c is for camera…old school style

sweet boy brought a real Polaroid camera for show and tell, then captivated the class by its developing.

IMG_6822.JPGhe also brought a whole collection of old cameras for us!


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b is for band aid and blood

my journal work plans started with this sign and boxes of band aids to give those finger muscles a work out:

but almost as soon as we started, our journal work evolved to adding faces and blood to cover with the band aids!

(also, please notice the legos tucked under the journal here. it is a general practice of ours to allow children to take the toy or item they were using and are not done with if the child is transitioning to a teacher directed activity)

so if any of you heard that a teacher was the “bleeder” or “blooder” or “owie maker,” now it might make more sense!

b is for branches

it only took a bit of time to talk about “branches” instead of “sticks.” but since it was B week, we did it!

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we used black tape strips as branches on a black paper trunk.
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we painted real branches from outside and will use for another project during C week:

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the colors green and red and brown and orange and yellow were in full supply for the first week of autumn leaf painting:
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and after the process important task of covering whole papers with paint was dry, we cut them into “leaf” shapes:

y is for yellow week


a short week gave us a chance to experience our color of the month, yellow!

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we painted and used glitter.
we cut yellow paint samples after determining that regardless of different shades,
they could all be called yellow!
after cutting the paint samples and the paint was dry from the day before,
golden suns were created!


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we hid in our cozy corner under a golden yellow light
( I put “bug lights” in our area lamps to give a warm glow).


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one of our yellow pieces of cloth became
the yellow magic cloth that we pulled each other around on
(tables pushed aside a bit for the week).


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the lite brite came out with the yellow pieces in the starring role.


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thankful for a donated sit n spin we got to work on our coordination.


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we worked on mixing yellow with blue
and yellow with red after some predicting of what would happen.
as I poured the paint into baggies with a slider
rather than the regular ziplock seal, I wondered how it would work.
the bag of red and yellow made it half way
around the circle before it exploded!
wow! exciting!
after cleaning up we read a preschool favorite book:
little blue and little yellow

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 and we ended our day in a yellow haze
with a yellow display of show and tell items.

9/11 for preschoolers

|| kristin ||:

I can’t hear the numbers “nine” and “eleven” in consecutive order without feeling a subtle stomach lurch and heart race. but those are my feelings and not necessarily anyone else’s, especially the humans who are a mere few years on this earth.

it’s another opportunity to consider our role as teachers, to be available and guide.

so in honor of tomorrow’s date, I offer these thoughts from a couple of years ago.

we’ll do it again.

Originally posted on preschool daze:

i won’t bring it up.  i won’t offer my memories.  i will help count out the number of days on the calendar.  i will say it is “september 11, 2012″ and i will remember what it was like to be 7 months pregnant in that exact classroom 11 years ago.  then we will paint.  with every color available in paint and all colors that could possibly be mixed.  we’ll use brushes and we’ll use hands.  we’ll listen to music and celebrate the freedom of childhood that is captured in our classroom.

then we’ll stick this little note on each painting…a gift for families:

“while we didn’t discuss the events of september 11, 2001, we talked about
the ways we can be kind, the ways we can solve conflict, the ways we can
change the world to be a better place. you adults who are reading this note
likely remember the moments of 9/11/01. may the colors created by a child’s
own two hands give you hope and reassurance of the goodness that is.”
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printable available:

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c is for candles in the classroom

20140827-085420.jpgI bought 8 of these flameless candles for the classroom, imagining how cozy snack time and story time and block building and boat riding and drawing could be with a little glow.
20140827-085209.jpgI’ve decided to keep the “try me” wiring for awhile and have them in the science corner. I taped them to a long board from the block corner and we’re set. 20140827-090848.jpg
fun. fun. fun.

my job saves me.