Sunday, March 31, 2019

What Is It Made of?

This science center challenges our MWF preK students to sort the materials.  After they sort, a teacher checks and student presses 'the easy button.'


Saturday, March 30, 2019

The First Days of Spring










Spring is here and the tree in our garden needs some green leaves.  Our MWF classes will trace and cut leaves.  Our TTh 3 y/o class wil cut the leaves and press the 'easy button.'  We have a lot planned for spring so check back soon!

Friday, March 22, 2019

Oceans 2019











Our MWF preK classes created a beautiful underwater scene.  Scuba divers, mermaids, starfish and more!  Students trace a stencil, color, cut and press the easy button!  Our scissors skills are awesome!!!

Have You Seen My Duckling?

Thursday, March 21, 2019

Egg-citing Times at MCP

Our TTh class has been learning about birds.  We have seen that eggs are strong.  Last week we put ten books on four eggs and they did not crack!

How to---
This is a great experiment and totally amazes the children. You will need:
4 eggs
1 egg carton
A sheet of paper (paper towels, wax paper)
A 2 foot stack of hardback books that are about the same size and weight (we use our hardback I SPY books)

Now place the eggs in the second and fifth row of the egg carton with the pointy part of the egg facing down. Place a sheet of paper over the eggs in case of breakage. Now here comes the egg-citing part. Begin to put the books on one at a time. 

We want them to see how strong the egg is and how a mother bird can sit on her eggs and they don't break. 

So now the children know eggs are strong.  Could we walk on eggs?  Yes, we can! We ask for volunteers and most of the children were eager to try it!  

I'm a huge Steve Spangler fan and found this experiment on his website.  Check it with your child!  There are lots of fun experiments and activities you and your child can try at home.

Walking on eggs---https://www.stevespanglerscience.com/lab/experiments/walking-on-eggshells/

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

The Dark Side of the Moon

Our study of the universe continues with our preK students with activities they may choose during center time. 

Moon phases-children trace the moon shape, color and add stars.  When they are finished, they show a teacher and press the easy button!





Explore the space shuttle with your child!

Space shuttle crew quarters---
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JZ7n24CtEFw

Space shuttle/liquid ping pong with Scott Kelly---
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TLbhrMCM4_0

Saturday, March 16, 2019

MCP Space Rangers
















We have a new 'messy tub'.  It's filled with black and blue crinkle paper. Rockets, astronauts, space shuttles and planets are providing a lot of fun play for future explorers! 

Friday, March 15, 2019

St. Patrick's Day 2019

We love 'travelling' with our preschoolers and learning how other children around the world live.  This week we 'visited' Ireland.

A bin of green in the art center makes colorful collages.

This leprechaun will be easy to catch! We love creating crafts at MCP and our students are such good listeners.


During center time students could color the Irish flag and press 'the easy button.'


Teachers give directions using shapes and letters and students are able to draw a leprechaun.



Lots of green and orange paint!





Fun Food Friday had students sorting, counting and creating patterns with Lucky Charms cereal!

















What a fun week!  We are so lucky to have your child at MCP!  Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Sarah, Percy & Bill

Today we made an owl baby.  Students had to give their owl 'feathers' by snipping around an white oval.


Which owl baby did your child make?

Monday, March 11, 2019

Space Camp

Last week during our morning meeting, we asked our preK kiddos if they would like to be an astronaut.  What did your child choose?
Morning Class

Afternoon Class

MCP Guide to the Galaxy

It's time for MCP students to 'travel' to the outer limits!  Our rocket may not look sturdy but combined with the imagination of  our students, we travel millions of miles around the galaxy.


Computers, jet packs and more to take on our trip!


Counting activity in the Discovery Center---


Science activities for our MWF preK classes---


To infinity and beyond!  Enjoy learning about space with your child!