Friday, March 5, 2021
Thursday, March 4, 2021
Wednesday, March 3, 2021
Monday, March 1, 2021
Saturday, February 27, 2021
This is the seashore. Neither land nor sea. It is a place that does not exist.
We are waiting for spring. There is a reprieve in the weather. Temperatures are warmed up enough to melt snow so we are able to see green (fairly green) grass underneath but it is just a tease. We know there is more to come in March and part of April so we wait.
If your child needs a little sunshine, set up a corner for some beach play. It's nothing fancy so don't overthink it. An umbrella, a large bath towel (if the beach towels are buried in a bin of summer stuff leave them. Your child won't care if it is a bath towel or a beach towel). Add children's binoculars and old phones if you have them, sea creatures and an old camera. Surf board? We used carpet scraps but a large box would work. Let your child decorate. Pretend to put sunscreen on your child and apply lotion (which we can all use with dried out winter skin). Scuba gear is a must and here's how:
Friday, February 26, 2021
Thursday, February 25, 2021
Art is a huge part of the MCP curriculum. It is as important as your child's ABC's and 123's and in these early years maybe even more so. Art helps your child growth in so many areas-cognitive, social, small motor skills, decision making just to name a few. When your child is coloring it is something that is unique to them in that moment.
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Wednesday, February 24, 2021
Tuesday, February 23, 2021
Friday, February 19, 2021
During the winter months when we are longing for warmer weather, we learn about sharks, whales and dolphins. Construction paper and simple shapes make a jaw-some shark!
Thursday, February 18, 2021
Wednesday, February 17, 2021
Monday, February 8, 2021
We have missed seeing our preschoolers. We miss their love, smiles and energy. We miss their excitement about the holidays. Valentine's Day carries it's special message of loving others. The children are always extremely excited to deliver their Valentine's Day cards to their friends.
We also create a card for students to take home. It just takes a lot of heart.
I love this one because I love elephants! Our kiddos might not be in the classroom but they are never forgotten!
This might have been the first card we created with the kiddos.http://metamoracommunityprek.blogspot.com/2013/02/whoooo-loves-you.html
Life is never purr-fect but this week we can create some cards for those we love.
If we can just 'paws' for a minute and say we miss our little friends and we hope to see you soon. Much love from the MCP staff!
Saturday, February 6, 2021
Get some conversation hearts for you and your child. It's a colorful way to have fun with sorting, patterns and counting. Older children can add and subtract.
Friday, February 5, 2021
There are many fun things unique to the MCP program. Our annual Cereal Box Fort is one. An idea I saw in a magazine has become a much loved tradition at MCP. We'll have to skip construction in 2021 but the fort will be back in 2022.
We've built twelve forts. All different. All stand up with lots of hot glue and duct tape. Really. There is a loose plan but really we wing it as we build.
We begin asking families to bring in boxes late in the fall. Boxes are flattened and stored until the build. This means we have to glue and tape the boxes back into shape. Construction starts in mid-January and it takes about a week. It is great fun to watch the kiddos faces as they come into the classroom as the wall get closer and closer to the ceiling.
The library and writing center are always in the fort because these are smaller and quieter center time activities.
The fort is up for about three weeks and families are invited into the classroom at our annual evening pajama party. Then it's demo day. We must admit it fun tearing down the walls (more on how recycle the boxes into classroom activities tomorrow).
We have taken and posted photos with the exception of the first fort in 2009. The forts started out fairly small and have grown over the years.
We need an average of 285 cereal boxes to build the fort. Over twelve years we have used 3418 cereal boxes. We hope it has made some really lasting memories for our preschoolers.
281 boxes -12' x 5' 5"- 1 door
234 boxes - 12' 7" x 4' 7" - 1 door and 5 windows
We used the most boxes this year-373 but it was not the biggest fort.
373 boxes - 12' 10" x 6' 4" - 2 doors and 5 windows
This was our biggest fort to date. We put on addition and eventually reached the ceiling and connected the two.
334 boxes - 17' 6" x 5' - 2 doors and 3 windows
This fort had the most windows.
293 boxes - 15' 4" x 5' - 2 doors and 7 windows
257 boxes - 12' x 5' - 2 doors (I forgot windows this year)
299 boxes - 14' 5" x 5' - 2 doors and 3 windows
330 boxes - I forgot to measure the fort this year - 2 doors
215 boxes - 8' 8" x 6' - 1 door
282 boxes - no measurements - 1 door
270 boxes - 6' 10" - 1 door
Thursday, February 4, 2021
We loved seeing our friends and listening to Pete the Cat and his new white shoes today. Want to do more at home? Play in the mud!
We cover up the kiddos and put chocolate pudding on the art table. At home cover up your child and use a large cookie sheet. Remember to have blueberries and strawberries for snack!
Wednesday, February 3, 2021
Monday, February 1, 2021
I love play dough. Here is our recipe for the chocolate playdough we put out in February when we are in the classroom. I hope you and your child love it.http://metamoracommunityprek.blogspot.com/2020/02/we-love-chocolate.html
Friday, January 29, 2021
Wednesday, January 27, 2021
Monday, January 25, 2021
Picasso is another artist we learn about in our Masterpiece Monday program. The children learn that Picasso painted pictures that were defined as his Blue Period and Rose Period. Create a picture using just reds or blues-markers, crayons and paper.
What is Cubism? Find out!
Friday, January 22, 2021
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Friday, January 8, 2021
January is a wonderful time for you and your child to learn about polar animals. Start with penguins because they make super cute crafts!
During a regular school year we provide many opportunities for our students to use scissors. By January they are able to cut a circle with ease. A large black circle is penguin head.Listen to teacher directions.
Simple shapes make a super cute penguin. More info: