a piece of fabric threaded through the ceiling tile (yes, carefully done and moved to make sure it wasn’t pulling too hard), handles made from duct tape, a trampoline borrowed from a family (thank you, otis, for sharing).
really good times.
really good static.
really contemplative figuring out of things (notice the mirror being used to see the fabric from different angles).
i don’t have photos of the little dollhouse figure that got many rides on the fabric. she had a blast.
a big j cut from old mat board (thank you mr. randy) covered with a thrifted missing-pieces-too-hard-for-preschoolers jigsaw puzzle and about 3 bottles of glue.
problem: i think there are preschoolers who left the week believing “j is for puzzle.” we have time to clear that up.
oh, it was a silly few days (we had to give every class a chance, not just those who actually attended on april 1!)
the teachers looked silly (oh, why didn’t i get a photo of ms. viliya in her pajamas?).
there was bologna and peas waiting at the play-doh table (funny).
the letter of the week turned back to A (funny).
the calendar and the music said it was christmas again (funny).
the paint was edible (but i didn’t tell them that at first. instead i pretended the only funny thing was that we were going to finger paint. then i suddenly licked the paint! oh, wide eyes).
there were fake moustaches (funny)…really these are just strips of fake fur with a roll of masking tape.
but the best joke of all was the coffee cream in the cleaned out glue container (funny!!!).
nothing like those silly sheep in a jeep to mesmerize a bunch.
we used our fists in this little chant again:
here is S (one fist)
here is H (the other fist)
pound them together (do just that!)
shhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh (make a long /sh/ sound)
thankful for a couple of sunny days, we found a rainbow in a jar.
actually, not in the jar (as some tried to find), but by sunlight shining through the water in the jar.
then we took rainbow crayons, drew what we saw along with the capital R shape.
who would have guessed the next days were bitter cold?
my valentine to preschoolers this year was an i spy bottle.
inside there are white beans, heart beads, mini valentine erasers, jewels and mirrors.
plus a secret message.
i’m counting on the preschoolers leaving the bottles taped up tightly! : )
preschool families and friends have been collecting milk lids for us.
since it is m week we’ve been sorting by color. we’ve noticed that in the tens of milk lids there are, there is only one brown lid. come on, let’s drink some chocolate milk!
the next phase of this activity is arranging them into words, letter groups, abc order, etc. for some of our kids we explored spacing between letters. learning that when there is a “finger space” between letters that means they are different words. sometimes it was fun to do that on purpose. like a joke. hee hee hee.
we noticed how many letters can become other letters simply by turning them.
kevin can become keviz and can easily become kevin again! more funny stuff.
keep bringing those milk lids…we have more projects in mind!
we used our cutting muscles again to cut foil (folded over 6 times) circles.
the teachers helped seperate them. one we glued in our journal and the rest we used for a jingle bell project to go with the poem we wrote at circle time:
the preschoolers glued strips of paper on so they touched the TOP of the paper, then glued their jingle bells on the BOTTOM of each strip.
let me tell you, i should have written: sing + clap + JUMP to “Jingle Bells.”
we used j week to explore metal vs non-metal
with huge bags of thrifted wooden beads and more bags of jingle bells, we made necklaces and tree ornaments.
before we made them, all the bells and wooden beads were mixed in a large bucket. when we sunk a magnet wand in and pulled out, it was covered with jingle bells. that was a good time. i recommend it.