Elevating Early Childhood

By Vanessa Levin

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Are you ready to teach better, save time, and live more? Learn more about my membership program “Teaching Trailblazers” here: https://teachingtrailblazers.com/ I'm Vanessa Levin and here on Elevating Early Childhood, we believe in leveling the playing field and bridging the gap between the world of preschool, pre-k, and K-12 education.

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Preschool Classroom Centers: To Combine or Not to Combine?
00:09:54

If you’re overwhelmed by the sheer amount of educational centers you’re supposed to have in your preschool classroom, then you’re not alone.

Many of us find ourselves facing a dilemma when setting up centers in our classroom: Should we have a separate area for each center? Or can some be combined?

Naturally, both options have their pros and cons, and because of that, it can be difficult to decide which way is best for you.

Lucky for you, I’m here to help you make that decision.

In today’s episode, I’ll be discussing how and when you can combine your preschool centers for maximum success.

Are you ready?

Let’s dive in!

 

Key Takeaways:

Combining centers: Yay or nay? (00:00)

You’ve got mail! (03:15)

Why having the right tools is more important (04:58)

Fewer transitions = More learning (06:31)

I’ve got a freebie for you (07:48)

 

Additional Resources:

- Visit our website to find tons of pre-K teaching resources here.

- Get my book “Teach Smarter: Literacy Strategies for Early Childhood Teachers”.

- Learn more about my exclusive mentorship program, “Teaching Trailblazers”.

- Get my FREE Center Essentials guide here.

 

Elevating Early Childhood is an early education podcast dedicated to helping Pre-K, Preschool, and Kindergarten teachers teach better, save time, and live more.

If you enjoy the podcast, please follow, rate, and leave a review on your favorite podcast platform.

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Sep 26, 2022
Beginning of the Year Alphabet Favs and Fails
00:39:16

The beginning of the year is tricky, there is so much to take care of, things to set up, new students to meet, parents to get to know, etc...

All of this stuff can be pretty stressful, but I’m here to make it just a little bit easier on you.

Friends, today, we’re talking about how to set your kids up for success when it comes to learning the alphabet.

It’s no secret that teaching the alphabet at the beginning of the year can be challenging - for even the most seasoned teacher.

However, with the tips and tricks I’ll be sharing with you today, your kids will fall in love with the alphabet in no time!

Are you ready?

Tune in now for all my alphabet favs and fails! 

I promise, you won’t regret it.

 

Key Takeaways:

How to teach the alphabet in the beginning of the year (00:00)

The best alphabet center materials (02:52)

Alphabet fails to avoid (27:43)

How to introduce new activities to your children (33:54)

 

Additional Resources:

- Visit our website to find tons of pre-K teaching resources here.

- Get my book “Teach Smarter: Literacy Strategies for Early Childhood Teachers”.

- Learn more about my exclusive mentorship program, “Teaching Trailblazers”.

- Get the Ultimate Alphabet Freebie Bundle here.

- Learn how to set up your ABC center here.

- Discover the Fishing for Letters game here.

- More about the alphabet matching mat here.

- Learn how to make your own Chicka Chicka Boom Boom Tree here.

 

Elevating Early Childhood is an early education podcast dedicated to helping Pre-K, Preschool, and Kindergarten teachers teach better, save time, and live more.

If you enjoy the podcast, please follow, rate, and leave a review on your favorite podcast platform.

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Sep 19, 2022
My Top 4 Preschool Transition Tips
00:22:43

There are some things that will make or break you as a teacher, and transitions are right there at the top of the list for early childhood teachers.

Every single day is full of transitions in preschool, so having a surefire list of tips that’ll help you make them as easy as possible is crucial.

Lucky for you, I’m about to share those tips with you.

So, if you’re struggling with transitioning from one activity (or place) to another in your preschool classroom, this episode is for you!

Want to learn more?

Tune in now!

 

Key Takeaways:

The best transition tips for preschool (00:00)

Create a daily schedule (05:43)

Reduce the number of transitions in your day (07:38)

Keep your transitions short (10:02)

Set clear expectations (12:00)

What winning looks like (15:03)

 

Additional Resources:

- Visit our website to find tons of pre-K teaching resources here.

- Get my book “Teach Smarter: Literacy Strategies for Early Childhood Teachers”.

- Learn more about my exclusive mentorship program, “Teaching Trailblazers”.

- Grab our FREE Printable Daily Schedule here.

- Get the Visual Routines Bundle here.

- Get Printable Visual Schedule Cards here.

 

Elevating Early Childhood is an early education podcast dedicated to helping Pre-K, Preschool, and Kindergarten teachers teach better, save time, and live more.

If you enjoy the podcast, please follow, rate, and leave a review on your favorite podcast platform.

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Sep 05, 2022
Back-to-School: Procedures and Routines Checklist for Preschool (+ Free Download)
00:16:14

The new school year is here, and this means that, like every year, it’s now time for those back-to-school checklists!

You see, the life of a preschool teacher is not easy (no matter what some people might tell you).

We have quite a few things to take care of and keep in mind, and this is especially true during the beginning of the year, when everything is still a bit chaotic.

Lucky for you, the chaos doesn’t have to be permanent.

You can get rid of it by setting up simple routines and procedures that will help make the rest of your year run smoother.

Today, I’ll be sharing those procedures with you!

Well then, what are you waiting for?

Tune in now!

 

Key Takeaways:

Back-to-school procedures and routines (00:00)

Story time (03:48)

The ingredient you absolutely need (08:33)

What matters the most (10:59)

Other routines you need to teach your students (13:53)

 

Additional Resources:

- Visit our website to find tons of pre-K teaching resources here.

- Get my book “Teach Smarter: Literacy Strategies for Early Childhood Teachers”.

- Learn more about my exclusive mentorship program, “Teaching Trailblazers”.

-Grab your free back-to-school procedures checklist here.

 

Elevating Early Childhood is an early education podcast dedicated to helping Pre-K, Preschool, and Kindergarten teachers teach better, save time, and live more.

If you enjoy the podcast, please follow, rate, and leave a review on your favorite podcast platform.

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Aug 25, 2022
Story Time Secrets: Why You Need Interactive Books in Your Preschool Classroom
00:25:52

Do you ever wonder why your students can’t sit through story time without fiddling around or losing interest?

If you’re struggling with getting your kids to pay attention during a read-aloud, I’ve got a secret to share with you: You’re not alone.

Every preschool teacher has been through this. 

And I mean it. 

All of us have wished for a magical wand that’d make story time easier at least once in our careers.

Sadly, we have yet to find that wand.

But hey, don’t lose hope yet, because there is a solution to this issue, and, lucky for you, I’m sharing it with you today.

Want to learn how to improve story time in your home or preschool classroom?

Tune in now!

 

Key Takeaways:

Are you struggling with story time? (00:00)

Let me paint a picture for you (03:15)

Interactive books (05:37)

All about read-acting (19:12)

 

Additional Resources:

- Visit our website to find tons of pre-K teaching resources here.

- Get my book “Teach Smarter: Literacy Strategies for Early Childhood Teachers”.

- Learn more about my exclusive mentorship program, “Teaching Trailblazers”.

- Check out our interactive book list here.

- Check out our circle time episodes here and here.

- Learn how to troubleshoot circle time here.

- Learn everything you need to know about circle time essentials here.

- Get our FREE Skyrocket Circle Time Success guide here.

 

Elevating Early Childhood is an early education podcast dedicated to helping Pre-K, Preschool, and Kindergarten teachers teach better, save time, and live more.

If you enjoy the podcast, please follow, rate, and leave a review on your favorite podcast platform.

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Aug 22, 2022
Preschool Book Review: Black Boy, Black Boy, a Joyful Black History Picture Book
00:28:07

Want to add more diverse picture books to your classroom this year? 

Discover Black Boy, Black Boy, a beautifully illustrated children's book with an uplifting message for all young children.

This is the perfect picture book if you’re looking for inspirational stories that will resonate with all the students in your preschool classroom.

Not convinced yet?

How about you listen to my interview with the authors, Jorge Redmond and Ali Kamanda? I’m sure they would be able to convince you.

Well then, what are you waiting for?

Let’s dive in!

 

Key Takeaways:

The best illustrated book of 2022 is out! (00:00)

Meet Jorge and Ali (02:14)

Why write this book? (04:22)

Why you need this book in your classroom (10:52)

Helping young black boys thrive (15:29)

One last question (21:22)

 

Additional Resources:

- Visit our website to find tons of pre-K teaching resources here.

- Get my book “Teach Smarter: Literacy Strategies for Early Childhood Teachers”.

- Visit our website to find tons of pre-K teaching resources here.

- Learn more about my exclusive mentorship program, “Teaching Trailblazers”.

- Get Black Boy, Black Boy by Jorge Redmond and Ali Kamanda here.

- Check out more  Diverse Picture Book List here.

 

Elevating Early Childhood is an early education podcast dedicated to helping Pre-K, Preschool, and Kindergarten teachers teach better, save time, and live more.

If you enjoy the podcast, please follow, rate, and leave a review on your favorite podcast platform.

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Aug 15, 2022
How to Improve Behavior in Your Preschool Classroom
00:21:50

It’s no secret that early childhood teachers everywhere have seen changes in their students’ behavior since the pandemic began.

And because of that, teaching young children is now more challenging than it ever was. 

Kids are bouncing off the walls and full of energy… sometimes, a little bit too much energy if I’m being honest.

However, this doesn’t have to be a perpetual issue in your classroom.

I’m here, and I'm about to share an easy way to help reduce your preschool behavioral woes.

Yes friends, today, I’ll be sharing with you one simple solution to help improve behavior in your classroom by creating a calming and soothing environment your students can thrive in.

All right, are you ready?

Let’s dive in!

 

Key Takeaways:

Are you experiencing behavioral issues in the classroom? (00:00)

Early childhood facts you need to know (06:57)

Let’s talk… COLORS! (08:25)

What about lights? (11:36)

Natural elements (12:52)

Some objections you might hear (17:06)

 

Additional Resources:

- Visit our website to find tons of pre-K teaching resources here.

- Get my book “Teach Smarter: Literacy Strategies for Early Childhood Teachers”.

- Learn more about my exclusive mentorship program, “Teaching Trailblazers”.

- Get the Boho Bundle here.

- Get cool blue fluorescent light diffusers here.

 

Elevating Early Childhood is an early education podcast dedicated to helping Pre-K, Preschool, and Kindergarten teachers teach better, save time, and live more.

If you enjoy the podcast, please follow, rate, and leave a review on your favorite podcast platform.

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Aug 08, 2022
Should Preschoolers Write Their Names With Capital Letters?
00:19:19

As I’ve discussed in the last episode of Elevating Early Childhood, learning how to write your name as a preschooler takes a lot of work and dedication from both the teachers and the students.

Continuing on with the theme, today, I’ll be discussing whether you should be teaching your pre-k students to write their names in capital letters or lowercase letters.

This episode is also for those of you who are wondering why some kids can write their names beautifully while others cry at the thought of having to do so.

All right, are you ready?

Tune in now!

 

Key Takeaways:

Teaching children to write their name (00:00)

Some facts for you (02:52)

Here’s what you can do (09:55)

Answering your most burning questions (12:14)

 

Additional Resources:

- Visit our website to find tons of pre-K teaching resources here.

- Get my book “Teach Smarter: Literacy Strategies for Early Childhood Teachers”.

- Learn more about my exclusive mentorship program, “Teaching Trailblazers”.

- Watch episode 57 here.

- Get golf pencils here.

- Get triangular pencils here.

- Get triangular crayons here.

- Get thin pipsqueak markers here.

- Get your name activities bundle here.

 

Elevating Early Childhood is an early education podcast dedicated to helping Pre-K, Preschool, and Kindergarten teachers teach better, save time, and live more.

If you enjoy the podcast, please follow, rate, and leave a review on your favorite podcast platform.

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Aug 01, 2022
Easy Name Writing Activities for Preschoolers
00:30:26

Writing your name as a preschooler is no easy feat.

It takes work, dedication, and the right writing activities from you, their preschool teacher. 

This is why, today, I’ll be sharing some super fun (and super easy) name writing activities you can do with your preschool students.

But before we start, let’s address the elephant in the room, shall we?

Writing is one of those developmental milestones that’s individual to each child, and that means that not every child will benefit from the same activities.

This is especially true for younger children (3 years old and younger), who may not be ready to learn how to write their name until they’re older.

However, for 4 to 5 year olds, the activities in today’s episode are perfect.

All right, are you ready to learn more?

Tune in now!

 

Key Takeaways:

Name writing activities (00:00)

The elephant in the room (01:51)

Who’s ready to learn writing? (04:12)

What you’ll need (05:45)

Writing practice (22:06)

Problems you might encounter (27:29)

 

Additional Resources:

- Visit our website to find tons of pre-K teaching resources here.

- Get my book “Teach Smarter: Literacy Strategies for Early Childhood Teachers”.

