Saturday, February 29, 2020

Blacktip Reef Live Cam

I Love Whales

I love whales but what is your child's favorite?  Sharks? Dolphins? or Whales?

Mornng Class

Afternoon Class

Sharks, whales and dolphins are fascinating animals.  Head to the library for books, look for age appropriate websites and videos on these beautiful  animals.  Enjoy learning about sharks, whales and dolphins with your child.  

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

It's Picasso

Our MWF preK classes have been studying Pablo Picasso and his cubist period.  Yesterday we were inspired by Picasso's cubism to create our own cubist portraits.

First straight black lines---

Color in spaces---

Add eyes, nose, mouth and hair!

Monday, February 24, 2020

I'm Gonna Soak Up the Sun

About this time at preschool we are tired of winter and put some summer fun into our daily lessons.  We are learning about fish, sharks, dolphins and whales.  The MWF classes will take a quick 'trip' to Hawaii!  Here's what's happening in our classroom---

Seashells for gluing letters...

Step by step drawing cards teach us how to draw sea animals...

Feed the Shark is one of our favorite counting games!

Seashells for exploring...

These activities and lots more will keep us 'walking on sunshine' until spring.

Saturday, February 22, 2020

Whale Watching

Yesterday our MWF classes went whale watching.  Ask your child if they got wet!  

Friday, February 21, 2020

Open Wide

Sharks are jaw-some!
Color blues waves and water...

Cut out a grey circle...

Listen to teacher directions...

and open wide!  

Thursday, February 20, 2020

She's a Grand Ol' Flag

We have a lot of independent activities for our MCP students to work on during center time.  Students can color the American flag and press 'the easy button.'

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Feeling Frosty

Winter looks good in our garden!  

Monday, February 17, 2020

Future Fossils

We started with a desolate and empty landscape.

Students added dinosaurs before the volcano erupted! Did your child trace, color and cut a dinosaur?  See if they can find it for you!  

Friday, February 14, 2020

Fun Food Friday---Conversation Starters

We love Fun Food Friday!  

Today we sorted, counted and created patterns with conversation hearts!

Thursday, February 13, 2020

We Love Elmer!

Today we celebrated Valentine's Day in our classroom with a special snack.  

We call it 'Elmer's Snack'.  Pretzels look all the same but Skittles provide the color and the fun just like our buddy, Elmer!  Lots of big fun with elephants at MCP.

Tuesday, February 11, 2020


The things that make me different are the things that make me.
Winnie the Pooh    A. A. Milne 

I love this book.  I love elephants so it's a great combination for teaching our TTh friends about friendship, kindness and elephants. 

Glue, tissue paper and tag-board and we can make Elmer!

We love to act out our books so grey t-shirts and an apron convert kiddos into elephants!

Elmer is so handsome!

We'll have BIG elephants at the easel.

How many spots go on the elephant?  Count and press the 'easy button'.

Sunday, February 9, 2020

Pink...and red

Lots of pink and red in the art center for gluing collages!

Saturday, February 8, 2020

CBF XII---Demo Day and Recycling

The CBF XII is in the history books.  So what happens to 281 cereal boxes?  We reuse most of them and the rest get recycled.  

We use cereal boxes for collages in art center...

Simple shapes make great stencils in our art center.  We have stencils for holidays, themes/units and seasons.  We use stencils for the children to create our bulletin boards.   Look under our MCP bulletin boards for ideas.

Cereal boxes make great lacing cards for our classroom!

And we love make journals for our students!

We can't wait to start on CBF Lucky Number 13!  Thanks to everyone who brought us cereal boxes!  

Friday, February 7, 2020

How Many Hearts?

This activity is part art and part math. Children glue hearts on the cardboard. When they are done gluing, we count how many hearts.  Easy breezy.  Your child could do this at the kitchen table with stickers or fun foam.  Have fun counting how many hearts with your child!

Thursday, February 6, 2020

Eat 'em with Syrup!

Our annual Pajama Party is always a lot of fun. We will play 'Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed' and 'Roll Over'.  This always brings lots of smiles and laughter. 

We will also sing the 'Pancake Song'. The Pancake Song? Here are the words and it is sung to the tune of "Ham Bone, Ham Bone, Where You Been?"---

Pancakes, pancakes hot off the griddle.
Pancakes, pancakes for your middle.
Eat 'em with syrup oh so sweet.
Pancakes they're so good eat.

Wednesday, February 5, 2020

We Love Chocolate

Valentine's Day playdough!  It's chocolate scented and we love it!

This is a recipe for an adult to cook and children to play with...
It smells so so good!
1 1/4 c. flour
1/2 c. cocoa
1/2 c. salt
1 1/2 tablespoons cream of tartar  
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 c. boiling water
Place dry ingredients in a large bowl and mix.  Add vegetable oil and boiling water and mixBe careful because the dough will be warm and hot in spots...knead until all ingredients are mixed.

Tuesday, February 4, 2020

The Purrr-fect Pets

The MCP Pet Shop and Vet Clinic is open.  Find out more and how to open a pet shop at home---

Monday, February 3, 2020

Penguin Problems

 The book Penguin Problems by Jory John and Lane Smith was the inspiration for our MWF class project.  We have been learning about polar animals and this penguin was the perfect project.  It was no problem for our students to create.

Scissors.  Using a scissors is very difficult for most young children (it can also be difficult for adults).  Scissors were used to snip around the penguins big black head.

We also snipped around the white eyes and then started gluing.
Now we have our own colony of penguin problems!  Ask your child what they have learned about polar animals.

Sunday, February 2, 2020

Penguins and Puffins

 Our TTh 3 y/o class had a lot of fun with penguins and puffins.   What did we learn?

  • We learned that puffins and penguins are birds. 
  • Birds have feathers.
  • Birds lay eggs. 
  • Birds have wings.
  • Puffins can fly but penguins cannot fly.  
  • Penguins and puffins have webbed feet.  Why?  
Ask your child to tell you about penguins and puffins. Want to know more?  Head to the library for books on penguins and puffins.

Our penguin craft is super cute.  Our crafts at MCP are not only cute but have teachable moments throughout the whole craft.  We talk about colors, shapes, size and spatial relationships.  The black circle goes at the top of the black oval.  The orange circle goes between the eyes.  It's about listening to the teacher and following directions. 
 We created a puffin, too.  There are a LOT of pieces to these two projects but our 3 y/o are now ready for more complicated crafts.  We are learning to listen and follow teacher directions (and how to glue).

What was your child's favorite? Penguins or puffins? 

Saturday, February 1, 2020