Saturday, February 28, 2015

Mr. Roboto

I have said it before and I will say it again--I LOVE THE DOLLAR STORE!  In our local dollar store, there is an educational section that always has great die-cuts for the classroom.  I found these robots and we included them during letter R week a few weeks ago.  Stickers were nuts, bolts and screws. The kids loved it and as an added bonus they get to press the easy button.  I have found owls, birthday cakes and many other die-cuts for a dollar!  The package has anywhere from 36-48 pieces. We also use the the Child Care Connection library in Peoria for die-cuts like the elephants we used for counting during our Elmer unit

We use this type of activity for counting a lot in our program.  A cute die-cut, a written number and some fun motivational stickers (these come several hundred in a package and in our area usually cost under $4.)  You could also write the number and have students count out real nuts, bolts and screws.  This is a center activity that children are able to choose.

Friday, February 27, 2015

International Polar Bear Day

Today is International Polar Day.

What is International Polar Bear Day?

Find out more about polar bears---

Easy craft---

How do polar bears stay warm?

Thursday, February 26, 2015

At the Coconut Tree

Chicka Chicka BOOM BOOM! 
On Tuesday, we read Chicka Chicka Boom Boom  and the children created their coconut tree.  Today we will add letters and read Chicka Chicka 123 and craft an apple tree.  Next Tuesday, we will add the numbers to the apple tree.  

Want to do more?  Get a coconut from the grocery store and open up at home.  It's surprisingly easy and YouTube has great 'how to' videos.  

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Give Me a Vegemite Sandwich

Our MWF preK students learned a lot of time and patience goes into Aboriginal art.  Ask your child about koalas and  kangaroos.   Your child can tell you about marsupials and that baby kangaroos and koalas are called joeys.  Who's the bloke and who's the sheila? Ask about the equator and what is the season in Australia.  Is it night time or daytime?  All good questions for your child to review what we have been talking about in the classroom.  We have been talking with an accent (I sound like a cross between Steve Irwin and Eliza Doolittle...not a great Australian accent)   More to come on Friday!

Aboriginal Art

Aboriginal art will be available at the easel during center time, too!

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Australia 2015

This week our MWF preK classes will experience the wonders of Australia.  We will learn where Australia is located, create some Aboriginal art and much more.  When we talk about our world, we introduce many concepts.  The children are learning what an island is, we talk about the oceans and how would we travel. Our discussion is also that there are children, families, mommies and daddies all over the world.  When we look at a country on the map, we ask the children if they think the children are awake or sleeping.

Check out previous posts on our Aboriginal art projects---

During center time, we will have a geography activity for the children.

Saturday, February 21, 2015

We Love Kandindsky

Watercolors were at the easel last week.  One of our students created her own Kandinsky and I had to share!

The Book Shelf

At MCP,  books are in many places in our room beside the library shelf.  We have a classroom library for children to sit and look at books but we also place books in many other areas of our room.

We have books outside for reading.  Train books are in the building center with train set.  We have cookbooks in our kitchen.  During our dinosaur unit, dinosaur books were in the dramatic play area, blocks and in the library.  You get the idea---get the books off the shelf and place them around your home and in the car.  Want your child to read?  Have books available in a wide variety of places!

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Fins to the Left

Watch sharks, stingrays and sea-turtles at the National Aquarium.  We have been sharing with the children at snack time.

Monday, February 16, 2015

All Summer Long

The Ocean Floor
Without a doubt, summer is my favorite season.  This week our MCP students will get a little TLC for the cabin fever we all experience about this time of the year in the Midwest.  It's our annual Super Summer Seashore Safari. 

Our bulletin board looks like a quiet ocean floor now but with seashore stencils in the art center who knows what will be lurking in the sea-grass?

MCP Seashore Bulletin Boards---

Our messy tub will be out later in the week with sand, sea creatures and seashells.  A messy tub is easy to create for home use---

Our dramatic play is the seashore and much more!  To see what's happening, check out this previous post---

Want to hula?  Check out YouTube for some fun and easy 'how to' videos.
Want to see the sun, the surf and the sand?  There is a webcam for almost every beach I searched.  My personal preference?  Southern California!

Do you and your child want to do more?  Turn up the heat a little and pretend it's summertime at your house!

Sunday, February 15, 2015

You Better Stand Clear

 What do you do when 257 cereal boxes come tumblin' down?
Recycle and reuse them.
 We use boxes in our art center for collages.

Simple shapes make great stencils in our art center.  We have stencils for holidays, themes/units and seasons.  We use stencils for the children to create our bulletin boards.   Look under our MCP bulletin boards for ideas.

 Cereal boxes have great pictures for lacing cards.

At home you can cut cereal boxes (or any box) and attach to an office book ring. Have your child look for the match in the grocery store.

Use a department store shirt box as a template and make your own gift boxes for small presents.

A postcard stamp makes a cute postcard for quick notes and thank you cards.

If you have access to a book binding machine, you can create journals/notebooks.

 Thanks for saving all the cereal boxes!  We look forward to construction in 2016!

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Pablo Picasso 2015

Our study of Pablo Picasso is coming to end.  Our MWF students learned that geometric shapes can be two dimensional and three dimensional.  We introduced cubes, spheres, cones and cylinders.  We talked about Picasso's Cubist period and his work. We have several small examples of his Cubist period and the children were able to individually see the work. It is really interesting to listen to the children talk about each picture.  We will have these posted in the art center by the easel.

To create our own Cubist style art, we gave each child a paper bag. Lines were drawn on the bag and each student cut to the line. We demonstrated how they could curl, twist or fold the 'hair'.  After the students were finished cutting, we placed crayons and office stickers in the center of the tables.   One student used only orange stickers on one side and yellow on the other side.  His conversation with his table mates was his 'orange period' and 'yellow period'.  Wow!
Our next step was to give each child a bottle of glue.  We placed lots and lots of magazine eyes, mouths, and noses in the center of the table.  The result was incredible!

Want to do more? 
Lesson Plans---


MCP 2015 Picasso---