- Learn more about my exclusive mentorship program, “Teaching Trailblazers”.

- Get your pre-k name bundle here.

- Check out name activities for preschool here.

- Check out our literacy archive here.

 

Elevating Early Childhood is an early education podcast dedicated to helping Pre-K, Preschool, and Kindergarten teachers teach better, save time, and live more.

If you enjoy the podcast, please follow, rate, and leave a review on your favorite podcast platform.

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Jul 25, 2022
How to Set up Your Writing Center for Preschool and Pre-K
00:27:29

Hello everyone, and welcome back to a brand new episode of Elevating Early Childhood!

It’s been a while, so I hope you’re as excited as I am about catching up.

In this week’s episode, I’ll be talking about something every early childhood classroom -in my opinion- should have: A writing center.

Writing centers are a great way to teach young children how to use their imagination. Plus, they're also the perfect getaway to teaching them language and how it works

I always get asked questions about how to set up writing centers and what kind of materials are needed etc..

Writing centers can be pretty tricky, so it’s completely understandable if some of you feel overwhelmed.

Lucky for you, I’m here to help.

Today, I’ll be sharing with you everything you need to set up a successful and super fun writing center in your classroom.

Ready to learn more?

Tune in now!

 

Key Takeaways:

Writing center tips and tricks (00:00)

Space can make or break your writing center (03:51)

You need the right materials (08:57)

What to start the year with (23:31)

The benefits of a writing center (24:26)

 

Additional Resources:

- Visit our website to find tons of pre-K teaching resources here.

- Get my book “Teach Smarter: Literacy Strategies for Early Childhood Teachers”.

- Learn more about my exclusive mentorship program, “Teaching Trailblazers”.

- Learn more about preschool writing centers here.

- Check out our F*R*E*E* Center Essentials Guide here.

- Get editable center signs here.

- More about writing center materials here.

- More about classroom labels here.

- Get your name card bundle here.

- Get our F*R*E*E*  Printable Letter Squares here.

 

Elevating Early Childhood is an early education podcast dedicated to helping Pre-K, Preschool, and Kindergarten teachers teach better, save time, and live more.

If you enjoy the podcast, please follow, rate, and leave a review on your favorite podcast platform.

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Jul 18, 2022
(RERUN) My First 10 Days of School Tips and Lesson Plans for Your Preschool Classroom
00:25:16

Every single year, I get so many questions about the first days of school.

And so, I thought, why not have an episode about it? After all, that first day of school is a pretty big deal, not just for the students, but also for professional educators like you.

That is why I’ve created a free printable lesson plan to go along with the episode! I’ll also explain how to use it, so make sure you watch the whole thing!

But, did you know? It's not just the first day of school that's crucial, it's actually the first ten days, and you should be focusing on them as much as you can.

Why is that?

Simply because those first ten days of school will set you and your students up for a successful year. And who doesn't want that?

So, how do you make sure they go as smoothly as possible?

Join me now to discover the answer to that question (and a few tips you can use to help yourself and your students transition smoothly into the school year).

Let's dive in!

 

Key Takeaways:

Focusing on the first ten days of school is important (00:00)

First, let's start with a quick story (00:56)

Tip #1: Always go for quality over quantity (03:38)

Tip #2: Less is more (04:27)

Tip #3: No product art in the first ten days (06:28)

Tip #4: Ignore the teacher next door (08:02)

Tip #5: Troubleshooting (10:26)

Why the first ten days of school are sacred (12:53)

Check out my free First 10 Days of School Lessons Plans (17:20)

Use engaging, fun books in those first ten days (19:54)

 

Additional Resources:

- Visit our website to find tons of pre-K teaching resources here.

- Get my book “Teach Smarter: Literacy Strategies for Early Childhood Teachers”.

- Learn more about my membership program “Teaching Trailblazers”.

- Get our free First 10 Day of School Lesson Plan here.

- Get your 2021 Soar to Success Summit pass here.

 

Elevating Early Childhood is an early education podcast dedicated to helping Pre-K, Preschool, and Kindergarten teachers teach better, save time, and live more.

If you enjoy the podcast, please follow, rate, and leave a review on your favorite podcast platform.

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Jun 13, 2022
(RERUN) Science of Reading: What Preschool Teachers Should Know
00:31:49

What is the Science of Reading? And what should preschool teachers know about it?

In this week's episode of Elevating Early Childhood, I answer these two questions and more. 

But I won't be doing this alone! 

Yes friends, this is an interview episode! And in it, I will be discussing this hot topic with the lovely Allison McDonald.

Allison is the creator and founder of the early childhood website No Time for Flash Cards. She's also an author, a mom, and a rockstar early childhood educator!

Today, she and I will be discussing all things Science of Reading and what early childhood professionals need to know.

Are you ready?

Let's dive in!

 

Key Takeaways:

Discussing the Science of Reading (00:00)

Meet Allison (00:42)

Shifting the Balance: 6 Ways to Bring the Science of Reading into the Balanced Literacy Classroom (05:28)

The importance of oral language development (07:00)

Why you should be more intentional (11:19)

The importance of building background knowledge (14:46)

Moderate planning is okay (19:20)

Phonological awareness and phonemic awareness are key (20:47)

The four factors of future reading success (25:12)

 

Additional Resources:

- Visit our website to find tons of pre-K teaching resources here.

- Get my book “Teach Smarter: Literacy Strategies for Early Childhood Teachers”.

- Learn more about my exclusive mentorship program, “Teaching Trailblazers”.

- Check out Allison’s latest book, Everyday Preschool.

 

Elevating Early Childhood is an early education podcast dedicated to helping Pre-K, Preschool, and Kindergarten teachers teach better, save time, and live more.

If you enjoy the podcast, please follow, rate, and leave a review on your favorite podcast platform.

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Jun 06, 2022
(RERUN) Top 10 Classroom Must-Haves for Preschool Teachers
00:41:34

The one thing teachers don't have a lot of besides money is time. There's never enough time in the day to finish everything that needs to be done!

That's why in this episode, I'll be sharing my 10 favorite classroom must-haves; items that have saved me time or made my teacher life easier.

Some of these things I've used for a very long time and I couldn't live without in my classroom, while others may be new to you. 

My purpose isn't to get you to buy a bunch of things. Instead, I'm sharing my perspective about things that I like and have found helpful in the classroom.

That way, you won't have to waste your time and money on stuff you don't need. 

This is going to be a fun episode, so stick around!

 

Key Takeaways:

#1 - Personal laminator (02:38)

#2 - Spring-loaded scissors (07:49)

#3 - One-touch stapler (10:20)

#4 - HP Instant Ink wireless printer (13:20)

#5 - Nut and bolt drawer organizer (18:58)

#6 - Paper cutter (23:42)

#7 - Creative Station Xyron machine (23:50)

#8 - Sticky pockets (29:29)

#9 - Clear tubs (32:32)

#10 - Iris rainbow cases (35:16)

 

Additional Resources:

- Visit our website to find tons of pre-K teaching resources here.

- Get my book "Teach Smarter: Literacy Strategies for Early Childhood Teachers".

- Learn more about my exclusive mentorship program, "Teaching Trailblazers".

Links to the supplies mentioned in this episode:

- Scotch Laminator: https://amzn.to/3m2tGxA

- Scotch Laminating Pouches: https://amzn.to/2ZdJ6X8

- Fiskars Adult Spring-Loaded Scissors: https://amzn.to/3B8tzEZ

- One Touch Stapler: https://amzn.to/3Gbw0dW

- HP Printer: https://amzn.to/3GdUbsa

- Xyron Creative Station (9 inch): https://amzn.to/3nkZM7i

- Rainbow Photo Keeper: https://amzn.to/3GcX2kZ

- Sensory Bin Storage Boxes: https://amzn.to/3vE3bSj

- Clear Label Pockets: https://amzn.to/3m7C7rN

- Sit Spots: https://amzn.to/2ZbeaXo

- Wireless doorbell: https://amzn.to/3CaETlp

- Electric whistle: https://amzn.to/2ZcqCpO

 

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May 30, 2022
(RERUN) Top 5 Methods for Improving Learning Centers In Preschools and Pre-K (+ FREE Learning Center Guide)
00:20:16

Time young children spend in learning centers is precious for their development. And yet, it’s one of those strictly school-related activities, which is why we must do our very best to set them up for success.

Creating a successful learning center requires lots of strategic planning and effort. There are many questions you need to answer first, including…

How many centers should you create? 

How long should the center time be? 

What are the centers going to be about? 

How will your students know which centers to go to?

I know, right?! Makes your head spin! And that’s just barely scratching the surface.

Luckily, in over 20 years of teaching, along with 11 years in mentoring early childhood educators, I’ve gained plenty of experience with learning centers, as well as methods for improving and fine-tuning learning centers. 

For this episode of Elevating Early Childhood, I’m going to share my top 5 methods, along with some additional tips to help tie everything together.

Alrighty, Changemakers! Let’s get to it!

 

Key Takeaways:

How to create learning centers that set kids up for real success (00:00)

Questions you NEED to answer before creating a great learning center (01:39)

Do THIS if you’re having challenges with learning centers (02:35)

My top methods for fine-tuning your learning center time and make it run smoothly (06:29)

Method 1: Applying labels so kids could recognize and organize them easier (7:24)

Method 2: Creating a picture schedule for clarity on the order of their daily activities (8:48)

Method 3: Making visual routines explaining how each learning center works (10:36)

Method 4: Adding a visual planning component to your center time (11:54)

Method 5: Implementing a cleanup routine at the end of center time (15:20)

Real results from someone who implemented these learning center methods (16:48)

 

Additional Resources:

- Visit our website to find tons of pre-K teaching resources here.

- Get my book “Teach Smarter: Literacy Strategies for Early Childhood Teachers”.

- Learn more about my exclusive mentorship program, “Teaching Trailblazers”.

- Get my FREE guide on how to create successful learning centers here.

- Get our Teacher Success Bundle here.

 

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May 23, 2022
(RERUN) My Favorite Alphabet Activities: How to Teach Letters to Kids Using Printable Alphabet Games
00:35:56

Have you ever entered your email address to download a freebie...and then been disappointed by what you got? I know I have plenty of times! 

When you’re trying to find new ideas for your classroom, freebies can be very helpful. But it can also go in another direction—one where you catch yourself thinking...

“Huh? That’s it? I could’ve Googled that!”

So when I create freebies and bundles, I’m particularly mindful of trying to provide the very best resources and in plentiful fashion. 

And for quite some time, I’ve been making a list of my favorite alphabet activities and games—things I’ve picked up along the way that I found precious and effective but were too small to give away individually.

Recently, I’ve finally collected enough to finish my bundle, and today I want to tell you all about it!

We have a bunch of games to break down—car games, board games, magnetic letters... You name it! 

And for each and every one, I’ve created printables that I’m going to share with you for FREE at the end of this episode.

There’s a lot for us to explore, so let’s get going!

 

Key Takeaways:

THIS is why you need fun alphabet learning activities in your classroom (00:00)

How I created this super freebie with printable alphabet games and activities (01:11)

Alphabet Learning Game 1: Alphabet Fishing (02:32)

Alphabet Learning Game 2: Alphabet Board Game (11:13)

Alphabet Learning Game 3: Alphabet Roads (15:42)

Alphabet Learning Game 4: Alphabet Sensory Cards (18:11)

Alphabet Learning Game 5: Chicka Chicka Boom Boom Magnet Tree (21:26)

Alphabet Learning Game 6: Parking Lot (23:53)

Alphabet Learning Game 7: Puppy Chow Letters (27:14)

Alphabet Learning Game 8: Wikki Stix Alphabet (29:10)

How to download my free alphabet games and activities printables bundle for free (31:15)

 

Additional Resources:

- Visit our website to find tons of pre-K teaching resources here.

- Get my book “Teach Smarter: Literacy Strategies for Early Childhood Teachers”.

- Learn more about my membership program “Teaching Trailblazers”.

- Get my freebie bundle by entering our Podcast Launch Giveaway.

 

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May 16, 2022
(RERUN) How to Teach Letters of the Alphabet to Preschoolers: Why We Need to Teach Smarter - NOT Harder
00:14:49

One of the biggest challenges teachers face with teaching the alphabet is getting the letters to stick.

You spend weeks teaching, following your curriculum, doing everything by the book. Everything seems to be going great. The kiddos are getting it! And then...

Poof! They forget all of it! As if you’ve never even mentioned it before! Has this ever happened to you? Because it’s happened to me plenty of times.

When I was a young student teacher, I had an opportunity to shadow a kindergarten teacher following the Letter of the Week curriculum. Remember—this was a long time ago, so back then, it was considered a perfectly suitable way of teaching children the alphabet.

And after just several weeks of working there, it became clear just how ineffective this method was. The kids struggled to retain what they’ve learned, and some didn’t know any letters whatsoever!

Luckily, these days we know better!

