m is for multi-age classroom

this. is. why. i. love. the. multi-age. classroom.

old and young

our youngest student with one of our oldest.

old and young

connecting, honing compassion, learning new skills, modeling patience, finding common ground.

while there are no doubt challenges, this is the environment i find ideal.

c is for campfire (valentine’s style)

when we had 3 bags of marshmallows come to preschool, we made time for a campfire to “roast” them.

valentine goodness

using our battery tea light candles, some smooth dowels (thank you otis) and a red scarf, we had a delightful campfire.

valentine goodness

i am grateful that no one got hurt with the skewers and i hope there aren’t too many cavities.

valentine goodness

i plan to keep the tea lights, dowel rods and scarf as a kit for children to use.  i think it would make a great gift for a young child too!

p is for pizza

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we painted paper plates with red paint (sauce) and added torn paper bits (toppings).

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i wanted some traditional “pizza parlor” music while we painted and couldn’t find what i wanted on pandora.  i googled “pizza song” and found dear uncle moishy.

pizza song

maybe some of you know him, i didn’t until now.  but this song hasn’t left my mind.

uncle moishy

good stuff

it is a general policy of mine that i don’t show screens (tv or computer), but we did get a peek at uncle moishy’s “pizza song movie.”

movie time

after viewing it, i adapted the computer so we could hear it but not watch it. : )

no screen

d is for dry erase

some dry erase boards erase so nicely.

some do not.

dry erase

our display cases erase beautifully.  here we are using one that aren’t on the wall.

dry erase

dry erase

huh, i don’t know what they were all looking at.

m is for martin (luther king jr blocks)

yes!  this wasn’t in my lesson plans, but it made a way for dr. king to enter into our dramatic play a bit more.

martin blocks

“look, dr. king, this is you!”

martin blocks

i heard murmurings of why he was smiling sometimes and why he was serious sometimes.

martin blocks

martin blocks

we spend a lot of time looking in mirrors during our M is for Martin week.

martin blocks

all of us. : )

g is for group

this little mosaic activity is one i set up as an individual project.   i wouldn’t have been surprised if two children decided to work together.  i was surprised (and delighted) to find all four boys at once using up all the pieces.

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m is for mexico

there were a few children who smiled a little bigger, walked a little taller, seemed to grow a little more as we honored mexico.  one little friend said, “hey!  i know that place!  i know it!”  i know she does. : )

there was a simple three column worksheet to color like the mexican flag’s colors.

cinco de mayo

someone donated a set of 1964 (!!!!!) junior encyclopedias that came in useful for flag comparing.

looking for mexico's flag

we have a little song we sing too:

cinco de mayo is a special day (clap-clap)

it makes me think of mexico in a special way (clap-clap)

cinco de mayo is a special day (clap-clap)

we love mexico is fun to say!

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.

mother's day 09 by you.