t is for thanksgiving wrap up

oh, before we turn all advent-y on you, let me wrap up the thanksgiving goodness:

IMG_2931.JPGwe made harvest corn by taking turns rolling paint down a length of paper, letting it dry, cutting it out and adding brown paper stalks.

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we played thanksgiving bingo that i made.  all the cards had the same pictures on them but in different order.  since we were playing “black out” all the kids yelled “BINGO!” at once.  good times.  no tears or frustration this time around.

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i made a less expensive version of pumpkin pie playdough:  instead of buying pumpkin pie spice, i just used cinnamon, allspice and ginger.  we brought the oven from the family corner over.  there were some interesting pie crust making techniques!

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we made our traditional thanksgiving placemats from pictures/fabric/stickers/photos children chose at school or brought from home.  this is a highly teacher involved activity (helping cut things to size, helping glue things on so the pictures can be seen, covering them in a plastic page protector, etc) but worth it in the end.

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“turkey rob” made by mr. rob last year joined us every day at the snack table.  we turned him around mid snack so everyone got a chance to look at this face…and his bum. hee hee hee

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now turkey rob has been replaced with a preschool-made advent wreath…stay tuned.

 

 

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t is for (calling all) tires!

we used to have tires in our playground  with designs painted on them.  the kids would stack them, roll them down the hill, etc.  we planted flowers in some of them that lined the sidewalk.  we didn’t take them with us when we moved to the retirement home for our 7 year gig there.

i want tires again.  but this time i want these:

Olivewood Gardens Tire Planters

image from here

so:  if any of you have old tires around, drop them off in the preschool playground.

paint to follow.

 

 

h is for (playing) house

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any guesses why we moved circle time to the block rug for the day?

 

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one day there was a class wide game of “house” and “museum play room” going on.  this meant moving furniture and a lot of fake sleeping.

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the next day the returning students enlightened the new students on the joys of moving furniture.   it was a great opportunity to discuss “was it worth it?” when it came to clean up time.  in general, the younger think so, the older are still thinking.  : )

 

h is for hairy things

we had a hairy hamster visit for the week.  take note of her names.  “smokey bacon” was us teachers’ favorite.

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we used some fake hair to make creatures that looked surprisingly like wild things.  and yes, those are permanent markers making those satisfying and bold marks!

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c is for handmade calendar

when my dry erase calendar was drawn on with permanent marker and i couldn’t find the post it notes i wanted, i made a calendar for november.  the children had a great time coloring.  we talked more about the days of the week, the varying numbers of days in months, etc. than we usually do.  i should do it more often.

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d is for dancing time

before we changed the plan and there is no more standing on the couch (due to too many head bumps and serious injury waiting to happen), it was a fantastic squishy dancing stage…especially with dancing chairs on either side.  to get the full effect, hum to yourself the chorus of “ice, ice baby.”  we couldn’t resist during i week.

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