Friday, September 17, 2021

LEGO Statue Of Liberty

Statue of Liberty Boat Tour

Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Paint, Paper and Paste-arts & crafts

Arts and crafts are a very important part of our program at MCP.  The two are also very different.  Art is open ended.  We have crayons, markers, scissors, glue, cardboard and much more in our art center so the children have an opportunity to be creative on their own. 

Crafts are about listening and following teacher directions. 

Crafts are done as a group at the tables with the teacher giving directions.  We use this opportunity to work on colors, shapes and spatial relationships (inside, between, top, bottom, etc.).  We also are working very hard on listening to teacher directions.  

If your child's craft does not look like a bear, a flower, a pumpkin or whatever---no worries.  We are just starting the year. We know sitting with friends with colorful paper and a bottle of glue is hard.  The children are learning how to use an appropriate amount of glue, how to pick up sticky gluey pieces and soon we will be cutting & snipping shapes together.  Please note---we do not move or relocate pieces that the children place incorrectly. Your child's work is their work.  We are working really hard on listening to teacher directions as a group.

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Monday, September 6, 2021

Now I Know My ABC's

 
At MCP, we strongly believe that children learn best when actively involved in the process and not through worksheets and printables.  We work every day on letter and number recognition. We are always telling the children letters and numbers are EVERYWHERE (so look around with your child and point them out).  For more information check out the label 'Letter/Number Recognition'.




Wednesday, September 1, 2021

Sing!

 

We sing a lot at MCP.  We sing when we want the children line up. We sing when we want the children to sit down.  We sing to get their attention.  We also sing to teach concepts and just for fun.  What do we sing? 

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Friday, August 27, 2021

Play With Me

 

The only screen that your child can look at MCP is the screen in the window.  No computers. No tablets for children.  Play.  Play powered by your child's imagination and creativity.  It's a powerful energy that we channel in the classroom and it's a joy to watch. 

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Thursday, August 19, 2021

Fine Motor Skills---Lacing Cards

Lacing cards are a very important part of the MCP curriculum.  We have lacing cards available for the children everyday.  After your child laces a card, we do not rip out their work for the next student.  Your child may take the lacing card home! This is an important difference in purchased lacing cards.  We are working on strengthening those very important fine motor skills---building strength to hold a pencil, crayon, paint and scissors.  When a child gets to keep their work, they are more likely to participate in the activity.  

Lacing cards are easy to make at home with your child. Old greeting cards and cereal boxes make colorful cards that will interest your child.