Everyone likes a thankful child, right? For some children, an attitude of gratitude comes naturally, but for others it must be taught and practiced.
In our classroom, we have a few parts of every day where we encourage the children to pause and be thankful. These are things that you could easily do in any home or classroom.
Do you have a little one that can't get enough of learning about outer space? I find that every year this is one of the very most loved science topics in our preschool.
While there may only be about a month to learn about space in the classroom, you can help your child follow their curiosity anytime with a few of my favorite space toys, books, and educational items below!
For BIG learning fun at home or in the classroom, I highly recommend getting inflatable planets or solar system models to really get their attention and as a fun hands-on learning experience about the planets. We use the inflatables in class, and the kids just LOVE them. They would be great hung up on a ceiling, too.
If you've been around kids a lot, then you know how there are those moments when you just need to get their attention and keep them busy for a little while. It might be in a classroom between activities, waiting in a line, waiting for a turn, or maybe you just need to re-focus.
Finger plays are one of the best ways to handle this! I know there are a ton of websites out there with ideas, but we've tried many of them over the years, and have learned that there are a few that the kids just love and really like to join you.
The next time you need to pass a few minutes of time or re-group for a bit, give one of our favorites a try! You even get the added bonus of helpful pre-reading skills with rhyme and repetition (woohoo!).
Here are some of our most favorites:
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