Category Archives: language

On the importance of Thigh Slapping, and other messages from the Ooey Gooey Lady.

Lisa Murphy, aka the Ooey Gooey lady, ¬†Early Childhood teacher trainer with a real gift–comedian-funny, and marries theory and practice in a way that’s on-the-ground useful. For instance, how to buy yourself 30 seconds to think at circle time:   … Continue reading

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Zappies!

Here’s a child making an astute observation: The childcare center playground has a plastic fort with plastic slides. With repeated sliding, there will be static electricity. A child (age three) and I zapped each other. Her: “Zappies!!” (touching my finger … Continue reading

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Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, Welcome to our Toddler Room!

In today’s post, a bunch of great ideas from my toddler teaching team. The hugely popular children’s book Chicka Chicka Boom Boom is a rollicking alphabet rhyme, and our toddlers are crazy for it.  (It tells the story of mischievous little alphabet letters … Continue reading

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Bzzzpeek: Environmental sounds from around the world!

Onomatopoeia, or words for the sounds of things, like “creak” or “moo” are huge fun for young children. They’re fun for the rest of us, too, when you look at how much they vary in different languages.   As such, … Continue reading

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Photo Toy Safari Language Activity

Here’s an idea for a long, tedious road trip, or even just running errands with the kids: Velcro arms allow for action-heroine poses. Take along a toy (probably not a favorite; something silly-looking and novel) and photograph it at each … Continue reading

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