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Wednesday, September 2, 2020

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Printable Pumpkin PreK Puzzles - Preschool Pumpkin Activity

These cute printable pumpkin preschool puzzles are perfect for a math station, quiet activity, or just fun puzzle time! (wow, that was a lot of words that started with P, lol!)


These fun puzzles fit in perfectly with fall, pumpkin, and thanksgiving themes!

They reinforce number recognition, counting, and a concept of one-to-one association!

I suggest reading a fun pumpkin picture book and then doing a puzzle or two with your preschooler.

If you're doing a whole pumpkin theme, I have more than 30 preschool pumpkin activities HERE! There are more printables and activities for math, science, literacy, and more!

And if you'd like to try these free printable pumpkin puzzles, just click HERE!

I hope you love them!

Happy Educating,
Carla


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Monday, August 24, 2020

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Preschool Pumpkin Crown Craft

What is it about a preschool craft that you can put on your head that makes it so much fun?? I wonder this every year! Whatever the reason, these pumpkin crowns are adorable, and I have both a pre-colored one AND a coloring-book style version that you can use!


You can make these little headbands in advance to use with pumpkin activities (how fun would counting "pumpkins" be if the pumpkins were your kids?!) or use the coloring book version so that your kids can color their own pumpkin (ANY color!) and practice cutting. Doing the entire project as a pumpkin craft lets your preschoolers strengthen fine motor skills that they will need for writing too!

Or, if your preschoolers really love to design, you can just use the idea -- give them a "blank" pumpkin by cutting a circle out of white construction paper and let them design the entire project! There really are tons of options for this!

I also have LOADS of pumpkin themed preschool science, art, literacy, and other projects that you are perfect for planning your pumpkin theme HERE!




Happy Educating,
Carla


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Monday, August 10, 2020

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Safety Practices for Child Care in the Face of Covid-19: a new course from ChildCare Education Institute

Are you considering providing childcare during this unusual era of COVID-19? If so, you will want to check out the course Safety Practices for Child Care in the Face of Covid-19 (HLTH 111) from ChildCare Education Institute!


This course is a 1-hour beginner level course that teaches child care providers the critical safety practices you need during this pandemic. It's not just for professionals though -- anyone who works with children would benefit from this course!
The course begins by introducing what causes COVID-19, and then moves through important safety practices that are unique to childcare

A few of the topics covered in detail include:


* How to social distance in a child care setting (and when it isn't appropriate).

* How to screen children who arrive each day.


* How to keep a clean, safe environment.

* How to teach children about hand-washing.

* How to handle diapers.

* How to recognize when a child should not be allowed to participate.

* What to do if someone becomes sick during the day.

* How to clean, sanitize, and disinfect (and the difference in the three)!

* How to talk to children about the pandemic.
* And more!

The course comes with a handout with room for taking notes, and at the end of the course is a short exam to make sure you remember important points. 
After you pass the final, you can download a certificate showing you completed the course at any point from the dashboard.

The chemistry teacher in me was impressed that this course even included little details like how you should pour bleach into water (and not water into bleach), and that you should dilute the bleach with cool (instead of hot) water.

They also pointed out common childcare practices that should be avoided during COVID-19 (like rinsing out soiled clothes).

The course even includes answers to questions that I would not have thought to ask, like how often bedding should be changed and how to handle social distancing with infants.

Like all the other ChildCare Education Institute (CCEI) courses, this one is available 24-7, every day, all day, every week, every month, all year!

This is one of my favorite features of CCEI: their courses are extremely convenient! I can learn at my kitchen table, in my office, or even on the couch! They are web-based and accessible on any device, so as long as you have an internet connection, you can take their courses!

My other favorite features are that their courses are based on educational research and are accredited! They are accredited by both the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC) and they are an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET). They're also a CDA Gold Standard Comprehensive Training Provider!

Here are a few other very popular features of ChildCare Education Institute:


* Their high-quality, online training courses and programs are perfect for any adults who work with children, whether they're in a center-based care facility, a head start program, a home day care, a preschool classroom, etc.!

* They have over 150 English AND Spanish training courses available!

* More than 18,000 professionals have graduated from their CDA and other certificate programs...and 99% students say they would recommend CCEI!


I've actually taken several courses from ChildCare Education Institute, and I highly recommend each of them!

Other Courses I Love at ChildCare Education Institute:

Here are my reviews of several other courses at CCEI:



I would love to know what your 2020 fall plans are! If you are starting a childcare program, heading back to one, or teaching your own kids at home, I'd love to hear from you! Feel free to send me an email, leave a comment, or visit me on Facebook or Instagram! <3  

Happy Educating,
Carla

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by ChildCare Education Institute. As always, all opinions are my own and I only recommend companies that I love and am willing to use myself!


