k is for kansas

kansas turns 149 today (and no, i did not stay up until midnight to post this…i usually do a bunch of posts and schedule them for later).

butter time

our  kansas celebrations this week include making butter to eating zweiback brought by families.  its such a simple process, i don’t know why i don’t do it more often.

we used fancy local cream that came in a glass bottle, poured it in another jar and shook, shook, shook.

butter time

butter time

suddenly you hear a thunk, thunk, thunk and you know the butter is flopping around in there!

butter time

we sang happy birthday by “candlelight” (thanks for the inspiration, tom!) and enjoyed our feast.

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it’s been a cozy week.

s is for sunflower

sunflowers

all i could find was a slightly neon-toned yellow paper.  we put out yellow crayons and pens to soften the color a bit.

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then snowflake style, we offered the preschoolers a paper folded in fourths with one petal shape drawn on.

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some thought they worked better as airplanes.

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then gluing them around a center and adding an O shape for the middle with a cardboard stem.

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our state flower!

k is for ketchup paint

in anticipation of christmas projects, i wanted some painted paper that looks like fire.  since it was k week, we started with red paint (in a ketchup bottle).  this is almost as funny as this.

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we added a new color each day:  red, yellow, orange.

the yellow was glitter paint!

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the first day we painted paper taped to the table.  since i had to clean the table anyway, we switched to painting the actual table and making prints of their work.

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here is proof that they were wearing paint shirts.  i don’t think any of their clothes stayed clean, though:

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k is for key

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keys and locks (that really worked together!) and a lock box brought by a friend (thank you, micah!).

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all sorts of things got locked up in that lock box.  i think i’ll get one of my own.

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we used the same beads as last week plus some key rings and made key chains.

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we traced keys in our journals…woa, tricky.

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t is for tattle tale

we finished pre-k conferences last night…a time when i think of each child in a new way.  when i imagine them in a new setting, usually in a more traditional classroom setting.

and i get protective….and feisty.

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my simple requests:

i ask now that none of these kids be considered a tattle tale.

i ask that when a child brings a concern, it is met with eye contact and attention.

i ask that when a child tells you that someone’s pencil dropped on the floor, you thank them for letting you know.

i ask that when a child tells you that someone is being mean to someone else, you take that as a sign that you can do more in your classroom.

i ask that when a child cries and whines about the same thing everyday, you receive that as his hurt that needs your attention.

i ask that you remember it doesn’t take much to help a child feel safe.

i ask that  you don’t consider children tattle tales.  even if they are just “trying to get someone else in trouble,” doesn’t that point to a need in the so-considered tattle tale?

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oh, i get defensive of these children as they prepare to leave the nest.

i know there are wonderful, wonderful teachers in traditional classrooms.

i know there are always different ways we can care for the children in my classroom.

i know i do not have all the answers.

but i also know these children and from the depth of me, wish them well.

okay, stepping down from the soap box now.