Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Authors & Illustrators

Our MWF classes have an opportunity to write (dictate) and illustrate their own book.  We have a basket of  blank 'books' in a basket at the art center.  These books are two sheets of copy paper folded in half and stapled.  The children illustrate their story and then they dictate the story to me.  If your child brings home a book, please excuse my handwriting!  The children tend to tell me their story very quickly so I have to write as fast as I can.  Here are few of the children's books---

My Mama Needed a Zebra by Elsie
 Once upon a time, there was a zebra in the zoo and Mommy wanted it.

Mommy got the zebra out of the zoo and took it to our house.

The zebra made a mess all around the house.  The End

The Girl and the Apple Tree by Isabella
Once upon a time, it was raining and a girl went outside to jump in the puddles.

 When it stopped raining, she went to pick some apples.

It started raining again.  The End

Apple-ous by Reese
Once upon a time, there was an apple on a tree.  The apple was growing.

The apple wiggled off the tree.  The leaves fell off the tree.  The tree became smaller.  The End

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Piet Mondrian

Large cardboard boxes provide us a wonderful opportunity for the children to work as a group.  Communicating well with others is an important skill when working with a group on a project.  Shared materials, personal space, expressing ideas, assigning roles in the 'project'---this gives the children an experience to develop their communication skills.

Last week our MWF classes had a large cardboard piece in the art center. I glued white paper on the box and taped off rectangles in no particular order.

Add dot markers and some enthusiastic artists...

and it is ready to hang in the gallery!

We did not have formal lesson on Piet Mondrian but I did have two examples of his work to show the kids.  Students used rulers, crayons and markers to create their work.

Want to learn more about Piet Mondrian?

What else have we done with cardboard?
A cherry blossom tree---

Shapes and letters---

Monday, April 28, 2014

For Mother's Day & Father's Day

 We have been working on our Mother's Day/Father's Day gifts. The finished project and 'how to'---

MCP Fundraiser at Kouri's

Unable to come but would like to donate?  Send your donation to---
Metamora Community Preschool
P.O. Box 928
Metamora  IL 61548

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Teachers Rule the World

I am not sure I know anything for sure but I for sure like the five things that Anna Quindlen knows for sure.  I agree with everything she 'knows for sure'.  Originally published in the February 2014 issue of O, The Oprah Magazine

Saturday, April 26, 2014

"X" Marks the Spot

We had brown bags and packing paper in the art center for treasure maps this past week. 


Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Our Most Valuable Resource

Children are the world's most valuable resource and its best hope for the future.  John F. Kennedy

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Weekend Warriors

Mother Nature is beckoning us to be outside.  It is warm and green and your state and local parks await you and your family.  Parks are a great way to connect with your child.  You and your child can observe plant and animal life, listen to forest sounds, take photos and even record or sketch observations.

Here are few ideas--
*Be sure to wear appropriate clothing, footwear and head gear.
*Bring a small notebook for sketches or observations.
*Bring a camera/phone, binoculars or a magnifying glass.  Don't want your child carrying around your phone?  They still make disposable cameras!
*Bring a backpack and ziploc bags for collecting (where allowed).
*Invite another family to go with you.
*Bring water and snacks.
*More ideas and information---

Need a destination?  Here are just few parks you and your child can explore this spring and summer---

Allerton Park  is one of the seven wonders of Illinois.

Starved Rock State Park  just a little over an hour north and one of the seven wonders of Illinois.

Jubilee State Park is located near Brimfield.

Wildlife Prarie State Park  is an excellent way to see native Illinois animals in their habitat.

Fon du Lac Farm Park  located in East Peoria has animals, playgrounds and more.

Forest Park Nature Center  and Detweiller Park are part of the Peoria Park District.

Go out and enjoy Mother Nature with your child!

Friday, April 18, 2014

I'll Huff and I'll Puff

Three Little Pigs Snack
 The Gingerbread Man, The Three Bears and The Three Little Pigs have provided a lot of activity for our MWF classes.  We have read the traditional story and many non-traditional versions.  Here is a list of books for you and your child to check out at your local library or book store---

In our dramatic play area we have a house with three chairs, three bowls and a lot of imagination.  It is fun to watch the children interpret the story.  We also have a houses of straw, stick and brick we will be using for play. 

The children created a bear and a pig.  These crafts were about scissor use and the children are really good!

Want to do more?  Make the Three Little Pigs snack at home---  It's easy---pretzel sticks, potato sticks and chocolate chunks (found in the bakery aisle). Gingerbread isn't just for Christmas---make up a batch and see what is created but be careful when you open the oven!  See if your child can retell the stories to you.  Recalling details and putting stories in sequence is an important skill for reading comprehension.  You and your child can write your own version of the stories---The Gingerbread Ninja or Football Player.  Who baked them and who did they run away from? 

Who's afraid of the Big Bad Wolf? Not me!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Round Up at Historic Grounds

Thanks to our friends Pat and Renee at Historic Grounds.  We raised over $50 on Saturday for our Happy Feet Fundraiser with customers rounding up their purchase to the nearest dollar.   If you would like to donate please send to: Metamora Community Preschool  P. O. Box 928 Metamora Illinois 61548

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

The Very Hungry Caterpillar 2014

It is a busy week with our friends in the TTh class. We have Easter projects for the children but we will also be providing many Very Hungry Caterpillar activities that will continue after the Easter holiday break.  Today the children listened to the story and made a caterpillar.  This was a class project so all children made a Very Hungry Caterpillar. On Thursday, we will create the beautiful butterfly.
We also acted out the VHC by crawling and 'eating' all the fruit and foods.  We curled up into a cocoon and then nibbled out to become a beautiful butterfly.   We will have lacing and painting projects after the holiday break.  These will be a center time activity and available to all children but remember not all children will choose to do these activities.  Take a sneak peak---

A new activity has been added to our VHCaterpillar unit.  This project is available to the children during center time (again personal your child might not choose this activity).  A long piece of poster board (about 10-12 inches long),  a basket of green construction paper scraps. paint samples and tissue papers craps, a red head, antennae  and glue make a pretty cute caterpillar.  
Student Work
Student Work

Need more ideas for school or home?

Monday, April 14, 2014

Easter Activities

What's going on in our classroom? Lots and lots of Easter fun!  We are cutting out Easter eggs.  This activity is in our art center during center time.
The 3's cut out Easter egg shapes.
The 4's have to trace and cut out Easter eggs.
Eggs go in the Easter basket.  It is getting full of beautiful and colorful eggs.

We are also counting eggs.  The 3's are adding eggs to baskets up to the number ten.  The 4's are adding eggs to baskets up to the number twenty.  This activity is on a table during center time.

Children can match the upper case letter to the lower case letter.

 We have lots of Easter lacing cards in our Discovery Center, too.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

I'm the Gingerbread...

 Here are just some of the gingerbread creations from our MWF classes.
Want to do more with your child?  Find the books at your local library or make a batch of gingerbread and create your own gingerbread creation but be careful when you open the oven!