t is for treasure maps

well, why haven’t we done THIS before?!?!?

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what a hit.  when paper is crumpled and then flattened and then painted on with coffee (freshly made or leftover), a wonderfully old looking piece of paper is created!  it is a little more impressive when an actual coffee cup is used and even more impressive yet when the coffee is still hot and even MORE impressive yet when your teachers are drinking out of matching coffee cups!

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the next day the papers were dry and ready to draw on.

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it was also nice to have a “compass rose artist” in the room one day.

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later in the week we added pre-drawn treasure maps from on line to crumple and paint.

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hanging them to dry with fans was helpful.

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stay tuned to see if those maps helped us find our treasure!  AAAAARGH!!!

x is for x week props

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thank you, families, for helping us make x week even better.  new puzzles, puppets, trays:

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shells in the water table with our playmobil ship from home (we even made the water salty, though i don’t know if anyone realized it!):

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and for the first time ever, we rigged up a sail for our rocking boat turned pirate ship!!!

by the end of the week we added a flag that would actually blow when the boat got a-rockin’.

why, oh why, have we not done this before!

o is for opportunity

well, this month is national child abuse prevention month and it also hosts the “week of the young child.” these are  two opportunities to move towards treating children with dignity and respect.  a friend/former preschool mama who has a friend offered one opportunity to change one child’s life.  i keep thinking about him as he simply represents one of millions.  i don’t suggest he’s being abused or not treated with dignity, but there are many who are.  this is just one little guy who has a family waiting to shift his life.

whether you donate $10 or simply allow yourself to remember these children, let’s take this opportunity to move one step closer towards dignity and love for all.

(sounds like the end of a pledge….maybe there is one already!)