Friday, September 17, 2021
Wednesday, September 15, 2021
If your child's craft does not look like a bear, a flower, a pumpkin or whatever---no worries. We are just starting the year. We know sitting with friends with colorful paper and a bottle of glue is hard. The children are learning how to use an appropriate amount of glue, how to pick up sticky gluey pieces and soon we will be cutting & snipping shapes together. Please note---we do not move or relocate pieces that the children place incorrectly. Your child's work is their work. We are working really hard on listening to teacher directions as a group.
Monday, September 6, 2021
Wednesday, September 1, 2021
Friday, August 27, 2021
Thursday, August 19, 2021
Lacing cards are a very important part of the MCP curriculum. We have lacing cards available for the children everyday. After your child laces a card, we do not rip out their work for the next student. Your child may take the lacing card home! This is an important difference in purchased lacing cards. We are working on strengthening those very important fine motor skills---building strength to hold a pencil, crayon, paint and scissors. When a child gets to keep their work, they are more likely to participate in the activity.
Lacing cards are easy to make at home with your child. Old greeting cards and cereal boxes make colorful cards that will interest your child.
Friday, August 13, 2021
We have geoboards and pattern blocks in our Discovery Center. Learn more why these are an important classroom activity:
Monday, August 9, 2021
Friday, August 6, 2021
Wednesday, August 4, 2021
At MCP we do not use daily worksheets to teach letters or numbers. Reading readiness activities are woven into our program in many ways. What is reading readiness? Short answer-recognizing letters, making sure books and reading material are available for children and much more. During the school year, your child will:
- learn to recognize their name
- recognize letters of the alphabet and be introduced to beginning letter sounds
- retell stories
- have literary units with crafts, projects and activities
- be introduced to and practice new vocabulary words (palette, coprolite, concentric and many, many more)
- act out stories
- dictate reports and stories
- have center activities that encourage reading
- see many items labeled in our classroom (by the window is the word 'window', every chair has the word 'chair' on the back)
Monday, August 2, 2021
2. How to make friends and be a friend---The park, daycare, lessons and activities have already provided your child with the opportunity to be with other children. School is way for your child to connect with other children, make friends and be a friend. Your child will learn to resolve conflicts and communicate with their friends. We will provide activities for the children to work in pairs and small groups. This encourages communication, sharing of ideas, and making decisions as a group.
3. How to be independent---As parents, we naturally come to the aide of our children---helping with a coat or backpack, handing a towel to dripping hands and other small tasks. At school, we work on independence. The children not only learn to be independent but also to be patient. As they learn to be more independent from teachers, they will develop into a more confident and independent student.
4. How to tell a story---The children will listen to stories, use props to retell stories, and dictate stories. We work on developing a love for books and the written word.
5. How to ask the teacher for help---It's easy for a child to ask mommy or daddy for help. A teacher has many other children who all need time and attention. When teachers build caring relationships with students, the student will develop the confidence to request help. Our goal is to be caring, responsive and approachable.
6. How to use a scissors and glue---Working with scissors, crayons and markers do more than just decorate your refrigerator. When children use scissors and crayons, they are developing fine motor skills and small muscles. We have many toys, activities and centers that work on fine motor skills. Our art center has scissors, glue, markers, crayons, pens and pencils available every day. Our writing center has pens and pencils with paper, cards, stickers and envelopes.
7. How to build with blocks---Building with blocks allow children to freely explore spatial relationships, strengthen motor skills, promotes eye/hand coordination and develop social and language skills. We also have Legos, waffle blocks, bristle blocks, and a train set that rotate through this center.
8. Learn to recognize symbols---Most preschoolers are able to to identify a few letters and numbers. They thrive on reciting and writing the letters in their name and begin to learn the letters in classmates and teacher's names. They are understanding and recognizing colors and shapes. We repeatedly say, "Shapes are everywhere." "Colors are everywhere." "Letters and numbers are everywhere."
9. How to hop, skip and jump---Playing outside is different than indoor center play. Playing outside strengthens muscles, increases coordination, develops body awareness, and boosts a child's self confidence. Outdoor play creates situations for children to independently problem solve and socially interact with peers in an a environment different than the classroom.
Our classroom encourages children to be a student by providing a wide variety of interesting materials, activities and experiences. Building, painting and exploring will allow your child to learn and be creative in the classroom.
Friday, July 30, 2021
Every day. You should be reading to your child every day. I loved reading books to my boys when they were little. They are both good readers and read a lot! Reading to a child EVERY DAY is one of the best ways to help them achieve success in school. Reading should be a fun and enjoyable activity for parent and child. Here are a few tips to help you help your child become a good reader-
Wednesday, July 28, 2021
The boys. They are four years apart which I naively thought would make things easier. If there are siblings there are bound to be conflicts. Siblings give our children an opportunity to learn how resolve conflicts and so much more.