Children do NOT learn the alphabet linearly, from A to Z. It is a global process that requires a lot more than rigid schedules, worksheets, and a funny letter P-themed costume.

So in this episode, I will share an excellent method for teaching children the alphabet, which is fun, effective, and backed by research.

Let’s dive in!

 

Key Takeaways:

Why the letters of the alphabet CAN’T be taught in 26 days (or even weeks)? (00:00)

The biggest challenge teachers face when teaching young children the alphabet (00:41)

How I learned firsthand that the Letter of the Week curriculum is highly ineffective (02:19)

Why teachers need to teach smarter and not harder? (04:42)

How do young children learn to identify letters? (06:18)

How to teach letters of the alphabet in a way that’s, fun, effective, and backed by research (08:20)

 

Additional Resources:

- Visit our website to find tons of pre-K teaching resources here.

- Get my book “Teach Smarter: Literacy Strategies for Early Childhood Teachers”.

- Learn more about my exclusive mentorship program, “Teaching Trailblazers”.

- Get my FREE guide on how to teach letters of the alphabet to young children here.

 

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May 09, 2022
Parent Teacher Conference Tips for Preschool and Pre-K
00:37:42

Do parent-teacher conferences stress you out?

Don’t worry, you’re not alone! 

Every teacher goes through the worry and the anxiety that come with them, even those of us who have been teaching for decades.

It’s normal to stress about parent-teacher conferences. After all, they require a lot of work and patience.

From the extra prep work involved to the anxiety that comes with having to talk to parents and maybe let them know their little ones aren’t progressing as much as they hoped for, parent-teacher conferences can be nerve-wracking.

Add to that having to do several (as in twenty or more) of those sessions in a day, and you’ve got yourself a recipe for disaster.

Truly, no one would blame you if you curled up in a corner and cried a little (it’s okay, stress does this to all of us).

But, lucky for you, I’m here to let you know that parent-teacher conferences don’t have to be a nightmare!

All you have to do is follow the tips in this week’s episode, and your conferences will be running like a well-oiled machine in no time!

Ready to learn more?

Tune in now!

 

Key Takeaways:

All about parent-teacher conferences (00:00)

Scheduling your conferences (04:08)

What to do before the conferences begin (12:38)

What to do during the conferences (17:43)

Quick Q&A session (32:45)

 

Additional Resources:

- Visit our website to find tons of pre-K teaching resources here.

- Get my book “Teach Smarter: Literacy Strategies for Early Childhood Teachers”.

- Learn more about my exclusive mentorship program, “Teaching Trailblazers”.

- Learn how to have tough conversations with parents here.

- Get Parent Handouts Vol. 1 here.

- Get Parent Handouts Vol. 2 here.

- Get your student assessment packet here.

- Get your 3-year old observational assessment packet here.

- Get your pre-k report card editable here.

- Get your printable parent-teacher conference forms and handbook here.

- Get your fine motor-skills parent handout here.

 

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May 02, 2022
Teaching Dual Language Learners in the Preschool and Pre-k Classroom
00:44:12

Teaching dual language learners in the preschool classroom is not always easy.

I taught this population exclusively for 20 years and I have met obstacles along the way — like every other teacher who’s done it before me—.

However, there ARE ways to make it easier on yourself and your students.

And to discuss that, I have invited this week’s guest, the brilliant Maria Mercedes Champion.

Maria Mercedes is an enthusiastic bilingual preschool teacher with nearly two decades of experience in the classroom.

She has served as a program coordinator and a bilingual facilitator for her district’s kinder reading program.

And today, she’s here to talk about how to teach ESL students.

Ready to learn more? 

Dive in now!

 

Key Takeaways:

Teaching dual language learners in the preschool classroom (00:00)

Meet Maria Mercedes (02:46)

What if I don’t speak my students’ native language? (03:48)

My experience in South Korea (06:58)

Should children speak their native language in the classroom? (16:09)

Do you need a translator in the classroom? (22:56)

Learning a second language can help you in more ways than one (30:31)

How to help your ESL students feel more included in the classroom (34:03)

 

Additional Resources:

- Visit our website to find tons of pre-K teaching resources here.

- Get my book “Teach Smarter: Literacy Strategies for Early Childhood Teachers”.

- Learn more about my exclusive mentorship program, “Teaching Trailblazers”.

- Learn more about Maria Mercedes here.

 

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Apr 25, 2022
How to Set up a Successful Science Center in Your Preschool Classroom
00:31:25

When I was in school, I didn't like science class very much. I found it boring and I never enjoyed it.

However, just because that was my experience, it doesn’t mean the same should happen with my preschool students.

See, young children are full of curiosity and love experimenting with the environment around them. 

To them, the world is full of wonders and they want to discover and learn about all of it.

Using their natural curiosity and my science center tips, you can help them understand the world and how it works in a fun and interesting way.

How can you build a science center that will have your students eager to learn?

Tune in now to find out!

 

Key Takeaways:

Do you have a science center in your classroom? (00:00)

Why is having a science center important? (04:25)

How to set up a successful science center (05:27)

Answering your questions (19:29)

My own science center stories (24:18)

 

Additional Resources:

- Visit our website to find tons of pre-K teaching resources here.

- Get my book “Teach Smarter: Literacy Strategies for Early Childhood Teachers”.

- Learn more about my exclusive mentorship program, “Teaching Trailblazers”.

- Get more science center ideas here.

- More about pre-k science units here.

- Get editable center signs here.

- Get printable classroom labels here.

- Learn about the best earth science books here.

- Learn about the best life science books here.

- Learn about the best physical science books here.

- Learn how to grow sweet potatoes with your students here.

- Learn how to grow grass with your students here.

- Learn how to grow lettuce with your students here.

 

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Apr 18, 2022
The Preschool Calendar Time Q&A Session You’ve Been Waiting For!
00:20:45

Hello everyone, and welcome back to a brand new episode of Elevating Early Childhood!

If you remember, a few episodes ago, I discussed calendar time and whether or not you needed it in your preschool classroom.

And well... it seems many of you had even MORE questions, so I’ve decided to answer them for you.

In today's episode I'll be responding to our listener and viewer comments and questions on this super hot button topic — for us preschool teachers —.

Are you ready for a mindset shift?

Let's dive in!

 

Key Takeaways:

Do you have calendar time questions? (00:00)

Thank you for coming to my TED talk! (02:32)

Answering your first question (04:09)

Another one of your YouTube comments (07:29)

Responding to a comment from a mom (11:37)

Let's check your Instagram comments! (12:14)

What our Trailblazers are saying (17:06)

 

Additional Resources:

- Visit our website to find tons of pre-K teaching resources here.

- Get my book “Teach Smarter: Literacy Strategies for Early Childhood Teachers”.

- Learn more about my exclusive mentorship program, “Teaching Trailblazers”.

- Learn more about calendar time activities here.

- Get your linear calendar kit here.

- Listen to episode 44 - “Do Kids Need Calendar Time in Preschool?” here.

 

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Apr 11, 2022
Using Children's Picture Books to Meet Preschool Educational Standards
00:39:59

Hello everyone, and welcome back to a brand new episode of Elevating Early Childhood.

Today's podcast is another one of my thrilling interviews, and I can't wait for you to meet this week's guest!

But before I introduce them, let me ask you a quick question: Do you use picture books in your preschool classroom?

Now, I already know your answer, "Well of course, Vanessa! Everyone uses picture books to teach young children!"

And you might be right, however, are you doing it the right way? Are you using children's picture books to meet educational standards?

Because if you aren't, then you 100% need to meet this week's guest, the brilliant Debbie Clement!

Debbie has more than 40 years of experience working with young children as both a teacher and an administrator. 

She is also a children's book writer and illustrator, and today, she's here to discuss how to use children's picture books to meet educational standards in fun and developmentally appropriate ways.

Ready to learn more?

Let's dive in!

 

Key Takeaways:

Do you use picture books in the classroom? (00:00)

Meet Debbie Clement! (02:44)

Debbie's latest project (04:31)

A book full of artistic surprises (20:09)

About preschool educational standards (24:29)

 

Additional Resources:

- Visit our website to find tons of pre-K teaching resources here.

- Get my book “Teach Smarter: Literacy Strategies for Early Childhood Teachers”.

- Learn more about my exclusive mentorship program, “Teaching Trailblazers”.

- Get Mighty Wings by Debbie Clement here.

 

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Apr 04, 2022
Do Kids Need Calendar Time In Preschool?
00:22:16

Hello everyone, Vanessa here! 

I'm suuuuper excited to have you over again for another fun episode of Elevating Early Childhood.

Today, I'll be discussing calendar time in preschool.

As you know, calendar time in the preschool classroom can be challenging (for quite a few reasons). 

And the big question about it often is: To do calendar or not to do calendar?

And I am here to answer it for you!

Yes friends, today, we're tackling the big calendar time debate!

Ready?

Let's dive in!

 

Key Takeaways:

Calendar: To do or not to do? (00:00)

Ever heard of cognitive dissonance? (02:12)

Let's go back to 1992 (05:02)

The linear calendar (07:19)

What to do if you don't teach using calendar (14:03)

What if I have to do calendar because my director or principal says so? (17:24)

 

Additional Resources:

- Visit our website to find tons of pre-K teaching resources here.

- Get my book “Teach Smarter: Literacy Strategies for Early Childhood Teachers”.

- Learn more about my exclusive mentorship program, “Teaching Trailblazers”.

- More calendar time tips here.

- Get your linear calendar kit here.

- Get your editable picture schedule cards here.

- Get your at-home daily picture schedule here.

- Read Good Intentions Gone Awry here.

- Learn more about how to make calendar time meaningful here.

 

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Mar 28, 2022
Troubleshooting Circle Time: What to Do When it Doesn't Go as Planned
00:38:19

Hello everyone, and welcome back to a brand new episode of Elevating Early Childhood!

Today, I'll be discussing circle time and what to do when it goes awry.

No matter how good you are at keeping your students focused and engaged during circle time, you'll find yourself, one day or another, facing issues.

Circle time problems are common, but many of us find ourselves panicking when they happen.

However, you don't need to. As long as you're prepared, you'll know how to troubleshoot circle time issues.

To discuss this, I've invited the brilliant Prerna Richards to join me in today's episode.

Prerna is an early childhood coach and consultant, and she has been working in this field for the past 35 years. 

She has served as a teacher, a director, an education specialist, and a program director, and today, she's here to talk about how to troubleshoot circle time when it doesn't go as planned.

Ready to learn more?

Let's dive in!

 

Key Takeaways:

Troubleshooting circle time (00:00)

How to deal with children who won't come to circle time (04:02)

"I've been doing this same thing for so long, I need to spice it up." (12:50)

Strategies to deal with interrupters (19:27)

Treasure box (24:03)

Get yourself some fidget toys! (27:11)

A quick demo (30:00)

 

Additional Resources:

- Visit our website to find tons of pre-K teaching resources here.

- Get my book “Teach Smarter: Literacy Strategies for Early Childhood Teachers”.

- Learn more about my exclusive mentorship program, “Teaching Trailblazers”.

- Learn more about Prerna’s work here.

 

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Mar 21, 2022
5 Easy Steps to Setting up Successful Sensory Table Activities
00:33:23

Hello everyone, and welcome back to a brand new episode of Elevating Early Childhood.

Today, we're talking… sensory table activities!

Yes friends, it's time to go big or go home.

Sensory play isn't just fun or messy, it turns out that it has other benefits too!

If you're looking for ways to add interest and boost engagement during center time in your classroom, then you don't want to miss this episode.

All in all, sensory tables are a must-have in every early childhood classroom.

In this episode I'm unveiling my easy step-by-step process to setting up successful sensory table activities.

Are you ready?

Let's dive in!

 

Key Takeaways:

Do you have a sensory table in your classroom? (00:00)

Step #1: Know your "why" (03:00)

Step #2: Choose your fillers (05:00)

Step #3: Don't be shy, add some themes! (18:56)

Step #4: Add the right tools (23:22)

Step #5: Troubleshooting is a must! (26:56)

 

Additional Resources:

- Visit our website to find tons of pre-K teaching resources here.

- Get my book “Teach Smarter: Literacy Strategies for Early Childhood Teachers”.

- Learn more about my exclusive mentorship program, “Teaching Trailblazers”.

- Download your FREE sensory essentials guide here.

- Learn more about the sensory bin here.

- More sensory table themes here.

- Check out my favorite sensory bin tools and toys here.

 

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Mar 14, 2022
Preschool Math Skills - What Comes First?
00:36:13

Teaching math skills to preschoolers is not always straightforward.

Not every child will find it easy to jump into the world of numbers, and some might even find math pretty intimidating.

So, how can we, as early childhood teachers, help facilitate this for them? And where do we even start? 

These are the questions I ask today's guest, who is none other than the amazing Shannon McCartney.

Shannon is an international consultant and author whose work helps teachers from all around the country embed developmentally appropriate numeracy concepts in their classrooms.

