Monday, December 31, 2018

Thing to Do in 2019

Have faith. Climb high. Seek knowledge.  Accept change.  Watch sunsets.  Look up.  Cherish family.  Explore nature.  Dream big. Read books.  Make friends. Find peace.  Smell flowers.  Color pictures. Celebrate traditions.  See beauty.  Go places.  Cherish freedom.  Play games.  Set goals.  Be kind. Walk slowly.  Hold hands. Open up.  Climb trees.  Blow bubbles.  Sleep tight.  Seek wisdom.  Win graciously.  Find strength.  Have hope.  

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Tuesday, December 25, 2018

A Christmas Wish

What the best and wisest parent wants for his own child, that must the community want for all its children.  Any other ideal for our schools is narrow and unlovely, and left unchecked, destroys our democracy.   John Dewey 1907

I wish we could provide early education for all children in our area.  We're working on it. Our progress is slow and steady but we are working toward early childhood education for all in our community. Merry Christmas!

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

You Better Not Pout!

There is no reason to pout in our classroom.  There is tons of fun to be had.

Kandinsky inspired concentric Christmas trees---

Lots and lots and lots of bows make sorting, counting and patterns fun!  On 100 Wednesday students line up bows in rows of ten. 

Red and green paint with corks and plastic lids---

Fun Food Friday and Letter M mean m & m math.  Sorting, creating patterns and counting out ten.  Math is sweet!

The MCP 2019 Christmas Tree

Our Christmas tree is decked out for the holidays.  Our MWF students are cutting out circles for ornaments! Cut a circle, make a tally mark and press the 'easy button'.

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Cute Christmas Cupcakes

Last week it was cute cupcakes with our TTh 3 y/o class!  What was your child's favorite?  Chocolate or vanilla?

Christmas scrapbook paper makes a quick and easy craft!

At our morning meeting the children were asked vanilla or chocolate?

Monday, December 17, 2018

Masterpiece Monday---Colorful Cupcakes

Our MWF students finished their cupcakes inspired by the work of Wayne Thiebaud. First we used Sharpie markers to add sprinkles. Lots of sprinkles!

Next we used school markers to color the wrapper, cupcake and background.

After the cupcake was colored students painted over the cupcake with water.  The results are cute and colorful!

Masterpiece Monday-Wayne Thiebaud

Our MWF classes have been learning about American artist, Wayne Thiebaud who is 98 years old. Wayne Thiebaud painted colorful cupcakes, shoes, ties and gumball machines.  He painted cityscapes and much more.

We love teaching the children how to draw. Students know that when we draw with a pencil that we are sketching (a Masterpiece Monday vocabulary word).  Directions are given by using lines, letters, shapes and positional words. Teachers demonstrate and students follow. Students learned how to draw a gumball machine and a cupcake.  A cupcake was sketched on watercolor paper and outlined with a Sharpie marker. We learned we can create texture (another vocabulary word) by adding lines to the cupcake wrapper. Today we will finish the cupcakes.

Friday, December 7, 2018

MCP Moose Munch Mix

Our MWF preK students have learned a lot about moose, elk and deer. Today we are having Moose Munch Mix for our Fun Food Friday snack.  Sticks (pretzel sticks), pine cones (Coco Puffs cereal), snowballs and snowflakes (yogurt raisins and white chocolate chips), straw and hay (potato sticks) and wild berries (m & m's) put the 'fun' in Fun Food Friday. 
  • Moose are the largest of the deer family.
  • We do not have moose or elk in our area but a lot of white tailed deer.
  • Moose, elk and deer are mammals.  They are covered with fur.
  • The males have antlers.  The antlers fall off (shed) and the males grow bigger antlers.
  • Moose, elk and deer are herbivores.
  • Males...moose and elk are bulls.  Male deer are bucks.
  • Females...moose and elk are cows.  Female deer are does.
  • Babies...moose and elk are calves.  Baby deer are fawns and have spots when they are young.
  • So many great vocabulary words-mammals, herbivores, shed and more.
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Thursday, December 6, 2018

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

All the Reindeer Loved Him

Today we crafted a reindeer inspired by artist,  Paula Weber.

Little fingers create falling snow.

100 Wednesday

Most Wednesdays our MWF preK students have an opportunity to count to one hundred in a small group activity during center time.  We do not expect our preschoolers to master this skill but we are introducing and practicing counting to one hundred.  In a small group, students place stickers in groups of ten.  We are also introducing how to count by tens and writing the number.
It's a giant piece of cardboard and we just keep adding to it.
What can you do at home?  Count!  Pennies, Cheerios, Fruit Loops, stickers, LEGOS, small rocks, paper clips and more!  Anything you have a lot of will work! (I'm sure we had one hundred Hot Wheels when the boys were little).  Put the items in groups of ten. Count by ones to one hundred. Count by tens to one hundred.  Have some fun counting to one hundred with your child!

Saturday, December 1, 2018

Thursday, November 29, 2018

MCP Christmas 2018 part 2

Paper chains are great for scissor practice.  How to at home---

We sort, count and create patterns with Christmas erasers.

We love our lacing cards!  Recycled Christmas cards make great lacing cards for our small motor skills.

Smells like cookies!

Our kiddos love to sort and match Santa's socks!

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

MCP Christmas 2018

We love celebrating Christmas and the holidays at MCP.  Here's a peek at what is happening in the classroom.  Ask your child about the Candy-land Messy Tub.  Our MWF students are cutting paper chains to decorate our room.  Naughty or Nice?  It's an ABC game in our Discovery Center.  Take a look-

Santa's sleigh is ready for deliveries!  More info-

Super safe chimney for our preschoolers!

Christmas I SPY bottles are easy to make.  You and your child can make some for friends and family.
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When Christmas bows get to a 90% discount, I buy them up.  They are great for sorting, counting and patterns.

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We love our 'messy tub'.

Naughty or Nice?  Either way it's a fun way to practice our ABC's.

In the art center a box is filled with red, green and white items for holiday collages.

Many of these ideas are easy enough to do at home.Here's how-

  • You are probably not going to create a giant glitter covered sleigh for you home but you can create a Christmas 'prop' box.  Buy a Santa hat, an over sized red shirt or red robe will work as Santa's coat. Your local dollar stores have lots of decorated boxes for presents.  Add old phones, a notebook and pen, binoculars, maps for some holiday fun. 
  • Items for I SPY bottles can be found at your local discount store or craft supplier. Look for miniature ornaments and items small enough to push through a bottle.  A fun activity for a children's party!
  • Take alphabet flashcards and put inside a stocking for your own Naughty or Nice game.
  • Buy a couple bags of bows for sorting, counting and patterns. 
  • Fill a small storage container with lots of red, white and green craft supplies. Pom poms, fabric scraps, ribbon, lace, felt, paper and more. Recycle cracker and cereal boxes for sturdy support for your child's art. 
Christmas is a great time to be creative with your child!