Do you feel like you need a referee shirt and a whistle to survive the rest of the summer? Check out Siblings Without Rivalry and How to Tall So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk by Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish.
Monday, July 26, 2021
Next Monday, August 2nd is National Ice Cream Sandwich Day. When your child is in the kitchen they are learning a lot plus there is a homemade treat at the end. Here are 50 ice cream sandwich recipes and some information on why it is important to get kids in the kitchen.
Thursday, July 8, 2021
- learning rules
- following rules
- learning about goals
- contact and conversations
- winning and losing
- and much more!
Wednesday, June 30, 2021
Check out the summer reading programs at your local library. Libraries are a vital resource for our children and our communities.
Thursday, June 10, 2021
Wednesday, May 12, 2021
Sunday, May 9, 2021
I thought for sure my mom was the meanest mom in the world. Boy, was I wrong. She was not, of course. I was. It took awhile but I started to see what loving someone really means. It's not always 'yes'.
One of my boys (who shall remain nameless) started ranting that I was absolutely, positively the meanest mom in the world. I'm sure I denied him of something-actually probably many things-during his elementary school years. I finally had had enough and told my much loved offspring that if he called me the 'meanest mom in the world' one more time that I would make a shirt and wear it the next time I volunteered at his school (which was often).
The shirt is in the back of my closet. I keep it as a reminder that motherhood is blessing. It is a joy but it is also struggle and lots of mamas have had lots of struggles these past fifteen months.
What I know and what I have learned as a woman of a certain age is that there often is a lot of strength, wisdom and patience that is gained from strife and struggle. The sun is up there even during the stormiest of times. We just have to wait for the storm to pass to see the sun shine. You learn to get great at the wait.
My boys are grown and gone. They both turned out to be wonderful young men (I'll stop there b/c I could go on and on about how wonderful they are). I'm no longer the meanest Mom in the world and I know I am loved by those two little boys who are now my grown sons.
Thursday, May 6, 2021
Sunday, May 2, 2021
Friday, April 30, 2021
When MCP students are in the classroom there are wide variety of materials in our art center including the collage box. The collage box is a wonderful assortment of odds and ends thrown into a plastic tub. The children search, dig and glue their pieces and create the most amazing works of art. Creative juices and glue flowing...it is fun to watch.
There is no rhyme or reason to what is in the tub-whatever we pull from our main storage closet. The child will often ask if we have pipe cleaners, more googly eyes or ribbon and we happily grant their request if we are able.
Creating a collage box for your child at home is easy. Get a box with a lid (a shoe box-you don't need a store bought box). Gather items-buttons, old beads, fun foam, pom poms, puzzle pieces, old playing cards, googly eyes, ribbon, paper scraps. The children glue on cardboard or tag board which is sturdier instead of paper. Save cereal and cracker box for gluing.
Wednesday, April 28, 2021
Monday, April 26, 2021
Sunday, April 25, 2021
Saturday, April 24, 2021
Friday, April 23, 2021
Wednesday, April 21, 2021
Tuesday, April 20, 2021
We love having the children work together on large pieces of art. The canvas is a large piece of cardboard covered in white paper.
Monday, April 19, 2021
Sunday, April 18, 2021
Saturday, April 17, 2021
Friday, April 16, 2021
Here are some super simple experiments with eggs for you and your child to do at home. Adult supervision is required.
In April we usually learn about birds with our TTh 3 y/o class. The question is how can a mother bird sit on an egg without it breaking? We discover that eggs are strong.
You will need 4-5 dozen eggs inside the container. We cover the floor and kiddos remove shoes and socks. A bucket of sudsy water and paper towels for clean up.
On top of the mat stagger the eggs. Have your child walk slowly on the eggs. We hold hands with children for safety.
Thursday, April 15, 2021
Wednesday, April 14, 2021
Monday, April 12, 2021
Saturday, April 10, 2021
Friday, April 9, 2021
Thursday, April 8, 2021
Wednesday, April 7, 2021
Monday, April 5, 2021
Our Masterpiece Monday program has been a part of the MCP curriculum for many years. What started out as a simple unit on V and Vincent Van Gogh has grown into a wonderful way for children to express themselves and learn so many things about art, science and math. Art makes you smart.
All year as we paint we remind the children to 'cover the white spaces'. We introduce Mondrian and ask them what they notice first. White spaces! Shapes? Squares and rectangles? Color? Primary colors? (we look at Mondrian's work w/black lines and primary colors).
Friday, April 2, 2021
Thursday, April 1, 2021
Monday, March 29, 2021
Saturday, March 27, 2021
A few ideas to keep the kiddos busy until Easter! Little hands make the cutest keepsakes!http://metamoracommunityprek.blogspot.com/2012/04/flopsy-and-mopsy.html