Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Can You Say That Word?

We introduce new vocabulary words to our students all the time.  We stop reading a story to define a word.  We introduce new words when we study foreign countries.  New vocabulary is introduced when we are doing science experiments and creating art.  Why is building your child's vocabulary important?  There are links to vocabulary and reading skills.  For more info on reading, kindergarten and vocabulary---


Kindergarten & Social Skills---

Children & Reading---

Monday, March 28, 2016

Why Masterpiece Monday Is Important

Creative art is a huge part of the MCP program.  These watercolors were created by our TTh 3 y/o class.  They are so beautiful.  Why is art important?  

Sunday, March 27, 2016

The MCP Easter Basket

Happy Easter from all of us at MCP!

We hope your Easter basket is brimming with love, laughter,  jelly beans and chocolate!  The children had fun filling our Easter basket!

Saturday, March 19, 2016

G'Day Mate

Has your child been talking like they have been to the Australian outback? U was for Under and the Land Down Under.  Ask your child to find Australia on a map or globe. Can s/he name some Australian animals?  They worked really hard on their Aboriginal art, too!
YouTube Aboriginal Painting---

Earth Cam/Sydney, Australia
Live surf cams/Australian beaches---
Aboriginal art will be displayed in our MCP Art Gallery and sent home soon.
Past posts---

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Van Gogh's Bedrooms

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Looking for something to do over spring break?
Van Gogh's Bedrooms
An exhibit at the Chicago Art Institute
Ends Tuesday, May 10th.

More info---

How to visit an art museum with young children---

Monday, March 14, 2016

Fish, Turtles, Starfish and More

How beautiful is the ocean floor?


Sunday, March 13, 2016

St. Patrick's Day 2016

This week our preK kiddos will be 'traveling' to the Emerald Isle.  We have lots of fun activities to celebrate St. Patrick's Day and learn about the children who live in Ireland.

We have green, green and more green in our art center.  Holiday collages---

Irish flag center activity---

Sorting, counting and patterns---

And a whole lot more---

Friday, March 11, 2016

Owl Posts

Our bird unit continues w/our TTh 3 y/o class. We are learning about birds and owls with the help of  Martin Waddell's book Owl Babies.  On Thursday, we created a colorful owl.
We had large ovals cut out from our cereal boxes.  Teachers put glue all over the oval and students added colored circles.  Circles were cut from scrapbook paper scraps and some colored copy paper donated to our program.
Students added eyes, beak and legs.  This was a big project for our 3 y/o.  How cute are Sara, Percy and Bill?  Very cute!
Whooooo wants to count and press the easy button?
Find out how we stood on eggs without breaking them.  Eggs are strong! These are super easy activities to do at home with your child.

I love how Steve Spangler approaches science...

Spring is just around the corner.  Have some fun learning about and watching the birds with your child.

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

One Day I Will --- International Women's Day

One day, I will be able to look around my community, my country and our world and see that all  children are receiving quality early childhood education.  

For more information on the One day I will...

Share your dreams at...

National Pancake Day

National Pancake Day needs the 'Pancake Song.
(It really is National Pancake Day.)
The words and the tune---

Monday, March 7, 2016

Pablo Picasso 2016

Last week our preK students learned that Picasso began to look at and paint things in a much different way than other artists.  This style became known as 'cubism'.  The children looked at many of Picasso's cubist paintings.

We also began a discussion on two dimensional and three dimensional shapes.  We learned a cube is a three dimensional shape.  I had two cubes with magazine faces.  We looked at the two dimensional picture.  I folded the cube and we saw the picture was still there but it looked very different.

For the children to create their own cubist portrait, we had them draw black lines.

The children were instructed to color.  We didn't care if they stayed within the lines or not.  We always tell them that it is their art and their choice.

During the week,  the children completed their portrait in small groups during center time.  They added eyes, nose, a mouth and hair.  They will be hanging in our MCP Art Gallery soon!

More fun with Picasso---

Gallery Picassohead

Paint Your Own Picasso