l is for log cabin

kansas has a birthday!

we took a loooooooong picture walk through the picture book version of little house on the prairie.

there are times when it doesn’t seem that i’ll be able to keep a group’s attention with reading a story, but picture walking through it seems to work.  maybe the drama of, “ooooooooo-look by the wagon!” or “how do you know it’s night?” or “how many girls do you see?”

then we looked at lincoln logs, real logs and used paper logs to make a house like way back when.  a favorite part for some was giving the cabin a trim when done.

complete with doors…some opened, some didn’t.  some were nearly as big as the cabin, some were tiny enough for a mouse.

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l is for lemon

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with sharp knives and real lemons, we did some taste testing…here are the faces to prove it:

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then graphs for who liked the lemon and who did not:

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then painting with yellow liquid watercolor over white crayon on paper plates.  i attempted to scent the paint with lemon oil and lemon juice.  it did smell like lemon while wet, but not once dry.

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i think i’ll go back to “lemonade” kool aid for scent.

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l is for lavender paint

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this was simple and aromatherapeutic.  i added lavender oil to lavender paint (purple + white).

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we looked at photos of lavender fields (amazing!) by passing my phone around since i forgot my computer.

we used these finger sponge paint things  (i tried to find them online to link over and can’t!) and made lavender flowers.

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this paint plus the playdough with lavender oil made for a verrrrrrry relaxing room.

n is for number

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all six classes helped add stickers to these numerals.

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they’ve been rearranged to make the number 20 or 301 or 12 or 32….good times.  and mind blowing, a abit.

and many, many times we’ve lined them up to show 2013.

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m is for martin luther king jr…happy birthday!

in honor of what would have been dr. king’s 84th birthday, i share these thoughts with you.  these were collected during loud and chaotic brainstorming sessions with 25 preschoolers. during these sessions, some kids are on their bellies with me around the paper on the rug while others continue work time.  we’ll call out their names and listen really carefully to see if they have ideas to share. i really love those experiences.

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the tender conversations around racism and the injustices that still exist give me hope. not included in the letter, but said at the end of the day by one friend:  if i ever hear people making fun of someone because of their skin, i know what to do now.

may we all be so brave.

we’re deep in “m is for martin” activities this week…more to come!

c is for chicks

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my family’s order of bantam chicks arrived a day early. I was already at preschool and didn’t have time to pick them up from the post office and take them home, so I brought them to preschool.

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I feared it would be crazy…but after rigging up a warming light with a christmas decoration and cooking them an egg yolk, they ate and settled.

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plus it probably helped to have so many “chick guards.” I’m curious about the stories they will tell.

p is for play

nothing like a new year to “clean house” in iphoto and post all the random photos from last semester.  maybe it’s also a good time to confess that i don’t keep track of who is in our photos.  i recognize that some classes are photographed more often than others.  i recognize that some kids are in more photos than others.  there definitely are children who see the camera and come running.  then there are others who run away. i’d like to be more intentional for our families this semester…to make sure that each family gets a glimpse of their child in the preschool world.  i’ll call that my preschool resolution. : )

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our preK class has a strong awareness and desire to learn time telling.  so, we color coded two of our clocks and post them by our doors.  they like to keep track of “when preschool starts” and “when we go home.” it’s pretty crazy…i’ve never had a class initiate this topic!

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we transplanted our pumpkin seedlings to the big tub table…we’ll see how they do!

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i wish i had two more of these wonderful orange cushions…then there would be enough for everyone!  for now they make great stepping stones/jumping pads/tower building supplies.

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we had a cat for an afternoon.  it was amazingly simple.

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ingenuity:  cushion on TOP of the boat.

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block work that makes my heart sing.

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when we made a running track on the floor, we had to cover one of our sharp corners.

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i had to dig our cd player out of a cupboard to play sound bingo.  us teachers had it memorized by week’s end.

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play dough keeps rolling in thanks to our families.  i’m so grateful!

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baby play, baby play, baby play.  every day.

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2013 promises more opportunities to play.  i can’t wait to watch.