2016-2017 forms

dear families of the 2016-2017 school year…here are the forms! There are optional online forms for ordering t-shirts, bringing snack, bringing play dough and a photo release. there are state required forms (the authorization for emergency medical care and the medical record forms) that are required on your child’s first day of preschool. let me know if you have any questions.




(recipes following sign up form)

1970s Play Dough

2 c flour

4 t cream of tartar

1 c salt

2 T oil

2 c water

food coloring

boil water.  add salt and oil and stir til dissolved.  add remaining ingredients and stir/knead/mix in mixer.  can add additional flour as needed.  can also add essential oils or extracts for scent.

Kool-Aid Play Dough

1 pkg kool-aid

2 T oil

1 c water

1/4 cup salt

2 cups flour

heat water to boiling, add kool-aid and salt.  stir til dissolved.  add oil and flour.  knead in additional flour as needed.




returning families will review forms from last year at the Parent Meeting/Open House to make any changes necessary. there is one form that needs to be completed every year for every child:

FOR ALL PRESCHOOLERS: click on the following form or this link to download. you can either print out and bring me the hard copy, or email it to me for me to print out.


FOR NEW PRESCHOOLERS: click on the following forms or this link to download the medical record form. if your preschooler is already in a childcare facility/home, you can bring in a copy of these completed forms.


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n is for noise {from a toy elephant and the quest to solve the mystery that followed}

during work time it was discovered by a friend that one of our plastic elephants made a rattling sound when shaken. and it was determined that it had never done that before.

he got the magnifying class to find a clue.  then another friend got interested and the hypothesizing ensued. some potential answers:

the idea of termites stuck. and then there was a quest to find the holes, proving that termites have access to our classroom.

there was a lot of scurrying around, a lot of friends getting involved.

(see our Facebook page for accompanying video of the moment.)

the track was well used.

and in the end, they felt they had their theory proved.

“this many holes means there are termites that got into our school and then made a hole in the elephant.”

what did they put in the elephant? irrelevant for now.

also noted: “this was the day we found out we were friends and we will always play together from now on.”

m is for martin luther king jr memories

memories from 2008 and on:

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rich indeed.

we had signs to carry

investigating to do

songs to learn (thank you jen and abby!)

dreams to tell

messages to share

what a blur of memories we all hold

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yes!  this wasn’t in my lesson plans, but it made a way for dr. king to enter into our dramatic play a bit more.

martin blocks

“look, dr. king, this is you!”

martin blocks

i heard murmurings of why he was smiling sometimes and why he was serious sometimes.

martin blocks

martin blocks

we spend a lot of time looking in mirrors during our M is for Martin week.

martin blocks

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we made collage faces again this year starting with group painting a paper covered table.


we stepped over to another table to make hand prints (and sneak a moment with the book).



yes!  lots of brown paper:  just what we need to make our collage faces the next time we come:



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the first printable we use for cutting practice, then gluing into a capital M shape, or on to random art projects. we also used these images to add dr. king’s face to some of our people shaped blocks.

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this is the one we used last year with watercolor paints while listening to jack johnson, of course.

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this last printable is from years ago by now…we offer lots of shades of brown crayons, mirrors and photos of dr. king.

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we ended the week with watercolor painting.


i had some of these little people sticks that seemed good for this week.



(tip:  when we use these kind of watercolors, i have some that are kept “clean” and some that are mixed.  some children simply are not ready to rinse each time.  we talk about “dancing the brush on the bottom of the cup” in between colors.  then a quick rinse under the tap has them all clean again.)


how honored i am to have 68 little hands in my life each week.

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what i say:


people with darker skin and people with lighter skin could not go to the same school (or restaurant, park, etc). even in a room full of white kids with a white teacher, i DON’T say “they couldn’t come to our school.”

dr king letter

people with skin like dr. king are sometimes called “black” and people with skin like mine are sometimes called “white.”


there were people with all different colors of skin agreed with dr. king’s ideas. (so often i still sense that preschoolers think only people of color agreed with dr. king).


there was a man who was so angry with what dr. king was saying that he shot him with a gun.  dr. king was hurt badly enough that he died. (this only strengthens our conversations on the realities of guns)

martin video

we used to just listen to excerpts from dr. king’s 1963 “i have a dream speech” that i bought via itunes.  but this year we’re back at the church with wireless internet, so i found the speech on youtube.

there were wonderful images of the crowds as well as dr.king.  i did hear some kids say they were looking for the man with the gun until i explained that dr. king wasn’t killed during this speech.

martin video

since we don’t have movie or computer time at preschool, this was especially exciting.  some children stayed for the duration of the speech and when it was over, one said:  “we’re ready for another movie!”

martin video

we ended the days with a dance party (thanks for the music, annie).  mc hammer made it perfect.

martin video

oh, dr. king, i think your soul would be settled a bit by the hearts of these young ones.

martin video

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we’ve had a meaningful couple of days already this week.




i got misty eyed once when we watched a mlk video on youtube…just seeing 12 little faces all gaping mouthed and wide eyed listening to voice of a man.

one of the preschoolers said, “he sounds angry.”  then we went back to our book and recalled that there were times when he WAS angry!   “yeah!  i would be too!  yeah, they were so mean.  yeah, it wasn’t fair.  yeah, if they did that now they’d be in jail.”


good stuff, i tell you.

we’re coming up with laws that we think dr. king would be glad we have.

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after our march, we had hot warm chocolate in honor of dr. king’s birthday.  we really needed to warm up ourselves.



a sweet ending to the day.

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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.

letter to dr king 2013

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.

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t is for thanksgiving 

throughout the week we worked on big mama turkey and our own baby turkeys to take home.

big mama was an old piece of paper saved from a year ago and filled with excess paper (our hands and arms got a work out from crumpling the paper):

and when she was complete, she was a fun friend to hang out with.

our baby turkeys were paper bag bodied construction paper feathered scraps of paper faced tape nosed permanent marker eyes and beaked masterpieces. throughout the week each child told me something they loved or were thankful for or wanted me to write down as we discussed the different themes (person, animal, food, toy, nature, and the bonus “whatever else you want me to write down”).

sweet babies. they know what they love.

and in every class there was someone, either from personal experience or a book or a future plan for herself, who brought up the concept of adoption as they took their turkeys home from big mama. 40-some baby turkeys adopted to the community this week.

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the day before thanksgiving break we pretended it really was thanksgiving with shared food and gratitude.

the table was “fancy” like our books and we used real plates and forks and spoons along with our real glass cups. this meant our feasting was followed up by optional dish washing.


(and how special that we got a real grandma and a real great grandpa to share a feast with!)

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dishwashing with water “as warm as we can get it without you getting burnt” was a busy place.

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happy thanksgiving, everyone. may you feel warmth and love surrounding you this season.