reading

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Using QR Codes in Reading Centers

I love the ideas I have seen for using QR (quick response) codes in reading centers.  It makes it so easy for students to independently access technology as they choose stories to listen to while they follow along.  Go to Meghan’s Pad … Continue reading

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Great Books for Teaching Social Skills

The folks at “We are Teachers” have compiled a list of books appropriate for teaching social skills to young children in a fun, engaging manner. I have read most of them, but I’m looking forward to checking out a few that are … Continue reading

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Growth Mindset: Encourage Motivation for Learning

We have heard so much on praise vs. encouragement.  The growth mindset movement, mainly led by Dr. Dweck,  a leader in the field of motivation, demonstrates how praising a child for “being smart” can actually hinder his/her motivation to grow … Continue reading

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I Can Calm…Conscious Discipline

From the wonderful world of conscious discipline comes a book and video demonstrating calming, self-regulating activities.  Use the book to demonstrate and practice the calming activities, such as S.T.A.R., Balloon, and Bunny Breathing, when the children are in a group.  … Continue reading

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Color Your World With Kindness

This is a very sweet, wordless video about the power of spreading kindness.  I think this is very appropriate for pre-school children.   This  could start a great group discussion on what it means to be kind and how they can … Continue reading

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Differentiating Activities in Early Childhood

This is a really nice demonstration by Lindy McDaniel on differentiating the same activity in an early childhood classroom.  This could be done with activities across the curriculum.  Work with the strengths and needs of your students to provide activities that … Continue reading

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Interactive Thanksgiving Story by Jeffrey Jindrich I found this interactive Thanksgiving story by Jeffrey Jindrich on It’s very cute and has many opportunities to ask higher order questions. Happy Thanksgiving! Miss Debi

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Encouraging Proper Pencil/Marker/Crayon Grasp

I found this post from Sarah on She has listed “6 tips for Correcting Pencil Grip” in an easy to understand manner and even included videos for some of the tips. I already use smaller writing tools and … Continue reading

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