k is for kindergarten round up

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tonight, april 21, is kindergarten round up for usd 373. this means that our public school bound kindergartners are invited to pre-enroll for the 2015-2016 school year at their elementary schools. our home school and church school friends do not have the meetings tonight. but no matter where you are going or if you are going, we talked about the transition from preschool to kindergarten.

i liked this movie’s use of actual kindergarten children’s voices. our preschoolers noticed that the kindergarten school had the same blocks and art supplies as our preschool.

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we looked at the upcoming calendar month cards and discussed that preschool would end in may. then no preschool in june. no preschool in july. and in august friends will either come back to preschool or go to kindergarten. we used our picture chart photos to make two groups:

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a book we’re using this week is owen, by kevin henkes.

i wasn’t sure i’d  be able to find our preschool copy, so i took screen shots of a read aloud video and we took a “picture walk” through the book on my computer. here are a few favorite pages:

“owen loved his blankie. he named it “fuzzy.” he always had it with him since he was a baby. his neighbor was nosy and she told his parents that she thought he was too old for his blankie and they should pretend there was a blanket fairy and take it away. that’s why the parents look nervous.”

“when owen found out about the fake blanket fairy, he hid fuzzy in his pajama pants!! his mom and dad were so surprised their eyes popped big.”

“the mom and dad were so worried that he wanted his blankie even though he was going to kindergarten that they just told him NO- you can’t have it. he cried and then the dad felt sad and then the mom’s tail shot up because she got a good idea: she cut the blanket into tiny pieces.”

“now owen could have a little fuzzy with him anytime. he could hide it in his backpack or his pocket when he went to school.”

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i acted like owen’s mom: got a preschool blanket…and cut it apart. now everyone has their own little fuzzy.

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remember: life, love, laughter…what priceless gifts to give to our children. -p dryer

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s is for st. patrick’s day

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st.  patrick’s day also known as “the underwear song day.” want to watch us singing the song? scroll to the end or click here.


we’re on spring break for the days before and after st. patrick’s day this year, but don’t worry: we made traps to take home and we left our preschool trap up at preschool.  since the leprechaun we sing about is named tom tom and next week the letter of the week is t, it makes me think we might see evidence that he’d been at our school…we’ll see!

we are so fortunate to have our grandma friends doing what grandmas can do best: “sit with me,” “hold me,” “watch me,” “play with me”…


now take a trip back in time for more leprechaun goodness:

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it seems fitting to honor all our st patrick’s day fun on the day, a week and a half later, when i swept up more glitter from that sneaky leprechaun!  i tell you, he was something else!  we dressed in green all week to encourage a sighting!

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(and when i saw this picture of myself, i realize even more how silly i looked…especially when i ran into the grocery store)

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by the way, since it was u week we also made the u->st patrick’s day connection again:

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the leprechaun wants the pot of gold, the pot of gold is at the end of the rainbow, the rainbow comes after it rains, if it is rainy you might want an umbrella.

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we tried our best to catch him by working on one big trap.  we used an old tree house toy and added a lot of green, gold and rainbows to try to lure him in.

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wouldn’t you know it?  he snuck in everyday when we were outside!  we knew he had been there by the little piles of gold glitter (that he must of dropped from his bag).  he also pooped in our room.  but fear not:  leprechaun poop is small, round, sweet and you can eat it!  (green m&ms…though this nicely sorted pile was eaten by my dog before i could take them to school!)

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he left us notes and tricky clues to find a little fake leprechaun hidden around the room.

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he got braver and braver and by thursday i accidentally sat on him (though when i shook out the rainbow cloth he must have been hiding under, all that fell out was gold glitter and a note). 

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we made leprechaun lures early in the week to encourage him to come out at preschool and then at home.

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these were simple and fun.

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there were a few friends who were SURE they saw him on the playground.  i totally believed them.

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another thing the leprechaun does to us is pee in the water…it turns it green but doesn’t change the flavor at all.

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(and lest you fear that someone will think it is safe or appropriate to drink pee, offer pee, be asked to drink pee, etc, we break out of the make believe long enough to have a serious talk about the topic…which inevitably leads to other conversations about safe touch, bathroom parts, etc.  there are so many learning moments!)

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st patrick's day

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finally, on the final days before st patrick’s day, we made individual traps.  it didn’t seem like we would catch him at school, so we thought it would be best to try on our own.

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i put mine up high on a window sill during story time at the end of the day and all of a sudden we heard a funny little laugh.  following the sound, we realized it must be in the trap!!!!  but again, when i grabbed the trap, all that fell out was glitter!  and his laugh stopped.  he must have snuck out of the window.

(i downloaded a sound effect laugh on itunes and started playing it during clean up time.  we’re so loud then that no one heard it until we quieted down for story time.  oh the rush.  it was fantastic.)

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so, with trails of glitter, sweet treats, enough green to see it for a long time, and singing our song many, many times, we celebrated for a week!

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st patrick's day

bring it on in 2013, leprechaun!


(if i could have turned the light green this week i would have…instead i just did it to these photos)

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well, way back when it was st patrick’s day it was also u week…and i was determined to make a connection:

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a leprechaun likes gold, the pot of gold is at the end of the rainbow, rainbows come after rain, in rainy weather you use umbrellas!  yeah!  st patrick’s day –> u week connection!

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we had a leprechaun around and he was tricky all week.  he left us magic cups that turned our water green.  he left droppings that we could eat (green tic tacs and m&ms)!  he would mess move our shoes around!

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(really it was a drop of green food coloring hiding in the bottom of the cup, but wow, we tricked them good!)

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the glue turned green which was perfect for covering our little wooden pots.

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after getting covered with glue the pots went in a brown bag of green glitter.

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after a few shakes the glittery green pot was ready!  now we just needed gold!

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so we built a leprechaun trap.

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i’m happy to announce we DID trap him a couple of times, but he snuck out before we saw him.  he did leave some droppings and a clue about where the gold was.

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yes!  we found it outside!

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some of us kept looking for him…he could have been ANYWHERE you know!

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look who showed up at preschool today…and there will be more tomorrow!  after quite a bit of beard trimming, our leprechauns were born!

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my son and daughter were helpful in turning stones to gold.

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oh, what a leprechaun treasure!

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we have our own little glitter pots to collect the treasure in…

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just the right size for a little leprechaun.  happy st. patrick’s day, all!



and finally, the song. over the years it’s evolved a bit. one change that makes singing along a bit easier is that all adjectives for the clothing items have been replaced by “little.”

click here to watch us way back when singing together.

 

v is for valentine’s day flashback

click on the photos to be taken back to a time of paint mixing, hand printing, mailbox decorating, yogurt tub repurposing, valentine rainbow making,  hearts raining , surprise mirror peeking, and valentine quilting.  we’re celebrating at preschool this week…lovely it will be!

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n is for newspaper nest

we had newspapers at a “newspaper stand” all week and in the last day we shredded some with my paper shredder from home (exciting stuff).

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