n is for nut buddy

totally crafty.

nut buddies

totally not child-centered (all they did was choose a nut with eyes already hot glued on and an acorn cap for the teacher to glue on).

nut buddies

except for the moment they carry their nut buddy around the room and it enters their play.

nut buddy

w is for winter animals

we discussed ways that animals adapt to winter and hid some of our nuts to eat at home.

hiding nuts

hiding nuts

a paper “cave” glued to old mat board, covered with kleenex and paper towels, then nuts hidden inside.

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we covered the cave hole with another kleenex.

hiding nuts

that way families didn’t know we had nuts in there.

l is for lame

seldom do i set up a project that is so lame that we don’t continue on.  don’t get me wrong, almost every project evolves once the children get going with it.  what i have in my lesson plans is almost never exactly what we end up doing.

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this project was supposed to provide pages and pages of wood-stamped “nuts.”

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but the wood pieces didn’t hold much wood for printing or rolling, the paint wasn’t a warm brown-more of a greenish gray, the paper kept tearing. i abandoned it almost immediately.

truly a process-only experience.

n is for nut math

we reintroduced the concept of “math sentences” again.

nut math

after using real nuts to demonstrate that no matter how you group them, ten nuts will always add up to ten nuts, the children had paper nuts to glue in and/or out of the basket.

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nut math by you.

for some reason, this one is the “silly” one:

nut math

but not quite as silly as when there are no nuts in the basket.

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!

n is for (happy!) new year

remembering the fun from last year, we played this game again.  it (doesn’t really) require a horn to blow. : )

new year horns

so we used old calendars and catalogs to make some.  i displayed a page from amanda dade’s new year’s parade that we read before playing our game.

new year horns

snipping along one side, then rolling up, taping, and folding down the snips.

new year horns

new year horns

the game is played with our judy clock.  i really wish we had enough for everyone, but it works for me to hold the clock. we start at one o’clock and head through the hours until 12:00. the children really watch carefully and i delight in planting the seed of time telling.  then there is jumping up and hooting and hollering and happy-new-year yelling!

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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.