Assessment is Continuous

Kim Hughes and Dominic Gullo from Young Children magazine wrote about assessment: “Assessment is a continuous process. Ideally, assessment describes the progress of a child’s learning not just after a single test but over time. There is no beginning, middle, … READ MORE

Assessment is (Fill in the Blank!)

In 2010, we looked at the importance of assessment for children. It turns out that assessment is a lot of things. In our favorite magazine Young Children, Kim Hughes and Dominic Gullo wrote that assessment is continuous, comprehensive, and integrative. … READ MORE

Building Vocabulary

The following are just some of the words children will learn by playing with these products in their outdoor classroom: Art Easel – paint, portrait, easel Balance Beam – balance, incline, level Woodworking Learning Center – carpentry, tools, safety, goggles Gas … READ MORE

Tracking Panel

As I discussed on Thursday, prepositions are a wonderfully significant part of language, and they are surprisingly fun to teach to young children. Children first develop the comprehension for spatial location (“in,” “on,” “under,” “over”). A tracking panel will delight … READ MORE

Outside and All Around

Think back to your days in elementary school. Chances are, your teacher spent some time discussing prepositions – you know, words like “in,” “around,” “near,” and “after.” Words that describe a spatial or temporal relationship or direction. Here is a … READ MORE

Physical Activity for Children

The American Heart Association’s stance on physical inactivity is that it: “is a major risk factor for developing coronary artery disease. It also increases the risk of stroke and such other major cardiovascular risk factors as obesity, high blood pressure, … READ MORE

“… when the world is puddle-wonderful”

E.E. Cummings referred to springtime as “when the world is puddle-wonderful.” What a marvelous expression! May is a lovely time of year for enjoying the outdoors with your children. For example, why not create a scavenger hunt? Ensuring each group … READ MORE

Painting Fun

Q: Our preschool teachers would like to allow children to explore letter writing with various textures. The children commented that they like using shaving cream at home. We are not able to use this at our center. Do you have … READ MORE

DIY Rain Barrel

April showers bring May flowers, it’s true, and those showers can be pretty fantastic – and not just for your tulips and daffodils! Why not create a rain barrel to store that water? There are a lot of great reasons … READ MORE

Composting (Part 2 of 2)

On Monday we discussed the fantastic benefits of composting in your outdoor classroom. Today, we’re doing to talk about how to create that compost pile!   These tips came from the BBC article “Make Your Own Compost.” You will need: … READ MORE