Friday, September 30, 2011

Office Art

 Aren't these fun?  Can you guess what we did?
 It's 'Office Art'! 
We are very fortunate that our preschool families are very generous!  You think of us when you are cleaning out home and office.  A few years ago, we had thousands (really---thousands) of the office dots donated.  We have always had a few in our art center and use them off and on for a variety of craft activities.  I recently saw this project in a magazine and knew it was good fit for our art center.  It's also easy enough to do at home.

Place the dot stickers (we also used reinforcement stickers) all over the paper. Use your imagination and create.  Color all over the paper.  Use lots and lots of colors.  Peel the stickers off.  Older siblings might enjoy this project, too.  Good fun to have on hand for those long fall and winter days.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Balancing Bears & Color Mixing

Most weeks I will be setting up science experiments for our MWF classes.   We incorporate a lot of science activities and experiments into our curriculum.  Preschool science is about discovery, exploration and FUN!  The centers are designed for one or two children at time depending on the activity. 

This week we have Balancing Bears and Color Mixing. Both centers are very popular with the children.  The eyedroppers help with those developing small motor skills, too.

If you would like to see past science activities we have done at MCP, look under LABELS  and click on SCIENCE.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

It's Hip to Be Square

A lot of shapes, a lot of glue (really...I am not kidding...a LOT of glue!) and some listening skills are required for these two projects.  We talked about shapes, color and sizes (big, bigger, biggest, smallest, etc.) and inside.  Check out
for ideas for home and fun song!

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Biscuits, Butter and Bees 2011

 BUSY is a good letter B word for our day today!!!  We made butter and biscuits today. Cooking is a great learning activity for young children.  These cards are used for sequencing.  There are six cards.  Six children stand in front of the class and those seated 'read' the cards and put them in the correct order. We switch so everyone has a turn.
*Measure biscuit mix and milk into bowl.
*Drop onto cookie sheet.
*Remove from oven.

When we cook with the children, we make sure everyone gets to add an ingredient, stir and do whatever they can to help cook.  We do this with just a few children at time.  This helps with the understanding of waiting patiently for your turn. We really love to cook at MCP! 

The butter was super simple and an easy project to do at home. You will need-
*a small jar (we used baby food jars)
*heavy cream
*a lot of energy
Fill the jar half way with cream and shake and shake and shake and shake until you get butter.  If necessary, strain through a cheesecloth.  Add a little salt and chill in the frig.

Need more information and additional ideas?

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

The Calendar

The calendar is a part of our morning routine for both the TTh and the MWF classes.  A lot of learning goes on when we sit down to 'see what day it is'. 

We talk about the month and the first letter of the month.  The MWF class 'spells' the month and we discuss upper and lower case letters.  The MWF class also learns there are twelve months in a year (songs below) and we sing a song.  The MWF class learn about today, tomorrow and yesterday. We figure out what the day is (again looking at the first letter-ask your child how we tell the difference between M and W).  Our calendar helper has to select the correct day of the week (visual discrimination) and then we count!  We look at the pattern on the calendar and clap out the pattern to figure out what color (or shape) comes next.  We look around to see if any of our friends are wearing a pattern on their clothes.   Next, we look at the number and 'write' it on the carpet w/our pointer finger (MWF).  Finally, the calendar helper places the number on the calendar and we sing our song and our calendar helper 'rocks' out the calendar song!

Twelve Months of the Year (I made this song up and cannot remember what the tune is. I think it some  Broadway show tune...let me know if you recognize it)

Twelve months of the year I know them all.
Four seasons-winter, spring, summer, fall.
Twelve months (clap, clap)
Twelve months (clap, clap)  make a year.

There's January, February, March and then
April, May come around again.
Twelve months (clap, clap)
Twelve months (clap, clap) make a year.

June, July and August we feel the heat.
September, October trick or treat!
Twelve months (clap, clap)
Twelve months (clap, clap) make a year.

November, December family fun.
Now that's all twelve and now we're done!
Twelve months (clap, clap)
Twelve months (clap, clap) make a year.

Seven Days of the Week  (For He's a Jolly Good Fellow)
Oh, there's seven days of the week, seven days of the week,
seven days of the week and I can name them all.

