Thursday, November 23, 2017

My Happy Place

These were the two people who taught me how to lovelaugh and learn.  My childhood home was a happy place and I was a lucky girl.

Since I knew what love was, I found and a married a man and we created our own happy place with our two boys.  More love, much laughter and lots of learning (children and parents learning...little did I know my kids would teach me a lot). A little luck and lots of work to create a happy place for our family.

After my home, this door...
leads to my second happy place.  I am so thankful that I have a career where I wake up and head out to a place filled with love, laughter and learning.  I am really good at a what I do. I acknowledge and give thanks for it is a gift.  It is not mine to own but mine to give. 

When I close this door, I am able to love and be loved.  I laugh and see laughter.  I am responsible for learning but  I also learn something new everyday.  I am able to forget for a few hours whatever ails me and be happy in this happy place. 

Find your happy place. 

Happy Thanksgiving!

Monday, November 20, 2017

Will It Go 'Round in Circles?

 Inspiration from Kandinsky's Several Circles!
 

Students learned that artists will give a name to their work.  After the glue dries on these pieces, our MCP students will be naming their work.  




More Kandinsky after the holiday break!

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Liquids and Solids 2017


Last week, our MWF preK students did some experiments.  We are learning that liquids do not have a shape and need to be in a container.  We also learned that temperature will change the shape of a solid or liquid.

We put ice cubes in a bowl and predicted what would happen. 

The ice melted!  We observed that all the ice had melted.  What will happen if we put the container back into the freezer?  More predictions...

We will be using the words experimentobserve and predict with our preK students as we do more experiments throughout the school year. 

What can you do at home?  A lot...it's water and containers.  Easy breezy!  Experiment with different containers, sunny windows or place a container with ice outside where it is still cool and a container with ice inside.  Ask your child to predict which will melt faster.  Why?

Liquids and solids also mean ice cream fun for our preK kiddos!  What's your favorite flavor?
Morning class

Afternoon class
We made ice cream (a quart of heavy cream, a can of sweet condensed milk and fifteen enthusiastic helpers to stir and mix).  It turned into ice cream!

Did your child like the ice cream?
Morning class

Afternoon class

Saturday, November 18, 2017

We Say 'Please' and 'Thank You'

I seek constantly to improve my manners and graces, for they are the sugar which all are attracted. Og Mandino


Thursday, November 16, 2017

A BIG I SPY!

We are finishing up our I SPY bottles with our 3 y/o friends.  Some friends had fun in our art center creating a BIG I SPY.  This is easy enough to do at home with your child.  Cut a variety of pictures in different sizes from magazines, catalogs, calendars or newspaper/mail ads.  Use a poster board or large piece of card board and glue the large pictures first and fill in with smaller pictures.  Have older children?  You can have them cut out the pictures. Have company coming for the holidays?  It's a fun activity to keep little ones busy.


Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Too Many Toys


Most families realize that they have too many toys. Research is now showing the effect of too many toys on young children.  At MCP, we provide a lot of play with few toys.  Many of these toys and activities are meant to be played with alone or with a friend. We have a closet full of toys and a stuffed attic but most of our 'toys' are put away and rotated throughout the school year.  Because we strongly believe in the power of play and a child's imagination, we have no computers or tablets for the children.  We have no toys that require batteries.  We are powered by your child's imagination.  

Some of the benefits seen in fewer toys were increased in attention span and creativity.  We see this everyday at MCP.  Our students will sit at centers to color, work with play dough, put a puzzle together, sift through rice or beans and much more.  Their imagination takes them to far away places in our dramatic play where we hear them use vocabulary introduced in a group lesson.  

No screens.  No batteries.  No  daily worksheets.  

It works. 

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