She is also the founder of Strategic Intervention Solutions and the creator and executive producer of Math Mights on PBS.

All in all, Shannon is a star (and I'm not saying that just because she's a dear friend of mine), and today, she's here to help us build strong numeracy brains in our students.

Are you ready?

Let's dive in!

 

Key Takeaways:

How to teach preschool math skills (00:00)

Meet Shannon! (02:51)

"Should I panic?" (06:37)

The next layer (16:49)

Where to go next (22:50)

Good news from Shannon (25:42)

Where you can watch Math Mights (29:29)

 

Additional Resources:

- Visit our website to find tons of pre-K teaching resources here.

- Get my book “Teach Smarter: Literacy Strategies for Early Childhood Teachers”.

- Learn more about my exclusive mentorship program, “Teaching Trailblazers”.

- Learn more about Shannon’s work here and here.

 

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Mar 07, 2022
My Top 5 Tips for Setting up a Pet Themed Circle Time
00:37:54

Hello everyone, and welcome back to a brand new episode of Elevating Early Childhood!

Today's episode is one many of you have been asking for.

It's part 3 of my circle time series!

But before we start, let me ask you a question: Are you searching for ways to make circle time more fun and engaging for your preschool students?

If your answer is a resounding "YES!" — and I'm sure it is — then you've come to the right place!

Today, I'll be discussing how to create fun and engaging circle time activities for a pets theme in your preschool classroom.

My pets theme is one of my most popular ones — kids love animals — and I thought I'd share how I put it all up with you!

So, are you ready?

Let's dive in!

 

Key Takeaways:

Set yourself up for success (00:00)

Prep, prep, prep! (02:51)

Start with an introduction (08:54)

The cat is out of the bag! (10:20)

What do the clues tell us? (13:59)

Today's story (16:53)

It's time for a poem! (21:33)

The circle time game (28:24)

Tomorrow is another day (33:35)

 

Additional Resources:

- Visit our website to find tons of pre-K teaching resources here.

- Get my book “Teach Smarter: Literacy Strategies for Early Childhood Teachers”.

- Learn more about my exclusive mentorship program, “Teaching Trailblazers”.

- Get the vet clinic dramatic play bundle here.

- Get pet themed math and literacy activities here.

- Get the circle time number games big bundle here.

- Get your alligator puppet here.

- Get Lola Gets a Cat by Anna McQuinn here.

 

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Feb 28, 2022
My Top 5 Time-Saving Tech Tips for Teachers
00:14:31

There are two types of teachers: Those who absolutely love technology and those who don't feel comfortable using it. 

But the one thing both types have in common is that they never have enough time in their work day to get everything done.

I'm sure you're in the same situation as well. Always running around, feeling like a headless chicken, because you have a million and one things to do and not. enough. time. to do them.

Well, lucky for you, I'm here to help. 

I've been there, I've come up with some solutions, and today, I'll be sharing them with you!

Ready to discover what my top time-saving tech tips are?

Let's dive in!

 

Key Takeaways:

Too much to do but too little time? I'm here to help! (00:00)

Tech Tip #1: Take advantage of Gmail (03:05)

Tech Tip #2: Don't forget to schedule! (06:09)

Tech Tip #3: Ad-free is always best (07:44)

Tech Tip #4: Don't be a Google Drive hoarder (10:01)

Tech Tip #5: Pin those tabs! (11:47)

 

Additional Resources:

- Visit our website to find tons of pre-K teaching resources here.

- Get my book “Teach Smarter: Literacy Strategies for Early Childhood Teachers”.

- Learn more about my exclusive mentorship program, “Teaching Trailblazers”.

 

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Feb 21, 2022
The Importance of Expanding Access to Public Preschool
00:35:48

Hello everyone, and welcome back to a brand new episode of Elevating Early Childhood!

Today's episode is suuuuuuper exciting.

"Why," you ask?

Simply because I'm interviewing the brilliant Dr. Danny Brassell!

If you haven't heard of him (although I'm sure many of you have), Dr. Brassell is an internationally-acclaimed speaker, best-selling author of 15 books, and overall funny person — I mean he is nicknamed “Jim Carrey with a PhD”—. 

I first met Dr. Brassell when I was on the educational conference speaking circuit, and I thought, "Why keep all his knowledge for myself?" which is exactly why he's joining me in today's episode, where we'll be discussing an important subject: Expanding access to public preschool.

Ready?

Let's dive in!

 

Key Takeaways:

Why we need public preschool (00:00)

Meet Danny! (02:10)

What is the purpose of preschool? (06:31)

Every child is different (08:46)

"Children are made readers in the laps of their parents" (12:38)

Captain Underpants is the gateway drug to Shakespeare (18:19)

The difference between public preschools and private preschools (22:58)

All parents want what's best for their children (28:51)

 

Additional Resources:

- Visit our website to find tons of pre-K teaching resources here.

- Get my book “Teach Smarter: Literacy Strategies for Early Childhood Teachers”.

- Learn more about my exclusive mentorship program, “Teaching Trailblazers”.

- Learn more about Dr. Danny Brassell here.

 

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Feb 14, 2022
How to Create a Successful Dramatic Play Learning Center in Preschool
00:30:51

Friends, before we start, let me ask you a quick question.

Do your students love pretend play?

I’m pretty sure your answer is a resounding “yes!” because, come on, what child doesn’t like to act out everyday scenarios for fun?

Well, you can take your students’ love for dramatic play, and turn it into a learning moment (isn’t that our job after all?)

And what better way to do that than by creating your own — very successful, might I  add — dramatic play center.

Having a well-equipped, well-organized, and clearly labeled dramatic play center will keep your preschool students engaged in playful learning and on-task for longer periods of time.

So really, what’s not to love?

All right, let’s dive in!

 

Key Takeaways:

Make your own dramatic play center today! (00:00)

Dramatic play must-haves (03:13)

Where to start? This way! (14:54)

Props and themes are always welcome (16:23)

Make introductions (18:51)

How much space do you need? (20:49)

Answering some more questions (24:29)

 

Additional Resources:

- Visit our website to find tons of pre-K teaching resources here.

- Get my book “Teach Smarter: Literacy Strategies for Early Childhood Teachers”.

- Learn more about my exclusive mentorship program, “Teaching Trailblazers”.

- Discover our dramatic play themes here.

- Take a look at my own dramatic play center here.

- Shop my dramatic play favorites here.

 

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Feb 07, 2022
My Top 5 Small Group Counting Activities for Preschool
00:31:15

Hello everyone, and welcome back to another episode of Elevating Early Childhood!

Before we start, let me ask you a quick question: Do your preschool or pre-k students need help learning how to count and develop number sense?

If your answer is "YES!" then you've come to the right place, because that's exactly what I'm discussing today.

As you know, math doesn't come easily to everyone. Some children have real difficulties with it, while others find it super fun and easy, almost like solving a puzzle game.

However, the math activities I'm sharing with you today are an exception, because all your preschool students will love them. They're fun and engaging, and they make math as simple as it can be!

So, are you ready?

Let's dive in!

 

Key Takeaways:

Fun math activities for your preschool classroom (00:00)

Has this ever happened to you? (02:17)

Target finds always help! (04:04)

"No prep, please," you said? (09:28)

Ice-cube trays for the rescue (13:07)

Make it super fun! (17:55)

Keep it simple (21:48)

The magic number (24:58)

 

Additional Resources:

- Visit our website to find tons of pre-K teaching resources here.

- Get my book “Teach Smarter: Literacy Strategies for Early Childhood Teachers”.

- Learn more about my exclusive mentorship program, “Teaching Trailblazers”.

- For bear caves, click here.

- Want to buy colorful lunch trays? Click here.

- Get foam dice here.

- Click here for gator grabbers.

- In need of a pocket cube? Click here.

- Grab some mini-erasers here.

- Listen to episode 24 here.

 

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Jan 31, 2022
Sensory Processing Disorder in Preschool
00:34:21

Do you have kids in your classroom who have strong reactions to things like loud noises or certain smells? 

If your answer is "yes", then you may have students with sensory issues!

Whether it's the first or the tenth time you've encountered a situation like this, it's important to know what to do, and most importantly, what not to do for your students' wellbeing!

So, to discuss this, I've invited author Keri Wilmot on the podcast. 

Keri is an author and pediatric occupational therapist with more than 20 years of clinical experience, and today, she's here to discuss how to help your students cope with their sensory challenges in the classroom.

Ready?

Let's dive in!

 

Key Takeaways:

Sensory processing in the classroom (00:00)

Meet Keri! (02:10)

A brief overview of sensory processing (03:56)

Why it's important to know about sensory processing (08:27)

Answering one of your questions (10:47)

The right tools help (15:35)

Should you be having this conversation with the parents? (24:17)

Tips and tricks from Keri (26:35)

 

Additional Resources:

- Visit our website to find tons of pre-K teaching resources here.

- Get my book “Teach Smarter: Literacy Strategies for Early Childhood Teachers”.

- Learn more about my exclusive mentorship program, “Teaching Trailblazers”.

- Grab Wired Differently: A Teacher's Guide to Understanding Sensory Processing Challenges by Keri Wilmot here.

- Connect with Keri here.

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Jan 24, 2022
5 Easy Steps to Setting up a Successful Preschool Block Center
00:39:15

Hello everyone, and welcome back to a brand new episode of Elevating Early Childhood.

Before we start, let me ask you a question: What's in your block center?

If you're looking for ways to spice up your block center or help your kids get the most out of the block center, then this episode is for you!

Because, let me tell you, when your block center is well-stocked and organized, student engagement will skyrocket!

But how do you make sure yours checks all the right boxes and is as successful as it can be?

Tune in to this episode to find out!

Ready? Let's dive in!

 

Key Takeaways:

Setting up a successful block center doesn't have to be hard (00:00)

Adding natural items (02:55)

Dollar store finds! (06:12)

Things that go (08:45)

Where does it go? (13:06)

We the People (14:36)

Don't "leaf" these out! (18:37)

What kind of blocks to use? (19:49)

"Do not touch!" (22:37)

Use center signs (23:36)

Bring literacy into your block center (24:07)

How to make block center clean-up a breeze (27:11)

Add things to complement your themes (29:46)

How much space do you need? (31:49)

Here's how to manage your students in the block center (34:33)

 

Additional Resources:

- Visit our website to find tons of pre-K teaching resources here.

- Get my book “Teach Smarter: Literacy Strategies for Early Childhood Teachers”.

- Learn more about my exclusive mentorship program, “Teaching Trailblazers”.

- Get my FREE center essentials guide here.

- Shop your block center products here.

- Grab editable center labels here.

- Grab editable center signs here.

- Learn more about my block center here.

 

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Jan 17, 2022
Circle Time Essentials for Your Preschool Classroom
00:38:15

What's the secret to making every circle time a smashing success?

This is the question I answer in today's episode of Elevating Early Childhood!

As you know, circle time is an essential part of every preschool classroom. Done right, it can be super fun and engaging!

But, there is one big obstacle between you and a successful circle time... Children's short attention spans!

I've talked about this before, and yes, I'm about to circle back — excuse the pun — to it again this week, because if you want to have the perfect circle time, you need your students to pay attention.

How can you make sure that happens? 

I answer this question (and more) in today's episode, so tune in now!

 

Key Takeaways:

What's the secret to a successful circle time? (00:00)

A story about Ashley (03:19)

A story about Jaden (09:41)

I found my perfect bag, what about you? (16:15)

Meet Allie the alligator! (22:43)

Don't forget circle time games (30:00)

 

Additional Resources:

- Visit our website to find tons of pre-K teaching resources here.

- Get my book “Teach Smarter: Literacy Strategies for Early Childhood Teachers”.

- Learn more about my exclusive mentorship program, “Teaching Trailblazers”.

- Check out episode 21 here.

- Check out episode 22 here.

- Find out more about circle time songs here.

- Find more circle time tips here.

 

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Jan 10, 2022
Living Your Best Teacher Life: Learn How to Set Boundaries and Say No!
00:35:09

Friends, it's a new year!! 

And you know what that means… NEW YEAR RESOLUTIONS!

Every single December, we all collectively decide the coming year is going to be our best. 

But let's be honest, these last two years have been less than stellar, especially for teachers, thanks to a little something called "The Pandemic".

However, as they say, third time's the charm, and 2022 is going to be OUR year!

And that's why it's the perfect time to make (and follow) the one resolution every teacher needs to make: Setting boundaries.

Having interactions with your students' parents and keeping them in the loop is important, but don't let them walk all over you. After all, you're the professional.

However, if you find that this is easier said than done, then you're in luck, because today, I discuss how to live your best teacher life and learn how to say no with the brilliant Pat Quinn.

Ready?

Let's dive in!

