up on our ceiling we have our schedule cards (3X3 papers with magnets that stick onto our ceiling tiles). there are several of these cards:
and if you have a current new creation preschooler at home, please show them this picture and ask them what it means. i’m guessing you will hear: ”then it’s work time and i don’t know WHAT you’re going to do.” or the shortened version of: ”i don’t know WHAT you’re going to do.” we have about 4 “work times” each day which are sandwiched between guided times (circle time, snack time, project time, story time, group time, show and tell time…).
we have several copies of this “work time” chart around. the funniest work time option is going to the bathroom (which you can do ANYTIME…you don’t even need to ask!).
one morning at 9:30, the room was so quiet. so constructive. and so many things going on at once. almost all of these photos are taken within moments of each other. my favorite kind of classroom….busy!
(yes, one friend figured out how to change the song on the ipod…she needed a better dancing song)
this time i DID know what they did during work time!
look who showed up at preschool today…and there will be more tomorrow! after quite a bit of beard trimming, our leprechauns were born!
my son and daughter were helpful in turning stones to gold.
oh, what a leprechaun treasure!
we have our own little glitter pots to collect the treasure in…
just the right size for a little leprechaun. happy st. patrick’s day, all!
we don’t watch movies at preschool (though wouldn’t that be fun?) or any videos for that matter. but i bet a lot of our friends have seen up. and if not, they will likely still appreciate this feat by national geographic. amazing!
Yesterday morning, March 5 at dawn, National Geographic Channel and a team of scientists, engineers, and two world-class balloon pilots successfully launched a 16′ X 16′ house 18′ tall with 300 8′ colored weather balloons from a private airfield east of Los Angeles, and set a new world record for the largest balloon cluster flight ever attempted. The entire experimental aircraft was more than 10 stories high, reached an altitude of over 10,000 feet, and flew for approximately one hour.
thanks, meg. : )
with a duct tape snake at circle time, we welcomed cooper, a real snake, back to the classroom.
after brainstorming some snake habitat facts, we drew pictures.
i guess it had been a while since we drew pictures at the same time with the same goal in mind. i was amazed at the work. after drawing their snake habitat, we added a little green duct tape snake.
and trust that i spend quite a bit of time before hand reminding preschoolers of the development of drawing…scribbling is good. and valid. and real.
we also had a fake snake who got to swim in paint and then dance around our paper.
good snake goodness.
can preschoolers bring toys from home? yes.
can they play with them during the day? yes.
what if they don’t want to share? well….it depends. some toys are their “lovies” and we don’t expect them to be shared. but when it is another toy, we invite the preschooler to share it or save it in their cubby. both options are just as good. children are allowed to save their own things in their cubbies and great effort goes into helping them feel empowered in that choice.
but let me tell you there is a lot of sharing that goes on. one of our main goals as a preschool is to ease the transition from home to preschool, from parent to teacher. quite simply, if bringing something from home can assist in that transition, that’s an easy thing! plus, there are some pretty interesting toys out there that we get to see. : )
thanks to technology, i could provide more accurate information on our donated styrofoam planets.
we’ve been enjoying our letters from our pen pals.
looking at the writing was fascinating to us.
then it was time to write our pen pals back.
they asked us what we like to do at home and we had a lot of ideas.
we looked at their blog together and then wrote a group letter…full of love.
finding out that most of our pen pals speak chinese and that ms. wendi is learning chinese, we tried “google translate.”
now THAT was a good time. i highly recommend it. especially if you turn on the audio feature.