Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Swim Lessons

Here are some water safety reminders from the
Illinois Department of  Children & Family Services---

Thursday, May 26, 2016

MCP & amazon smile :-)

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Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Busy Bees at the Hive

Check out the friends at our first family field trip to the Hive!  We were busy bees and learned a lot.  Mrs. Tockes said you were such good listeners! Do you remember what complimentary colors are?  Our picture is mixed media.  What does that mean?  Here's what we did today...

First, we sketched a sunflower, an iris and a tulip.
We mixed primary colors into secondary colors and lightened the colors with white.


Then we painted!

We put a little Modge Podge on our finger and glued 'seeds'.

What a busy day at the Hive!

For more information about activities and classes at the Hive visit their website at:

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Hooked on Fishing 2016

Well, the weather cooperated and we are hooked on fishing!  A big thank you to Dan, and all of his friends at Hooked on Fishing for providing an enjoyable morning for our preschoolers, parents and grandparents.  Everyone caught fish---3, 4, 5 and up to 11 fish! 

Hooked on Fishing and Presleys Outdoors start the season with a Free Kids Fishing Derby this Saturday and the 2nd Saturday of each month for kids ages 5-15. You can register the day of the event at the park starting at 8:30 am. Fishing derby starts at 9:30 until 11:00 and a hotdog lunch prizes and awards follow.

Family fishing day is every Sunday from 12 noon -4 p.m.




Monday, May 9, 2016

The Class of 2016

Go forth & be fabulous!

Sunday, May 8, 2016

In Awe of Mothers

I have quotes, comic strips, photos and articles that hang in several rooms of my house. They inspire me, motivate me and make me laugh. I have had this article since 2003...many of you were not mothers yet and maybe not even married! ☺ Today we honor mothers.  A mother is a person who takes the time to love and nurture someone, anyone, who needs that kind of love.  Happy Mother's Day!

From the O Magazine 
May 2003

I'm in awe of good mothers—those heroines all around me who sacrifice daily out of love for their children. In our society, we give motherhood plenty of lip service. We pat moms on the head, bring them flowers on Mother's Day, and honor them before crowds. But at the end of the day, we don't extend them the same respect we would a professor, a dentist, an accountant or a judge. Women who choose full-time mothering are often put in a box by their friends and former colleagues—a container labeled "just a mom." 

I believe the choice to become a mother is the choice to become one of the greatest spiritual teachers there is. To create an environment that's stimulating and nurturing, to pass on a sense of responsibility to another human being, to raise a child who understands that he or she is created from good and is capable of anything—I know for sure that few callings are more honorable. To play down mothering as small is to crack the very foundation on which greatness stands. 

The world can only value mothering to the extent that women everywhere stand and declare that it must be so. In our hands, we hold the power to transform the perception of motherhood. Whether we decide to work full-time while raising children, stay home with our kids, or bear no children at all, we need to understand that any put-down of the decision to mother is a threat to women's choices everywhere. We should no longer allow a mother to be defined as "just a mom." It is on her back that great nations are built. We should no longer allow any woman's voice to be drowned out or disregarded. As we affirm other women, and as we teach our sons, husbands and friends to hold them in the highest regard, we honor both the mothers whose shoulders we've stood on and the daughters who will one day stand tall on ours. 

In May—and every other month of the year—I honor and thank every great spiritual teacher who goes by the name of Mother.

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Love You Forever

If you don't recognize the picture, that's me swimming in a bikini under a disco ball. It's the first week of May and Teacher Appreciation Week.  The gifts, pictures and notes are an amazing way to the end the school year. It is always a joy and super entertaining to hear what the kiddos liked best and remember.

At MCP, we work very hard to provide the best first school experience for your child and it is with heartfelt thanks and gratitude that we thank YOU for choosing us as your child's first school.  My 'babies' are in their twenties but "as long as I'm living, my baby you'll  be."  I'll always be a mom and so when you choose MCP to drop off your baby, I take that very seriously. Thank you for choosing Metamora Community Preschool!

Past posts of gratitude---


Monday, May 2, 2016

Masterpiece Monday---My Circle of Friends

A few weeks ago, the children were given a large cardboard circle and instructed to color the entire piece. 

I took each circle and cut it into quarters and created a new circle with four different artists.  I used clear packing tape to connect and the glued a small square piece of poster board to make the circle a little sturdier.  A small tag board hook was placed on the back to hang in our gallery. 

On the back of each circle is this quote---

I want to keep
meeting new people,
enlarging my circle of friends.
I have great friends now...
really good people.
But I'm always ready
for what comes next. 
Paula Danzinger
Today each student painted their final canvas which will be sent home on Wednesday.