The Blog

Bring Social-Emotional Learning to the Heart of Your Preschool Classroom

Blog Banners

Hi! Welcome to Spark Interest with Sara!

I am a preschool teacher, a curriculum designer, a course creator and a mum to a gorgeous boy who keeps me on my toes! 

Creating and sharing inspiring educational resources and courses for teachers and parents is my passion! I wake up every day excited to be able to be part of nurturing young minds and hearts! 



Blog post title image for 5 reasons why teaching preschoolers to identify emotions is so important

5 Reasons Why Teaching Preschoolers to Identify Emotions is so Important

Did you know that in surveys done by Breńe Brown and her team, they found that people on average can only identify 3 emotions when they are actually feeling them? I’m not kidding.  The 3 emotions are happiness, sadness and anger (Atlas of the Heart by Breńe Brown).  That is absolutely stagering if you think…

Blog post image for 3 reasons why preschoolers love would you rather questions

3 Reasons Why Preschoolers Love Would You Rather Questions

Would You Rather Questions For Kids You probably have played this game once or twice. You may have been on the bus ride to a 5th-grade field trip, college, or even as an adult sitting around a winter fire with friends. You might know the game by the name This or That too. It is…

Blog post title image for preschool activities for international friendship day

7 Absolutely Perfect Preschool Activities for International Friendship Day

I love International Friendship Day! It is about friendship, caring, kindness, empathy, and so much more! This special day is coming up quickly and is a great way to celebrate friendships in your preschool classroom! Here are some great ideas to get your students engaged in activities for International Friendship Day. Before I jump right…

Blog post image for preschool listening activities

The 4 Easiest Preschool Listening Activities You Can Use Today!

What do we mean when we ask our preschoolers to “listen”? There are probably a million different ways we can look at this. Can you hear my voice? Can you look at me? Can you hear my words? Can you block out what’s happening around you? Can you understand the meaning of the words I’m…

Blog post cover image for mindful exercises for kids

Mindful Exercises for Kids: 6 Easy and Effective Activities For Your Classroom

Mindful Exercises for Kids Mindfulness has been a word thrown around a lot lately, but you might be wondering what exactly is mindfulness, especially when it comes to children? Mindfulness is a practice, and it helps you focus on being aware of your feelings at different moments in time. There are many different ways to…

Cover image for how to create a calm down corner in classroom blog post

How to Create a Calm Down Corner in Classroom Settings In 4 Easy Steps

I am not gonna lie; 6 weeks into the school year, I still had students crying in my doorway and not wanting to leave their parents during drop-off. These students had never been away from their parents for an extended period of time (thanks Covid), and I had to quickly find a way to help…

Blog post image for teaching activities on empathy in the preschool classroom

Teaching Activities on Empathy in Preschool – Why should I care?

Teaching Activities on Empathy in Preschool – Why should I care? Developing empathy skills in young learners may seem like a daunting task to bring into your preschool classroom, but if you teach and incorporate activities on empathy, your students will be more successful in all areas of their lives in the future! Empathy is…

Cover image for 11 books on friendship for preschoolers

11 Books on Friendship for Preschool Children You’ll Absolutely Love

11 Books on Friendship for Preschool Children You’ll Absolutely Love Teaching friendship in the preschool setting is so important and adding books on friendship into your lessons is a must! With preschool friendship books, you can discuss so many different ideas, like kindness, boundaries, empathy, social skills, what makes a good friend and so much…

Cover Image for Teamwork Activities for Preschool

The 4 Main Reasons Why Teamwork Activities for Preschool are so Important

The 4 Main Reasons Why Teamwork Activities for Preschool are so Important Wouldn’t you agree that working collaboratively on ANYTHING in preschool is a challenge?! We want to teach our kiddos exactly how they need to work together to solve problems or work through challenges, however, teaching this is usually easier said than done. We…