 

Key Takeaways:

"No" is a complete sentence (00:00)

Setting boundaries is a must! (02:53)

Stories vs. facts (06:55)

"Swim with the fish" (10:05)

Two truths and a truth (20:02)

What to do when you get blindsided by a request (27:23)

Final thoughts (32:36)

 

Additional Resources:

- Visit our website to find tons of pre-K teaching resources here.

- Get my book “Teach Smarter: Literacy Strategies for Early Childhood Teachers”.

- Learn more about my exclusive mentorship program, “Teaching Trailblazers”.

- Learn more about Pat here.

 

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Jan 03, 2022
My Top 5 Organizing Tips for Early Childhood Teachers
00:24:01

Hello everyone, and welcome back to a brand new episode of Elevating Early Childhood.

Today, we're talking… organization! 

If you're dreaming of a more organized teacher life in 2022, I've got you! 

If you want a fresh start to the new year, then kick classroom clutter to curb and organize #allthethings with my very best tips.

After all, no one enjoys it when they open a cabinet in their classroom and get hit on the head by a random bottle of tempera paint — please tell me I'm not the only one who's been there —.

Ready?

Let's dive in!

 

Key Takeaways:

The saga of the stray magnetic letter (00:00)

My top 5 storage and organization tips for your classroom (02:08)

My best closet storage tip (04:32)

My best closet storage tip (08:24)

Repurposed containers for storing yarn (16:06)

My best bulletin board border storage tip (19:08)

My best book organization tip (20:45)

 

Additional Resources:

- Visit our website to find tons of pre-K teaching resources here.

- Get my book “Teach Smarter: Literacy Strategies for Early Childhood Teachers”.

- Learn more about my exclusive mentorship program, “Teaching Trailblazers”.

- Check out more teacher storage and organization ideas here.

- Get your book tub labels here.

- Looking for theme tub labels? Click here.

- Get printable supply labels here.

- Grab yourself some plastic book bins here.

- Get clear plastic shoe boxes here.

- Click here for clear plastic theme storage tubs.

 

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Dec 27, 2021
Light Table Activities and Ideas for Preschool
00:31:38

I remember the very first time I saw a light table in a classroom, I was mesmerized by the soft glow and the reflecting colors. 

There was just something about it that was super soothing and comforting to me.

And who doesn't like soothing and comforting? I mean, those words sound like a cozy night in with a good book and a hot cup of tea!

Well, after making my discovery, I thought to myself: "My students will 100% enjoy something like this."

But buying a light table was out of the question, it was just too expensive for me.

So, what did I do?

*DRUMROLL*...

I MADE ONE!

Yes friends, I went through a full-on DIY phase, and an amazing light table came out of it! 

And guess what? You can do the same! 

Just listen to this week's episode to find out how.

 

Key Takeaways:

What's a light table? (00:00)

Where to find a light table (04:30)

DIY light table? Yes please! (06:32)

What does a light table help with? (08:45)

Pros and cons of a light table (10:16)

The activities students can do on a light table (11:57)

DIY light table mats (13:18)

Translucent letters and number (18:22)

Translucent linking cubes (20:20)

Magna tiles (21:55)

Translucent pattern blocks (22:57)

Translucent bingo chips (24:18)

Translucent cups (25:51)

Answering more light table-related questions (26:43)

A few more resources for you (28:54)

 

Additional Resources:

- Visit our website to find tons of pre-K teaching resources here.

- Get my book “Teach Smarter: Literacy Strategies for Early Childhood Teachers”.

- Learn more about my exclusive mentorship program, “Teaching Trailblazers”.

- Learn more about light table centers here.

- Wondering what kind of light table activities you can do with your students? Click here to find out!

- Everything about light table tools here.

- Here’s how to make your own light table.

- Grab your editable center signs here.

- Grab your “I Can” center task cards here.

 

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Dec 20, 2021
Moving Beyond Behavior Charts: What Comes Next?
00:33:23

Hello everyone, and welcome back to a brand new episode of Elevating Early Childhood.

Guess what?

This week's episode is another amazing interview, with the one and only Dan St. Romain!

Dan is a brilliant author and consultant with 30 years of experience in the education field.

He has served as an educational diagnostician AND a behavior specialist on an early childhood campus, so, all in all, Dan really knows what he's talking about!

And today, he's here to discuss how to communicate behavior to parents when you're not using behavior charts.

If you've listened to last week's episode (if you haven't yet, tune in here), then you know my take on behavior charts: I don't think they’re necessary.

But even if we don't use them, we can still keep parents in the loop about their children's behavior.

How?

Tune in now to find out!

 

Key Takeaways:

Is daily feedback useful? (00:00)

Meet today's guest! (02:08)

Daily feedback: Yay or nay? (04:09)

No news is good news! (10:48)

Strategies you can use (14:35)

Be the voice of hope (20:25)

Intermittent communication is important (26:30)

Prevention vs. intervention (28:25)

 

Additional Resources:

- Visit our website to find tons of pre-K teaching resources here.

- Get my book “Teach Smarter: Literacy Strategies for Early Childhood Teachers”.

- Learn more about my exclusive mentorship program, “Teaching Trailblazers”.

- Check out the first part of this episode here.

- For more info about behavior charts, click here.

- Learn more about Dan St. Romain here.

- Get a copy of Teach Skills and Break Habits: Growth Mindsets for Better Behavior in the Classroom by Dan St. Romain here.

 

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Dec 13, 2021
Preschool Behavior Management Best Practices (Part 1)
00:28:08

Here is a question I get all the time from my listeners: "Help, my kids are out of control! What can I do?"

Now this is something every early childhood teacher has had to deal with in their career. 

It's no secret that young children are not all angels. It's normal, they're kids, and they don't have as much impulse control as we do. 

Plus, they're at that age when they're starting to feel like their own person and want to express themselves.

So, how do you make them behave in the classroom?

Well, what if teaching kids to behave wasn't about controlling their behavior, but instead about teaching them the skills they need to express their feelings and emotions?

This is exactly what I discuss in today's episode of Elevating Early Childhood, so, if this sounds like your cup of tea (and I know it does), tune in now!

 

Key Takeaways:

What is our goal with behavior in the classroom? (00:00)

Sharing one of your emails (02:18)

Behavior charts (03:45)

A story about Kevin (04:37)

Answering my listener's question (09:15)

Another quick story (12:07)

The importance of teaching the right skills (16:20)

Tip #1: Communicate (18:36)

Tip #2: Teach (20:16)

Tip #3: Differentiate (22:57)

What if your administrator mandates the use of a behavior chart? (24:12)

Peer pressure (26:03)

 

Additional Resources:

- Visit our website to find tons of pre-K teaching resources here.

- Get my book “Teach Smarter: Literacy Strategies for Early Childhood Teachers”.

- Learn more about my exclusive mentorship program, “Teaching Trailblazers”.

- For more info about behavior charts, click here.

- Grab the Making Good Choices Behavior Management printable here.

- Get a copy of Punished by Rewards, by Alfie Kohn here.

- Get a copy of Teach Skills and Break Habits: Growth Mindsets for Better Behavior in the Classroom, by Dan St. Romain here.

 

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Dec 06, 2021
How to Teach the Alphabet to Preschoolers (Part 2)
00:28:41

Hi everyone, I'm so excited to have you here back again!

Today, I pick up right where I left last week in my riveting discussion with Melissa.

If you're not sure what I'm talking about, let me refresh your memory a bit!

Melissa and I discussed literacy, the importance of understanding the children you're teaching, and how to teach your students the alphabet.

And today, we discuss even more fun stuff and answer your most burning literacy questions, so make sure to tune in!

 

Key Takeaways:

Do you need a curriculum to teach? (00:00)

What about phonological awareness? (04:32)

Do you have to buy anything to teach your children these skills? (11:24)

Using picture cards can help (17:16)

Invest in an ABC Linking Chart (18:56)

Closing thoughts (24:16)

 

Additional Resources:

- Visit our website to find tons of pre-K teaching resources here.

- Get my book “Teach Smarter: Literacy Strategies for Early Childhood Teachers”.

- Learn more about my exclusive mentorship program, “Teaching Trailblazers”.

- Get the Ultimate Alphabet Freebie Bundle here.

- Get my free “How to Teach the Alphabet” eBook here.

- Grab my ABC Linking Chart here.

- Want to connect with Melissa? Click here.

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Nov 29, 2021
How to Teach the Alphabet to Preschoolers (Part 1)
00:20:18

Hey friends, welcome back to a brand new episode of Elevating Early Childhood!

This one is suuuuuper exciting, but before we start, let me ask you a question!

Has anyone ever said to you: "Oh, you teach preschool, it must be so much fun to play all day!"?

Pretty frustrating, right? 

Many people think teaching early childhood is a walk in the park, even when you and I know the truth: It isn't!

Our job needs time, dedication, and a real love for children and literacy. After all, not anyone can teach a small child the alphabet...

Which brings me to today's subject: This week’s guest, the brilliant Melissa Leach (of Leach Literacy Training), who is here to discuss the science behind teaching letters, letter names, and sounds to preschool-aged children.

Are you ready?

Grab yourself a nice hot chocolate (or a spiced cider, 'tis the season after all), have a seat in your favorite chair, and tune in!

 

Key Takeaways:

Is teaching preschool really easy? (00:00)

Letter before letters sounds or vice-versa? (04:45)

Don't jump in too quickly (08:41)

The importance of not making assumptions (13:53)

Why it's important to understand the children you're teaching (14:27)

How to get your children excited about learning letters (16:36)

 

Additional Resources:

- Visit our website to find tons of pre-K teaching resources here.

- Get my book “Teach Smarter: Literacy Strategies for Early Childhood Teachers”.

- Learn more about my exclusive mentorship program, “Teaching Trailblazers”.

- Get the Ultimate Alphabet Freebie Bundle here.

- Get my free “How to Teach the Alphabet” eBook here.

- Want to connect with Melissa? Click here.

 

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Nov 22, 2021
How to Use Felt Board Stories for Retelling
00:39:43

After working with many teachers over the years, I've noticed one thing...

"What is it, Vanessa?" you ask?

Well, the answer is: The lack of flannel boards!

And yes, I can hear you already... "But flannel boards are sooooo old school." 

But let me tell you, they aren't! They can actually be used in very smart ways to teach many standards in your early childhood class!

What do I mean by that?

Tune in to this episode to find out!

 

Key Takeaways:

Flannel boards in the classroom? (00:00)

Why some teachers don't use flannel boards (01:03)

What is a flannel board? (01:40)

What is the purpose of a flannel board? (04:20)

What standards can you support using a flannel board? (04:58)

How to do a flannel board story with your students (11:47)

My favorite flannel pieces (20:16)

Using a flannel board as an independent learning center (23:20)

Other ways I have used flannel boards in my classrooms (30:16)

Some troubleshooting tips for you (32:15)

 

Additional Resources:

- Visit our website to find tons of pre-K teaching resources here.

- Get my book “Teach Smarter: Literacy Strategies for Early Childhood Teachers”.

- Learn more about my exclusive mentorship program, “Teaching Trailblazers”.

- For “Little Folk: Goldilocks” flannel figures, click here.

- For “Little Folk: Nursery Rhymes” flannel figures, click here.

- For “Little Folk: Brown Bear” flannel figures, click here.

- For “Little Folk: Hungry Caterpillar” flannel figures, click here.

- Grab your DIY pizza box flannel board here.

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Nov 15, 2021
Top 10 Small Group Time Questions Answered
00:15:52

How can you make small group time work for you?

I answer this question in today's episode of Elevating Early Childhood.

When it comes to small group time, many preschool professionals find themselves scratching their heads.

What is it? How does it work? And is it really that important?

Well, let me tell you one thing: If done right, small group time can be highly effective and allow you to target the needs of each student!

So really, what's not to love?

If you're curious about small group time and how you can implement it in your preschool classroom, this episode is for you!

In it, I'll be answering a few questions about small group time, such as how long they should last, how you can manage them, and more!

Are you ready?

Let's dive in!

 

Key Takeaways:

Make small group time work for you (00:00)

Question #1: What are small groups? (00:57)

Question #2: Why are small groups so important? (01:14)

Question #3: How long should small groups last? (02:34)

Question #4: How many students should you have in each small group? (03:52)

Question #5: How many groups should you have? (04:18)

Question #6: How do you know which children to put in which group? (04:49)

Question #7: Where should you have your small group lessons? (06:58)

Question #8: When should you have small group time? (09:37)

Question #9: How do you manage small groups? (10:24)

Question #10: What types of activities should you do during small groups? (12:38)

 

Additional Resources:

- Visit our website to find tons of pre-K teaching resources here.

- Get my book “Teach Smarter: Literacy Strategies for Early Childhood Teachers”.

- Learn more about my exclusive mentorship program, “Teaching Trailblazers”.

- For small group activities ideas, click here.

- Grab preschool assessment forms here.

- Click here and use promo code “prekpages” to try ESGI for free for 60 days and save $40 on your first year's subscription!

