It’s that time of year again and I’m looking for great hands-on, interactive, meaningful and relevant gifts for each of my 5 young grandchildren. A few of my favorite things include the 3 B’s of Childhood—Blocks, Balls, and Books!



As the summer comes to an end it is time to start planning your preschool classroom! With these 4 back to school classroom ideas it will help your preschoolers transition from summer days to school days.



It’s summertime, and the living is easy….especially if you have cool outdoor art activities up your sleeve! Like filling spray bottles with Colorations Liquid Watercolor and letting everyone have a go at it. Spray painting is quick, easy and a great group activity.



A mud kitchen is the perfect addition for your outdoor classroom! Not only is it fun for kids, it allows for the messy, creative, and sensory experiences that all children need. Make mud pies, dirt cupcakes, flower cakes and more!

One of the ways to make a beginning reader or struggling reader successful is to peak her interest. Knowing that a book contains something interesting to her motivates the child to make an effort to read. There were two personal instances in my life when this realization hit me the strongest.

It isn’t surprising to find a wide range of food allergy information on student’s health forms these days. Studies show that food allergies affect up to 2 1/2 million children. Six foods account for 90 percent of all allergic reactions to foods in children: milk, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, wheat, and soy.

If you are a teacher in a self-contained classroom with moderately to severely challenged children, you have a paraprofessional, maybe two. One type of paraprofessional, or parapro, is the Personal Paraprofessional. In a student’s IEP, there is a stipulation that the child must have a personal paraprofessional dedicated to their care at all times.



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