Free Printable Friday

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It’s Frog Street’s Free Printable Friday!  Each Friday, we will upload a grouping of some of our Frog Street Favorites for you to print and use in your classroom, at home with your kids or in your childcare center.

This week’s Free Printable will feature the Letter E!  With this download you will receive the following:

· Elmo Elephant Color Page

· Elmo’s Exciting Elegant Event

· Elmo Elephant Mask

and a few more…

Have fun exploring the letter E with Elmo Elephant!

We would love to know what you think and how you’ve utilized these tools.  Share with us using the #FSBestIdeas hashtag.

Happy Free Printable Friday!

*If you liked these pages and are wanting more please visit www.frogstreet.com and check out more Frog Street Favorites.  Today’s printables come directly from Frog Street’s Best Ideas from A to Z ebook

 

Free Printable Friday – Letter D

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It’s Frog Street’s Free Printable Friday!  Each Friday, we will upload a grouping of some of our Frog Street Favorites for you to print and use in your classroom, at home with your kids or in your childcare center.

This week’s Free Printable will feature the Letter D!  With this download you will receive the following:

· Daisy Doll Color Page

· Daisy’s Dirt Dessert Recipe

· Dinner for Daisy’s Puppies Activity

· Dotted D Activity Page

and a few more…

Have fun exploring the letter D with Daisy Doll.

We would love to know what you think and how you’ve utilized these tools.  Share with us using the #FSBestIdeas hashtag.

Happy Free Printable Friday!

*If you liked these pages and are wanting more please visit www.frogstreet.com and check out more Frog Street Favorites.  Today’s printables come directly from Frog Street’s Best Ideas from A to Z ebook

 

Free Printable Friday – The Letter C with Cathy Cook!

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It’s Frog Street’s Free Printable Friday!  Each Friday, we will upload a grouping of some of our Frog Street Favorites for you to print and use in your classroom, at home with your kids or in your childcare center.

This week’s Free Printable will feature the Letter C!  With this download you will receive the following:

· Cathy Cook’s Cupcake Game

· Cathy Cook Color Page

· Copy Cat Game Page

· Candy Corn C Activity Page

· Cathy Cook’s Cat Calico Activity Page

and a few more…

 Cathy Cook Color Page      Candy Corn C

Have fun exploring the letter C with Cathy Cook.

We would love to know what you think and how you’ve utilized these tools.  Share with us using the #FSBestIdeas hashtag.

Happy Free Printable Friday!

*If you liked these pages and are wanting more please visit www.frogstreet.com and check out more Frog Street Favorites.  Today’s printables come directly from Frog Street’s Best Ideas from A to Z ebook

 

Free Printable Friday

FreePrintable!

It’s Frog Street’s Free Printable Friday!  Each Friday, we will upload a grouping of some of our Frog Street Favorites for you to print and use in your classroom, at home with your kids or in your childcare center.

This week’s Free Printable will feature the Letter B!  With this download you will receive the following:

· Benjamin Bunny color by letter page

· Baby Book Craft

· Bubble Recipe

· B b Tracing/Color Page

· Balloon Bunny Craft

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Have fun exploring the letter B with Benjamin Bunny.

We would love to know what you think and how you’ve utilized these tools.  Share with us using the #FSBestIdeas hashtag.

Happy Free Printable Friday!

*If you liked these pages and are wanting more please visit www.frogstreet.com and check out more Frog Street Favorites.  Today’s printables come directly from Frog Street’s Best Ideas from A to Z ebook

 

Frog Street’s Free Printable Friday!

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It’s Friday and because we think you, yes YOU, are an extraordinary teacher, we are launching a new weekly blog post!  Frog Street’s Free Printable Friday starts today!  Each Friday, we will upload a grouping of some of our Frog Street Favorites for you to print and use in your classroom, at home with your kids or in your childcare center.

Our first Free Printable will feature one of our most beloved characters, Apple Annie!  With this download you will receive the following:
Apple Annie

· Apple Annie color by letter page

· Apple eyeglasses craft page

· All About Me book idea and pages

· Apple Annie’s friend Alvin Alligator craft

Apple Annie Color Page Apple Annie writing page Apple Glasses

Have fun exploring the letter A with Apple Annie.

We would love to know what you think and how you’ve utilized these tools.  Share with us using the #FSBestIdeas hashtag.

Happy Free Printable Friday!

