e is for (volcano) experiment

yes, good old baking soda and vinegar.

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we used an old bottle (and covered it with plastic bags for a mountain feel).

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exciting times.

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the kids’ expressions are so wonderful.  what i am sad about is that my camera battery died on thursday morning.  trust me, their expressions were fabulous too (especially the one little girl that i thought was nervous and it turns out she reported she was bored.  so bored she couldn’t fall asleep that night.  oops.).  waiting for things to get started is understandably boring…these kids will be pros.

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o is for obstacle course

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for “exercise week” we had an indoor obstacle course set up.

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i am glad to announce there were no injuries!

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i want to remember to do this during the winter months when extended outside time is limited.

e is for envelope

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we took advantage of “e is for envelope” to bring a mail center to the classroom.

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thanks to my thrifty husband, we have hundreds of envelopes that come in junk mail, etc.  shame on me for giving him a hard time for saving them.

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family corner purses quickly became mail bags, random corners of the classroom quickly became homes that needed mail, and we had envelopes stuck in the oddest places.

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and did you know that 5 envelopes can make a capital E?

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tape lets those envelopes stick together.

w is for web

another year, another web.

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this time an elephant came out to play.

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our egg carton elephant named ellie.

one elphant went out to play upon a spider’s web one day

she had such ENORMOUS fun that she called for another elephant to come…

two elephants went out to play… (you get the idea!)

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then we had some elephants walk on our own paper spider webs.

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e is for egg

it was an egg-celent week.  we started the days with egg experiments.  the first one was finding out how to make the egg white white!  yum.  my favorite part of preschool experiments is writing down the guesses of what might happen (hypothesis!).

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then we did the good old floating egg experiment. (the egg sinks in plain water and floats in salt water)

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the dinosaurs moved out, but the eggs stayed in the rice table.  egg cartons were added as an extra sorting tool.

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families brought egg cartons for us to paint.  stay tuned to see the finished result!

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there was egg shape drawing, EGG writing, a conversation about the difference between a circle and an oval.

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animal card sorting.  knowing birds come from eggs, we sorted by “bird” and “not bird.”

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“egg” week brought the opportunity for us to change our breathing time.  instead of pretending we’re blowing up a balloon over our head, we blew up an egg.  of course that means we cracked the egg while we exhaled. : )

m is for mother’s day

SPOILER ALERT:  if you are a mama from preschool and you have not opened your green tissue paper or white lunch bag present, stop reading (and check your child’s backpack…)!

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but may you all know the joy children take in making something for someone special.  this year they were “found items necklaces” (or “things to hang on a nail if the mom doesn’t wear necklaces” as one friend said) with 1 inch photos of each.

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yes, my mom would want this.

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oh, my mom loves this color.

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my mom needs a lot of these.

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my mom wants one of everything.

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totally worth the mess.

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e is for earth day

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when i say EARTH DAY, you say EVERY DAY!

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we were graced with beautiful weather and moved as many of our preschool activities outside as we could.

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earlier in the week we did a two-part project of painting earths.

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first the children painted green land masses (VERY tricky to not paint the whole plate green!).

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later in the day we added in blue water AROUND the green land.

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and since it is X week and we are looking for treasure all week, some glitter was added.

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this planet really is a treasure.

happy earth day 2009.

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earth day 2010 here.