Feb 20, 2017

Online Early Childhood Workshops with Circle of Ideas

Hear what satisfied customers have said about 

Circle of Ideas Early Childhood Online Workshops

"I would like to thank you for your amazing online programs!  I have gained so much knowledge from them and they are so clear to understand.  I definitely recommend your courses to my fellow ECE's and parents." 

Melissa, Early Childhood Educator, February 2017 

"I really enjoyed all your ideas for different, concrete, usable ways to foster math learning with Preschoolers. I will definitely be using some of your suggestions! And in general I loved the course...it was easy to use and very useful. Your ideas were clear and very real with things I have already in my home that I can use. Plus, because there was the assignment part of the course,  it made me think of how I can incorporate your ideas into my little group. I really look forward to taking some of your other classes. Thanks a bunch!"

Maria, Quebec, December 2016

"Dear Christine, Thank you very much! I really enjoyed your workshops. I will take some workshops in the future. All the best for you! Best regards,"

Ying Yi Li, April 2016

"Thanks for getting those certificates to me so quickly! I really appreciate it. Also, thank you for your kind feedback."

Vivian, Early Childhood Educator, BC, January 2016

"Thank you so much for taking the time to put together trainings for preschool teachers! In this economy, it is difficult to afford offsite tranings (most teachers have little or no budget) and is difficult to find trainings that fit teacher's schedules. Your trainings are convenient, affordable, easy to take and are informative--based on everyday needs of the children in our care. They provide great suggestions for ideas for activities, educate on how the content area helps the growth and development of preschoolers as well as offer suggestion to teachers on how to implement the content area (i.e. Sensory Play) into the teacher's planning. Your workshop has helped me to meet the state of Nebraska (United States) annual training requirements and helped me to refocus on a core area that has, to be honest, been neglected in our classroom! Thank you again!"

Cheryl, Preschool Teacher and Website Owner

"I really enjoyed the assignments! Thank you so much for creating them and also for making them available for such a reasonable rate!"

Robynn, Early Childhood Educator, 2015 

"This is such a great way to complete some hours and have the freedom to do it on my own time. Thanks again" 

Barbara, Early Childhood Educator, April 2015

"Thank you! I checked your blog as well, lots of great ideas there.I'm so glad I have this resource now and am planning on doing another workshop through your site soon! I really like the part where you have the student consult with others (in Part B) Thanks again,"  

Megan, BC, January 2015

"Thank you so much, Christine, for creating these awesome workshops. I like that I can do them at my own pace, in the convenience of my home. I enjoy the many tips and ideas and have used many, which brings smiles to the children in my care. "Scat the Cat" Felt board story is a favorite of theirs. I personally enjoyed the memories your questions stirred up. Engaging in wonderful conversations for some of the answers gave us a chance to share great stories. I have learned much from your workshops and they are fun, an added bonus! Thank you!!"

Norah, Family home childcare, NJ, February 2014

"I just wanted to thank you for the opportunity through your classes to learn more about early childhood education. It will be really helpful as I prepare to renew my teaching license this year.  I enjoyed all of your classes and I look forward to any new classes you will be preparing!"

 September, 2014 Kelli

"I just wanted to thank you so much for providing this online service. Since I live in an area where they do not have any workshops this has been a real godsend for me. I wish you continued success." "Thank you again for these workshops! I thoroughly enjoyed them and I am happy to be able to do these from home. Will definitely be recommending them  and doing again :)"

Dorie,  2014, Early Childhood Educator

"This was such a fun workshop--so much learning--so many ways to expand."

MarlieneEarly Childhood Educator, July 2013

"Thank you again for these workshops! I thoroughly enjoyed them and I am happy to be able to do these from home. Will definitely be recommending them  and doing again :)"

Carly, Returned Customer, October 2012

"These workshops have not only helped me greatly in getting the hours I need, but they're very thought provoking, and informative. I've gotten plenty of ides from completing these workshops that will be great asset to the curriculum in my classes. Thank you so much!

Carla, Workshop Participant,  August 2012

"These workshops were a great learning experience for me. When you have been in the childcare field for so long, you tend to forget or lose site of things. These gave me an opportunity to get to know myself a little bit and relearn..." 

Leanna, Satisfied Customer, July 2012

"Thank you for offering these online workshops, they are very convenient and practical"

Michelle, Preschool Teacher, May 2012

"I really enjoy doing your workshops! You can be sure I'll be back for more. Your website is such a great resource. Thanks for being there!"

Josefina, Early Childhood Educator, 2011

Jan 15, 2017

Night Time Preschool Lesson Plan

To view the following Felt Story and poem, click here

Night Time Preschool Lesson plan can include ideas surrounding...

  • Night Sky
  • Space
  • Bedtime
  • Teddy Bears
  • Hibernation
  • Nocturnal Animals
  • People who work during the night 

Begin a Night Time Preschool Lesson Plan at Group Circle

Start a night preschool lesson plan at group circle by asking the children about the topic and allow them to be each other's educators. Some questions to ask the children are:

•"What do we mean when we say it's night time?
•"How do we know it's night time?
•"Why do we have to sleep?"
•"How do you feel in the dark?"
•"Are there some people/animals that stay up while we are sleeping?"
•"What is your bedtime routine?"

Preschool Ideas for a Night Sky Theme

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The night sky provides a number of ideas for a night theme. It can also be extended into a space lesson plan.  Aside from the classic Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, this is another great song:  "Going To the Moon" 

Zoom. zoom, zoom
We are going to the moon
Zoom, zoom, zoom
We will be there very soon
If you want to take a trip
Climb aboard my rocket ship
Zoom, zoom, zoom
We are going to the moon
5,4,3,2,1 BLAST OFF!

Preschool Ideas for a Bedtime Theme

Going to bed is something we all do, and for young children it can be a scary time. Structure is very important to preschoolers when they are getting ready for bed, and asking them what their bedtime routine is allows the children to see the similarities in all of us. In this portion of the night time preschool lesson plan, the young children can make arts and crafts surrounding their bed, such as making a classroom quilt, paper dolls with pajamas that can be decorated and filling in a big star with such things as glitter, paint, crayons and so on with this poem in the middle:

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Starlight, star bright
First star I see tonight
I wish I may, I wish I might
Have the wish, I wished tonight.

Plan a PJ day at school, where everyone has to wear pygamas and bring in their favourite stuffed animal. Teachers can make children pancakes or toast with jam on this special dress up day. One song that works well for this day is to sing the "Teddy Bear Song" –

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Teddy bear teddy bear, turn around
Teddy bear, teddy bear, touch the ground      
Teddy bear, teddy bear, go upstairs
Teddy bear, teddy bear say your prayers

Preschool Ideas for Hibernation Theme

Learning about animals that hibernate can be included into a night time preschool lesson plan. Of course, bears are the most well known animals that hibernate, but many other animals also hibernate through the cold winter months. A wonderful arts and craft idea for hibernation is to allow children to make a cave for the bear to sleep.

Nocturnal Animals are another extension of the 

Night Preschool Lesson Plan

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