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    5 Quick Classroom Tips for Engaging Preschoolers

    Nicolle Bellmore Pierse - Wednesday, February 27,2013
    Engaging a room of preschoolers can be challenging!  Being prepared as to eliminate any downtime is a golden rule.  Here are some quick tips for preschool classroom management. 1.  Use a consistent attention-getting cue.  The key is that your cue must be attention getting and used consistently.  Decide on a certain…

    I have to wait after sanitizing the table?

    Nicolle Bellmore Pierse - Friday, February 15,2013
    It is an easy mistake to make.  You are in a hurry to get the tables cleaned up so the kids can move on to their next activity.  You spray the table and immediately wipe the sanitizer off with a paper towel.  Unfortunately, this is not doing enough.  You have to…

    Have a Heart…14 Books to Help Develop Social Emotional Skills in Preschoolers

    Nicolle Bellmore Pierse - Thursday, February 14,2013
    Sometimes we get so busy teaching academic content that we forget how important social and emotional development is for preschoolers.  In fact, it is so important that the Ohio Department of Education recently adopted revised Early Learning Content Standards that include social and emotional development as a key component.  But you…

    7 Fun Activities for Teaching Rhyming and Alliteration

    Nicolle Bellmore Pierse - Tuesday, February 12,2013
    After reading last week's posts about rhyming and alliteration books you may be wondering, now what?  It is important to incorporate rhyming and alliteration activities into the day to reinforce what the children are learning.  Here are few ideas for different activities you can try in your classroom: Alliteration Picnic:…

    Awesome Alliteration Books to Bring to Prancing Preschoolers!

    Nicolle Bellmore Pierse - Thursday, February 07,2013
    It seems my kids always want a terrifically tongue twisting book  read when I am especially tired!  Books that teach alliteration (or repetitive beginning sounds) are a lot of fun for preschoolers and an important part of early literacy skills. Here is a list of absolutely awesome alliteration books you…

    21 Fun Rhyming Books

    Nicolle Bellmore Pierse - Tuesday, February 05,2013
    After reading...and re-reading...and reading just one more time...Dr. Seuss to a giggly preschooler it becomes very clear to parents and educators alike that children LOVE books that rhyme.  Research has shown for years that rhyming is an important early literacy skill.  There are so many great rhyming books out there…

    Myths and Facts about Preschool

    Nicolle Bellmore Pierse - Monday, January 21,2013
    Last week I had the opportunity to attend the Pre-K Professional Development night hosted by the Elyria City School District.  This is a great opportunity for early childhood education teachers to receive training from the Academic Services team at Elyria.  One of the points of discussion was the myths and…

    Why All the Hype About Preschool?

    Nicolle Bellmore Pierse - Monday, October 01,2012
    Parents are talking about it at the playground. Doctors are asking about it during check-ups. The experts are talking about it on the morning news. What exactly is it and why does it matter so much? The "it", the hot topic, the one with all the hype....Preschool. Yes, you read…

    Tips for Creating a Literacy Rich Environment

    Nicolle Bellmore Pierse - Monday, October 01,2012
    Creating a literacy rich environment is important for helping preschoolers develop the foundation skills that will lead to successful reading later on. Here are a few tips for creating a literacy rich preschool environment in your preschool classroom: Books, Books, Books have a wide variety of fiction and non-fiction books…

    How do I choose the right early childhood setting?

    Nicolle Bellmore Pierse - Monday, October 01,2012
    Remember when you were studying to take your driver's test and get that all important driver's license? Remember the handy manual they were kind enough to provide when you were studying? Now, remember when you had your child? I went home with a lot of information about formula and diapers…