Saturday, September 29, 2012

Bullying Stops Here

Just finished reading this story on CNN.  What an inspiration! 

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Ten Apples Up on Top

Published in 1961, Ten Apples Up on Top!  is a classic children's counting book.  Our TTh class started the week listening to the story and then we had our first craft using scissors.

Each child was given a piece of red paper with a circle shape.  We showed them how to the hold the scissors and each child attempted to cut the circle.  Please do not worry if you child's apple is not cut correctly. We send crafts home 'as is'. This activity is a first scissor experience for many of the children.  We will be using scissors in many many crafts throughout the school year and scissors are always available in our art center for the children to use.

After cutting the circle, we added a stem and leaf to finish our apple.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Please Write Us in the U.S.

Our MWF classes have started a world wide adventure and we would love your help.  The students are being introduced to the concepts of continents, countries, and towns.  We talk about children all over the world are going to school, sleeping, eating breakfast, and playing with their friends. It's a big idea for small children.

We started with the United States of America...A is for America.   This week we are learning about our neighbor to the north, Canada! We will learn about many countries during the school year. We will be learning each country's flag is different from our own and basic things about each country.

If you are up for the adventure, please write us via 'snail mail' so the children can see stamps and have the excitement of receiving mail.  You can send us postcards or include maps or brochures in your letter.  Please let us know your city.  We are going to place pins on our large map and we also have a map of flags we will be making tally marks to count the number of letters from each country.
This is the first time I have done this with preschoolers so it should be fun (or a disaster but that's okay, too).  I will keep you updated on our progress.  It truly is a small world!

P. O. BOX 928

Monday, September 24, 2012

Peoria Zoo Tours

The Peoria Zoo is offering two unique tours this week.  This first tour is Friday, September 28th at 7 p.m.  This is an after dark tour.  Cost is $15 and includes zoo admission.  The second tour is Saturday, September 29th and is a behind-the-scenes tour.  The tour will begin at 9 a.m. and cost is $20 and includes the price of admission.  To register or for more information visit the Peoria Zoo website---


Smile for the camera!
Just a reminder that school pictures are this week.  
Dress nice and bring your best smile!

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Welcome Fall!

Everyone must take time to sit and watch the leaves turn.  ~Elizabeth Lawrence~

Fall Garden 2012

The MWF classes have filled our fall tree with beautiful leaves this week.  Why?  Because every time they cut a leaf  they get  to press the EASY BUTTON!


Friday, September 21, 2012


 I read BARN DANCE!  to our MWF classes today.  We will be rereading and singing this book together over the next few classes.  BARN DANCE! was a Reading Rainbow book and  is one of my favorite fall books...check out this blog post from 2010---
Barn Dance 2010

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

International Talk Like a Pirate Day

What is a pirates favorite doll?  BARRRRRRRRRRRRR-bie
What are pirates afraid of?  the DARRRRRRRRRRRRRR-k
Where do pirates keep their cookies?  in a JARRRRRRRRR

Happy International Talk Like A Pirate Day!

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Here Are My Hands

Today we read Here Are My Hands by Bill Martin Jr. and John Archambault.  We went to the tables and glued lots and lots of hands on tag board.  We cleaned up and everyone went back to center time.  I called each child individually and painted their hand.  Some were a little uncertain about getting their hand painted but all cooperated and the results are just super cute.

At the art center, we will have tag board and shapes for gluing!  This activity is available at center time so your child may or may not create a shape picture.

Monday, September 17, 2012

Monday, Monday

Our MWF classes have a lot going on this Monday!  There were apples and apple seeds to look at with the magnifying glasses.

At the art center...
Fall Trees
Fall Trees

 and apple trees!
Apple Trees
Apple Trees

We are cutting leaves for the tree in the 'garden'.

Ask your child about our busy Monday!

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Speech and Language---4 year old

Children ask a lot of questions. It is how they begin to make sense of the world around them.  The four year old asks a LOT of questions.  Young children can ask between 120-130 questions a day. The four year old is the gold medalist of questions averaging  400-450 questions per day.  No wonder you're exhausted! So what else can expect from your four year old?

At four...

