Friday, August 24, 2012

Homemade Light Box

As we are getting ready for vacation, and prepping for September, I wanted to share my adaptation of a homemade light box!!  There are so many ways to make a light table/light box for your classroom, and it doesn't have to cost a lot of  money!!


I started with a clear box from Target, and lined it with Parchment Paper to diffuse the light. I decided to leave the large sides open so my girls could see the light spinning too.  Also, I originally was thinking of using an Under Bed Storage box, but this size box worked out great for our needs since it's the perfect height for my girls to stand at.  :-)
I was originally going to put "holiday" lights inside, but because I was doing this for my home, I decided to break out a spinning disco light that I had laying around from the store "5 Below."  (It was $5.)  

When you turn on the light, then the fun starts!!

The colors were so bright, yet nicely diffused by the parchment paper.

My girls had so much fun banging on the Light Box, and watching the colorful lights!  As they get older, then I will put solid lights inside, and other transparent items to explore on the light box.  I am sharing this idea with you to get inspired for creating your own new materials for your classroom!  The ideas are endless!  Check out some of these links to my blog for more ideas...

Homemade Light Table and Props

Teacher Made Materials

Do It Yourself Ideas

Homemade Felt Boards

Espero que pases unas vacaciones muy buenas!! Nos vemos en septiembre!!


Thursday, August 23, 2012


This is an AMAZING idea that I came across from one of my favorite Bloggers at

I am going to raffle off a collection of 24 empty glass baby food jars to any Preschool or Pre-K teacher who is interested in starting this collection in their classroom!!  Please email me by noon on Friday, August 24th, and I will draw your name out of a bag to see who the winner of this start-up collection is!!   I will have the clean jars waiting for you in your classroom when you return in September, ready to be filled with treasures!!  This is a GREAT WAY to incorporate more math in your Preschool orPre-K classroom!  Thank you Deborah at Teach Preschool for the inspiration!!

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Magic Foam Letters


I recently discovered that when you dip foam letters into water, they stick to just about anything.  They stick to the wall, the toy shelf, and most excitingly for my baby girls, to the window in their Nana's house!  

I grabbed a bucket of water, and we spent a long time dipping the letters in the water, then putting them all over the place.  

They are still so young that they liked to pull them off of the window and put them in their mouths...but they LOVED it!

My daughter Sedona, worked on writing her name!! (not really).  :-)

Have fun trying this with your students...especially with the toddlers!!  Try surprising them by putting them magically all over the classroom and they have to go on a letter hunt!!  The possibilities are endless!!  Be creative and have fun!!!


Monday, August 20, 2012

Spotlight on South End

Here's a look into our gorgeous South End school!

Bolsas de Vocabulario!!

Check out this unique way to have the children review some of the vocabulary AND use full sentences in Spanish!!!  

Cut up all of the vocabulary cards, and place in an individual brown bag that the children can decorate.
Have them pull out a card at random and then they have to say what the word is in a full sentence.  "yo tengo la bandera."  for example.  Love it!!

The South End School starting to create their Curriculum Boxes when they opened their doors 3 years ago.  They have a wonderful collection of materials, books and activities by theme for each box. Here's an example of how YOU can create your Curriculum Boxes too!!!

Bulletin Boards in the South End



Friday, August 17, 2012

Spotlight on Porter Square

Let's take a look at some of the highlights from our beautiful school in Porter Square!!!

Great Systems!!

Here's a cool way to take attendance with the children's names!!

Each teacher was in charge of doing all of the prep for each week of the summer!  They had a sign up list that seemed to really work!!!




Puerto Rico


GRACIAS A UDS!!!  Se ve tan linda la escuela!!