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Friday, July 31, 2020

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Free Mermaids & Pirates Preschool Board Game

My preschooler old loves mermaids, so we played this Mermaids & Pirates game about 6 times in 4  days!


It prints off easily on 2 sheets of paper and takes two players about 10 minutes play...the perfect length for short attention spans!

Plus, it has mermaids and pirates! My 4-year old's favorite things in the world are mermaids, unicorns, rainbows, princesses, and Spiderman, so she called her mermaid "The Princess" and the game suddenly included two of her all-time favorite things!

I love board games like this because they give kids a chance to practice counting, subitizing, a one-to-one correspondence, taking turns, and coping with winning and losing. Those are a lot of early reading, early math, and important life skills all wrapped up in a short game that you might end up playing twice in one morning!

I hope you love the game! If you want to share a copy with your friends, please send them to **this web page.**  (Please do NOT send them directly to the file.) When people click to the file FROM THIS PAGE, it actually creates revenue for me that allows me to share more printables for free. ๐Ÿ’–  I also love it when you pin this page or share it on Facebook.  Thank you so much!!



Happy Educating,
Carla


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Tuesday, July 21, 2020

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FREE Summer I Spy (Visual Preschool Game)

It's summer time!! What are your favorite summer pictures? Can you find all the "hidden" pictures I listed? Can you tell I am excited to share this preschool summer I SPY game with you (for free)?!! 

Free Preschool Game


The download link is below.

Just print both pages once -- the first page is full of hidden pictures and the second page lists the hidden pictures. 

Of course, you can find other pictures too! Or let your preschooler pick something for you to find!

I'll tell you a secret: I think the seahorse, flamingo, and fireflies are my favorites!

Do you have a favorite? Or does your kiddo?

You can play this game with your preschoolers, put it in a Quiet Bin for nap time, or put it in a busy bag for when you need a quick activity! 

I SPY games are great for preschoolers because they help them develop lots of pre-reading and pre-math skills! Here are a few:

1- Visual Discrimination: Noticing fine details and differences is necessary for reading and telling letters and numbers apart! I SPY games give kids practice focusing on small things!

2- Working Memory: I SPY games require kids to choose an object on one page and remember it while looking at lots of distracting objects! A strong working memory lets kids sound out words while remembering the sounds from the beginning of the word AND helps them remember words they've already figured out from earlier in the page!

3- Language Development: Ideally, you and your preschoolers are talking about the pictures you see, which strengthens language development, which makes reading easier!

And they're tons of fun!

You can print more than one, mark the hidden items, or just print one and not mark anything!

I put printable games like this in a binder that the kids can pull out whenever they want. ;)





Happy Educating,
Carla


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Tuesday, July 14, 2020

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FREE Beach Preschool Matching Game

Summer is here, and we just had our first beach trip in MONTHS!! (Honestly, almost a year!)  So, of course, I am excited to share this beach-themed matching game with you (for free)!! 

Preschool Beach Matching Game

The download link is below.

Just print the page twice so you have nine pairs of identical images. Turn them all upside down, and take turns looking for matches! 

My kids like to follow traditional "Memory" game rules:

On your turn, you turn over two cards. If they match, you keep the cards and get another turn. If they don't match, turn them back upside down. Play until all matches are found. The player with the most matches wins!

Or, if your kids are young enough to play without knowing who won, just celebrate the pictures each person collected!

You can play this game with your preschoolers, put it in a Quiet Bin for nap time, or put it in a busy bag for when you need a quick activity! 

I put most of our printable games in a drawer that the kids can get into whenever they want. ;)





Happy Educating,
Carla


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Friday, June 19, 2020

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Dinosaur Count & Clip Cards: FREE Preschool Activity

This dinosaur activity happens to be one of my preschoolers favorites! To celebrate my new book, A Dinosaur Made Me Sneeze, I am sharing loads of FREE dinosaur activities, and today it is a "Spot 3 Differences" activity!!

dinosaur count and clip cards

This is the last day in my 10-day Preschool Dinosaur Activities series! Check out the rest HERE (there's also a gift card giveaway in that post--scroll to the bottom for details)!!

This printable activity includes three pages for a total of 12 count and clip cards! Each card has a different number (1-12) of dinosaurs on it. Well, two of the cards have pterosaurs on them...and even though they aren't dinosaurs, we still love them!

My preschoolers love using clothespins! We use them for activities like these, to track their daily schedules, and sometimes just to play with!

