Everything Your Child Needs to Know Before the First Day of Preschool

Every parent wants to know. “What does my child need to learn before he or she starts school?” It’s a great question. A lot of teachers may tell parents to start practicing ABCs and how to count. Some parents will. Some won’t. The bottom line? These aren’t the things your child needs to learn before school starts. Would it be nice? Sure. Would we be very thankful (and impressed)? Absolutely. But those topics are a teacher’s job to teach. So if it’s not ABCs and numbers, what should parents teach their kids? I’m going to lean on Teaching Strategies GOLD for the … Read More

5 Amazing Tips to Blow Parents Away on Back-to-School Night

First impressions matter. And Back-to-School Night is your chance to make a great one. It doesn’t matter how long you’ve been doing this. The nerves are still there.  And the same questions ring through your head: “What will this year be like?” “How much can we learn?” “Will the parents like me?” I’ve been there. First impressions are hard. And they can even be a little bit scary. You’re not alone. Luckily for you, teaching Pre-K, you deal with first impressions every day. First impressions of school. First impressions of each lesson. First impressions of the alphabet, numbers, etc. And … Read More

Don’t Miss a Thing: 107 Preschool Procedures and Strategies to Master Every Transition and Routine for the Perfect First Week of School

Are you ready for the first day of school? I bet. You probably can’t wait to teach and inspire your new group of students. With all that excitement, it’s easy to jump right in. You want school to be fun. You want kids to feel that enthusiasm right away. But before the learning can start, you have to go over the rules. The procedures. The expectations. The transitions. Oh man, is there anything as boring as this? How can you get kids excited to come to school when we start the year with rules, rules, rules? Maybe if you breeze … Read More

Want to Build a Winning Class Culture? All You Need Is Love.

Feeling better? I hope you are. And I hope your students are feeling safe. And loved. And protected. Building this trust will go a long way. Do you remember how we started this conversation? Feelings > Thinking Good vibes lead to good lives. And good times. Sounds good, right? This is true even when you’re learning the densest academic material. It’s also true when you are simply learning how to feel safe. Everything in school needs to be associated with a feeling. And all good feelings start with feeling safe. On the other hand, how do you feel when you’re … Read More

21 Ways to Create the Perfect “Safe Space” for Crying Preschoolers

Family photos? Check. Open and trusting body language? Check. No more crying kids? Umm, not quite there yet. Maybe at this point you feel like you are ready to cry. It’s alright. This is one area where we don’t want to rush anything. Remember Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs? If we don’t feel safe and secure, there is no way we can get to the higher levels of thinking. While you may want to jump right into getttin’ yo’ teach on, you will thank yourself in the long-run if you take a few days at the start of the year to … Read More