Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Monday, April 25, 2016

Masterpiece Monday---More Mondrian

It's our last activity with Piet Mondrian.  Today we did a group project.  Group projects are an important part of our program. We have to communicate and share ideas with our group, wait for our turn and then we can celebrate our success as a team! 

Students were divided into two groups.  A teacher was at each table with a large piece of cardboard covered with white paper (I love large pieces of cardboard for projects).  The children told the teacher where to place the lines/tape.  We used orange and green tape. Children used dot markers to fill in the spaces and we also left white spaces in the Mondrian style.

 Creating the lines with our group---

Adding color---



Creative Carrots

Last week, we planted carrots and had fun with The Carrot Seed by Ruth Krauss. Our fun with carrots and plants will continue in our TTh 3 y/o class. Here is an activity available in our art center---
We have  pre-cut carrot shapes (cereal boxes!) with a little pipe cleaner twisted at the top and paper scraps, rick rack, poms, beads and anything orange  the children can glue!

Teachers put lots of 'squiggles' on the carrot and children add orange pieces.

What a creative carrot!

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Parts of a Plant

Last week, all classes were able to look closely at the parts of a plant.  We will have more plants on our Discovery Table this week.  Ask you child if they remember the name of this flower!

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

The Carrot Seed 2016

The Carrot Seed  is going to make for a fun filled week for our TTh class!

We are not making these at school this year but super easy and very yummy. You and  your child can make a batch at home! 

--Carrot Muffins--
I adapted this recipe from the pumpkin muffin recipe. I used two 14.5 oz. cans of sliced carrots instead of the canned pumpkin.  The children mashed them up in a large bowl. I omitted the spices and bake time was adjusted to about 35 minutes. 

2-14.5 cans sliced carrots (drain)
1 package yellow cake mix
Preheat oven to 350*.  Line muffin pan w/ paper liners. In large bowl, mash carrots.  Add cake mix and mix thoroughly.  Spoon equal amounts into muffin cups (we were able to get 16 muffins from our batter).  Bake 35 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes clean.  Let cool and enjoy!

Monday, April 18, 2016

Masterpiece Monday-Piet Mondrian

Last Monday, we sketched and painted the lines on our canvases.  Because we are not Mondrian, we can choose a color other than black!

Sketching our lines---

Painting the lines---
Today we filled in the canvas and many of us remembered that Mondrian left white spaces in his work.
Ready for the MCP Gallery!

More on Mondrian---

What Is the Weather Today?

This is a new center activity for our preK children.  I saw this idea in Scholastic's Teacher and adapted it for our preschoolers. 
More great ideas on Jodi's blog---

The preschool version...

Sunday, April 17, 2016

The Gingerbread Man and Friends 2016

What was happening last week in our MWF classes?  Well, the Gingerbread Man and his friends took over our room!

Adding more ginger to our pumpkin pie playdough recipe made our room smell fabulous and inspired the children to make all sorts of gingerbread people.  We have buttons, googly eyes, pipe cleaners and beads to create all sorts of gingerbread creatures.

I found this box at Christmas time and knew it was perfect for our favorite ABC game.  We have many variations of this game and the kids LOVE them!

Gingerbread stencils, paper, markers and imagination is all that is needed at the art table!

Each child received a gingerbread cut out.  We placed markers, scissors, glue, googly eyes, beads and lots of die cuts on the table and look what happened! 
After each story, the children were asked to recall details from the story.  We asked...
Was there a gingerbread man in the story? 
Where did the story take place?
Who chased the gingerbread person?
Was the gingerbread cookie eaten?
As we write the answers on large chart paper, we are able to spell 'YES' and 'NO'. 

Next?  The Three Bears and The Three Little Pigs.