*If you liked these pages and are wanting more please visit www.frogstreet.com and check out more Frog Street Favorites.  Today’s printables come directly from Frog Street’s Best Ideas from A to Z ebook

 

SPLASH Early Childhood Educational Conference 2015 Review

Frog Street Splash 2015: The Happiest Conference

The 2015 SPLASH Early Childhood Conference was over-the-top—the big top that is. Teachers from around the globe attended this conference to learn about how to improve children’s education. From the keynote speakers’ sessions to the breakout sessions, teachers and administrators were learning, connecting, and having fun.

Frog Street Splash 2015

SPLASH 2015 was

  • Motivational
  • Inspirational
  • Exciting and
  • Educational

As we begin the school year and reminisce about SPLASH, here are seven take-aways that you can keep with you all year long.

#1 Learning doesn’t have to be expensive.
Simple items from the dollar store can be used to create activities that will promote alphabet fluency. Hair gel, tin cans, and construction paper can be transformed into powerful tools for learning. — Vanessa at Pre-K Pages www.pre-kpages.com

#2 Take a close look at your reading and writing centers.
Make sure that there is not only a variety of reading and writing materials available to students, but that they are displayed in an organized fashion that is easily accessible to young children.

  • Face books forward in baskets or forward-facing shelves.
  • Include books on tape, magazines, restaurant menus, interactive books, and other reading materials.
  • Provide a variety of materials to write with (pens, pencils, crayons, paint) and write on (mini-books, notebooks, paper).
  • Use labels with pictures and words for strorage.
  • Teach children how to use and care for the centers.

#3 Connect with other professionals and TRY what’s working in their classrooms.
At SPLASH, teachers gathered in huddles, mapping out thematic units and bouncing ideas off each other. Ideas were shared and notes were taken. Much of teaching is connecting with your teammates. They are some of the best resources on the planet. Schedule team meetings routinely throughout the school year and share best practice ideas.

“After hearing a lot of ‘teacher talk’ about sensory tables, I decided it was time to give this area a little boost.” – Laral at Little Miss Kindergarten

#4 Science can be FUN and EASY to do with young learners.
SPLASH conference participants explored the importance of science in the early childhood classroom. It is an important part of early childhood academics, and teachers should make a plan designed to bring more science fun and learning into their classrooms.

With just a few simple items, science was made magical and even had attendees discovering how to make it work. From completing circuits to creating chemical reactions there are so many small but meaningful ways to explore science with young children and spark a lifelong interest. — Kim at The Educators’ Spin On It

#5 Make family connections a priority.
Many education teams were talking at SPLASH 2015 about how hard it is to reach and connect with the parents and caregivers of their students. Developing family connections is a huge part of early childhood success. Teachers and administrators are going beyond the traditional weekly newsletter to reach families.

They are using

  • Weekly e-mails
  • Apps and programs such as Life Cubby
  • Private Facebook groups
  • Classroom blogs
  • Text messages

#6 Find ways to reach challenging children in a way that builds trust and connections.
Use Conscious Discipline® strategies such as Safe Place and Calming Strategies to help create a calm and caring classroom. Select a curriculum that integrates social and emotional connections into the curricula.

PSST! FROG STREET CURRICULA integrates Conscious Discipline® strategies throughout the Infant, Toddler, and Preschool Curricula.

#7 Be Engaged
Children today are facing different challenges and have fewer people to turn to. They NEED teachers in their lives. You are one of the trusted adults in a young child’s life. Your smile, your engagement, your concern—all are key to providing a solid early childhood education. Keynote speaker Laura Bush encouraged teachers to make connections with children.

“Laura Bush inspired me to look past the academics and remember these kids are people who needed to be treated with respect and love.” — Simply Kinder

Frog  Street  SPLASH Conference 2016

Frog Street SPLASH Early Childhood Education Conference is “the ‘Happiest Conference’ in the nation! No matter which direction one looks at this conference you will see huge smiles. Not only do you come away with tons of educational information, you come home so [inspired and] happy because it is simply a blast! Thank you Frog Street for doing what you do best . . . educating teachers and re-energizing us with your dynamic conference.” – Chris via Facebook

We can’t wait to see you next year for SPLASH 2016 for a tropical theme!

