i is for i’m a volcano…

hum “i’m a little teapot” and then use these words:

i'm a volcano...

i’m a volcano wide and tall (arms wide, then tall):

i'm a volcano...

i'm a volcano...

i am so strong, i will not fall (show big arm muscles).

when i am ready you will see (crouch down and tremble):

i'm a volcano...

lava bursting out of me (jump up and use arms as exploding lava):

i'm a volcano...

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i is for inspired

new years wishes

at the first circle time i invited preschoolers to start thinking of something they wished they could do.  about an hour later we gathered again and wrote down the ideas.  then there were paper strips to glue (a bit like new years fireworks?).  these are posted in our display cases, so i want to have them here for families who don’t make it down to the classroom.

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happy new year.

p.s.  we have a few more preschool friends to hear from, we’ll get there!

p is for playmobil

i’ve started bringing some of my home playmobil pieces to preschool.  we’ve had good luck keeping them in their own space.  no lost pieces yet.

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it is encouraging for me to watch children play with teeny tiny pieces in slow and small movements.

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i made a photocopy of some items for the children to match.  oh, they like this.

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for ice week, i brought the ice bergs.

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i was surprised  at the strong desire for flags.  straws, labels and crayons suited just fine.

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i’m not sure who is more excited….them or me.

i is for igloo (again)

edited to add:  it seems that this post takes extra long to load…sorry!

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i told my preschool classes i would post photos of the fire we made inside an “igloo” in our yard two winters ago.


we gathered the snow from around the yard (under trees where it hadn’t melted:  a corner of the lean-to roof still in shade, under the trampoline…), dropped it all into a big mound,


dug out a hole with a hoe,

used the handle to make a “chimney” vent,

had sally bring us the fire starters,
and built. a. fire.
it didn’t melt!
it was magical.
then we came out after supper with blankets and jammies.


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if we get enough snow at preschool, we’ll do it!  you can at home, too!