thanks to the good old crafty crow, i found the idea to color play doh with natural items.
“it really smells like food now!”
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.
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?
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.
when i say EARTH DAY, you say EVERY DAY!
we were graced with beautiful weather and moved as many of our preschool activities outside as we could.
earlier in the week we did a two-part project of painting earths.
first the children painted green land masses (VERY tricky to not paint the whole plate green!).
later in the day we added in blue water AROUND the green land.
and since it is X week and we are looking for treasure all week, some glitter was added.
this planet really is a treasure.
happy earth day 2009.
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earth day 2010 here.
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.
then a table full. then they decide they need aprons and paper towels.
then it is discovered that the spatula actually works as a flipper.
then the table is clean.
thank you, friends.
we love this silly, silly song.
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.
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).
and how silly that the elephants talked (but only ms. kristin could hear them).
and how silly that they played hide and seek from the grandma and grandpa friends.
and how silly that these elephants might be sitting on you at home now!