Ready Set Go to Kindergarten

Tips to Strengthen a Child's Creativity

Hesana Ralston - 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. B ..

Helping Children Understand Disabilities

Nicolle Bellmore Pierse - Friday, March 29, 2013
I came across this list of books today about Helping Children Understand Disabilities (http://rec.ohiorc.org/Bookshelf/ViewSet.aspx?id=65). Sometimes it can be difficult to find ways to introduce the idea of inclusion within the classroom. I partic ..

3 Simple At-Home Learning Activities for Preschoolers

Hesana Ralston - 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  ..

5 Quick Classroom Tips for Engaging Preschoolers

Hesana Ralston - 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 tha ..

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 enou ..

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 Conte ..

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 importa ..

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  ..

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 clas ..

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 h ..