Obviously, this activity lets your children practice counting and number recognition. Less obviously, it helps them develop a concept of one-to-one relationships, which is an important pre-reading skill! 

It also strengthens their fine motor muscles and is an exercise in cause and effect!

There are SO many things happening with this simple activity!!

A Dinosaur Made Me Sneeze Book

The link for the free preschool count and clip dinosaur cards is below!

First, I want to share my new book with you! This is my first picture book--I have literally wanted to write this for 14 years! It combines silly characters with rock cycle science--it is both fun to read out loud and fun to look at the pictures! I would love to invite YOU to JOIN ME in its first hardcover print run! You can learn more (and see some of the inside pages!) HERE! Let me know if you have any questions--I am SUPER excited about this!! <3 

Aaand...



Happy Educating,
Carla


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Spot 3 Differences: FREE Dinosaur Preschool Activity

This dinosaur activity happens to be one of my preschoolers favorites! To celebrate my new book, A Dinosaur Made Me Sneeze, I am sharing loads of FREE dinosaur activities, and today it is a "Spot 3 Differences" activity!!

dinosaur preschool activity


This is the ninth activity in my 10-day Preschool Dinosaur Activities series! Check out the rest HERE (there's also a gift card giveaway in that post--scroll to the bottom for details)!!

This printable activity includes one page with two pictures on it. You can cut the pictures apart or just leave them together.

If your preschoolers have trouble spotting the 3 differences, give simple hints like, "Are there any differences in the trees?" or "Are there any differences on the dinosaur faces?" If they absolutely cannot find the differences, use another sheet of paper to cover up a portion of the picture to help them focus.

I think my daughter could do these all day long...I'll probably make some more soon because she loves them so much!

They are great for helping to strengthen visual discrimination, or the ability to recognize details in images. This skill makes reading and math easier, which in turn make many other things in life easier!

It also is an opportunity to practice making observations, which is a science reasoning skill that we work on constantly!


A Dinosaur Made Me Sneeze Book

The link for the free preschool dinosaur activity is below!

First, I want to share my new book with you! This is my first picture book--I have literally wanted to write this for 14 years! It combines silly characters with rock cycle science--it is both fun to read out loud and fun to look at the pictures! I would love to invite YOU to JOIN ME in its first hardcover print run! You can learn more (and see some of the inside pages!) HERE! Let me know if you have any questions--I am SUPER excited about this!! <3 

Aaand...



Happy Educating,
Carla


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Find the Hidden Dinosaurs: Free Preschool Activity

I am super excited about this dinosaur activity because I think my preschoolers will love it! To celebrate my new book, A Dinosaur Made Me Sneeze, I am sharing loads of FREE dinosaur activities, and today it is a "Find the Hidden Dinosaurs" activity!!

find the hidden dinosaurs

This is the eighth activity in my 10-day Preschool Dinosaur Activities series! Check out the rest HERE (there's also a gift card giveaway in that post--scroll to the bottom for details)!!

This printable activity is kind of like playing hide-n-seek on paper!

As your preschoolers find the number of each dinosaur, they can write it in the box at the bottom near the dinosaur. Or, if they aren't writing numbers yet, they can make tally marks or dots!

I should probably make one quick note here--pterosaurs are technically not dinosaurs, but they lived during the same time and are such fun animals, that I tossed one in. Flying reptiles? Yes. Dinosaurs. No. :) But then, the trees aren't dinosaurs either. ;) 

A Dinosaur Made Me Sneeze Book

The link for the free preschool dinosaur activity is below!

First, I want to share my new book with you! This is my first picture book--I have literally wanted to write this for 14 years! It combines silly characters with rock cycle science--it is both fun to read out loud and fun to look at the pictures! I would love to invite YOU to JOIN ME in its first hardcover print run! You can learn more (and see some of the inside pages!) HERE! Let me know if you have any questions--I am SUPER excited about this!! <3 

Aaand...



Happy Educating,
Carla


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Thursday, June 18, 2020

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Dinosaur Number Puzzles - Free Preschool Activity

We are moving right through our 10 days of FREE Dinosaur activities!!  To celebrate my new book, A Dinosaur Made Me Sneeze, I am sharing loads of FREE dinosaur activities, and today, you can get these fantastic counting puzzles!!

Dinosaur Number Puzzles - preschool activity

This is the seventh activity in my 10-day Preschool Dinosaur Activities series! Check out the rest HERE (there's also a gift card giveaway in that post--scroll to the bottom for details)!!

Today's printable activity includes 3 puzzle strip puzzles! One helps with counting and number recognition from 1-10, another uses numbers 11-20, and the third counts by 10's to 100!