Frog Street’s Early Childhood Webinars

Join Frog Street’s Early Childhood Learning Solutions Community and gain access to online webinars you can watch at your convenience. This online community is perfect for teachers, caregivers, administrators, and other early learning professionals.
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Members have access to the following resources:

  • Invitations to upcoming webinars
  • Webinar recordings and resources
  • Continuing education quizzes and certificates
  • Online discussions

That’s right! Attendees of online webinars will receive their Continuing Education (CE) certificate within 24 hours at the email address they logged in with after watching and completing the session quiz. Not only will you learn strategies and tips for improving student learning, childhood development, and classroom management, you can also receive credit for advancing your education.

Frog Street’s 2014 – 2015 Early Childhood Learning Solutions Community Webinars

Dr. Jean’s Back to School Strategies for Success!

Start the year off right. Celebrate back-to-school with these creative ideas to help introduce students to the new year. Topics addressed include easing parent anxiety, welcoming children, and creating a caring atmosphere.

dr-jean-feldman cPresented by Dr. Jean Feldman, Teacher, Consultant and Celebrated Author of more than ten books on the topic of early childhood education. Dr. Jean’s educational recordings and creative activities are used in classrooms around the world.

What do other early childhood education professionals say about this webinar?

  • “Tons of ideas. Thank you Dr. Jean!” – Andrea R.
  • An “AWESOME Webinar loaded with great tips for back to school and throughout the year!”  – Christi G.
  • “There was so much great information to use in my classroom.” – Laverne S.

Watch Dr. Jean’s Back to School Webinar Here

 

Make Literacy Learning Fun with Storytelling and Puppetry!

Learn how to connect academic and social standards with storytelling in the classroom. Bring songs, stories, puppets, chants, and rhymes to your early childhood program to engage children in meaningful ways.

mary-jo-huff cPresented by Mary Jo Huff, Multi-award–winning Author, Master Storyteller and Puppeteer for the early childhood classroom

What do other early childhood education professionals say about this webinar?

  • “Awesome literacy learning workshop. I found it so interesting. It was 7 am in my time zone when I watched this and then went to work. I used a couple of Mary Jo’s ideas for storytelling today and hope to be able to purchase some of the puppets and peepers that she showed us.” – Faye W.

Watch the Storytelling Webinar Here

 

Ten Strategies to Boost Brain Power in the Early Years
Are you looking to optimize learning in your early childhood classroom? This webinar will provide easy-to-implement strategies and real-life examples for teachers and caregivers to help support the growth and development of young children.

dr-pam-schillerbPresented by Dr. Pam Schiller, Curriculum Specialist, Author and Speaker Hosted by Stephen Fite, an Award-winning Musician/Writer whose albums have received eighteen nationally recognized honors

What do other early childhood education professionals say about this webinar?

  • “It was a very encouraging and informative workshop!” – Michelle B.
  • “I teach kindergarten and preschool, and I attended this webinar at my home, and my husband watched as well, and even he said it was awesome.” – Lana V.
  • “BEST webinar on early children ever!” – Cyndy T.

Watch the Brain Power in the Early Years Webinar Here

 

Life Skills, Character Education and Bully Prevention Reinforce life skills and character development while demonstrating the importance of using good manners in this live performance of Travis and his best friend Pete. This webinar gives you a sneak peek at their yearlong innovative character development program. It is kid-friendly too!

Tip for watching this webinar: Click on the dark grey vertical bar and drag it to the right of the presenter’s video for a larger view of the speaker.

travis-presley cPresented by Travis Brorsen and his talented canine companion

Watch the Life Skills, Character Education and Bully Prevention Webinar Here

 

Using Hands-on Science to Build Amazing Literature Connections How do you get kids thinking more like a scientist? In this webinar Steve Spangler shares his creative ideas and classroom strategies for using children’s literature to teach hands-on science.

steve-spanglerbPresented by Steve Spangler, Early Childhood Science Specialist and Founder of SteveSpanglerScience.com

What do other early childhood education professionals say about this webinar?

  • “Thanks for a memorable learning experience that will travel far!!!!! So many new things to teach and explore”. – Pam P.
  • “Great ideas in connecting literature and science.” – Mary G.
  • “Just wonderful! I do a lot of hands-on science with my preschool class.” – Elizabeth G.

Watch the Hands-on Science Webinar Here

 

From Chaos to Calm: Help Children Learn How to Self-regulate, Pay Attention and Care for One Another Social and emotional well-being is an important part of early childhood education programs. This webinar will show you four essential skills every educator must possess to help find calmness within themselves, the children, and the classroom.

dr-becky-bailey cPresented by Becky A. Bailey, Ph.D., Award-winning Author and Founder of Loving Guidance, Inc.

