Friday, May 17, 2019

Just Bee

The Potting Shed Art Studio is a magical place.  Our MWF preK students were busy bees with our friend, Ms. Deb.  How did we do it? 

First a blank canvas for everyone...

Paint a big yellow oval...

Next lots of blue X's.  We learned this technique is call cross hatching.

More X's.  Greens X's go on top of the blue X's to make the background of our art.

We were such good listeners! Small purple dots are flower petals.  Add a head and some stripes and it is starting to like a bee!

Bees need wings!

Paint the wings, eyes on the side of the head (ask your child how many eyes a bee has), legs and an antennae...
They are not fingers.  What did Ms. Deb teach about the bees?  What are the 'fingers' called?  What do the bees do with them?

A bee hive, a taste of honey and a walk in the fairy gardens made for a wonderful trip to the Potting Shed Art Studio!

Bye, Bye Birdie

Our last bulletin board of the year celebrates spring. Students cut leaves and birds and the garden blooms!
A simple leaf shape on green scrapbook paper was out for our 3 y/o students to cut.  PreK students use a stencil to trace and cut.

A black line helps students cut out birds for our tree and to sit on the power lines.

Hello, spring!


Monday, May 13, 2019

On to Kindergarten!

To the parents and children of Class of 2019--
The stop at MCP is complete but the journey for you and your child has just started. Here is an excerpt from the book, All I Really Need To Know I Learned in Kindergarten. The message is thirty years old but still is relevant today.

Congratulations to the Class of 2019.  Go forth and LOVE, LAUGH and LEARN.

All I really need to know I learned in kindergarten.
ALL I REALLY NEED TO KNOW about how to live and what to do
and how to be I learned in kindergarten. Wisdom was not
at the top of the graduate-school mountain, but there in the
sandpile at Sunday School. These are the things I learned:

Share everything.

Play fair.

Don't hit people.

Put things back where you found them.

Clean up your own mess.

Don't take things that aren't yours.

Say you're sorry when you hurt somebody.

Wash your hands before you eat.


Warm cookies and cold milk are good for you.

Live a balanced life - learn some and think some
and draw and paint and sing and dance and play
and work every day some.

Take a nap every afternoon.

When you go out into the world, watch out for traffic,
hold hands, and stick together.

Be aware of wonder.
Remember the little seed in the styrofoam cup:
The roots go down and the plant goes up and nobody
really knows how or why, but we are all like that.

Goldfish and hamsters and white mice and even
the little seed in the Styrofoam cup - they all die.
So do we.

And then remember the Dick-and-Jane books
and the first word you learned - the biggest
word of all - LOOK.

Everything you need to know is in there somewhere.
The Golden Rule and love and basic sanitation.
Ecology and politics and equality and sane living.

Take any of those items and extrapolate it into
sophisticated adult terms and apply it to your
family life or your work or your government or
your world and it holds true and clear and firm.
Think what a better world it would be if
all - the whole world - had cookies and milk about
three o'clock every afternoon and then lay down with
our blankies for a nap. Or if all governments
had a basic policy to always put thing back where
they found them and to clean up their own mess.

And it is still true, no matter how old you
are - when you go out into the world, it is best
to hold hands and stick together.

© Robert Fulghum, 1990.
Found in Robert Fulghum, All I Really Need To Know I Learned In Kindergarten, Villard Books: New York, 1990, page 6-7.

Sunday, May 12, 2019

What Our Mothers Teach Us

Today we celebrate our mothers and I think we should celebrate what our mothers teach us.  My mother taught me to sew (with great success), crochet (not so successful...I just don't get it), and how to cook and bake (especially her chocolate chip cookies but I cannot replicate her biscuits and gravy).  She taught me how to be independent but to ask questions. She left me, my siblings and her grandchildren with piles of fond memories of Christmas, birthdays and other holidays way before 'making memories' was even a thing.   She showed me the importance of volunteerism by volunteering at our school and church and volunteering to be our 4-H leader for many years.   She taught me the joy of traveling---five kids, a station wagon and treks to California, Yosemite, Mount Rushmore, Wisconsin, Washington D.C. and Yellowstone. Yikes!  I could go on and on but...The most important lesson?  How to love and be loved...I was a lucky little girl.

Happy Mother's Day!

Past Mother's Day posts---

Friday, May 10, 2019

Your Mama Don't Dance

Mother's Day is this weekend and our preK students shared a little insight on their Moms & Dads. Enjoy!

Morning Class
Afternoon Class

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Teacher, Teacher

"Your real job in life is to figure out who you are meant to be, and begin to honor your calling in the best way possible."  Oprah Winfrey  The Path Made Clear: Discovering Your Life's Direction and Purpose

I saw this quote in an article a couple days before the book was released and knew it would be a great quote for the last day of school.

I am a lucky lady.  I figured out very early who was I meant to be---a teacher.  My parents made sure my siblings and I were well educated. I've taught in many places and wide variety of grade levels from kindergarten to junior high.  I eventually landed in a job that was meant to be---the lead teacher/director of  MCP.  I hope that I honor this calling to be your child's preschool teacher-their first teacher-in the most honorable and loving way.  Love, Laugh, Learn---GROW!

Monday, May 6, 2019

Science & Art Are in Our Heart

A fun start to the day!  We had Mentos mints, bottled water, a bottled sports drink,  a 12 oz. bottle of diet soda, a 16 oz. and 2 liter bottle of diet soda.  Ask your child what happened.  What happened when we added more mints?  What happened when we used bigger bottles?  There were drinks where nothing happened.  Why? 

More info and how to---

The last Masterpiece Monday of the school year and today your child was the artist and could paint anything. First we sketched our picture---

Palettes of paint...
Student work...

Sunday, May 5, 2019

Travelling Man

The traveler who has once been from home is wiser than he who has never left his own doorstep.
Margaret Mead

We love 'travelling' with our preK students.  Over the school year, we have 'traveled'  to Canada, England, Australia, Ireland, Japan and our final destination has been Mexico.  What has your child learned?  A lot. 

We talk a lot about children all over the world are going to school, playing in parks, brushing their teeth, that moms & dads are going to work and much more.  The children learn that  there are different languages, about accents and that they have an accent (and their teacher is terrible with accents).  We watch videos of people and places.  The children learn that an island is land surrounded by water. We locate countries on the globe and maps. We look at flags. We have large world maps and the children work in pairs are able to locate many countries on their own. 

This past week we laced a ristra.

Our Morning Meeting asked 'Do you like tacos?'
Morning Class

Afternoon Class
This activity is available during center time---

More information---

Want to do more with your child?  Pick a country.  Search for information and activities.  Search preschool (name of country) themed activities and that will give you a great start.  You and your child can learn about the people, language, animals, holidays, food, regional art and so much more! Find a recipe and cook a meal.  Look for age appropriate videos that show the people and the culture.  Have a globe and maps for your child to explore. Spark your child's curiosity about the world and the people in it. 

Have fun travelling with your child!