q is for q hands

when i had a circle of preschoolers who needed a little “wowing.” the moments when someone simply stands up and walks away, when two others whimper like dogs and i realize they’ve not stopped their work time game, when the few that were sitting on their little piece of tape are now looking bored, when there is a full volume conversation about halloween costumes (from nearly 4 months ago)…get the image?

the circle time focus for the day was that U usually follows Q. i decided to quickly write a Q on one hand a U on the other. then sing the the letters Q, U, Q, U, Q, U, Q, U while opening my hands for the correct letter.

Q hand

U hand

i got them all back! yes.

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i is for i spy

my valentine to preschoolers this year was an i spy bottle.

i spy valentines

inside there are white beans, heart beads, mini valentine erasers, jewels and mirrors.

i spy valentines

plus a secret message.

i spy valentines

i’m counting on the preschoolers leaving the bottles taped up tightly! : )

p is for pink

to the tune of “if you’re happy and you know it…”

when you mix red and white you get pink

when you mix red and white you get pink

when you mix them you will see

a new color magically

when you mix red and white you get pink

red + white = pink

with a squirt of red and a squirt of white in a sealed baggie, we squished and squashed them.

red + white = pink

red + white = pink

red + white = pink

then we snipped the ends and squirted out the pink paint (kind of like frosting!).

red + white = pink

there were lots of different brushes and rollers to choose from (and extra bathroom clean up after handwashing). : )

red + white = pink

also discovered was that the other end of the paintbrush can be used to “write” in the paint.

red + white = pink

in this color blending experiment, we discovered what happens with extra red….

red + white = pink

red + white = pink

when the paper dried we cut hearts from it!

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some of the hearts went to the valentine station and some of the hearts were turned into valentines for the grandma and grandpa friends.

by the way, my favorite moment was when i brought out the ketchup bottle from k week (with red paint in it…which i highly recommnend…as well as yelow paint in a mustard bottle, white paint in a milk jug, etc.) and poured it on the paper. oh, funny stuff. some of the preschoolers gave a preschool version of rolling their eyes at me.

red + white = pink

v is for valentine station

valentine station

we had an ever-expanding “valentine station” in the classroom for the first half of february.

valentine station

paper hearts, pipe cleaners (or am i not supposed to call them that anymore?), glue, red and pink crayons, colored pencils, scissors, tape (!!!!), bulletin board borders, doilies, stickers, etc.

valentine station work

valentine station work

we added an owl card for o week. we added heart cutting supplies after i watched a preschooler do it on his own.

valentine station work

we added purple crayons and paper plates during p week.

valentine station work

valentine station

valentine station work

we’ll get to open up the tub table again next week!

h is for hearts (in the block corner)

i set out a stack of wooden thrifted hearts.  i imagined them being taken to the housekeeping corner as “cookies.”  they were.

i didn’t imagine them being taken to the block corner to be used so intentionally.  awesome.

hearts in the block corner

p is for pink car

we almost never have “regular” cars in the classroom.  but in honor of pink week, i scrounged the thrift shop and my kids offered their own pink cars.  again, the yarn weaving is used for something i never thought it would be used for.  here are two of the stash.

pink carspink cars

p is for painted heart

i drilled holes in thrifted wooden hearts then set them out with watercolor paints.

wooden heart necklaces

each heart had a name on it so first the preschoolers worked on name recognition (which they are very good at by now!).

wooden heart necklaces

after the heart was painted, we rubbed on regular school glue and sprinkled glitter.

wooden heart necklaces

once dry we added a string and made a necklace!