What do other early childhood education professionals say about this webinar?

  • “It is amazing how the brain works.  Without realizing it I was connecting to my daycare children.  This webinar helped me realize I am on the right track.” – BarbaraLee M.

Watch the From Chaos to Calm Webinar Here

 

Preparing Children for Success in School and Life Are you ready to learn techniques to help make a difference in the physical, social, and emotional aspects of young children’s lives? This presentation contains research-based strategies for in and out of the classroom.

marcia-tate cPresented by Marcia L. Tate, CEO of Developing Minds, Inc.

What do other early childhood education professionals say about this webinar?

  • “This was all very interesting!!!” – Simone M.
  • “I love the tips. I have a 4-year-old Granddaughter and we have twin girls coming in May. Excellent advice.” – Victoria W.

Watch the Preparing Children for Success in School and Life Webinar Here

 

Fine Motor Skills…Write Out of the Box! Learn about fun and easy activities that help young children strengthen fine motor skills in the classroom. The teaching rationale for fine motor development is discussed as well as identification of efficient and inefficient pencil grasps.

dr-marianne-gibbs cPresented by Marianne Gibbs, EdD, OTR

What do other early childhood education professionals say about this webinar?

  • “That was so interesting and I can put into practice so many things to help young learners.” – Joanne O.
  • “This webinar got right to the things we CAN do to promote good grasps. Very helpful!” – Nora R.

Watch the Fine Motor Skills Webinar Here

 

1, 2, 3, 4, Foundations to Early Numeracy and More! Lay the foundation for strong number sense. This presentation will provide educators with materials and strategies for teaching math that are appropriate for PreK and kindergarten learners and the order of teaching concepts. Local and national standards will be discussed as well.

Brian Mowry - ePresented by Brian Mowry, M.A., Early Childhood Mathematics Consultant and Specialist

What do other early childhood education professionals say about this webinar?

  • “Very informative and easy to follow.” – Wendy C.
  • “Can’t wait to bring these ideas into the classroom.” – Sharon M.

Watch the Foundations to Early Numeracy Webinar Here

 

How Teachers Can Maximize Efforts On Pinterest Learn how to find and share high-quality resources with other educators. This session includes time-saving tips for searching for activities to use in your classroom, ideas for connecting with other educators, advice for setting up and organizing boards, and tools to help manage your efforts on Pinterest.

kim-vijbPresented by Kim Vij, Pinterest Consultant, Speaker and Co-founder of “The Educators’ Spin On It” blog

What do other early childhood education professionals say about this webinar?

  • “I learned a lot today.” – Carol B.
  • “I can’t wait to get started…tons of good info!” – Terri M.

Watch the How Teachers Can Maximize Efforts On Pinterest Webinar Here

Register now to attend the next Webinar on July 23, 2015!

Making Monday Matter in the Early Learning Classroom! Read a Song and Sing a Book

debbie-clementPresented by Debbie Clement, Arts Enrichment Specialist, Author and Illustrator

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Join the free Early Childhood Learning Solutions community at www.edweb.net/earlychildhood for invitations to upcoming webinars and access to all of the webinar archives.

Frog Street Splash Inspires!

Do you have a powerful desire to teach others, make a difference in the lives of young learners, and be the best early childhood professional that you can be? At the Frog Street Press SPLASH Early Childhood Conference, you’ll be inspired by professionals who are doing just that.

SPLASH will inspire.

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(Photo Courtesy of Grant Miller for The George W. Bush Presidential Center)

Mrs. Laura Bush

As a former Teacher, Librarian, and First Lady, Mrs. Bush was a leading advocate for early childhood education. And through the work of the George W. Bush Presidential Center, Mrs. Bush continues her efforts to improve education policy, strengthen school leadership, and develop high standards and levels of accountability. Her enthusiasm and dedication to the field of education is admirable. We invite you to join us at the SPLASH Early Childhood Conference where Mrs. Bush will reflect on her experiences as an educator.

Connect with Laura Bush on Facebook and Twitter.

