Friday, October 31, 2014

You Don't Scare Me!

Our TTh 3 y/o created a BIG monster.  A large plain piece of a cardboard covered with orange wrapping paper.
 We added long, straight purple hair.  Our monster has two big eyes (paper plates). The big orange monster has two pink triangle ears.  He has a large green nose with a big blue mouth and sharp white teeth. 
This would be an easy project at home.  It takes no artistic ability. You need cardboard (cereal and cracker boxes would work great), construction paper, scissors and glue.  I did cut the shapes for the children and they glued the pieces onto the monster.  Older children can get in the fun and trace shapes for younger siblings to cut or create their own monster.

Happy Halloween!

Thursday, October 30, 2014

The Wild Kratts & Bats

If your child wants to learn more about bats, check out the Kratt brothers episode, A Bat in the Brownies

or National Geograhpic Kids  and search 'Bats'.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Night Moves

Our MWF preK classes have been learning about nocturnal animals.  Our craft was cutting a yellow moon and adding bats and stars. We are really getting good at cutting out shapes!

What was your child's favorite nocturnal animal?  When we graph we use words like greater, less than, equal, most and least.
Morning Class
Afternoon Class

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Another Monster???

We are ending our monster unit with our TTh 3 y/o class.  We have had a lot of fun learning about what is real and what is pretend.

Mrs. Quinn and Mrs. Allen read Another Monster at the End of this Book  in their best Elmo and Grover voices.  Who was who?  Ask your child!  The children snipped around a red oval to make a furry Elmo monster. 

What do you do when someone give you a bin full of yarn?
Make monsters and sing a monster song!

Five Little Monsters
Five little monsters on Halloween night
Made a very, very scary sight.
The first one danced up high on his toes.
The second one ran and bumped his nose.
The third one jumped up high in the air.
The fourth one waved his hands in the air.
The fifth one sang a Halloween song and
The five little monsters played all night long!

We also have have monster smiles for singing!
Monster smiles from Mother Duck Said Let's Party

Monday, October 27, 2014

Tuesday, October 21, 2014


We have a new activity for our MWF prek monsters.  
Supplies needed---toilet paper tubes with two hole punches, pipe cleaners and circular office stickers. Directions are posted in the art center.
The children have filled the garden with monsters and now we are hanging them from the ceiling.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Halloween Fun at MCP

Cereal and fruit snack boxes make great holiday lacing cards.  We also cut cereal boxes into jack-o-lanterns and ghosts. 

More ideas for lacing cards and why lacing is important---

Boo! is an alphabet recognition game. You can create alphabet games at home for your child.
More info---

Mini erasers and some dice make a great counting game.  Roll the die and count the erasers into your cup.  Candy corn and candy pumpkins would make a great at home version.  Don't want use candy?  Use pennies, buttons, dry cereal---there are many things at home your child can count!

My favorite Halloween books---

Saturday, October 18, 2014

There's A Spider on the Floor

Our MWF preK students have a learned a lot about spiders!
We learned the parts of a spider.

Students cut out a black circle and made a spider.
On Friday, students dictated a report.  This report will be sent home Monday.  We encourage you to put these reading sheets in a 3 ring notebook for your child to 'read'.  There will be picture clues and highlighted words to help your child develop some reading readiness skills.  The parent library cart has stories and reports from previous years.

Here are some questions you can ask your child about spiders---
*How many eyes does a spider have?
*How many legs does a spider have?
*Do spiders see well?
*Where do spiders live?
*What do spiders eat?
*How do spiders eat?
*Why do spiders build webs?
*How big is the biggest spider?
*How small is the smallest spider?

Ask about vocabulary words---arachnid, abdomen, fangs, venom and spinnerets.

Does your child want to learn more?  National Geographic has a wonderful kid's website---   Pictures, puzzles and lots of information! 

Friday, October 17, 2014

We'll Dance Beneath the Moonlight---Part 2

 Everyday our bulletin board gets a little spookier! 
Trace, color & cut.

Make a tally mark and press the easy button!

Need more bulletin board ideas?  Check out the 'Bulletin Board' label on our blog.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Me and My Monster

Our TTh class has been having BIG fun with monsters. Our focus during this unit is what is real and what is pretend.  We read Go Away, Big Green Monster by Ed Emberley on Tuesday.
We went to the tables and created our own Big Green Monster.  The children snipped his purple hair and followed teacher directions to make their monster.  Every time the children create a craft they are learning to listen and follow teacher directions.

Monster games are in the Discovery Center!

Today we wrote our own story.  Our monster is big and purple with orange curly hair. This story will be typed up and in your child's backpack on Tuesday.  As we send stories home, you might want to purchase some page protectors and 3 ring notebook in the office supply section.  These stories are good 'reading' practice for your child.  Check out past stories and reports on our parent library cart.

Today we painted the children's hands and we will be finishing those little monsters on Tuesday.  How to's and more information---

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Halloween Food Sorting Fun

The Halloween treat aisle at Target is always my favorite to find fun holiday inspiration for learning!  When my kids were preschoolers, I found another really great website called that was full of ideas for sorting, patterning, and graphing all sorts of spooky treats.  My favorite, and my 8-year-old's still favorite, is sorting and patterning Kraft Ghostmallows.

This little activity is great for our 3-year-old friends.  Purchase Kraft Ghostmallows at Target.  That's the only place I could find them this year.  They were still there in the Halloween baking section on Saturday so grab them before they're gone!

Download the sorting sheet at (scroll down until you see the picture) or you may grab a copy off the parent resource cart at school.  I made copies! 

Have your little ghost or ghoul sort the marshmallows onto the sorting sheet by color.  (Note:  brown is looking awfully gray in my bag this year.)

Have your child count how many of each color and write it in the circle.  Your kiddo may need you to write it for them.  This just helps with number recognition.  Then have them use the marshmallows to make a pattern.  You may need to make the original pattern first and have your child copy it below yours.

Our 4-year-old friends can make a pattern by themselves or even create a more advanced pattern using all three colors.  And of course, once sorting and patterning is finished, your little ghost can eat the marshmallows they have used.  Or, depending upon the shape the marshmallows are in after all that manipulating, you can give them fresh Ghostmallows.  Or you might want to enjoy the bag for yourself.  I won't tell.  

This activity will work for all holiday Kraft marshmallows.  I used it at Christmas, Easter, and the 4th of July each year. It's super fun and super easy and most of all delicious!  Happy sorting!  --MJ

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Halloween MWF 2014

Halloween is creeping ever closer and our MWF classes will be creating, counting and much more. Here are few links to past posts to see what is happening in our classroom.
Jack-o-lantern Jars---

Spider Counting---

Pumpkin Pie Playdough---

Halloween Sensory Tub---

Friday, October 10, 2014

Fall Foliage

 I love using large pieces of cardboard with our students.  I covered the cardboard with white paper and painted a tree.

Our MWF classes added some fall colors using corks and plastic lids.

I found some fall leaves at our local dollar store.  The children glued on the fall leaves to create a beautiful fall tree!
We have done many other projects with large cardboard pieces! 

Thursday, October 9, 2014

It's the Great Pumpkin

What has the TTh class been doing 
 with pumpkins?  A lot!
 Pumpkins were in the Discovery Center with magnifying glasses.

We made pumpkin playdough.

Canned pumpkin is cold and mushy!

Can you eat a pumpkin? Yes!  Pumpkin muffins are delicious!