Teacher Tom. I pretty much agree with everything (that I've read so far) he says about preschool, and I especially like his posts about disciplines, natural consequences, etc.
One thing he said that I read not long ago (which was actually a quote from another educator) is that preschool teachers are all basically middle-class bag ladies. Which basically means that we will hunt for, gather, scrounge up and reuse basically anything and everything.
I love this, because it is so very true for me. One of my most common ways to practice being a Middle Class Bag Lady is by going to yard sales. Since I live in a place with relatively warm winters, we have yard sales here about year-round. So it is fairly easy for me to find one, and even easier (once I find one) to find something useful for the Little People.
Last week I had a great find. A simple digital camera and an MP3 player for $5 each. Granted, I haven't tried them out yet, but if they do work I think that these could be wonderful things. Especially the camera. I'm thinking we can have a new classroom job: Picture Taker. They can have the chance to use the camera that day to record their observations.
Or even better, I can send it home with a child a night to take pictures of their homes, their pets, their siblings, etc. Kind of a digital "All About Me". Then when they come back I can upload their pictures onto the computer and print them out. Or perhaps I can keep my eyes open for a digital picture frame that can scroll through all the pictures for the kids to see.
The best part about the camera is, if someone loses it or a sibling breaks it, I'm only out $5. Which is a risk I'm willing to take for the potential of some really good sharing.