p (+ h) is for photo

we’ve replaced name tags with photos in a few places in the classroom.


throughout the year we make changes to this routine, but for now children pick up their photo and put it in the cup at circle time (kind of tricky when i also have my coffee cup there).  at circle time i match the photo to the name on the picture board.




sweet faces, indeed.

n is for neighbor

we have a former preschooler living across the street from our school.  he knows how to read and offered to come each week to share a story.



thank you, henry, for being a teacher friend to us!


(and for bringing such yummy picnic snacks)

b is for ball rolling

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when your teacher plans an activity to roll balls down the paint box but the paint is too think and the balls too light, make sure you have another teacher strong enough to pick the box up.

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“go mr rob!  go mr rob!  go mr rob!”

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ah, yes, adaptability is key.

p is for paint on the art roller

sooner than i thought, we did it.

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the kids had hands full of paint after some apple rolling and after they made a print in their journal (an opportunity i don’t like to miss), they went to the art roller.

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it only confirmed my desire to slather that thing up.

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soon.  and maybe outside.

a is for apple pie

apple pie making - 4

in case you find one of these in your preschooler’s backpack and are tempted to eat it, stop.  : )  it’s only paper, paint and cinnamon.  it smells like an apple pie, but would not taste like an apple pie.

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we giggled quite a bit at the thought of mama or papa or sister cutting a slice and biting down.

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white plate = crust, red paint = apples, cinnamon =  cinnamon.

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we did this project after reading (or me quickly choosing about four essential pages because i was LOSING the crowd!) the apple pie tree. there was an awareness that if we peeled the apples like they did in the book, our paint should be a yellowish white.  good point.

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breathe deep and imagine that cinnamon, folks.

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f is for fix it

count on my thursday class to see a need for tape.  the apple rolling box was shifting oh so slightly on the boards.  “tape!!!!” was called out.  tape was used.  those boards don’t budge now.  : )


a is for apple VS b is for ball

given the holidays and extra no school days, i decided to merge A week and B week.  so we have “apples and balls” week.  we’re comparing and contrasting the two, we’re tasting apples and bouncing balls.

apple snack

we’re starting each day with journals set out on the table.  some preschoolers choose to do them right away, some wait until we call them over right before circle time.  my thought today was that children could color their favorite kind of apple.  i set out red, yellow and green crayons.  silly me, i forgot blue.  good thing i had three friends who claim blue apples as their favorite remind me.

apple journal

“ball” stickers and predrawn balls to either follow the line or fill in.

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we’re borrowing some big exercise balls for group activities intended to help learn each other’s names (tricky when most of the preschoolers are new to our school!).  “i roll the ball to ethan!”  “i roll the ball to abby!”

big balls

for show and tell during the next 2 weeks preschoolers can bring apples or balls.  then we sort them and add the results to an all school graph.  we do show and tell every day with no expectation that children bring something.

show and tell

balls VS apples

apples vs balls

oh, the anticipation is growing…which will have the highest column?

circle time view

p.s.  even though we don’t incorporate computer games or videos into our program, i use the computer to show interested kids our letter of the week on starfall.  it’s become a cozy part of the day when we turn the lights off and watch together.  some letters have interactive parts that i either demonstrate or skip. check it out.