Friday, November 29, 2019

Can You Say That Word?

Nocturnal, orchard, auger wagon, palette, sketch, experiment, observe, abstract greatest, least, chemistry, globe, liquids, solids---your child can say these words. We introduce and use these words in our classroom.  Why? Building vocabulary is an important in your child's development and reading readiness skills.  Find out more:

Thursday, November 28, 2019

I Am Thankful to Be A Preschool Teacher

I am so thankful to be your child's preschool teacher.  Here are my top ten reasons why I am thankful to be a preschool teacher:

  1. I am thankful you chose MCP for your child's first school experience.  It means a lot. 
  2. I am so thankful that we teach your child to learn in new ways.  Blocks, art, science and puzzles.  I love seeing the 'light bulb' go off and those Aha! moments.
  3. The struggle is hard but when your child puts on their coat, places the last piece in the puzzle or counts to ten and says, "I did it!", it's well worth it.  
  4. I am thankful I get to express my inner child every day. 
  5. Teaching preschool has made me more creative and resourceful.  I look at things differently and for this I am thankful.  Plastic caps, cardboard tubes, cereal boxes and much more have a creative and academic impact on our classroom.
  6. Fifteen kids in a classroom.  Teaching preschool has made me a patient person even outside the classroom.
  7. Teaching preschool allows me to see the wonder and excitement of simple things.  
  8. I am thankful I have been allowed to develop our own curriculum for MCP.  We are able to explore art, chemistry, artists, science, travel the world and much more.  I have learned a lot from teaching preschool like what cropolite is.  
  9. I love it that preschoolers are completely honest and super funny.
  10. I am thankful to share the day with your child. Every day is something new!  

Monday, November 25, 2019

MCP Thanksgiving

Our MWF preK students have been hearing all about the different traditional Thanksgiving foods and today we had a miniature Thanksgiving dinner.

Friday, November 22, 2019

MCP Pizza

On Thursday,  we made 'Bubblegum Pizza'. Bubblegum pizza?  I think the name comes from the way the pizza looks on the pan and when the cheese pulls. Who knows? This recipe was a favorite with my youngest son because it was so easy to make. Most of the children loved it. All of the children were able to help make the pizza. With adult supervision, your child can make bubblegum pizza at home.

You will need:
mixing bowl
cookie sheet or pizza pan
cooking spray
1 can refrigerated biscuits
pizza sauce
shredded mozzarella

Preheat oven to 400* and spray  the cookie sheet. Tear the biscuits into pieces and put in large bowl. Cover the biscuits with pizza sauce and mix. Biscuits should be covered with sauce but not runny. Pour the biscuits on a greased cookie sheet. Top with mozzarella. Bake 12-14 minutes.

We used four cans of biscuits and fed fifteen children. Most had seconds and some had thirds. At home, we have put on topppings and then the cheese. Yummy! 

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

A Tasty Pattern

These erasers are a tasty way to sort, count and create patterns.  Why do we sort and create patterns? Sorting and creating patterns will help your child's math skills.  For more info---

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

A Piece of Pizza

Our TTh 3 y/o class will enjoy many activities with pizza this week.  We learned about the parts of a pizza. The crust begins as a dough.  The sauce is made of tomatoes and most 3 y/o do not like a wide variety of pizza toppings.

The children made a paper pizza.  We see such an improvement in listening and following teacher directions after just a few months and now using glue is easy!

Monday, November 18, 2019

Krazy for Kandinsky

We have studying the works of Wassily Kandinsky.  I was cutting paper plates for lacing cards and...
 our preschoolers created these!  Why so many circles? Ask your child!

We have learned that artists name their art.  Kandinsky's Black Lines brought out paper and crayons.  The children filled the paper with color and added black lines on top.

Sunday, November 17, 2019

Food Science

The month of November is food and food science for our MWF classes.  Here's a quick look at what we have been doing:

We learned that all over the world children eat bread.  We learned new words: yeast, dough, knead, rise and much more. We watched naan and tortillas being made, visited a wheat field to watch harvest and followed the wheat to the flour mill.

Last week we learned about liquids and solids. Cream and condensed milk freezes into an ice cream treat for our Fun Food Friday. We will continue watching ice melt and freeze.  We are learning to observe and make predications when we do experiments.  We had water in one cola bottle and milk in another and observed the changes.

Can't get enough food science with your child and want to do more?  Check out these experiments with Steve Spangler---

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

PreK Chemistry

What happens when you add water to flour?  What happens when you add water to baking soda?
What happens when you add vinegar to flour?  What happens when you add vinegar to baking soda? 

Your child can tell you all about today's experiments.

We love doing experiments with our preschoolers.  We are constantly asking them to observe and predict what will happen during the experiment.  

This week we are learning about liquids and solids.  Does temperature change liquids?  Does temperature solids? 

We also did this experiment I found on Steve Spangler Science

It's cola, water and milk.  We added water to fill one bottle and milk to the other.  What happened?

For more info and how to---

Have some fun with food science and your child!

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Monday, November 11, 2019

Scarecrows, Acorns and Fun!

It's a new messy tub for fall!  

Sunday, November 10, 2019

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Pizza Is the Answer

Sausage or Pepperoni?  Dine in or carry out?  The MCP Pizza Parlor is open for business and our kiddos are having fun taking orders, making pizza and serving their customers.

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Saturday, November 2, 2019

Art Is Not Optional

"Art makes better humans, art is necessary in understanding the world and art makes people happy.  Undeniably, art is not optional."   Nathan Sawaya-artist