Preschool Animal Hunt

Preschool Animal Hunt

Beginning this year I started working with our preschool students . . . we are talking 3 and 4 year olds. There is nothing more in this world that makes me more confused about having kids than working with preschoolers.

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The Importance of Play in Elementary Schools

The Importance of Play in Elementary Schools

I was currently published in the International Journal of Play Therapy for my research done during my graduate work at the University of Saint Thomas. I focused my research on the effectiveness of using play activities during small group lessons to help improve appropriate classroom behaviors. I wish I could freely share my research here, but I think the IJPT wouldn’t appreciate that much. Please take some time to look for it though. The article title is Examining the Use of Play Activities to Increase Appropriate Classroom Behaviors. Below I have given you excerpts from the unedited version of my manuscript, including all the research I did on people who previously utilized play in schools. Read more

And the most popular toy of the year goes to . . .

And the most popular toy of the year goes to . . .

MINI SANDTRAYS!!!!!!!!

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Ornery Ordean, The Misbehaving Green Jellybean

Last year, I frequently talked about my Jellybean Jamboree. I used the Jamboree only with my Kindergarteners and it was a hit!

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Kindergarten + Feathers = Fun

This is what happens when you combine 4 Kindergartners and 2 feather boas.

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Puzzles

Have I ever told you how much I LOVE puzzles?

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Things Come and Things Go

Here’s what I’ve begun to notice a lot while using toys during counseling sessions . . . the toys seem to come and go in cycles.

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Boundin

I can only take credit for 3/8ths of this idea. The other 5/8ths belong to Marissa at Elementary School Counseling.

I used this lesson for Kinders, 1st, and 2nd graders (pretty versatile). The Kinders got the second part during their small group Social Skills lessons, while 1st and 2nd graders got it during their bi-monthly guidance lesson.

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To-Do Lists

In an effort to hold high expectations for myself, I decided to make a to-do list yesterday and cross off the items as I went along.

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Jellybean Jamboree

How is it possible that I forgot to tell you about my Jellybean Jamboree? Read more