Category Archives: preschool life

Daily Snapshots

As a preschool teacher one of my biggest challenges is daily communication with my students’ parents. I send home weekly emails, but  I feel it is important for parents to know, on a daily basis, what we discussed at circle time, what books were read and what activities students were engaged in during free play. While providing parents with this information is very important sharing it in a timely manner can be difficult.

We have a message board and we try to jot notes throughout the day. This is helpful, but what the parents really want is to see pictures of their children. We take a lot of pictures and do a lot of documenting, but in the past sharing these pictures has been time consuming. This past month we started using Hp Social Media Snapshot sticky backed photo paper with our new Envy 5660 printer and suddenly this process has become much easier. We click, we print, we stick!

The teachers have all downloaded the HP app for wireless printing and print pictures throughout the day. Each day we take at least one picture during: free play, circle time, outside play, story time and snack. These pictures are posted and when parents come to pick up they can see what happened throughout the day.

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As a cooperative preschool we have at least one parent in the classroom with us each day, so the parents have also downloaded the app and they take more candid pictures which they also post and share.

At the end of each day these pictures are put in a binder creating a log of our weeks, months and year at preschool. .

If you would like to check out HP Social Media Snapshot paper Staples has a Buy One Get One free offer now through October 31.

HP Social Media snapshots paper.

What would you click then stick?

*This post is part of a sponsored campaign with HP and MomSelect. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Preschool Life: For the Birds

A flock of seagulls appeared on the preschool playground earlier this week.

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Like real seagulls, the children discovered a pile of fabric – that had been purposely placed on the tables for the children to find – swooped in and began  pulling out what they needed.

The kids played with the fabric for a while simply running around holding the fabric or draping it over play structures.  After a few minutes they began asking to have the fabric tied to form capes, so we brought out clothes pins and rubber bands.  The fabric was clipped on to the children’s jackets and we also offered to attach the fabric to their wrists, using rubber bands.

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As the children were running around my co-teacher made the comment that the children looked like a flock of birds.  My co-teacher and I began talking about what type of birds they might be and where they might live.  We did not include the children in this short conversation, but it was held in ear shot of some of the children. Soon the play turned from super heroes to birds.  Many of the birds still had super powers, but they began making bird sounds and our more nurturing children began talking about building a nest and laying eggs.

While we want the children to play freely we also want to encourage higher level play and sometimes they need a little nudge to go in that direction.  A pile of fabric placed on a table and a conversation between adults is much likelier to direct play than if we had said to the kids “we have been talking about birds at circle and now we want you to go play like birds.”

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How do you encourage your child’s play without directing it?