Tuesday, December 31, 2013

No Child Left Behind

Let no child live in poverty.

Let no child live without shelter.
Let no child be uneducated.

Let no child be unloved.
Stanley Tucci


Sunday, December 29, 2013

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Christmas Vacation Survival Tips 2013

Here are some ideas and posts of Christmas past to keep the kiddos busy the next week... 


The Grinch---watch the movie.  Will you choose the animated version or the Ron Howard/Jim Carrey version? Read the book.  Then you can bake some Grinch Bread...http://metamoracommunityprek.blogspot.com/2011/12/youre-mean-one-mr-grinch.html

Let the kids help with lunch.  Bubblegum pizza is a favorite!

More ideas---http://metamoracommunityprek.blogspot.com/2011/12/christmas-vacation-survival-tips.html

Enjoy the holidays with your children and we will see you soon.

Friday, December 27, 2013

Candy Experiments

 Candy canes, candy corn, candy fun...check out this website!  
Candy + Science = Fun for you and your child

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Peace and Joy

Merry Christmas!  
We wish, we hope, we pray 
for world peace and joy!

Monday, December 23, 2013

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Gifts from the Heart

It isn't the size of the gift that matters, but the 
size of the heart that gives it.
Eileen Elias Freeman, American author

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Cardboard Christmas Trees

 Our MWF preK classes decorated some cardboard trees for Christmas.  
We started with a large cardboard tree.
Next we glued on squares of colorful fabric!
 We trimmed the edges for a pretty tree but we're not done yet!
Mardi Gras beads cut into short pieces add glitz and sparkle to the tree. Are the beads lights or garland?  You decide.
Pom poms are glued on for fuzzy ornaments! 
 It's a cute and colorful Christmas tree!

Monday, December 16, 2013

That's Real Snow!

Our MWF students were delighted to find a tub full of snow in the classroom today.  One of the girls announced to children still arriving, "That's real snow and I'm not kidding!"  It was cold. It was wet.  It was a mess.  It was FUN!!!

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Christmas Card Wreath

This activity is available on our parent library cart.  You will need glue, Christmas cards, poster board (or a styrofoam wreath), ribbon and masking tape. Christmas cards and poster board are available on the parent library cart.   I used a scrapbook circle template to cut lots of assorted circles.  You could also have your child trace and cut circles.  Glue on a poster board cut into a wreath shape.

Tape a ribbon securely to the back (not glamorous but it works).  Have some fun creating some Christmas crafts with your child!

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Friday, December 13, 2013

Christmas Bows

Last year after the Christmas holiday, I found Christmas bows  reduced to ten cents a bag. How could I resist such a bargain?  So with some bins full of colorful bows and some recycled deli trays and our students can...

Sort and count bows-

Make patterns---

Make letters or 'write their name with bows'---

Make shapes---

Thursday, December 12, 2013


Our TTh 3 y/o class finished up our cookie unit today!  It was a busy and delicious two weeks.  We tasted cookies and looked at the color and shape.  We made a Cookie Monster and snipped around the blue circle to make Cookie Monster fuzzy.  We graphed our favorite cookie (Oreo or chocolate chip?).  Today we made cookies for snack and our craft project was a gingerbread man.  Our days have been so packed that next week we will make a gingerbread man ornament for the tree.

More information and recipes...

Cookie books---http://www.metamoracommunityprek.blogspot.com/2012/12/mmmmmmcookies.html

Easy breezy lemon squeezy cookies with a cake mix!  We used a fun-fetti cake mix.  The cookies looked like our playdough!  Or does the playdough look like our cookies?


Gingerbread man ornaments---http://www.metamoracommunityprek.blogspot.com/2009/12/c-is-for-cookie.html

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Chain Reaction

Cutting paper chains is good scissor practice!  Use old magazines or scrapbook paper to create some Christmas fun at your house!

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Christmas Sensory Bottles

 We have some new sensory bottles for Christmas. 

Pine branches with distilled water, red pony beads, pine cones and glitter.  I did learn there can be such a thing as 'too much glitter'.  A small amount of glitter goes a long way in a sensory bottle.

 Pine cones and green glitter

Shake, shake, shake the pony beads and make some Christmas noise!

Clear liquid handsoap make pony beads move slow. Want to make more?  Change the color of the beads to pastels for Easter, orange/black for Halloween, red/white/blue for the 4th of July, red/pink/white for Valentine's Day, green/white/orange for St. Patrick's Day)

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Wait! There's More Happening at MCP!

 Christmas erasers are fun for sorting, counting and patterns!

We save and hole punch Christmas cards for lacing cards for the children to take home.

Plastic lids in red and green paint make Christmas colorful!

Friday, December 6, 2013

What's Happening at MCP in December?

Christmas is a busy time for everyone...especially preschoolers.  What's happening at MCP?  Ask your child about....

Santa's Workshop (all classes)

A wide variety of pine cones and magnifying glasses provide discussion on trees, seeds and science (all classes). 

Naughty or Nice?  This games is about learning our ABC's (all classes).
Christmas bows and numbers are fun for counting (MWF classes only)!