 

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Nov 08, 2021
Top 10 Classroom Must-Haves for Preschool Teachers
00:40:08

The one thing teachers don't have a lot of besides money is time. There's never enough time in the day to finish everything that needs to be done!

That's why in this episode, I'll be sharing my 10 favorite classroom must-haves; items that have saved me time or made my teacher life easier.

Some of these things I've used for a very long time and I couldn't live without in my classroom, while others may be new to you. 

My purpose isn't to get you to buy a bunch of things. Instead, I'm sharing my perspective about things that I like and have found helpful in the classroom.

That way, you won't have to waste your time and money on stuff you don't need. 

This is going to be a fun episode, so stick around!

 

Key Takeaways:

#1 - Personal laminator (02:38)

#2 - Spring-loaded scissors (07:49)

#3 - One-touch stapler (10:20)

#4 - HP Instant Ink wireless printer (13:20)

#5 - Nut and bolt drawer organizer (18:58)

#6 - Paper cutter (23:42)

#7 - Creative Station Xyron machine (23:50)

#8 - Sticky pockets (29:29)

#9 - Clear tubs (32:32)

#10 - Iris rainbow cases (35:16)

 

Additional Resources:

- Visit our website to find tons of pre-K teaching resources here.

- Get my book "Teach Smarter: Literacy Strategies for Early Childhood Teachers".

- Learn more about my exclusive mentorship program, "Teaching Trailblazers".

 

Links to the supplies mentioned in this episode:

- Scotch Laminator: https://amzn.to/3m2tGxA

- Scotch Laminating Pouches: https://amzn.to/2ZdJ6X8

- Fiskars Adult Spring-Loaded Scissors: https://amzn.to/3B8tzEZ

- One Touch Stapler: https://amzn.to/3Gbw0dW

- HP Printer: https://amzn.to/3GdUbsa

- Xyron Creative Station (9 inch): https://amzn.to/3nkZM7i

- Rainbow Photo Keeper: https://amzn.to/3GcX2kZ

- Sensory Bin Storage Boxes: https://amzn.to/3vE3bSj

- Clear Label Pockets:https://amzn.to/3m7C7rN

- Sit Spots: https://amzn.to/2ZbeaXo

- Wireless doorbell: https://amzn.to/3CaETlp

- Electric whistle: https://amzn.to/2ZcqCpO

 

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Nov 01, 2021
A Preschool Circle Time Routine that Really Works - Part 2
00:33:57

In last week's episode, I talked about how it can be a real challenge to get young children to listen and pay attention during circle time. 

But what if I told you it doesn't have to be that way?

What if there was a recipe for a successful circle time that you could follow?

Wouldn't that be amazing

I know, I know - it sounds too good to be true, doesn't it? 

Well, it isn't!

In today's episode of Elevating Early Childhood, a very special guest is joining us to discuss circle time - my good friend Jamie White!

Jamie is known for her highly effective circle time games. And she's a four-time speaker at our annual Soar to Success Summit for early childhood educators.

So, tune in to learn best practices and troubleshooting tips to make your circle time the very best for you and your students!

 

Key Takeaways:

How to have a successful circle time (00:00)

What to do if your kids are too wiggly to sit (02:06)

One common mistake that preschool teachers make with circle time (04:19)

How to make the most out of your circle time (07:39)

How to get your children to stay focused (12:48)

What to do if your children won't come to circle time or get up and wander (20:52)

The importance of picking the right books to read aloud  (27:21)

 

Additional Resources:

- Visit our website to find tons of pre-K teaching resources here.

- Visit Jamie’s website here.

- Get my book “Teach Smarter: Literacy Strategies for Early Childhood Teachers”.

- Learn more about my exclusive mentorship program, “Teaching Trailblazers”.

- For some preschool morning meeting ideas, click here.

- Listen to Part 1 of this episode here.

- Click here for preschool circle time song ideas.

- Get your rectangular Editable Picture Schedule Cards here.

- Get square Editable Picture Schedule Cards, click here.

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Oct 25, 2021
A Preschool Circle Time Routine that Really Works
00:24:30

In this week's episode of Elevating Early Childhood, I discuss something suuuper important: Circle time!

As you know, circle time is pretty crucial in pre-k, and having a successful and effective one can be difficult.

Why? Simply because most children have short attention spans, which means keeping them focused on circle time can be quite the complex task.

But, I'm here to help! 

Which is why, first things first, I want you to know that, when it comes to circle time, working smarter, not harder, is the solution.

What does that entail, exactly?

Tune in right now to find out!

 

Key Takeaways:

Why is it difficult to have a successful circle time? (00:00)

Ingredient #1: Understanding young children's attention spans (03:03)

Ingredient #2: Balancing active and passive during circle time (04:24)

Ingredient #3: Have all your materials prepared in advance (06:40)

What to do when your students don't listen during circle time (08:12)

How to fit everything during circle time (09:42)

What to do if your students don't participate (13:44)

Component #1: The picture schedule (17:28)

Component #2: Taking attendance (18:15)

Component #3: Story of the day (20:12)

Component #4: A participatory song (21:29)

Component #5: Review your schedule (21:43)

 

Additional Resources:

- Visit our website to find tons of pre-K teaching resources here.

- Get my book “Teach Smarter: Literacy Strategies for Early Childhood Teachers”.

- Learn more about my exclusive mentorship program, “Teaching Trailblazers”.

- For some preschool morning meeting ideas, click here.

- For more preschool circle time tips, click here.

- Click here for preschool circle time song ideas.

- Get your rectangular Editable Picture Schedule Cards here.

- Get square Editable Picture Schedule Cards, click here.

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Oct 18, 2021
How to Write Lesson Plans
00:13:22

In this week's episode of Elevating Early Childhood, I discuss something super important: How to write lesson plans!

This is a question I often get from teachers new to working at the preschool level.

So, if you find yourself wondering where to start, or what kind of lesson plan works best for pre-k, don't freak out just yet! I want you to know, you're not alone, and I'm here to help!

And today, I'll be sharing my own lesson plan method with you! 

Not only does this method work for all early childhood professionals, it also doesn't require you to have a curriculum!

Wondering how it works?

Tune in now to find out everything you need to know about my six-step method for writing lesson plans!

So, without further ado, let’s dive in!

Key Takeaways:

Need to write a lesson plan? You came to the right place! (00:00)

Six steps to write your lesson plan (02:52)

What if you don't have any assessments? (06:31)

What skills should you be teaching each week? (07:03)

What units of study should you be focusing on? (07:47)

What books do you read for each unit of study? (08:46)

Where to get a lesson plan template (09:36)

How I get it all done before Friday (10:04)

A surprise for you! (12:04)

Additional Resources:

- Visit our website to find tons of pre-K teaching resources here.

- Get my book “Teach Smarter: Literacy Strategies for Early Childhood Teachers”.

- Learn more about my exclusive mentorship program, “Teaching Trailblazers”.

- Get your Student Assessment Packet here.

- Get your FREE Trailblazer Curriculum Map here.

- More assessment tools for pre-k teachers here.

- Get your FREE Teacher Planner for Preschool here.

- For the editable lesson plan template, click here.

- Get the Pumpkin Lesson Plan Bundle here.

- To check out my premade book lists, click here.

- To buy the Happy Planner Punch, click here.

- To buy the Happy Planner Disks, click here.

- To buy the Rainbow Rolling Cart, click .here

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Oct 11, 2021
Scissor Skills for Preschoolers (Part 2)
00:26:05

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In last week's episode, I discussed how you can help your students develop their fine motor skills before working on their scissor skills.

If you haven't listened to that episode yet, I invite you to do so, because the tips I gave in that one are going to build the foundation the children will need to develop and hone their scissor skills.

Today, I pick up where I left off. I'll be focusing more on scissors and what you can do to teach your young students how to use them.

To many, it seems like using scissors is something that's super easy to do. However, like everything else, it's a skill, and your students will need to work on it.

How?

I answer this question in today's episode of Elevating Early Childhood, so tune in now.

Key Takeaways:

Previously on Elevating Early Childhood (00:00)

Step #1: Ripping (01:42)

Step #2: Snipping (04:40)

Step #3: Fringing (08:36)

Step #4: Straight lines (10:53)

Step #5: Zigzag lines (14:40)

Step #6: Curved lines (16:43)

Step #7: Right angles (19:17)

What to do if your students can't hold Fiskars scissors (21:12)

Additional Resources:

- Visit our website to find tons of pre-K teaching resources here.

- Get my book “Teach Smarter: Literacy Strategies for Early Childhood Teachers”.

- Learn more about my exclusive mentorship program, “Teaching Trailblazers”.

- Learn how to teach your students scissor cutting skills here.

- Click here for my tips for teaching scissor cutting skills in your preschool classroom.

- Get your FREE Printable Scissor Skills Checklist here.

 - Get your Cutting Skills Printable Bundle here.

 - Get Fiskars Blunt Tip Scissors here.

 - Get Preschool Training Scissors here.

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Sep 27, 2021
Scissor Skills for Preschoolers (Part 1)
00:21:59

Every preschool professional will have to, one day, introduce scissors to their students. And sometimes, that can go wrong. 

A lot of children can be scissor-happy. I mean, who would say no to cutting their own hair as a child?

However, if you do it the right way, teaching scissor skills to young kids can be, if not easy, quite fun.

And it all comes down to helping your students hone their fine-motor skills!

How can you do that?

Tune in now to find out.

Well then, what are you waiting for? Let's dive in!

 

Key Takeaways:

Teaching children scissor skills: Is it a challenge? (00:00)

Fine-motor skills and scissor skills (01:17)

Playdough is a great way to help kids develop their fine motor skills (02:00)

Make things fun and playful! (07:58)

Art activities that develop fine motor skills (10:07)

What if your students have to use two hands? (15:00)

Grab your FREE Fine Motor Skills Parent Handout (16:30)

 

Additional Resources:

- Visit our website to find tons of pre-K teaching resources here.

- Get my book “Teach Smarter: Literacy Strategies for Early Childhood Teachers”.

- Learn more about my exclusive mentorship program, “Teaching Trailblazers”.

- Learn how to teach your students scissor cutting skills here.

- Grab a free copy of the Fine Motor Skills Parent Handout here.

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Sep 20, 2021
Bulletin Board Ideas for the Preschool Classroom
00:43:08

Do you ever feel pressured to put the most aesthetically-pleasing bulletin boards in your classroom? 

We've all been there! 

Creating eye-catching bulletin boards can become a chore that takes up way too much time!

And this is exactly what I discuss in this week's episode of Elevating Early Childhood, with my amazing guest, the brilliant Matt Halpern.

Matt has taught early elementary school for almost two decades. He is also a speaker and the author of Look at My Happy Rainbow: My Journey as a Male Kindergarten Teacher

And today, he's here to discuss the walls in our classrooms!

Ready?

Let's dive in!

 

Key Takeaways:

Do aesthetically-pleasing bulletin boards really matter? (00:00)

Are you spending your own money on your classroom? (02:37)

The pressure of being a new teacher (08:07)

The classroom is the children's space (15:57)

Teach smarter, not harder (20:41)

How to include the children in decorating the classroom (23:12)

The more you do it, the bigger it gets (26:14)

My bulletin board philosophy (30:57)

Over decorated classrooms can cause overstimulation in students (33:54)

Matt's best advice (39:02)

 

Additional Resources:

- Visit our website to find tons of pre-K teaching resources here.

- Get my book “Teach Smarter: Literacy Strategies for Early Childhood Teachers”.

- Learn more about my exclusive mentorship program, “Teaching Trailblazers”.

- Visit Matt’s website here

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Sep 13, 2021
How to Start Your Own Preschool
00:33:37

In this week's episode of Elevating Early Childhood, I discuss a pretty exciting subject: How to start your own preschool.

Yes friends, because you can!

Plus, what's even more fun is that I talk about this with the fantastic Joy Anderson!

If you don't know her, then let me give you a quick introduction: Joy is a mom, a badass professional educator, and, DRUMROLL PLEASE, the founder and CEO of Preschool System.

So, if you've ever dreamed of opening your own preschool, you might want to listen to this episode, because Joy has a bunch of tips and tricks for you!

Well then, what are you waiting for?

Let's dive in!

 

Key Takeaways:

Starting your own preschool? Yes, it's possible! (00:00)

Meet Joy Anderson (00:22)

Advice from Joy (02:32)

Helping women start their own preschools (07:07)

You don't need a business degree or business experience (12:43)

You won't be competing with free preschool (16:28)

The freedom of being a preschool owner (22:18)

You can't control what other people think (26:42)

Success stories from Joy (28:02)

Where you can find Joy (32:01)

 

Additional Resources:

- Visit our website to find tons of pre-K teaching resources here.

- Get my book “Teach Smarter: Literacy Strategies for Early Childhood Teachers”.

- Learn more about my exclusive mentorship program, “Teaching Trailblazers”.

- Get your free copy of Joy's book here.