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Dr. Michael Shoulders

As an advocate for reading, Dr. Michael Shoulders has taught children for 14 years, visited hundreds of schools, and written more than 12 books for children. He provides in-service training to teachers on literacy and reading topics. At SPLASH, you will have the opportunity to hear his advice on how to connect boys with books and the importance of reading out loud to children of all ages. Stop by your local library or book store to read one of his books for children:

  • V is for Volunteer
  • Count On Us
  • Little Tennessee
  • T is for Titanic
  • M is for Magnolia
  • 1 Mississippi, 2 Mississippi
  • N is for Natural State
  • Natural Numbers
  • Say Daddy
  • Goodnight Baby Bear
  • G is for Gladiator
  • D is for Drum

Shoulders Books
Visit his website and connect with him on Facebook.

Splash Presenters

Valorie Burton

SPLASH conference presenters will leave you energized and motivated to make changes to your classroom, curriculum, and teaching strategies. Valorie Burton will be there to guide you through setting realistic steps to make these changes happen. She will be sharing her experiences as well as current research that will help change your mindset.

Start spreading happiness right now. Host a get-together and start the conversation. Download and print Valorie Burton’s Gab Guide for conversation starters.

Connect with her on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.

SPLASH will provide new tools and strategies for enriching student learning.

Dr. Ray Reutzel

Let this award-winning, grant writing, reading guru explain the latest research on letter learning. Should the focus be on learning the letter names or sounds? Make sure to attend his SPLASH conference presentation on Letter Name Learning in Early Childhood Literacy. He will also be leading a session for all teachers on how to set up and effectively use literacy centers in the early childhood classroom.

Dr. Reutzel has authored, co-authored, and edited more than 195 published research reports, articles, books, book chapters, and monographs. These publications include the following resources for teaching reading:

  • Your Classroom Library: New Ways to Give It More Teaching Power: Great Teacher-Tested and Research-Based Strategies for Organizing and Using Your Library
  • Balanced Reading Strategies and Practices: Assessing and Assisting Readers with Special Needs
  • Handbook of Research-Based Practice in Early Education
  • Strategies for Reading Assessment and Instruction: Helping Every Child Succeed

Read about more of his accomplishments in the Reading Hall of Fame.

Reutzel Books

Dr. Pam Schiller

Dr. Schiller, a renowned expert in the field of early childhood education, has worked with children and teachers in childcare, public schools, and Head Start. She is currently a curriculum specialist, freelance author, and speaker. One of her current projects is the creation of Frog Street Press’ new comprehensive infant and toddler curricula. She will be leading two presentations for early childhood educators. One session focuses on general curriculum for children from birth to age three. Her second session will feature information on building math foundations. Teachers will leave the math session with fun activities, games, and songs to use with their children.

Frog Street Press Infant Curriculum
Frog Street Press Toddler Curriculum

Read more about Pam Schiller and her Early Childhood Development Resources.

Dr. Marianne Gibbs

Developing fine motor skills is a critical skill for all young children. Dr. Marianne Gibbs is a registered occupational therapist with a doctorate in Educational Leadership and a Specialization in Curriculum and Instruction. Her mission is to equip administrators, teachers, caregivers, and parents with tools and skills they can use to provide developmentally appropriate fine motor activities for children. Attendees of her workshop will leave with easy-to-implement tools to document students’ readiness for handwriting and competence in scissor cutting.

Download helpful tips and activities from her program: “Fine Motor Skills…Write Out of the Box!”

Dr. Isaias C. Rodriguez

Reading comprehension is an essential component in achieving reading success. As Recognized Director of Head Start and Child Care Centers and Bilingual Consultant and Professor at University of Texas Pan American, Dr. Isaias C. Rodriguez has been at the forefront of teacher in-service and training. He is passionate about providing early childhood educators with the resources they need to help children connect with oral and written language. SPLASH Conference participants will learn strategies for improving reading comprehension for ELL students. They will leave Dr. Rodriguez’s session with an increased understanding of language development and activities they can implement in their classrooms.

Mary Jo Huff

Have you ever wondered how to make learning fun while addressing the core standards? Mary Jo Huff is a master storyteller who inspires the kid in all of us to delight in learning. She is a firm believer in the power of a good story, puppet play, music, and movement. Attend one of her workshops to learn more about storytelling with props and puppets to keep children engaged.

Connect with Mary Jo Huff at Storytellin.com and on Facebook, Google+, and Pinterest.

SPLASH will help strengthen relationships.

