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    Tips to Strengthen a Child’s Creativity

    Nicolle Bellmore Pierse - Tuesday, April 02,2013
    Every child is born with creative potential that parents, teachers, and caregivers must nurture and stimulate.  Here are some tips to help foster the creativity that lies within each child.  These tips are useful for the classroom and at home.  Be purposeful in creating time and space to stimulate the…

    Helping Children Understand Disabilities

    Nicolle Bellmore Pierse - Friday, March 29,2013
    I came across this list of books today about Helping Children Understand Disabilities.  Sometimes it can be difficult to find ways to introduce the idea of inclusion within the classroom.  I particularly like the suggestion of making sure these books are part of your classroom library.  Take a look at…

    3 Simple At-Home Learning Activities for Preschoolers

    Nicolle Bellmore Pierse - Wednesday, March 27,2013
    Here are three fun and simple activities that can be done outside of the classroom to build the academic skills of preschoolers in the areas of math, science, and reading/language arts. These are great tips to pass along to families to reinforce learning outside of the classroom. Math-Number Fun Write the numbers 1 to 10 on…

    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…