a is for april showers bring may flowers

april showers bring may flowers?

puddle play

well then we are in good shape.

water play

during the sunny but wet days, we had some glorious time outside.

outside car play

sand track

i came upon the kids threading jump ropes through the parachute handles thinking it would carry them up like a hot air balloon.  i wish it would have…

trampoline problem solving

m is for may day

may day flower

inside it was y yeek, so we made yellow flowers.

may day flower

these were tissue paper circles with holes in the center to thread on skewers (cutting off the pointing end first).  then a teacher taped the paper and beads were added (secured with hot glue)…. “this is kind of like sewing with wood.”  sure it is!

may day flower

t is for tattle tale

we finished pre-k conferences last night…a time when i think of each child in a new way.  when i imagine them in a new setting, usually in a more traditional classroom setting.

and i get protective….and feisty.

2008-2009 graduates

my simple requests:

i ask now that none of these kids be considered a tattle tale.

i ask that when a child brings a concern, it is met with eye contact and attention.

i ask that when a child tells you that someone’s pencil dropped on the floor, you thank them for letting you know.

i ask that when a child tells you that someone is being mean to someone else, you take that as a sign that you can do more in your classroom.

i ask that when a child cries and whines about the same thing everyday, you receive that as his hurt that needs your attention.

i ask that you remember it doesn’t take much to help a child feel safe.

i ask that  you don’t consider children tattle tales.  even if they are just “trying to get someone else in trouble,” doesn’t that point to a need in the so-considered tattle tale?

tattle tale

oh, i get defensive of these children as they prepare to leave the nest.

i know there are wonderful, wonderful teachers in traditional classrooms.

i know there are always different ways we can care for the children in my classroom.

i know i do not have all the answers.

but i also know these children and from the depth of me, wish them well.

okay, stepping down from the soap box now.

e is for earth day

earth day

when i say EARTH DAY, you say EVERY DAY!

earth day

we were graced with beautiful weather and moved as many of our preschool activities outside as we could.

earth day earth day

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earlier in the week we did a two-part project of painting earths.

earth day

first the children painted green land masses (VERY tricky to not paint the whole plate green!).

earth day

later in the day we added in blue water AROUND the green land.

earth day

and since it is X week and we are looking for treasure all week, some glitter was added.

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this planet really is a treasure.

happy earth day 2009.

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earth day 2010 here.

c is for cleaning

i am a firm believer in having purposeful work available to children.  if i pull out the spatula-turned-dried-glue-cleaner-upper and water, at least one child comes over.  then two.

cleaning

then a table full.  then they decide they need aprons and paper towels.

cleaning

then it is discovered that the spatula actually works as a flipper.

cleaning

then the table is clean.

cleaning

thank you, friends.

w is for weight

weigh

thanks to the health-o-meter, we could figure out our weight (thank you, ms. vicki!)

weigh

this little poem was filled in for each child and taped in their journal.

weigh

w is for willaby wollaby

willaby wollaby elephants by you.

we love this silly, silly song.

willaby wollaby elephants

we love reusing items.  here we used paper plates, gray fabric and the one gray plastic bag i could find!  since it was a short week and we wanted to use these at circle time, i made their pieces stick with hot glue.

willaby wollaby elephants

and how silly that the elephants we made all had everyone’s names with a W at the front (except for one friend who was in tears because he KNEW his name started with K and not W…we covered the silly name with fabric).

willaby wollaby elephants

and how silly that the elephants talked (but only ms. kristin could hear them).

willaby wollaby elephants

and how silly that they played hide and seek from the grandma and grandpa friends.

willaby wollaby elephants

and how silly that these elephants might be sitting on you at home now!

willaby wollaby elephants