v is for vowel

we took advantage of i week to talk about the concept of vowels.  we sang this song (to the tune of “bingo”):

aeiou by you.

then i had each vowel written on a piece of paper and when i took one (or more) away, we clapped in its place.

aeiou by you.

these preschoolers got pretty good by the end of the week!  and they liked knowing that they were talking about something that big kids still talk about. : )


i is for instrument

tubes by you.

thank you families for bringing cardboard tubes for show and tell.  again, much counting (one day we were able to count in 5 languages…english, spanish, indonesian and then my dad who was visiting added german and french).

check list by you.

we used duct tape, more foam strips, masking tape, old rice, stickers to make shakers and blowers. we had a checklist for preschoolers to notate when they finished each of their instruments.

instrument by you.

it was fun watching preschoolers design blowers with more than one end for the sound to come out of.

toot toot by you.

and how fun it was to discover that a many-times-folded paper touching the tube will vibrate when we hum in the open end.  i think we may have been a little much for some of the tired grandparent friends on our instrument parade (which is really like yelling through a tube).

rain stick instrument by you.

we also made a few rainsticks with the wrapping paper rolls…holes cut for craft sticks to be pushed through, then tape up one end, pour in rice, tape up the other end.  it sounded surprisngly rainstick-ish.

i is for indonesia


what a treat to have someone from across the ocean to give us new perspective.

i is for indonesia

ms. vilia is from indonesia so we looked at our maps again, drew some land shapes, then practiced writing.

writing indonesia

some of the preschoolers were satisfied making their i shapes while others went on to add 8 more letters!  when preschoolers are in their pre-k year, we help them complete these kind of tasks…for the others it is optional.  it is clear when writing is interesting to a child.  we’ve had preschoolers who looked pained everytime they held a crayon or pencil who are now impressive writers!

writing indonesia

again, we plant the seeds and provide opportunity and encouragement.


i is for ice milk

we had a fun time measuring and counting making ice milk. quite simply this is chocolate milk and strawberry milk poured in ice cube trays with mini craft sticks set in. we have some made with water for those who can’t drink milk because “if i do i will be sick.” they are in the preschool freezer as i write! we’ve added a picture note on our calendar so we remember to taste it on the right day.

making ice milk by you.

making ice milk

we offered a simple drawing project during work time. when given a page with a paper cone glued on, preschoolers drew circle shaped scoops. then of course there is the writing of words, the counting of scoops, the making up of flavors, the color recognition, the color blending, and adding a cherry on top so we know when the ice cream cone is done.

i is for ice cream 0809 by you.

we continued with the ice milk theme for our journal time. we practiced at circle time first using two short craft sticks and one regular craft stick to make a capital i. then we went to our journals and glued them in as a capital i shape.

stick is

ice milk stick i

journal work