c is for children’s point of view

we haven’t used this song in preschool at all, but the lyrics are worth noting when thinking of these sweet young ones.

james taylor’s “some children see him”

Some children see Him lily white,
The baby Jesus born this night.
Some children see Him lily white,
With tresses soft and fair.
Some children see Him bronzed and brown,
The Lord of heav’n to earth come down.
Some children see Him bronzed and brown,
With dark and heavy hair.

Some children see Him almond-eyed,
This Savior whom we kneel beside.
Some children see Him almond-eyed,
With skin of yellow hue.
Some children see Him dark as they,
Sweet Mary’s Son to whom we pray.
Some children see him dark as they,
And, ah! they love Him, too!

The children in each different place
Will see the baby Jesus’ face
Like theirs, but bright with heavenly grace,
And filled with holy light.
O lay aside each earthly thing
And with thy heart as offering,
Come worship now the infant King.
‘Tis love that’s born tonight!

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c is for christmas card station

christmas card pencils

with a word wall, pencils, old cards and envelopes, there is a lot of writing going on.  we make this type of “station” for other reasons too (e is for envelope, v is for valentine, p is for pencil, a is for address, t is for telephone number, etc).

christmas card station


j is for jingle bell poem

we used our cutting muscles again to cut foil (folded over 6 times) circles.

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the teachers helped seperate them.  one we glued in our journal and the rest we used for a jingle bell project to go with the poem we wrote at circle time:

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the preschoolers glued strips of paper on so they touched the TOP of the paper, then glued their jingle bells on the BOTTOM of each strip.

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let me tell you, i should have written: sing + clap + JUMP to “Jingle Bells.”

j is for jingle bell

we used j week to explore metal vs non-metal

magnet work

with huge bags of thrifted wooden beads and more bags of jingle bells, we made necklaces and tree ornaments.

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before we made them, all the bells and wooden beads were mixed in a large bucket.  when we sunk a magnet wand in and pulled out, it was covered with jingle bells.  that was a good time.  i recommend it.

s is for snowflake

once children have mastered the basics of this activity, there are so many variances!

snowflakes

one option for our “snippers” is to give them a paper plate to snip and then fold the edges.  quite satisfying for accmplished cutters too!

snowflakes

snowflakes

for those with more scissor control and strength, we offer the traditional folded square.  if they like, we draw lines for them to cut on.

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mounted or hanging free…beautiful.

snowflakes

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i is for instrument chair

complete spontaneous play (during J week) during work time resulted in an instrument chair:

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they used the rubber bands from our rubber band boards and said, “we should have done this during i week!”  next year.