Tuesday, August 24, 2010


I am so excited to share this information with you! Anne Degenhart (a former MCP parent) has started Wee Espree. Wee Espree is a weekly class for child and caregiver to experience singing, movement, rhythm and instruments with a Biblical foundation. There are two classes-Baby and Preschool. Classes are six weeks long.
For dates, times, locations and cost call 309/472-0027 or click http://www.wee-espree.com/

Thursday, August 19, 2010

High School Graduation

You are so excited to have your kids back in school, you think high school graduation is years away. Well, don't blink. I just dropped my youngest at his university today and it seems like just yesterday he was walking into kindergarten. Time does fly.

I saw this idea in Real Simple magazine http://www.realsimple.com/ , the 2010 Family issue and had to share it with you. On the editor's notes page, managing editor Kristin Van Ogtrop writes about a graduation party she attended several years ago. People (by people I mean moms) are very clever when it comes to high school graduation parties. Take notes now. This mom had saved some of her child's clothes throughout years and hung them up on a clothes line in chronological order. Cute! I thought about all the soccer and baseball team t-shirts, the super hero shirts and school spirit shirts. Get a storage tub and label it "High School Graduation".

Before you know it when they say, "Bye, Mom" it's not going to be a few hours until they come barging through the front door, it's going to be a few weeks (or longer). Keep your eyes open and don't blink.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Another Brick in the Wall

To all our recent MCP graduates, have a great year in kindergarten! Make new friends, listen to your teacher and have fun!

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Sensory Bottles

Sensory bottles are a fun and easy craft for you and your child to make at home. This craft will require adult hands and close supervision to create. We have about a dozen sensory bottles in our classroom. The children really enjoy playing with them.

The bottles also provide a variety of learning experiences for our preschoolers. Because of the variety of liquids and items in each bottle, there is a lot of speculation and discussion about the liquids, the movement, the letters and items inside each bottle.

It is always funny to watch them experience the bottles for the first time because of course the first thing they try to do is remove the lids. Good thing this is not my first rodeo!

You will need-
***Several 16-20 oz. clean plastic bottles-I used some flavored water bottles because I like the smooth sides for easy viewing but any plastic bottles will work.
***Liquids-water, baby oil, vegetable oil, hair gel (of various consistencies), shampoo, liquid dish soap, corn syrup. You want liquids that move differently. You also want the color to be translucent so your child can see the items in the bottle.
***Small items to place in the bottle-buttons, beads, beads w/letters and numbers, seashells, small rocks, sand, small Legos, fun foam shapes, cut up Mardi Gras beads. Lots of possibilities!!!
***Funnel for easier pouring
***Hot glue gun or super glue (adult job only!)

1-Have your child place the items in the bottle.
2-Add the liquid until 2/3 or 3/4 full. Your child may or may not need help with this step. I filled my bottles pretty full.
3-Adult glues the lid on (I used super glue and have had the bottles at school for over three years without a mishap) and let set to dry for a few minutes.

A few pointers and hints-
*Use sand and water for a beach bottle.
*Corn syrup and Mardi Gras beads look like a lava lamp.
*Mix water and vegetable oil. Color the water.
*Use beads with letters and numbers to help recognize the ABC's and 123's.
*Discuss the various liquids. Why do some move fast and others slow?
*Write about the experience and the activity in your child's journal.