Travis and Friends

Character education is vital to the success of our schools. Children must learn how to say please and thank you, work together as a team, share, and respect others. That’s where Travis and Friends comes in. This dynamic duo has toured the country, winning awards based in part on how they work together. Their story is uplifting and motivational. Attendees of The PAWSITIVE Approach to Character Education and Bully Prevention will learn about strategies for motivating students and improving their self-esteem.

Read more about the Travis and Friends Character Education Program.

Jill Molli (Conscious Discipline™)

Jill Molli is a former elementary school teacher and guidance counselor who embodies Dr. Becky Bailey’s Conscious Discipline™ program. She has taught many schools and parents how to implement Conscious Discipline™ techniques at home and in the classroom. She will be presenting two separate sessions at SPLASH. One session will focus on discipline for the most challenging children. The second session will focus on teaching the youngest children skills of assertiveness and effective communication. Session attendees will learn strategies for building trust and positive connections, as well as skills and resources for creating classroom solutions.

SPLASH will help bring more music and movement to your early childhood classroom.

Don Monopoli

Brain breaks are short breaks between sit-down learning activities that are designed to get young bodies moving and dancing. They can regenerate, refresh, and refocus children. Don Monopoli, Laurie Monopoli, and Jan Hrkach are The Learning Station, a group who has published over 300 songs that encourage kids to be active while learning. Don Monopoli is also an author at Frog Street Press and will be discussing how to use music and songs to teach and improve student learning.

Preview some of The Learning Station’s fun kid’s songs before the conference. “Move and Freeze” is one of our favorites.

Connect with The Learning Station on YouTube, Facebook Twitter, Pinterest, and Google+.

Stephen Fite

Have you ever wondered how to incorporate more music into your day? Stephen Fite, an award-winning musician, will not only help kick off the SPLASH conference with a Melody House performance, he will also be hosting an action-packed session designed to show you ways to add a little song and dance to your everyday classroom routines.

Connect with Stephen Fite at Melody House and on Facebook.

Shawn Brown

Children delight in the active performances of Shawn Brown. Join in as he shares ways to use music to transition children to and from activities, as a teaching tool, and as a way to be active throughout the day.

Connect with Shawn Brown on YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

Get your tickets now for the Frog Street Press SPLASH Early Childhood Conference, July 29th – August 1st in Grapevine, Texas. For early childhood professionals, it is the perfect blend of instruction, networking, and fun.

Read more about each SPLASH Early Childhood Education Conference session here.

Register for the 2015 SPLASH Early Childhood Education Conference Today.

Frog Street Press Partners with Life Cubby

Frog Street Partners with Life Cubby to bring early childhood educators a new technique for documenting progress, recording daily activities, and connecting with families using the latest technologies.

Frog Street Press and life Cubby

Life Cubby Maximizes Parent-Teacher Interactions

Parents want a safe learning environment for their children, a high-quality curriculum, and caring teachers who foster positive relationships.  They also want to receive timely communication about their child’s academic progress and personal updates. A few pictures that capture the joys of learning are always welcome too!  A good school will maximize parent-teacher interactions and provide ongoing and timely communication regarding children’s progress.

Traditionally, these notifications have come home in the form of school calendars, paper checklists, weekly newsletters, and assessment results.  A portfolio of student work may also be shown during conference time and sent home at the end of the year.

Wouldn’t it be nice to have all this information in one place, and also available to all parents and family members throughout the day?

Connecting Schools and Families with Technology

As technology changes, schools must maintain an open dialog about the most effective means to enhance parent-school communication. Frog Street Press and Life Cubby are partnering together to help early childhood educators meet the communication needs of parents and teachers.  Not only will this partnership help families and schools connect with the most recent technologies, it will also mainstream all the information parents need and want into one area, reduce paperwork, and simplify classroom management.

“Leveraging the digital world to simplify the lives of parents and teachers”

LIfe Cubby Communication Technology in use in the Early Childhood Classroom.

Life Cubby: A New Way to Document and Connect

Life Cubby is a private, secure channel that allows schools and parents to effectively connect and share updates on each student’s progress. It is an award-winning, highly organized online portfolio. This simple and convenient tool allows users to electronically document the following:

  • Daily sheets
  • Program and classroom portfolios
  • Photos and videos
  • Newsletters
  • Assessments
  • School calendars
  • Reports

Parents and teachers can easily access Life Cubby portfolios from a user-friendly website or an app on their mobile devices. Here is a Life Cubby parent view of an activity in a toddler classroom. It shows parents what the activity was, the academic areas addressed, and the date the activity took place.

