Saturday, February 27, 2021

This Is the Seashore


This is the seashore. Neither land nor sea. It is a place that does not exist.
Alessandro Barricco

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:

If you have a home device, request whale sounds, Beach Boys or Hawaiian music. "Robot, play Beach Boys." A little bit of summer and sunshine added to your child days.  

Thursday, February 25, 2021

Art Makes Me Smart


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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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! 

The Leakproof Bag-How To

"Continents and Oceans"

Wednesday, February 17, 2021

Monday, February 8, 2021

Dog-gone it! We Miss You!

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.

Mamas always love anything made by their little monkeys.

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

We Love Math


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

The World's Largest Pile of Pancakes

"Pajama Time!"

The History of the MCP Cereal Box Fort

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. 

2020-CBF 12

281 boxes -12' x 5' 5"- 1 door

2019-CBF 11

234 boxes - 12' 7" x 4' 7" - 1 door  and 5 windows

2018-CBF 10  

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

2017-CBF 9

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
2016-CBF 8

This fort had the most windows.
293 boxes - 15' 4" x 5' - 2 doors and 7 windows

2015-CBF 7

257 boxes - 12' x 5' - 2 doors (I forgot windows this year)

2014-CBF 6

299 boxes - 14' 5" x 5' - 2 doors and 3 windows

2013-CBF 5

330 boxes - I forgot to measure the fort this year - 2 doors

2010-CBF 2

270 boxes - 6' 10" - 1 door

2009-CBF 1
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We hope the MCP Cereal Box Fort has made some memories for you and your child. 

Thursday, February 4, 2021

One, Two, Buckle My Shoe

More Fun with Pete


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!  

Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes

Monday, February 1, 2021

Who Loves Chocolate?


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.