Saturday, October 31, 2020

Fired Up for Halloween!

Have a safe, healthy and 
happy Halloween!

Thursday, October 29, 2020

Big Pumpkin

Sunday, October 25, 2020

Friday, October 23, 2020

Take a Tour of London

Enjoy exploring London with your child! 

Thursday, October 22, 2020

Witch's Stew 2020


You and your child can make this at home! Here's the 'recipe' and the song!  MCP alumni might remember and can sing with younger siblings.  Cook up some Halloween fun with your child!

Tuesday, October 20, 2020

"A-B-C, Easy as 1-2-3!"

Time for a boogie woogie break!

Monday, October 12, 2020

Masterpiece Monday---Draw a Portrait & Still Life


You can teach your child how to draw at home.  When we draw at school we use shapes, numbers and letters.  Grab some paper and a black crayon or pencil.  Building vocabulary is part of our program so use the word sketch when you are drawing.  Tell your child that artists often sketch their paintings first.  
Draw a big oval.  Use positional words as you give instruction.  Draw with your child as you give the directions. Where do the eyes go?  At the top.  What shape?  A circle.  What is that black circle inside your eye?  A pupil (another vocabulary word) The letter L makes a nose and a big U for a smile or a rainbow for a frown. 
Add lines for hair.  We repeat this process several times and the children verbally repeat the directions. We drew the oval. What's next? Eyes.  Where do the eyes go the top or the bottom?  What shape should we use? 
Encourage your child efforts.  At school we are working on watching and listening to teacher directions.  Your child may not be comfortable with a pencil or crayon yet. Some children are able to use writing tools with ease and others are still developing these skills.  Writing, coloring and drawing take time.  We are working those small motor skills when we draw together. 
A still life is just as easy. If you want place a vase with flowers (real or fake) and an apple or orange on the table.  Does your child remember what type of art?  So let's sketch first---

*Draw a line at the bottom of the paper.
*Draw a  circle. Place a line on top of the circle for a stem.  It's an apple!
*Draw the number 11. Add a line on the top for a rectangle.   On top of the rectangle, draw one or two lines for a stem. 
*Draw a circle on top of the stem.  Add the letter U around the circle.  It's a flower!
As your child continues s/he will want to add leaves to the flower, more flowers and legs to the table. Sketch and then color.  Your child is an artist! 

Saturday, October 10, 2020

Pumpkins, Pounding & Push Pins

 Use  safety goggles, a toy hammer and golf tees for some pumpkin pounding.

Use office push pins to practice patterns!
It's Halloween fun for you and your child! 

Wednesday, October 7, 2020

100 Wednesday---Color Coded Office Stickers

I love using color coded office stickers in the classroom.  Cheap, easy and a good opportunity for your child to use their little fingers to peel and stick them on paper in a pattern! 
Creating and identifying patterns is important because patterns are everywhere!  Patterns occur in math, literature, music, nature, our clothes and so many more places. Have fun looking for patterns and creating colorful patterns with your child. 

Monday, October 5, 2020

Masterpiece Monday-how to draw


It's Masterpiece Monday!  Let's learn how to draw!  A lot happens when we draw with the children.  Students have to watch and listen to teacher directions.  We are putting pencil and crayon to paper and working small motor skills.  We are using positional words to tell children where to place shapes, letters and lines.  Self confidence comes from drawing a picture and sharing with friends and family plus we are building vocabulary.  
We sketch first with a pencil like an artist would and then color.  Children learn how to draw a landscape, still life and portraits.  Super easy breezy to do at home!

Sunday, October 4, 2020

Saturday, October 3, 2020

Friday, October 2, 2020

Fun Food Friday-Letter C

 Easy breezy carrot muffins for Fun Food Friday!
Mash the carrots...
Add cake mix.  It's that easy.

--Carrot Muffins--
I adapted this recipe from an Allrecipes pumpkin muffin recipe. I used two 14.5 oz. cans of sliced carrots instead of the canned pumpkin.  The children mashed them up in a large bowl. I omitted the spices and bake time was adjusted to about 35 minutes. 

2-14.5 cans sliced carrots (drain)
1 package yellow cake mix
Preheat oven to 350*.  Line muffin pan w/ paper liners. In large bowl, mash carrots.  Add cake mix and mix thoroughly.  Spoon equal amounts into muffin cups (we were able to get 16 muffins from our batter).  Bake 35 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes clean.  Let cool and enjoy!

Pumpkin muffins---

Thursday, October 1, 2020

Are We There Yet? ---Canada

Letter C means a trip to Canada!