Toddler Curriculum Cubby Me Notification

Life Cubby Benefits for Educators

Life Cubby is a unique and beneficial resource for early childhood educators too. This digital tool

  • Saves time.
  • Reduces the number of papers created and sent home.
  • Works on your computer and all mobile devices.
  • Directly communicates with families in real-time.
  • Includes comprehensive daily forms.
  • Connects with Frog Street Curriculum.

Here is a teacher view of Life Cubby.

Teacher View of Curriculum Cubby Me Notification

Are you a school, Head Start center, or child care facility interested in purchasing our books, materials, or early learning curricula for Pre-K, Toddler, or Infant classrooms? Please contact us at 1-800-884-3764 for more information.

Frog Street Infant Curriculum

Frog Street Toddler Curriculum

Frog Street Pre-K Curriculum

Frog Street Science

Building Science Connections in the Classroom

Frog Street Science

Children in early childhood classrooms experience science in a variety of ways.  They read science, sing science, and play science through their natural sense of curiosity and discovery. 

Teachers incorporate hands-on discovery activities throughout the day that encourage children to see, touch, feel, and manipulate science concepts.

Many classrooms also set up one area of the room for a science center that encourages children to explore and discover independently during center time. 

These opportunities to interact with science throughout the day help children begin building a strong knowledge base and science vocabulary at an early age.

Building Science Connections in the Classroom

“Our science center has a starfish, big magnets, and weight stuff.” Emma, age 4.

Science Materials in the Early Childhood Curriculum

A variety of science materials exist for use in the early childhood classroom. These tools are introduced individually and as children explore the world around them as they are guided through simple science investigations and appropriate vocabulary. 

Many times, these early science experiences will be the child’s first time seeing or working with the given science tool. 

It is recommended to introduce one science tool at a time and allow students ample opportunities to become familiar with how things work in open ended experiences. 

This will allow children to gain familiarity with the tools.  The teacher then provides fun, engaging, and intentional science lessons that allow children to manipulate the science tools and gain a deeper understanding of the key science topics presented.

Teacher Tip: Choose well made, kid-friendly tools to last for many years.

Here are just a few science materials that can be found in an early childhood classroom:

wand magnet science experiment

“I’m experimenting with paper clips to see if they are magnetic or not.” Jason, Age 5

What Makes a Good Science Curriculum?

A good early childhood science curriculum will have key science content integrated into each week’s learning activities.  These include purposeful lessons for whole class, small group, and individual workstations.  The lesson plans must be child-centered, engaging, and easy for teachers to prepare and implement.

The Frog Street Pre-K program not only has special science centers, questions, and activities, it also selects high interest literature with a science focus for topics within the curriculum such as zoo animals, insects, changes, and things that move. There are distinct learning goals for each lesson and scientific vocabulary lists to accompany explorations and investigations.  The lessons are engaging and easy to implement.

Teacher Testimonial: The Frog Street Science items are fantastic additions when I am focusing on science!  

They capture children’s interest and get them excited about exploration and discovery!

The Frog Street Science Literacy books, with beautiful photographs and illustrations, are also available and provide endless discussions to promote basic science vocabulary for young learners.  These books enhance existing classroom science experiences through hand-on science investigations, writing extensions, and vocabulary instruction.  Bilingual books are also available.

How Do Animals Use Their Mouth
¿Cómo usan la boca los animales?

Teacher Reading How Do Animals Use their Mouths

Cross Curricular Science Connections:

Integrated science activities provide children with repeated opportunities to interact with the academic content. A week learning about zoo animals in a pre-k classroom may consist of the following science activities:

Literacy: Read non-fiction books about animals to learn facts about them. Use words science terms such as predict, hypothesis, experiment, and outcomes to build interest.

Movement: Get kids moving in a rousing game of Zookeeper.  Call out commands: crawl like a cheetah, prance like a peacock, trumpet like an elephant.

Art: Encourage the children to draw or paint their favorite animal.

Engineering: Provide recycled materials for children to build with. Encourage them to create a zoo. Provide photographs of real zoo buildings to get their designs started.

Pretend Play: Set up a station for the feeding and care of animals. Include water, washcloths, bowls, pretend food, and plastic or stuffed animals.

Music: Sing a song about the way animals move.

Math: Sort plastic animals into two groups: animals that live in trees and animals that do not.

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