Sunday, Monday and Tuesday,
Wednesday, Thursday and Friday-
Saturday is the last day and now I've named them all!
Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday

Monday, September 19, 2011

B is for Beanie Babies

I went through the Beanie Baby craze with my boys.  We have Beanie Babies and Teeny Beanies-more than I ever should have bought!  Now what???  Well, I turned them into a preschool matching game for our MWF classes.  I used clip art for pictures and also drew clues. We use a lot of picture clues with words in dictation activities and games in our room. This game is in one of our centers. Ask your child if they played this game! 

On Wednesday, we will be making biscuits and butter. We will also be learning about bees and honey. Each week we will be decorating the letter of the week.  Ask your child how the letter A and B are decorated.  Another busy week at MCP!

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Your Royal Highness

Garage sales offer wonderful treasures for a preschool teacher.  Several years ago, I found a scepter and just had to have it for school. Really for a buck how could I pass it up? The 'leader' in our MWF class hold the scepter during our lessons. The first days of school I introduce the word 'scepter' (good vocabulary word!) and we discuss who would hold a scepter.  A football player? No.  A police officer? No.  Kings and queens hold scepters.  They love it and it just makes school fun.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

A is for Apple

Our room smelled fantastic at the end of today. Warm apple and cinnamon smells...fall is just around the corner. We are all about all things apples! Each child cut some apples to put into the crock pot.  On Friday, we will have our applesauce snack.  YUMMY! We also sang a song while we were cooking and cutting.  The tune is Here We Go 'Round the Mulberry Bush.

This is the way we pick the apples, pick the apples, pick the apples.
This is the way we pick the apples for our applesauce.

This is the way we peel the apples...

This is the way we chop the apples...

This is the way we cook the apples...

Add some sugar and cinnamon, cinnamon, cinnamon. 
Add some sugar and cinnamon to the applesauce.

This is the way we mash the apples...

This is the way we eat the apples, eat the apples, eat the apples.
This is the way we eat the apples. Eat the applesauce!

For more information  and ideas, check out the last years post--

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Back-to-School Beatitudes

Blessed is September for it shall end August.

Blessed are those who buy school supplies, for they shall learn patience. 

Blessed are the poor in pocket, for they shall be called parents.

Blessed are the school bus drivers, for they shall deliver us from car pools.

Blessed are the teachers, for they shall hunger and thirst for silence.

Blessed  are the lunch makers, for they shall inherit the leftovers.

Blessed are the school nurses, for they shall wipe tears and apply Band-Aids.

Blessed are the memo writers, phone answerers and child finders,  for they shall be called school secretaries.

Blessed are those who bake for bake sales and chaperone  field trips, for they shall be called room mothers.

Blessed are those who send them off  to school, for they shall be called lucky.


Friday, September 9, 2011

I Love School 2011-2012

Last year I started a reading readiness activity and it was well received by the children.  Today the MWF classes will be bringing home a sheet with a list of sentences.  We 'read' these at school and will practice reading them off and on each week.  Every few weeks, we will  introduce a new page of sentences.  If you would like-- hole punch the sheet and put in a three ring binder.  We do a lot of dictation and story writing.  A three ring notebook would be a great place for you child to have all their reading pages. For more information -

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Glue Bottles and Glue Battles

We glued with the TTh class today.  Gluing for the first time is always a lot of fun. Really, it is!  We talk with the children about dots, squiggles and globs.  Dots and squiggles are good.  Globs are bad and do not try for days!  Our project today was gluing colored paper on a piece of cardboard.  It was as much about learning to glue as it was a color project. 

Are you a Sunday school teacher, Scout leader or just tired of stopped up glue lids?  For years,  glue bottles have been a battle during craft time.  Cleaning, washing, poking, closing the lid,  leaving the lid open...We would have all the lids washed, cleaned and replaced and STILL bottles would not work.  It was frustrating for us and the children.  Finally, last year I bought some condiment bottles at the local super store and problem solved.  We couldn't believe it.  We fill the bottle about one third full and we are all happy crafters!

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Our First Day of School

Work is love made visible.  KAHIL GIBRANview details 
I really love my job but I am glad the first day of school is over for all three classes!  It's just a little chaotic until we all get into the routine. Your cooperation and patience is greatly appreciated.  In all three classes we sing a 'Welcome Song' when we sit down to start our day---
We welcome you to school today, school today, school today.
We welcome you to school today. Please come in and play.
We're glad to have you here today, here today, here today.
We're glad to have you here today. Yes, it's a special day!
Tune-Mary Had a Little Lamb

Friday, September 2, 2011

I'm So Excited!

Your preschooler isn't the only one excited about school starting! Have a great Labor Day weekend and we will see you Tuesday or Wednesday!!!