Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Mondrian-Composition with Red Blue and Yellow

Composition with Red Blue and Yellow
Piet Mondrian    1929

Dish Towel with Electric Tape and Plastic Bricks
D. Quinn     2020

Friday, April 24, 2020

MCP---MMonday Wayne Thiebaud

Wayne Thiebaud
Tie Pile 1969

This was harder than it looks!  My title is 'Jerry: Dressed to the Nines'  My husband loves Jerry Garcia ties and there are nine.  Have a great weekend.  

Monday, April 20, 2020

Dear Preschooler,

It's not just seniors in college and high school. It's not just eighth graders.  Many are missing out of so many things including our kiddos.  This young mom nails it. Grab a tissue.


The True Story of the Three Little Pigs

One more story about the 3 Little Pigs!

MCP Masterpiece Monday Challenge

The beginning of April, the the Getty Museum issued an art challenge for all of us at home.  Recreate art with household items  It is a joy to see how creative people are with household items, toys, pets, children and their families.  Today is Masterpiece Monday. I've been cleaning out closets and found my son's wrestling shoes and was inspired to recreate Van Gogh's 'A Pair of Boots'.

Mine is not super creative but it's fun.  We have some rainy days ahead.  You and your child might be inspired by our Masterpiece Monday artists.  Who have we studied?
  • Vincent Van Gogh
  • Wayne Thiebaud 
  • Wassily Kandinsky
  • Pablo Picasso
  • Piet Mondrian
  • Georgia O'Keefe
I hope you and your child are inspired to create your own masterpiece.  The wrestling shoes are art history.

Y is for Yo-Yo

Friday, April 17, 2020

The Gingerbread Girl

DIY Gingerbread

We have stencils in our classroom to trace, color and cut. You will find a gingerbread cookie outline on our website.

What will your child create?  A gingerbread boy? A gingerbread girl?  A gingerbread fireman?  

Wednesday, April 15, 2020

The Gingerbread Man

Catch Me If You Can

We are going to be reading several variations of the 'Gingerbread Man'.  At school we add googly eyes, buttons, cut up beaded necklaces and pipe cleaners to our play dough center. 

The Hula-Hoopin' Queen read by Oprah Winfrey

Monday, April 13, 2020

Egg in a Bottle Experiment | PBS Parents

Another egg in the bottle experiment.  This requires close adult supervision. Enjoy some egg-citing science with your child!

Egg in a Bottle Experiment 1

An experiment for your hard boiled eggs.  This requires close adult supervision. 


We love playdough at MCP.  With our Gingerbread Man unit coming up this week if you have the inclination here are some recipes we like:



Why is playdough important to your child's development?

Masterpiece Monday---Vincent

What do you remember about Vincent?  Do you remember how to draw a sunflower?  Would that be a still life or a portrait?  What other famous painting did Vincent create?  Get your crayons and markers and be inspired by Vincent today!

Friday, April 10, 2020

Rabbits! Learn about Rabbits

Learn About Rabbits

Fun facts about rabbits:


The Three Little Pigs at Home

We hope you and your child are having fun with our fairy tales.  We love dramatic play at MCP.  We have our three little houses so the kiddos can huff and puff and pretend.

We also have dress ups and props for our little pigs and wolf.  You and your child can use your imaginations if you would like to create a 'prop box' for The 3 Little Pigs.  A pink t-shirt, a black t-shirt or just the imagination.  Use the houses we have posted on our website.  Play indoors or outdoors.   Huff and puff and run around.  

Our Fun Food Friday for this unit is our 3 Little Pigs snack.  We tell the children are going to have straw, sticks and bricks for snack.  

Our Three Little Pigs snack is yummy and easy.  Add straw (1 can potato sticks), sticks (2 bags pretzels sticks---we broke in half for easy eating) and bricks (2 bags chocolate chunks).   It makes enough for fifteen hungry little piggies so you can cut in half for you and your family. 

MCP Homeschool-Fun Food Friday

Jelly beans are great for sorting, patterns and counting.  

This is an easy activity to do at the kitchen table.  Give your child some jelly beans and sort the jelly beans by color.  Your child can put the jelly beans in piles or line them up like a bar graph.  Use words like greatest, most, least, fewest and equal.  Count the jelly beans.

We also create patterns with the jelly beans.  We work on the AB, AAB, ABB and ABC pattern but you can get really creative with your child.  The jelly beans make fun colorful patterns.  

See if your child can count out ten jelly beans.  Challenge them to count out twelve or twenty.

Want to do more?  If you search 'preschool activities with jelly beans' you will have a million ideas to get you started.  

Jelly beans will make math fun for you child! 

Clark the Shark Read by Chris Pine

Wednesday, April 8, 2020

The Three Little Fish and the Big Bad Shark

The Three Little Pigs - Disney Story Book

Richard Scarry - The Three Little Pigs (CC)

Silly Symphony Three Little Pigs

Weather Words

We always have many options during center time for our MWF kiddos.  This activity is about matching the words.  A homeschool version will be available on website.

Writing Weather Words

This center activity will be available on our website.

Have your child copy the words.  Your child could also color and cut the raindrops. I wish you had an 'easy button' to press!

If You Give a Mouse a Cookie

Monday, April 6, 2020

Skeleton Science Center

We've adapted this activity for your child to do at home.  Go to our website.  Under the MCP Homeschool page you will find MCP Skeleton.  Have your child cut and glue the bones to the correct word.  

Masterpiece Monday---Aboriginal Art

It's Masterpiece Monday!  Does your child remember creating Aboriginal Art?

What country/continent did we visit?

Why is it called the 'Land Down Under'?

It has water all around it so it is an....

Can you and your child talk with an Australian accent?

How would you travel to Australia?

Do you think the children in Australia are sleeping or wake now?

What animals did we 'see' in Australia?

We hope you and your child have a g'day, mate!

Skeleton Dance | Halloween Songs for Kids | Shake Dem Halloween Bones | ...

Saturday, April 4, 2020

Thursday, April 2, 2020

How It's Made: Toilet Paper

The Leakproof Bag

We did a couple experiments today with water.  Steve Spangler explains why the bag does not leak or rip.  I cannot but it is a super fun experiment!


Here's How Jelly Beans Are Made

Writing Numbers

Writing Numbers

·      Remember the goal is not perfection but practice and interest.  Praise your child’s efforts.  The goal is to strengthen the small muscles in the fingers.  

§  1-Draw a straight line top to bottom.

§  2-Make a candy cane and a twisty tail (or straight line depending on the school)

§  3-Two BIG bellies for our friend 3

§  4-Make a small letter L and add a straight line top to bottom

§  5-Mr. 5 wakes up, goes down stairs, eats half a bowl of cereal, puts on his hat, goes to work and is home by 5. (It’s long but it works)

§  6-She slides down the hill and makes a snowball.

§  7-Across the field and down the hill.

§  8-Making a race track!

§  9-Make a balloon and add a stick so it doesn’t blow away!

§  10-Draw a straight line top to bottom.  Make an oval.

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

MCP from A to Z

Upcoming lessons will be coloring our ABC's so they look like the letters we decorate at school.  Letters are located on our website  under MCP Homeschool.  The lessons will be divided into short segments until we get caught up to letter W.

You and your child can put these in book form or hang in your home.  

Ray Charles Reads Chicka Chicka Boom Boom

Whistle for Willie