Elevating Early Childhood is an early education podcast dedicated to helping Pre-K, Preschool, and Kindergarten teachers teach better, save time, and live more.

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Sep 06, 2021
Science of Reading: What Preschool Teachers Should Know (Part 2)
00:28:39

Picking up from last week's episode, we continue on today with my discussion with fellow preschool educator, Allison McDonald, about the Science of Reading.

In the last episode of Elevating Early Childhood, Allison and I discussed the science of reading, the importance of oral language development, and how you can help your students create a foundation for literacy.

Today, we pick up again and discuss even more exciting (and fun) subjects, such as the importance of being intentional with your teaching (yes, it's possible to do that in preschool!), if sound walls are really necessary, the difference between phonemic awareness and phonological awareness, and a bunch of other great stuff!

So, without further ado, let’s get to it!

 

Key Takeaways:

Picking up from last week’s discussion (00:00)

The importance of being intentional with your teaching (02:00)

What are articulatory gestures? (05:16)

Do you really need sound walls in pre-k? (07:36)

The difference between phonemic awareness and phonological awareness (11:18)

The Science of Reading’s more controversial parts (14:33)

A quick summary of our discussion (21:31)

 

Additional Resources:

- Visit our website to find tons of pre-K teaching resources here.

- Get my book “Teach Smarter: Literacy Strategies for Early Childhood Teachers”.

- Learn more about my exclusive mentorship program, “Teaching Trailblazers”.

- Check out Allison’s latest book, Everyday Preschool.

- Check out the book we based our discussion on here.

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Aug 30, 2021
Science of Reading: What Preschool Teachers Should Know
00:30:24

What is the Science of Reading? And what should preschool teachers know about it?

In this week's episode of Elevating Early Childhood, I answer these two questions and more. 

But I won't be doing this alone! 

Yes friends, this is an interview episode! And in it, I will be discussing this hot topic with the lovely Allison McDonald.

Allison is the creator and founder of the early childhood website No Time for Flash Cards. She's also an author, a mom, and a rockstar early childhood educator!

Today, she and I will be discussing all things Science of Reading and what early childhood professionals need to know.

Are you ready?

Let's dive in!

 

Key Takeaways:

Discussing the Science of Reading (00:00)

Meet Allison (00:42)

Shifting the Balance: 6 Ways to Bring the Science of Reading into the Balanced Literacy Classroom (05:28)

The importance of oral language development (07:00)

Why you should be more intentional (11:19)

The importance of building background knowledge (14:46)

Moderate planning is okay (19:20)

Phonological awareness and phonemic awareness are key (20:47)

The four factors of future reading success (25:12)

 

Additional Resources:

- Visit our website to find tons of pre-K teaching resources here.

- Get my book “Teach Smarter: Literacy Strategies for Early Childhood Teachers”.

- Learn more about my exclusive mentorship program, “Teaching Trailblazers”.

- Check out Allison’s latest book, Everyday Preschool.

Elevating Early Childhood is an early education podcast dedicated to helping Pre-K, Preschool, and Kindergarten teachers teach better, save time, and live more.

If you enjoy the podcast, please follow, rate, and leave a review on your favorite podcast platform.

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Aug 23, 2021
Do You Need to Add Directed Drawing to Your Pre-K Curriculum?
00:22:06

What does it take to teach preschool children how to draw? I get asked this question a lot, so I thought why not share my answer with all my listeners?

Yes guys, you've guessed it, it's another "Calm Down Corner Special" episode!

If you've ever wondered "Is directed drawing right for my class?", then this episode is the right one for you.

A few years ago, directed drawing became a trend on the internet, and as a result, many pre-k educators started asking themselves if they should be adding this activity to their preschool curriculum.

My answer? I personally think it’s not a very good idea.

Why is that?

Well, you might want to listen to this episode to find out the answer.

So, what are you waiting for? 

Let's get to it!

 

Key Takeaways:

- Is directed drawing right for my class? (00:00)

- Story time! (00:40)

- Fact #1: Learning to draw is a developmental skill (02:33)

- Fact #2: The ability to draw is tied to the child's fine motor skills (07:12)

- Fact #3: Motivation to draw or write is needed (07:41)

- Myth #1: It is our job as teachers to teach our students how to draw (10:20)

- Myth #2: Directed drawings make great bulletin board displays (15:54)

- Myth #3: Directed drawing is a great way to practice listening skills (16:55)

- Myth #4: You're not a good teacher unless you're doing directed drawing with your students (18:11)

- Myth #5: Parents love it (18:54)

 

Additional Resources:

- Visit our website to find tons of pre-K teaching resources here.

- Get my book “Teach Smarter: Literacy Strategies for Early Childhood Teachers”.

- Learn more about my membership program, “Teaching Trailblazers”.

- Get replay access to the 2021 Soar to Success Summit here.

- Learn more about creating the perfect Morning Message here.

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Aug 16, 2021
How to Set Up Your Preschool Library Center (On a Shoestring Budget!)
00:22:43

Do your kids love visiting your preschool library center?

For many pre-k teachers, getting children interested in books and reading can be very difficult. And there are various reasons why that is so...

The kids aren’t interested…

They’re mistreating the books...

And very often, we’re not given the adequate resources to create a proper classroom library!

So in this week’s episode, I’m going to provide a solution for each of these challenges and share some proven practices for creating an exceptional preschool library center your kids will adore.

By applying these techniques, you’ll teach your kids to love books and handle them properly while designing an inviting and organized classroom library.

And you can do all of it on a shoestring budget!

All that and more on this week’s episode of Elevating Early Childhood!

Key Takeaways:

- Do your kids love going to your preschool classroom’s library center? (00:00)

- The most common library center challenges for pre-k teachers (00:51)

- Why children mistreat books (and how to teach them not to) (02:13)

- How to teach preschool children to love books and reading (06:27)

- Is having too many books in your preschool library center a bad thing? (11:01)

- The secret to making your preschool library center more inviting (11:53)

- An excellent system for teaching kids how to put books back where they belong (13:31)

- How many books should your preschool library center have? (15:19)

- Best methods for creating a fantastic library center on a low budget (17:37)

- Resources to help you create a top-notch library center! (blog post + book-handling skills kit + learning centers essential guide) (21:00)

Additional Resources:

- Visit our website to find tons of pre-K teaching resources here.

- Get my book “Teach Smarter: Literacy Strategies for Early Childhood Teachers”.

- Learn more about my membership program, “Teaching Trailblazers”.

- Get your 2021 Soar to Success Summit pass here.

- Check out our Preschool Classroom Library Center blog.

- Get our Book Handling Skills Kit here.

- Download our FREE Center Essentials Guide.

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Aug 09, 2021
My First 10 Days of School Tips and Lesson Plans for Your Preschool Classroom
00:24:03

Every single year, I get questions about the first days of school.

And so, I thought, why not have an episode about it? After all, that first day of school is a pretty big deal, not just for the students, but also for professional educators like you.

That is why I’ve created a free printable lesson plan to go along with the episode! I’ll also explain how to use it, so make sure you listen all the way through!

But, did you know? It's not just the first day of school that's crucial, it's actually the first ten days, and you should be focusing on them as much as you can.

Why is that?

Simply because those first ten days of school will set you and your students up for a successful year. And who doesn't want that?

So, how do you make sure they go as smoothly as possible?

Join me now to discover the answer to that question (and a few tips you can use to help yourself and your students transition smoothly into the school year).

Let's dive in!

 

Key Takeaways:

Focusing on the first ten days of school is important (00:00)

First, let's start with a quick story (00:56)

Tip #1: Always go for quality over quantity (03:38)

Tip #2: Less is more (04:27)

Tip #3: No product art in the first ten days (06:28)

Tip #4: Ignore the teacher next door (08:02)

Tip #5: Troubleshooting (10:26)

Why the first ten days of school are sacred (12:53)

Check out my free First 10 Days of School Lessons Plans (17:20)

Use engaging, fun books in those first ten days (19:54)

 

Additional Resources:

- Visit our website to find tons of pre-K teaching resources here.

- Get my book “Teach Smarter: Literacy Strategies for Early Childhood Teachers”.

- Learn more about my membership program “Teaching Trailblazers”.

- Get our free First 10 Day of School Lesson Plan here.

- Get your 2021 Soar to Success Summit pass here.

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Aug 02, 2021
My Favorite Emotions and Feelings Activities and Games for Preschool
00:18:31

In today's episode of Elevating Early Childhood, I will be discussing something every professional educator needs to use in their classroom: Emotions and feelings activities for preschoolers.

As we all know, social skills are not innate. They're learned and honed through life, and of course, the earlier you start, the more social intelligence and emotional literacy you acquire.

This is why emotions and feelings activities are crucial. 

In order to learn social skills, children have to first learn how to name and express their own feelings and emotions. 

There are many ways to help them achieve that, and today, I'll be sharing a few of them with you.

After all, what better way to teach your students about their feelings than through some fun games?

So, without further ado, let's get to it! 

 

Key Takeaways:

- It's never too early to introduce Bingo to your students (00:00)

- Using real photographs is a must (03:07)

- The memory-matching game (04:18)

- The feelings and emotions check-in chart (06:12)

- You can also use playdough mats (10:35)

- Bingo teaches self-regulation skills (12:01)

- The importance of emotional literacy (15:30)

 

Additional Resources:

- Visit our website to find tons of pre-K teaching resources here.

- Get my book “Teach Smarter: Literacy Strategies for Early Childhood Teachers”.

- Learn more about my membership program “Teaching Trailblazers”.

- Get our Feelings Chart for Preschool Kids here.

- Get your 2021 Soar to Success Summit pass here.

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Jul 27, 2021
My Top 3 Tips for the Perfect Calm Down Cozy Corner
00:17:19

Hello everyone, and welcome back to another “Calm Down Corner” special. 

In this week’s episode, I’ll be answering a couple of burning questions from some of my listeners, and also offering some tips on how to use your calm down cozy corner in the most effective way.

You see, many professional educators set up calm down corners (or Zen zones or calming areas) and find out —sometimes the hard way— that they’re not working as well as they wanted them to.

Why does that happen?

Simply because calm down cozy corners are not a magic pill and they don’t cure behavior. But, what they can be is an amazing tool, when used correctly.

Another reason they might not work is what’s in the calm down corner. If there’s too many tools in it, then you might find yourself with a few children who’d rather spend their whole time there (and that’s not what we want).

So, how can you solve these issues?

I answer this question in today’s episode of Elevating Early Childhood.

There’s a lot for us to explore, so let’s dive in!

Key Takeaways:

- Let's start with a question from one of our listeners! (00:00)

- Tip #1: Understand the true purpose of a calm down corner (01:25)

- Tools don't work if we think them as cures for behavior (02:04)

- Tip #2: Never put anything in your calm down corner that you haven't introduced to your whole class (06:57)

- Tip #3: Less is more (08:12)

- Answering another great question from a listener (09:09)

- What you can do differently to create a different outcome (11:12)

- Our goal as professional educators is not to get compliance from students (14:52)

- Some resources for you (15:26)

Additional Resources:

- Visit our website to find tons of pre-K teaching resources here.

- Get my book “Teach Smarter: Literacy Strategies for Early Childhood Teachers”.

- Learn more about my membership program “Teaching Trailblazers”.

- Get my freebie bundle by entering our Podcast Launch Giveaway.

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Jul 19, 2021
Focus Wall in Preschool and Pre-K: Top 5 Myths Dispelled + BEST Alternatives!
00:14:50

Are focus walls REALLY an effective teaching tool for preschool and pre-k? Find out on our first ever “Calm Down Corner” episode of our podcast!

As early childhood professionals, we’re frequently exposed to misinformation about educating young children. Inappropriate, unfounded practices are being shared on the internet left and right. 

Shiny, buzzwordy—and completely opposite to how kids learn!

Not only are they ineffective, but they’re also a massive source of stress and anxiety for teachers because they make us feel like we’re not doing enough.

So to fight back, I’ll be getting on my soapbox from time to time and creating special episodes to dispel these harmful myths about early childhood education.

To get things started, I will bust the five biggest myths surrounding focus walls and their effectiveness. And to end the show on a constructive note, I’m going to share some of the best practices you can apply alternatively!

If you ever have any questions about other dubious early childhood education tips, feel free to reach out, and I might use it in one of my future “Calm Down Corner” specials. We can fight misinformation together!

And now, let’s dive into the show!

Key Takeaways:

- The two key things that help professional educators make instructional decisions (00:00)

- My first “Calm Down Corner” episode: dispelling top myths about focus walls (00:39)

- What is a focus wall and how does it supposedly “help” children learn? (02:28)

- Myth #1: Focus walls are research-based (03:35)

- Myth #2: Kids love focus walls, so it can’t hurt (04:25)

- Myth #3: Learning is linear (05:21)

- Myth #4: Focus walls help visual learners (06:07)

- Myth #5: They help children focus their attention (07:46)

- Best practices to use as alternatives for focus walls in your classroom (09:25)

- How to inspire young children to think critically and problem-solve (12:36)

Additional Resources:

- Visit our website to find tons of pre-K teaching resources here.