*asks lots of questions but is more interested in how things relate to his/her own view than an explanation
*can identify basic shapes
*begins to understand 'early in the morning', 'next month' or 'next year'
*talks about imaginary conditions using words like 'suppose' or 'I hope'
*sentences length is about 4-5 words
*"Who" and "Why" are big questions
*starts to use more complex sentence structure
*begins to use contractions (can't, don't, etc.)
*should be using past tense correctly in sentences
*vocabulary is about 1500 hundred words
*using  m, n, ng, f, h, w, y, k, b, d, g, r  letter sounds  correctly

You can...
*have your child help plan family activities (holiday dinners, weekend plans, etc.)
*talk with your child like a normal person (time to stop the baby talk!)
*read longer stories
*let your child tell you stories (we do a lot of this at MCP.  The children dictate and I write.  Your child can continue with the story with you at home)
*speech and language is continuing to grow and develop so do not over correct or expect perfect speech patterns

If you have any questions or concerns, contact The Woodford County Special Education Association or the professionals in your area.

Friday, September 14, 2012

Speech and Language---3 year old

 I understand the speech development of preschoolers but I am not a speech pathologist. That being said there are many things parents and teachers can do to stimulate the speech and language of young children.  Please remember children develop at different rates and if you have any concerns about your child's development you should contact the Woodford County Special Education Association  (or the professionals in your area) for a screening.

At three...
*match primary colors and name colors
*knows night and day
*can understand 'yesterday', 'summer',  'lunch', 'tonight', etc.
*starts to understands phrases like 'put the box under your bed',  'go around the table', etc.
*talks to self  (a way of practicing speech and vocabulary)
*knows name and boy/girl.  May know last name, street and town where live
*sentences are 3-4 words
*vocabulary is about 1000 words
*"m, n, ng, p, f, h and w" sounds should be pretty consistent
*tends to repeat sounds, words or phrases (this is why we must be careful w/our words at this age!)
*sings songs
*can tell if you s/he is tired
*"What?" is a very common question

You can...
*extend conversations
*if your child has trouble with a word, use it frequently in your speech
*talk about words, objects and ideas
*compare and contrast things and talk about how things are the same and different
*have your child tell and retell stories using pictures and books
*begin to read longer stories
*pay close attention to your child when s/he is talking to you

Tomorrow...the four year old.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

It's A Bear!

Our TTh classes will be enjoying the book We're Going on a Bear Hunt throughout the school year.  After I read the book to the children, we will gather in a large circle and going on many 'bear hunts' all year long.

Shapes and Colors

Our TTh class has started the school year with a unit on shapes and colors.  We talk about shapes and colors ALL the time in our room.  'What shape is that block', 'What color are you using?' get the idea.   Learning through play by talking about the play!

Our craft on Tuesday had lots of squares.  Crafts in our room about listening and  following teacher directions.  You can read this post for more information ...  We talked about color, the square shape and size (the squares kept getting smaller!)  

We often have an activity on the art table when the children arrive.  Today we had lots of circles for painting!

Painting ideas...

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

An Absolutely Awesome Adventure!

This week our MWF preK classes started on An Absolutely Awesome Adventure!  We 'read' some words that started with 'A' and turned our letter A into an apple. On Monday, the children chopped apples and we made applesauce in the crock-pot.  Today we ate applesauce for snack and it was sweet, warm and delicious! 

We have also been talking a lot about America and where we live. The concept of planet, continent, country, state, town is difficult for preschoolers to grasp.  We are just introducing the idea...we will continue to talk about our country throughout the year as we 'travel' the world.  We have several maps and a globe in the room for the children to look at and explore.

We also have been learning about American symbols-the White House, the Liberty Bell, the Washington Monument and the Statue Liberty.

White House Tour---

Statue of Liberty virtual tour---

Facts about the Liberty Bell---

The Washington Monument---

That kept us pretty busy but we also created some patriotic art.  We provide sheets of tag board for the children and added red, white and blue stripes.  After they glued stripes, we added stars!  Patriotic, creative and each one is unique! 

Want to do more?  Do you have a globe or world map?  Get them out and let your child discover their world!

Peace, Love and Pumpkins

 The Morton Pumpkin Festival starts today and runs through Saturday. Carnival rides, crafts, games, food and lots and lots of pumpkins.  More info at

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Metamora Mayor's Prayer Luncheon

The Mayor's Prayer Luncheon will be held on Thursday, September 27th.  This event is sponsored by MABA (Metamora Area Business Association) and the Germantown Hills Chamber of Commerce.  The luncheon will be at the Metamora Fields at 12 p.m.

