h week

h week brought new friendships expressed in heart cards, helping hand talks, paper hair cutting, and perhaps the greatest joy of all: a baby named harvey for show and tell.

as usual, the week is best captured in our work time movie:


and yes, we had a lot of talk about not cutting your ACTUAL hair or anyone else’s ACTUAL hair, just the paper hair of our hairy head paper friends:


and in the days following the evident division in our nation, this project was healing:


the weather made it easy to be outside, including an impromptu back step of the church show and tell. this photo captured the moment pastor derrick was spotted across the yard. he ended up squeezing in to see the show and tell goodness.


thank you to a mama for capturing our end of the day parachute leaf play.


fear not, these young children to how to make the world better, kinder, more peaceful:


 

g week 

true to history, when preschoolers (and teachers and dogs) show up in costume sometimes we have to guess who it is…then the masks come off and all is revealed. g week coincided with halloween so along with guessing there was giggling and games and goofiness.

the five the little pumpkins showed up outside in our little playground:


we had a birthday mama helper and pastor derrick visit. his costume was “a preschooler.”

families helped bring things for our parties: candy and carrots and dip and goldfish crackers and cheese sticks. and one mama works for a dentist who donated toothbrushes for all!

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there was a mystery question on Facebook earlier in the week…and here’s the answer:


one warm afternoon we walked to the big street to spread some child cheer. admittedly, our goal was to see how many honks we could get (i think fifteen was the final number). across the street is the public school administration offices and when they looked out the window to figure out what all the honking was for, they saw us. so then they came across the street and we practiced trick or treating with them! thank you, usd 373 workers!

(imagine the surprise for all the passersby…heeheeheeheehee)


thank you, parents for sharing some photos and video. the joy brings me continued hope.

e is for election 

UPDATED WITH POST ELECTION PHOTOS AND RESULTS……

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November 8: Election Day


As is our practice, teachers will not advocate for a particular candidate. We will discuss the facts of the election process, allowing children to voice opinions and questions in our traditional “what we know” style. These ideas will be recorded on paper and shared with families so you can continue the conversation at home. Here is a sampling from 2012 (click here for full post):

In our classroom, we will vote on several things throughout the day, experiencing voting privately, counting ballots and determining the outcome of issues such as: 


•which book will be read for Story Time 

•elevator or stairs

•glass cups or paper cups for snack

•Show and Tell before snack or after snack. 

Results will be posted as they are determined. 

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UPDATED:

f week

f week was fantastic, fabulous, fun and fast. here’s some work time action to show it:


some random images that speak for themselves:


show and tell continues to be fluid; sometimes children getting their own items from the basket, sometimes me setting up a stage for a show and tell performance. it is truly guided by what seems like the best way to get full engagement in the moment.


when our pumpkin patch moved to the tub table to make room for our “crawl low under smoke” corner, the big pumpkins still found their way back to the purple rug.


a “low drama” approach to fire safety was the theme of the week and oh, the joy!

we had a dalmation fire dog join us one day:

the F tray had blue stones for water, a couple firefighter figures and beads/pipe cleaners to thread.

another impromptu activity: cutting red felt and yellow duct tape to make fire for the classroom.

we used our paper from E week for a variety of “fire” projects:

all week we added to the “what we know about” fire chart.

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one of my favorite opportunities is to talk about the hot things that can be found at home, including cigarettes and lighters. and full disclosure: i will not tell children that those are bad or wrong. and it happened again, the look of relief on a young child’s face when i said, people who smoke are not bad.

yeah, they said, because my mom isn’t bad.

and the little guy who barely talks yet saying, yeah my dad good. my dad good. my dad ‘moke. my dad good.

it’s our job to let them know their truth. ❤️


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e week

 

e week was exciting and energizing and full of enthusiasm!


i even found our yoga guys practicing in the crayons.

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here’s a peek of incredible team work pushing and pulling the cart:


 

we got some funny responses to the elephants at the play dough table since one question offered was, can you make elephant poop?

 

 

 

 

 

 


we used our ears a lot for listening games, one class making their ears SUPER:


we ran on our own red tape track and then had our crayons “run around” a masking tape capital E! see our track in action here:


 

 

one form of exercise is walking, so we walked (and slipped and slid and fell) on the big paper covered in paint and made the color of the month. we also discovered that holding hands helped keep us from falling.


outside time was full of exercise, including rock play.

here’s the movie of of rock play in action:


our dog friends continue to join in on the every day moments: ginger on the playground, fozzie watching kids put their pictures on the big letter E (our form of attendance for the week).


and talk about exercise: running up the stairs and down the slides over and over!

by thursday afternoon, they seemed to sense the full moon coming on sunday!


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