j is for jump over the candlestick

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again, with the thrifted wooden pieces, we made candlestick holders for our paper, masking tape and fabric flamed candles.

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i remember reading once how many children do not know the old nursery rhymes. frankly, there are some that i am fine with them not knowing (with the whipping and not feeding and all). but especially in our days at the retirement community, it was a sacred moment to see eyes light up when the old and young knew the same poems. in honor of j week and our candlesticks, we learned about jack jumping over the candlesticks. then we did too.

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(insert child’s name) be nimble!
(insert child’s name) be quick!
(insert child’s name) jump over the candlestick!

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quick and nimble, indeed!

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l is for (makeshift) loft

before the fire of 2002, we had this.  it was d.r.e.a.m.y.

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lately we’ve been seeing the children’s desires to climb and perch and hide…

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we embraced it.

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for a couple of weeks we used some of our tables, blankets and shelves to make a loft-type structure.

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i do miss our old loft a lot, but this worked for while.

c is for christmas tree decorating…preschool style

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for a few years now we’ve used our big stringing beads as ornaments on a little artificial tree.  however, “little” is relative.  the top of the tree is hard for some to reach.  what an honor to witness some careful problem solving:

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there were three friends actively involved in getting the orange bead off the top of the tree.  after stacking the mats, one stood and reached…

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one held the mats…

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one protected the tree from falling (nevermind that i think he could have reached right up to get it)…

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and then the mat holder who turned out to be tall enough got the orange ornament.

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you did it, friends!

 

 

 

k is for ketchup (paint)

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oh, silly red paint in the ketchup bottle, you came back again!  i really must remember to do this with other types of bottles. we’ve put white paint in a milk jug, but i still need to put yellow paint in a mustard bottle and purple paint in a grape jelly bottle.

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we used this ketchup paint to turn the box house red and then made prints on our ketchup bottle shaped paper.

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at circle time we passed the ketchup bottle from our family corner around.  i can’t remember the topic of conversation but i’m guessing it was something related to injury or illness (as it often is…we’re suckers for drama).

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i is for igloo

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we continued our h week discussion of houses into i week with an exploration of igloos.

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with white paint on a low table, the children finger hand painted (is the limit ever given to paint only with one’s fingers in finger painting?).  then we made prints on igloo shaped paper.

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when the table is scratched, the prints look like the lines of an igloo.  the table is also a good place for letter writing.

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we also glued white paper ice blocks on igloo paper and igloo shaped paper on big paper.  really, some days i will but almost any shape to get kids engaged.  i love the challenge.

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brrrrrrrr.  i week was a cold one!

i is for ice painting

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freezing water colored with food coloring = ice painting supplies!  the problem was that i couldn’t find my craft sticks, so i used wooden forks.

it worked fine.  and patience (or a little warm water) helped really make the paint flow.

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p.s.  even though they LOOK like popsicles, they don’t TASTE like popsicles.

i is for ice

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i is one of those tricky letters that can make different sounds.  we talked about the long i sound one day and explored with ice.

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each child was given a piece of ice, shared a plate with a friend and without using their mouth, tried to melt it!

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a trip to the water table was a fun way to get the job finished!

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