Get some friends and enjoy lunch, fellowship and more.  Pat Ryan, MTHS varsity football coach, will be the keynote speaker and Rachel West Kramer will be performing.  Tickets are $30 and much be purchased in advance (by Friday, September 21st).  Tickets are available the Metamora and Germantown Hills Heartland Banks. 

Saturday, September 8, 2012

WorldFest 2012

 If you can't make it to the Meet Your Heroes event in Metamora, head to the Peoria Civic Center today.  The annual WorldFest celebration is from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. in the exhibit hall.  There will be an international food court, entertainment and many local cultural groups will be represented.  Best of all...admission is FREE!  


Friday, September 7, 2012

Milk Cap ABC's

Each of our MWF preK students will be receiving a small bag of milk caps.  Each bag contains letters A-Z.  We hope you use these at home, in the car and waiting for appointments.  They are great for letter recognition and putting the letters in alphabetical order.  I found one inch round labels at a local office supply store.  I used the Avery 5410 1" round labels.   You could use milk caps for sight words, math facts (Make them self checking.  Use a sharpie and put the answer on the other side), numbers, colors and patterns.  MCP parents---If you would like some milk caps, we will have bags in the hallway over the next few weeks.  Create some fun games for home!

Thursday, September 6, 2012

My Crayons

We have had a wonderful start to the new school year.  Our TTh class will be having fun with colors and shapes.  Today we listened to some stories and did our first art project with glue.  It was fun to watch the children place 'dots' of glue on their paper and add lots and lots of colored paper.

Here are the books we read...

Look what we made today...

Want to do more?  Talk about the colors your child put on their art. Your child will bring their piece home next Tuesday and s/he can add more paper scraps.

A few years ago, we had a 'Eureka!' moment with our glue bottles.  Putting the glue into condiment bottles has saved us (and the kids) a lot of frustration.   
Glue Bottles

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Meet Your Heroes 2012

This Saturday, September 8th (12 p.m.-3 p.m.) head to the Metamora Square for some food and family fun. The Metamora Area Business Association (MABA) and the Metamora Fire Department will be hosting the 5th Annual Meet Your Heroes Day.  

The hose fight is free entry and anyone can enter in the non-professional division. Get a team together!  There will be inflatable slides for children.  Children can meet and greet with firefighters and see inside the firetruck. The Central Illinois Cruisers will be there (weather permitting with a cruise-in). There will be raffles and prizes and all proceeds will benefit the Metamora Fire Department.  See you on the square!

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Welcome Back to School!

Welcome back to school!  We are looking forward to the 35th year of MCP!  Yes, MCP is celebrating it's 35th year of bringing quality early childhood education to the Metamora area.  Happy 35th Birthday to Metamora Community Preschool!

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Celebrate September 2012!

There is much to celebrate in September!  Who knew?  Cheese pizza, chocolate milkshakes and so much more.  Here is a list and few ideas so you and your family can celebrate everyday like a holiday!

September 5th-National Cheese Pizza Day-Here is an easy pizza recipe..MCP Pizza Recipe

September 12th-National Chocolate Milkshake Day.  I would have a chocolate milkshake with your cheese pizza and then have cheese pizza with the chocolate milkshake. 

September 13th-Scooby Doo's birthday (1969)  Scooby Dooby Doo, where are you? 

September 13th-Roald Dahl's birthday.  Roald Dahl wrote Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.  Watch the movie!  I prefer the Willy Wonka's a good day to watch the movie and eat unreasonable amounts of chocolate.  Here is the official Roald Dahl website 

September 15th-Tomie dePaola is one of my favorite children's authors and today is his birthday.  Read Strega Nona and make a big pot of pasta to celebrate!  Here is Tomie's official site

September 16th-Today is Collect Rocks Day.  I am not making this up! 

September 18th-National Play-Doh day.  We make our own at MCP.  Here is the recipe...Perfect Playdough  and More Playdough

September 19th-Swab the decks and walk the plank!  It is International Talk Like A Pirate Day.  Click for some funny jokes and riddles---Pirate Jokes  What Star Wars character is really a pirate?  Arrrrrgh...2-D2!

September 26th--is Johnny Appleseed's Birthday.  Not sure how the apple picking will be but you can have applesauce for dinner, apple pie, apple juice and apple muffins. 

Have some fun with your family!