p is for popularity

so, i noticed in one day i got almost 100  new subscribers.  thank you.  i’m honored.  when my greatest passion is shared by others i feel happy.

i followed a link and see that i’ve been nominated for the “best teacher blog” award with edublogs.  then this morning on my regular blog visits, i see that almost every blog i love has also been nominated.

so now it’s this silly mind dance about popularity.  because in the end, it’s all about votes.


it’s kind of a weird thing.  i don’t put myself in situations where i have the chance to “win” or to “be the best.”  if so, i could sure do this blog thing better.  i could reply to comments more often, i could answer questions in a more timely manner, i could update every day, i could advertise, i could do give-aways, i could ask you questions, i could link to other blogs more often, i could comment on other blogs more often, i could have guest bloggers, i could, i could, i could…

i can’t deny that my day was made to just be nominated.  i might have blushed.

the good thing is that any blog nominated is worthy of recognition…it’s simply the world being made brighter for our youngest.

thank you, deborah.  and welcome, new readers.

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t is for thanksgiving feast

flashing back to 2008 and hoping for enough food for everyone this season.

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throughout the week, children were invited to bring their favorite food to show us, tell us about, and even taste.

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our feasts definitely grew in size over the week.

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eating our ice milk from i week and tasting ms. vilia’s indonesian food was a special treat.

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after reading and counting along with feast for ten, we praciticed thanksgiving feast table manners.  quiet voices, pleases and thank yous abounding, and lots of brave tasting of new foods.

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happy thanksgiving, all!

t is for thanksgiving flashback

flashing back to 2010

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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


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

t is for {pinecone} turkey

flashing back to 2009

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a variation on a common theme.

we used cinnamon scented cones, natural feathers, a low temp glue gun, an old cereal box, scraps of construction paper, and a marker.


make sure you sing this song while you hold your little turkey:

i’m a little turkey short and fat,
here are my feathers, here is my hat.
when it is thanksgiving, you will hear:
gobble, gobble, gobble in your ear!


it always feels like an assembly line when we do “crafts” like this.  these are activities where the product is what we’re working towards (unlike most projects we do).



i try to make the process worth something.  like letting the children put both hands in the tub of feathers, letting them cut the extra scraps of paper while i use the glue gun, letting them break off little pieces of some pinecones to use for the beaks (plus quite a few extra).


and the children go home with something “cute” to decorate the home with.

t is for thanksgiving {turkeys and pumpkin pie and being thankful}

{we did lots of cutting, lots of painting, lots of thanking}


{orange paint + pumpkin pie spice}


{later we cut into pie shapes with a dollop of cotton ball whipped cream}


{we cut a lot of circular shapes and a lot of smaller snips for our turkeys}


{happy thanksgiving, friends!}


g is for glue sculpture

glue sculpture

old glue (glue so old it had separated) + all the odds and ends we could gather = massive glue sculpture


and after 4 days of drying, it seemed dry enough to lean up against the wall.  after an hour or so, there was a pool of glue under it…oops.  so we decided to let it dry and peel it off.  we’ll see if that really works.



g is for gourd


we’ve been graced with gourds in our classroom.  thank you, families.


they’ve been bought and sold and cooked and carted around and hidden and found…


we even humanized them and took care of gourd babies.



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crayon coloring on a gourd line paper is perfect for a wash of liquid watercolor.


it was discovered that cutting out damp paper is a lot harder than dry paper.  i think that was the first time some children made that realization…not something i’d thought of.