p is for present (for our families)

if you are a preschool family and you haven’t opened one of these, go check your child’s backpack and don’t read further!

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back when we painted our stars, we also painted these from discount school supply.

then we used the same photos as we use on our picture board.

ms. carol acted as “glitter fairy” one morning and added beautiful glitter designs.

then there was name writing and ornament wrapping.  when preschoolers are learning to “write” their names, i always emphasize the importance of scribbling, not perfect letter formation.  when children ask for traditional letter formation help, i “write” it first with my fingernail which leaves a little indentation as a guide.  but one of my favorite stages is when i call out their name letter by letter and the children make little scribble marks for each letter.

really sweet.

b is for bell

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more thrifted wooden pieces, a bit of pipe cleaner, a jingle bell, watercolors and GLITTER!

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we used a couple of techniques to get glitter on:  glue and shaking it on and dipping the wet paint bell in a cup of glitter.  both worked fine.

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and yes, we have glitter all over the room (and i am guessing in back packs and homes too).

p is for pajamas

on our christmas celebration days we wore our pajamas.

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there were books read, songs sung, poems chanted, candy canes hunted for, and cookies eaten.

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thank you, families, for sharing your children with us!

pajama day

c is for cat

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what fun to have a cat visit our tuesday/thursday class.  thank you, lucy, for this special show and tell!

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it was fun to watch sesame explore the classroom…

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come back again, sesame!

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w is for winter

welcome to winter!

feeling cold?

how about making yourself a fireplace!

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still from this painting project, we cut flames and glued them to a big paper.

reading by the fire

(here we are showing our favorite pages from christmas books.)

favorite books

if you don’t have a bridge/boat, the kids think you could use chairs or a table on its side. : )

fireplace stand

p is for play dough cookies

i made mint play dough for christmas week and pulled the family corner stove close to the table.

such a great opportunity for “kitchen language:” turn the oven to 5 degrees, cook them for 3 hours, add more flour, find your oven mitten, my tray is full, get off the stove-it’s on!

mmmm.

c is for candy cane

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posterboard, a new tape dispenser (thank you, kourtney!) and new rainbow tape (thank you, otis):

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or, you can be like a few preschoolers and say, “oh, yeah!  i know:  j is for christmas!”  : )

c is for (sticky) candy cane

i only knew these as wikki stix until we were given bendaroos (thank you ronni)!

they have been made into spiders, flowers, bracelets, and this week, into candy canes.

of course!