A Dinosaur Made Me Sneeze Book

The link for the free preschool dinosaur activity is below!

First, I want to share my new book with you! This is my first picture book! It combines silly characters with rock cycle science--it is both fun to read out loud and fun to look at the pictures! I would love to invite YOU to JOIN ME in its first hardcover print run! You can learn more (and see some of the inside pages!) HERE! Let me know if you have any questions--I am SUPER excited about this!! <3 

Aaand...



Happy Educating,
Carla


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Monday, June 15, 2020

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I am a T. Rex Dinosaur Minibook - Free Preschool Activity

Today we start the second week of preschool dinosaur activities!! To celebrate my new book, A Dinosaur Made Me Sneeze, I am sharing loads of FREE dinosaur activities, and today it is this I am a T. Rex, a coloring-book style minibook!!

dinosaur minibook

You will also want to check out all the other free dinosaur activities I have in the 10-day Preschool Dinosaur Activities series! Check out the rest HERE (there's also a gift card giveaway in that post--scroll to the bottom for details)!!

This printable activity includes one sheet that you fold up to make the minibook.

Just print it out, fold it in half twice, and you have a little minibook! Color in the pictures and read the story!

You will notice that the minibook is all about size comparisons -- it is doubly fun to find bananas the size of a T. Rex teeth, a couple apples to represent eyes, and make a T. Rex face!  To be fair, T. Rex had like 60 teeth, so you might not have a perfectly realistic mouth, but even just a couple are fun!

You can also use a tape measure to measure 40 feet, and see how many kids it would take to line up to be as long as a T. Rex!

A Dinosaur Made Me Sneeze Book

The link for the free preschool dinosaur activity is below!

First, I want to share my new book with you! This is my first picture book! It combines silly characters with rock cycle science--it is both fun to read out loud and fun to look at the pictures! 

AND, the T. Rex in the little minibook is the T. Rex from this book!!  ๐Ÿ˜

I would love to invite YOU to JOIN ME in its first hardcover print run! You can learn more (and see some of the inside pages!) HERE! Let me know if you have any questions--I am SUPER excited about this!! <3 

Aaand...



Happy Educating,
Carla


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Friday, June 12, 2020

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Dinosaur Alphabet Stomp: A Letter Game - Free Preschool Activities

Today's Dinosaur Alphabet Stomp game might be my favorite part of the celebration of my new book A Dinosaur Made Me Sneeze & the annual 10 Days of Tips for Homeschoolers! It's such a fun and engaging way to review or learn letters!

Dinosaur alphabet stomp - a letter game for preschoolers

This is the 5th activity in my 10-day Preschool Dinosaur Activities series! Check out the rest HERE (there's also a gift card giveaway in that post--scroll to the bottom for details)!!

Here are a few reasons why I love this game:

* It is SUPER FUN!! (I know it sounds silly, but learning is SO much easier when kids are having fun!)

* It uses your preschoolers' WHOLE BODY! This gross motor development activates more parts of their brain, which means they will remember the activity (and letters!) better!

* It strengthens skills that are important for early reading AND early math!

* And, of course, it has DINOSAURS! ;) 

This printable activity includes 26 dinosaurs holding each capital letter and 26 dinosaurs holding each lower case letter! 

Here's How to Play:

1- Print the letters you're working on. If your preschoolers are not unusually gentle, I'd suggest laminating them too. ;)  Generally I suggest using 5 letters your kids already know well and introducing 1-2 new ones at a time.

2- Scatter the dinosaur letters on the floor.

3- Call out a letter, and let your preschoolers "stomp" on it!

There are really an endless way to mix up the game or use the dinosaur letters for other activities!


Here are a few ideas:

1- Play music and tell your kids to stand on a letter in their name when you stop the song!

2- Print the letters in your preschooler's name and let them glue them on to paper.

3- Place 2-3 letters on a table (one table for each letter) and gather things that start with that letter. Place them on the correct table!

4- Use a flyswatter instead of a stomp! Place the letters you're working on the table and let your kids swat them when you say them!

5- Flip them upside down and match the uppercase letters to the lowercase letters in a memory game!

A Dinosaur Made Me Sneeze Book

The link for the free preschool dinosaur activity is below!

First, I want to share my new book with you! This is my first picture book! It combines silly characters with rock cycle science--it is both fun to read out loud and fun to look at the pictures! I would love to invite YOU to JOIN ME in its first hardcover print run! You can learn more (and see some of the inside pages!) HERE! Let me know if you have any questions--I am SUPER excited about this!! <3 

Aaand...



Happy Educating,
Carla


Have you seen HEEP? It is a preschool homeschool curriculum! Learn more here!



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