Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Michael's Italian Feast Fundraiser

Join us Wednesday, October 8th from 4-7 p.m.
A portion of all carry-out will be donated to MCP!
The flier must be presented for donation to be applied.  Thanks for supporting MCP!

Monday, September 29, 2014

Peoria Worldwide Day of Play 2014

The 2nd Annual Peoria Worldwide Day of Play 
is this Saturday, October 4 from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. at Glen Oak Park

It's a day of play for you and your child!

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Bubblegum Machine

 When we started school, our bubblegum machine was pretty full.  We had a basket of colored paper in the art center for our MWF preK classes.
Scissors are available for the children to use everyday and often we will have an easy button activity.  Children cut out the bubblegum circle and pressed the easy button. Now our bubblegum machine is overflowing!

Want to sing the 'Sticky Bubblegum' song with your child?

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Lacing Cards 2014

We have lacing cards and lacing activities available for our preschoolers every day.  Our lacing cards are fun snack boxes, greeting cards, old notebook covers, cereal boxes with fun characters and more.  Why lace?  Lacing helps work those small finger muscles and helps with eye/hand coordination.  We provide many activities in our room that help work those small motor skills to help build the strength and dexterity need to hold a writing tool such as a pencil or crayon. 
For more information and DIY info---


Thursday, September 25, 2014

Dog's Colorful Day

Our TTh class had fun with Emma Dodd's book Dog's Colorful Day.  Colors and counting made for one colorful dog!
 Dog did not start out colorful.
 How did Dog get so colorful?  Ask your child!
 Paper scraps and tag-board are 
available in the art center.
Student Work
Student Work
 Bring home Dog's Colorful Day from your local library or find at your favorite bookstore or online store!  More colorful activities with Dog for our TTh class next week!

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

C is for a Crazy & Colorful Week

It has been a crazy fun filled week with our MWF classes. 
C is for castle. Check it out...http://metamoracommunityprek.blogspot.com/2011/10/mcp-castle.html

C is for caps which are cool and colorful!

Alphabet Recognition at Home

Our MWF 4s classes have been working on learning to recognize letters of the alphabet.  We work on one specific letter per week.  That's what I used to do at home, also.  If my kiddo was learning letter A at school that week, then we would work on letter A at home.  We send home weekly information sheets that include the letter we're studying each week.  To tie this in at home, you might try one of the following activities found at  www.makinglearningfun.com.  I absolutely LOVE this website and wish I had found it much earlier than when my youngest was in her last year of preschool.  It would have saved me lots of time searching for cool activities to do at home! (Beware:  you could get stuck on her site for hours just looking at all the cool things you can do with your own children.  I've been looking at it for 4 years now!)  I highly recommend printing these activities on card stock for durability.  If you have a laminator at home, laminate these, too!

Highway Letter Cards

Yep, just like they sound, these are letter shapes made into roads.  Yes, roads!  I have a feeling the boys might kind of enjoy these.  You can print off uppercase and/or lowercase letters of these cards.  I would really recommend only uppercase for now if your child has not learned all of the letters yet.  Then, using a small car, have your child say the letter name and trace the road with the car.  We practice using a "pointer pencil" at school in the air or on the carpet, but this is just another way for them to use motor skills to learn the letter shape.

Play-doh Letter Snakes

MakingLearningFun.com also has these neat letter cards your child can use to help make the letters from play-doh.  I actually used to use wax paper and wrote the letter with a Sharpie.  Then my son would roll play-doh snakes and place them over the letter shape while saying the letter name.  This is just another way for your preschooler to work on learning letters yet have fun while doing it!

Happy letter learning!

Monday, September 22, 2014

The Family Art Gallery

What do you do with all the art and craft projects coming home?  There is so much you can do especially if you have a scanner!  Note cards, t-shirts, phone covers, purses, stamps, place-mats, playing cards, custom jewelry and a million more ideas are available on most photo sites and Pinterest!

More ideas---

It is very important to display your child's work.  It shows how much you value the time and effort they put into creating something special for you.  Make sure you have a special space in your home for the family art gallery.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

International Day of Peace

When the power of love overcomes the love of power the world will know peace.
Jimi Hendrix

Friday, September 19, 2014

What's Happening in the MWF Classes?

Student Work

Each week we provide a wide variety of activities for our students.  In our art center, students were able to create an apple tree.
Student Work

Student Work
Materials are placed in the art center for student use.

Our summer tree is losing it's green leaves.  Students are cutting out fall leaves and our summer tree will be displaying brilliant fall colors.

B is for Bus.  Children are to place the correct number of stickers on the school bus.

There's more...
B is for Beanie Baby


Sometimes when the children do an activity they get to press the 'easy button'.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Color & Shapes---TTh 3 y/o

Our friends in our TTh 3 y/o class have been busy with shapes and colors.  We glued shapes on a large piece of cardboard.  This piece will be out in our hallway where you can talk about shapes and colors with your child.

Student Work
Student Work
Student Work

This activity was about listening and following teacher directions, too. Please remember your child is learning how to be a student and listen to teacher directions.

Student Work
Student Work
Student Work

A center with paint strips and scissors gives lots of scissors practice!

Monical's Pizza Fundraiser

MCP is fundraising at Monical's Pizza in Washington on 
Monday, September 22nd.
Please print off and bring the flyer. Thank you so much for your support.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Seasonal Book Baskets

One of the things I loved most about being mom to preschoolers was spending a lot of time reading with my kiddos.  Being a former teacher, I knew that reading daily to my kids was a crucial part of their ability to become good readers themselves once they got into school.  Having plenty of books around was never a problem since my two sisters are elementary teachers and always sent us extras from their book orders. What to do with all of those seasonal books and how to get my kids to choose without making a huge bookshelf mess became a BIG deal to this neat-freak of a mom.  So....the seasonal book basket was born!

What in the world is a seasonal book basket?  Well, really it can be any basket you want.  Mine happens to be a basket from Target.

Then, since it is my favorite time of year, Fall (which at my house means Tanner's Orchard), I added in books I have with an apple theme.  You can change the basket with the seasons or holidays.  I always had apples in September, Fall and Halloween in October, Thanksgiving in November, and Winter/Christmas in December. You get the idea.

If you don't have many apple or fall books at your house, that's OK.  Take your kiddos on a trip to the local library and chances are you'll find an entire front table with apple-themed or Fall books right now.  The Metamora branch has always been REALLY good about having seasonal books available.  Also, check out the monthly book orders that come home from school.  This is a fantastic way to get really fun seasonal books and classics for your kids at low prices.

If you have older school-age readers at your house, you might add in some of their chapter books with a Fall or apple theme, too.  This way you can use these as read-alouds to your whole gang, or even better, your older kids can read them to your preschoolers, too.  Keep in mind that your preschooler may only be able to focus on a book or story for about five minutes.  You can build up their reading "stamina" by adding an extra minute or two each week to story time.  Of course, it always depends on the day!

Since I had a little extra room in my "apple" reading basket, I added in some fun activities that we can do together, including a harvest puzzle and a magnetic apple counting maze for when your preschooler has had enough of the reading. (I suppose I should tell you that I'm a little partial to Melissa and Doug toys!  Great quality that lasts through multiple kids!  No, I was not paid to share my opinion.) 

Voila! The seasonal book basket is done.  Happy reading everyone!  MJ