S. J. Little's Preschool Posts
Pins of various preschool articles as posted on sjlittle.ca These include songs, crafts, activities, and teaching and/or parenting tips among other things.
This is my favourite Valentine’s day song for children aged 1-3. Not only is it about hearts, but it has engaging actions and is excellent for teaching basic concepts such as small, medium, big, or colours. While this song can be sung with 4 year olds, they are more quick to become bored with […]
Handwashing is a skill young children do not automatically know. They must be taught. How can you teach your preschooler to wash their hands? Show them how to wash their hands by being a good model. Explain to them why we wash our hands. (To remove dirt and germs.) Gently remind them how to […]
Looking for a Christmas song that is simple, fun, and educational? Then this is the song for you. Sung to the classic tune of Baa Baa Black Sheep, this preschool Christmas song is all about Christmas lights and their colours. Younger children can learn the names of the colours while older children can be […]
Have you ever found yourself struggling for inspiration when it comes to planning preschool crafts? Do you need art that corresponds with your current theme? Fear not. This article includes five basic preschool art ideas that can be adapted to any theme. Better yet, they don’t require all sorts of expensive supplies. A pair […]
A few years back I was teaching my preschool children about different animals. One of the days my focus was on giraffes. For a craft, we ripped brown paper and glued it onto a giraffe colouring sheet. Our story was “Abigail” by Catherine Rayner. The only thing missing was a song. I did some […]
September is a time when many children head back to school. Here’s a great song to start off the school year with your preschool or kindergarten class. This is an original song, therefore, remember to mention S. J. Little anytime you write down or record this song. We Get To Go To School Song […]
What is a Transition? In the preschool and childcare world, a transition is any time children are switching between activities. This could include moving from the classroom to a gym space or the bathroom. It could also include changing from free play to circle time or snack time. Arrival and departure times are transitions […]
Do you like to sing to your child as you put them to bed? Want some new songs to try? Looking for a transition song to sing just before nap time? Then you’re in the right place. Below are three original super simple lullabies for you and your children to learn. Since these are […]
Are you teaching about community helpers, such as mechanics, or is your theme transportation? Is your child simply excited about cars? If you answered yes to any of these questions then you’ll want to check out the preschool fingerplay below. The Three Little Blue Cars fingerplay promotes learning to count to three, problem-solving, and […] The post Three Little Blue Cars – Preschool Fingerplay appeared first on S. J. Little.
Do you have young children? Have you ever struggled to get them to help clean up? If so, you are certainly not alone. First off, children must learn the skill of cleaning up as most of us are not born with it. Secondly, it can be challenging to motivate a child to clean up, […] The post 3 Cleanup Strategies for Toddlers and Preschoolers appeared first on S. J. Little.
While this article is specific to preschool field trips in Calgary, it may give you ideas of free field trips you could find in your area. Not a preschool teacher, but want to take your child on a field trip? Consider going together with a handful of other moms with preschool-aged children. Free Preschool […] The post 4 Fantastic Free Preschool Field Trips in Calgary appeared first on S. J. Little.
I don’t know why it is, but I’ve had countless 2-4 year olds in my class who are fascinated by space. Whether we’re talking about planets or spaceships or stars, they love it! While they do not fully grasp the concepts of the planets being in space and that we live on earth, they […] The post 2 Educational Space Songs for Preschoolers appeared first on S. J. Little.
As the weather gets warmer, it’s valuable to get kids outside and moving. That’s what these classic 3 games are all about. Best of all, they are no-prep outdoor games so you can play them just about any time and anywhere. You may already be familiar with some of these games. Perhaps you played […] The post 3 No-Prep Outdoor Games to Play with Your Preschooler appeared first on S. J. Little.
Have you ever focused on taxis as your preschool theme? Perhaps you focused on cab drivers as part of your theme of community helpers, or occupations? Or maybe it was a book that spurred your child’s interest in taxis. Regardless of the reason, it can be tricky to find good songs on this topic. That’s […] The post The Taxi Song for Preschoolers appeared first on S. J. Little.
How young should we teach a child to call 911? That’s a good question. Many preschools will dedicate a week to teaching 3-4 year olds how to call 911 and other safety information they might need in case of trouble. If you do a quick search on Google, such as “4 year old calls […] The post 9-1-1 Song and Safety Tips For Preschoolers appeared first on S. J. Little.
I’ve heard many people asking about curriculums to use with their preschooler(s). While there are preschool curriculum options available for sale, it may be easier than you think to create your own curriculum customized for your children and your schedule. While there is no one way to create a curriculum for your children, here […] The post Create Your Own Preschool Curriculum for Free appeared first on S. J. Little.
Having trouble keeping your preschoolers engaged during circle time? This article includes 8 tips from a preschool teacher to help you capture the attention of your little ones as you teach. #kindergarten #prek #circletime
This simple and engaging song will have your children asking you to sing it again. Great for preschoolers and toddlers. Sing the Gingerbread Man Song at home or school. Suitable for Christian and non-religious settings. #gingerbread #preschoolchristmas #preschoolsong
This simple song catpures the Christian Christmas story in a beautiful preschooler-friendly way. Easy words and a familiar tune make it great for singing at home, school or for a concert. #Christianpreschool #Christianchristmas #Christiansong
This version of "We Wish You a Merry Christmas" is fun and engaging for preschoolers and toddlers! Perfect for Christian or non-religious schools. Can be sung in class or for a concert. #preschoolchristmas #easychristmassong #preschoolsongs
Ever wondered when or how to teach your child to use scissors? Then this post by preschool teacher S. J. Little is for you. Did you know that using scissors is excellent for fine motor development in preschoolers? #scissors #finemotor #preschool
Engaging easy harvest song that your preschoolers and toddlers will love! Perfect for themes such as farm, harvest, Thanksgiving, vegetables, healthy eating. Sing in your classroom, daycare, or at home. You're children will ask you to sing it again. #harvest #farm #vegetables #preschoolsongs
This free printable list will give you loads of ideas for exciting themes to learn about with your preschool child. Use these themes at school, home, or dayhome. Great for teachers and homeschoolers! #preschool #preschooltheme #funthemes