- Get my book “Teach Smarter: Literacy Strategies for Early Childhood Teachers”.

- Learn more about my membership program “Teaching Trailblazers”.

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Jul 12, 2021
My Favorite Alphabet Activities: How to Teach Letters to Kids Using Printable Alphabet Games
00:34:36

Have you ever entered your email address to download a freebie...and then been disappointed by what you got? I know I have plenty of times! 

When you’re trying to find new ideas for your classroom, freebies can be very helpful. But it can also go in another direction—one where you catch yourself thinking...

“Huh? That’s it? I could’ve Googled that!”

So when I create freebies and bundles, I’m particularly mindful of trying to provide the very best resources and in plentiful fashion. 

And for quite some time, I’ve been making a list of my favorite alphabet activities and games—things I’ve picked up along the way that I found precious and effective but were too small to give away individually.

Recently, I’ve finally collected enough to finish my bundle, and today I want to tell you all about it!

We have a bunch of games to break down—car games, board games, magnetic letters... You name it! 

And for each and every one, I’ve created printables that I’m going to share with you for FREE at the end of this episode.

There’s a lot for us to explore, so let’s get going!

Key Takeaways:

- THIS is why you need fun alphabet learning activities in your classroom (00:00)

- How I created this super freebie with printable alphabet games and activities (01:11)

- Alphabet Learning Game 1: Alphabet Fishing (02:32)

- Alphabet Learning Game 2: Alphabet Board Game (11:13)

- Alphabet Learning Game 3: Alphabet Roads (15:42)

- Alphabet Learning Game 4: Alphabet Sensory Cards (18:11)

- Alphabet Learning Game 5: Chicka Chicka Boom Boom Magnet Tree (21:26)

- Alphabet Learning Game 6: Parking Lot (23:53)

- Alphabet Learning Game 7: Puppy Chow Letters (27:14)

- Alphabet Learning Game 8: Wikki Stix Alphabet (29:10)

- How to download my free alphabet games and activities printables bundle for free (31:15)

Additional Resources:

- Visit our website to find tons of pre-K teaching resources here.

- Get my book “Teach Smarter: Literacy Strategies for Early Childhood Teachers”.

- Learn more about my membership program “Teaching Trailblazers”.

- Get my freebie bundle by entering our Podcast Launch Giveaway.

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Jul 05, 2021
Top 5 Methods for Improving Learning Centers In Preschools and Pre-K (+ FREE Learning Center Guide)
00:19:42

Time young children spend in learning centers is precious for their development. And yet, it’s one of those strictly school-related activities, which is why we must do our very best to set them up for success.

Creating a successful learning center requires lots of strategic planning and effort. There are many questions you need to answer first, including…

How many centers should you create? 

How long should the center time be? 

What are the centers going to be about? 

How will your students know which centers to go to?

I know, right?! Makes your head spin! And that’s just barely scratching the surface.

Luckily, in over 20 years of teaching, along with 11 years in mentoring early childhood educators, I’ve gained plenty of experience with learning centers, as well as methods for improving and fine-tuning learning centers. 

For this episode of Elevating Early Childhood, I’m going to share my top 5 methods, along with some additional tips to help tie everything together.

Alrighty, Changemakers! Let’s get to it!

Key Takeaways:

- How to create learning centers that set kids up for real success (00:00)

- Questions you NEED to answer before creating a great learning center (01:39)

- Do THIS if you’re having challenges with learning centers (02:35)

- My top methods for fine-tuning your learning center time and make it run smoothly (06:29)

- Method 1: Applying labels so kids could recognize and organize them easier (7:24)

- Method 2: Creating a picture schedule for clarity on the order of their daily activities (8:48)

- Method 3: Making visual routines explaining how each learning center works (10:36)

- Method 4: Adding a visual planning component to your center time (11:54)

- Method 5: Implementing a cleanup routine at the end of center time (15:20)

- Real results from someone who implemented these learning center methods (16:48)

Additional Resources:

- Visit our website to find tons of pre-K teaching resources here:

https://www.pre-kpages.com/

- Get my book “Teach Smarter: Literacy Strategies for Early Childhood Teachers” here:

https://www.pre-kpages.com/teach-smarter-book/

- Learn more about my membership program “Teaching Trailblazers” here:

https://bit.ly/join-teaching-trailblazers

- Get my FREE guide on how to create successful learning centers here:

https://www.pre-kpages.com/center-essentials/

- Get our Teacher Success Bundle:

https://www.pre-kpages.com/products/teacher-success-bundle/

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Jul 02, 2021
How True Early Childhood Professionals Make Learning Fun (Despite Boring Educational Programs)
00:11:43

Have you ever encountered an educational program so boring you knew right away it wasn't going to work? One that is so dry and anti-fun the only thing it could do effectively was put children to sleep?

Throughout my career, I've had plenty of less-than-fortunate encounters with these types of programs. Some were so awful they literally drove teachers to quit their jobs! 

Luckily, if proven, research-based teaching methods guide your approach—NOTHING can stand in your way. 

Not even a dreadful educational program.

Today, I will show you how true early childhood professionals find ways to make learning fun regardless of how hopeless their situation may seem. I'll also share some of the best practices for teaching letters of the alphabet and making sure they stick.

Are you ready? Let's go!

Key Takeaways:

- Why are expensive programs not necessarily effective for teaching letters to preschoolers? (00:00)

- Is your classroom a bowl of Brussels sprouts or a delicious Thanksgiving dinner? (00:37)

- My encounter with a boring educational program so ineffective it made a young teacher quit! (3:56)

- How to turn dry educational programs into a fun and memorable experience for your students (06:44)

Additional Resources:

- Visit our website to find tons of pre-K teaching resources here:

https://www.pre-kpages.com/

- Get my book “Teach Smarter: Literacy Strategies for Early Childhood Teachers” here:

https://www.pre-kpages.com/teach-smarter-book/

- Learn more about my membership program “Teaching Trailblazers” here:

https://bit.ly/join-teaching-trailblazers

- Get my FREE guide on how to teach letters of the alphabet to young children here:

https://www.pre-kpages.com/how-to-teach-the-alphabet

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Jul 01, 2021
From Complainer to Changemaker: How to Become a More Confident Early Childhood Teacher
00:10:25

Early childhood teachers have it pretty rough. We face all sorts of indignities daily without even getting a hint of the respect we deserve as professional educators.

We’re constantly looked down upon, whether it’s coming from the parents of our students, administrators, or even our own peers!

With all that going on, it’s easy to drift into negative thinking, which can lead you down a destructive path. And if you go down that road long enough, you’re running the risk of becoming a complainer.

I want to show you a different way.

It’s not fair, and I get that. Trust me—I’ve been there myself, plenty of times before. 

Still, if we genuinely want to change how people perceive early childhood education, we first have to make a mindset shift of our own.

We need to start believing in our own self-worth as educators. If we don’t - no one else will!

My goal for this episode is to help you start thinking like a changemaker. It won’t happen overnight, and it won’t be easy, but I know you CAN do it.

You can do hard things! I believe in you!

Key Takeaways:

- What does it mean to be a changemaker in early childhood education? (00:00)

- How to stop falling victim to negative thinking and start believing in your self-worth (02:14)

- The many indignities we face as early childhood professionals and how to overcome them (03:56)

- The key steps to becoming a changemaker and earning the respect you deserve (05:02)

- My experience of going from complainer to changemaker (and why it felt so empowering) (05:52)

- I want you to start thinking of yourself as a professional educator and a changemaker! (08:12)

Additional Resources:

- Visit our website to find tons of pre-K teaching resources here:

https://www.pre-kpages.com/

- Get my book “Teach Smarter: Literacy Strategies for Early Childhood Teachers” here:

https://www.pre-kpages.com/teach-smarter-book/

- Learn more about my membership program “Teaching Trailblazers” here:

https://bit.ly/join-teaching-trailblazers

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Elevating Early Childhood is an early education podcast dedicated to helping Pre-K, Preschool, and Kindergarten teachers teach better, save time, and live more.

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Onward & Upward!

Jun 30, 2021
How to Teach Letters of the Alphabet to Preschoolers: Why We Need to Teach Smarter - NOT Harder
00:13:28

One of the biggest challenges teachers face with teaching the alphabet is getting the letters to stick.

You spend weeks teaching, following your curriculum, doing everything by the book. Everything seems to be going great - the kiddos are getting it! And then...

Poof! They forget all of it! As if you’ve never even mentioned it before! Has this ever happened to you? Because it’s happened to me plenty of times.

When I was a young student teacher, I had an opportunity to shadow a kindergarten teacher following the Letter of the Week curriculum. Remember—this was a long time ago, so back then, it was considered a perfectly suitable way of teaching children the alphabet.

And after just several weeks of working there, it became clear just how ineffective this method was. The kids struggled to retain what they’ve learned, and some didn’t know any letters whatsoever!

Luckily, these days we know better!

Children do NOT learn the alphabet linearly, from A to Z. It is a global process that requires a lot more than rigid schedules, worksheets, and a funny letter P-themed costume.

So in this episode, I will share an excellent method for teaching children the alphabet, which is fun, effective, and backed by research.

Let’s dive in!

Key Takeaways:

- Why the letters of the alphabet CAN’T be taught in 26 days (or even weeks)? (00:00)

- The biggest challenge teachers face when teaching young children the alphabet (00:41)

- How I learned firsthand that the Letter of the Week curriculum is highly ineffective (02:19)

- Why teachers need to teach smarter and not harder? (04:42)

- How do young children learn to identify letters? (06:18)

- How to teach letters of the alphabet in a way that’s, fun, effective, and backed by research (08:20)

Additional Resources:

- Visit our website to find tons of pre-K teaching resources here:

https://www.pre-kpages.com/

- Get my book “Teach Smarter: Literacy Strategies for Early Childhood Teachers” here:

https://www.pre-kpages.com/teach-smarter-book/

- Learn more about my membership program “Teaching Trailblazers” here:

https://bit.ly/join-teaching-trailblazers

- Get my FREE guide on how to teach letters of the alphabet to young children here:

https://www.pre-kpages.com/how-to-teach-the-alphabet

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Elevating Early Childhood is an early education podcast dedicated to helping Pre-K, Preschool, and Kindergarten teachers teach better, save time, and live more.

If you enjoy the podcast, please follow, rate, and leave a review on your favorite podcast platform.

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Onward & Upward!

Jun 29, 2021
What Makes Truly Great Teachers? Lessons From a Life In Early Childhood Education
00:08:33

Welcome to our first-ever episode of Elevating Early Childhood!

I’m Vanessa Levin, and I help pre-k, preschool, and kindergarten teachers teach better, save time, and live more! 

Have you ever encountered a problem in your classroom you weren’t sure how to solve? Maybe you’ve felt alone, isolated from your colleagues, not knowing who to turn to for help?

These were the biggest challenges I’ve faced when I was starting out as an early childhood teacher. I spent years fantasizing about creating a place where teachers could exchange classroom experiences, give out tips, share successful practices, and support each other in tough times.

Starting Pre-K Pages helped me turn those dreams into reality, gathering a following of more than a million early childhood professionals who share a desire to be and do better.

It warms my heart to see so many teachers feel supported by the community I’ve created! 

Still, it’s been quite the journey getting there, and for this episode, I’d like to share some of the most important moments of my career with you.

I’ve had the opportunity to work and teach all across America - even internationally. And each one of those experiences has taught me a valuable lesson, making me the teacher and the person I am today.

Come! Let me tell you all about it!

Key Takeaways:

- The key to becoming a more successful teacher in 2021 and beyond (00:00)

- My journey from teaching English in Seoul, South Korea to creating Pre-K Pages (00:31)

- How I conquered the biggest problems most teachers faced and still thrived (01:31)

- How the power of community made teaching easier, more fun, and more fulfilling (03:23)

- How resistance to change improved my teaching (and other parts of my life, too) (04:13)

- The origin story of Pre-K Pages and why it has become the best place for teachers all over the world (05:20)

Additional Resources:

- Visit our website to find tons of pre-K teaching resources here:

https://www.pre-kpages.com/

- Get my book “Teach Smarter: Literacy Strategies for Early Childhood Teachers” here:

https://www.pre-kpages.com/teach-smarter-book/

- Learn more about my membership program “Teaching Trailblazers” here:

https://bit.ly/join-teaching-trailblazers

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Elevating Early Childhood is an early education podcast dedicated to helping Pre-K, Preschool, and Kindergarten teachers teach better, save time, and live more.

If you enjoy the podcast, please follow, rate, and leave a review on your favorite podcast platform.

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Onward & Upward!

Jun 29, 2021
Welcome To Elevating Early Childhood Podcast!
00:03:06
Mar 19, 2021