n is for nut

nuts

with no nut allergies this year, we are going nutty!

nut time

show and tell this week is “nuts in shells or acorns.”

nuts

we have quite a collection for sorting and counting, feeling and, of course cracking.

cracking

cracked

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.

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w is for writing

someone down the hall donated a stack of yellow notebooks.  perfect for yellow week!

yellow days

the kind of writing that happened was unique and so fun to see.

yellow days

the “office” expanded quickly from one table to two.