Today I tried a fun new idea for the sensory table! I added 2 magnet wands, 2 magnet balls, some magna tiles in various shapes along with pom poms, feathers, and small bumpy gems. The children LOVED it!
Thursday, November 21, 2013
Saturday, November 9, 2013
" 5 little pumpkins sitting on a gate,
The first one said "oh my it's getting late"
The third one said "oh, we don't care"
The 4th one said "lets run and run and run"
The 5th one said "get ready for some fun"
Then oooo went the wind and out went the lights
Another fun creative activity we did was painting with pinecones, the children loved using the pinecones and dipping them in paint. They rolled, dabbed, and brushed the painted covered pinecones on the pumpkin cutouts.
Friday, September 6, 2013
Wednesday, August 7, 2013
The end of the school year was a busy time. Between science experiments, ever changing dramatic play, assessments, parent/teacher conferences and finding out at the end of the school year the school was closing it was an exciting and interesting time.
As a fun end of the year "field trip", I had families meet at a local zoo. It was a great reward for all the hard work the children did throughout the school year as well as a thank you to the parents for the continued support and understanding.
The last day of school was an emotional turning point for me. I greeted the first child that arrived and said goodbye to the last child who departed. In one instance, I lost my job and had to say goodbye to some wonderful children and families. However, I was blessed with the opportunity to spend the summer home with my children while looking for a new job.
This summer has been the best! I have had the opportunity to spend precious time with my children along with many play dates with now former coworkers and students.
Its sad the summer is coming to an end, but on a lighter note, I will be starting a new job that is a step up in my career and both of my children will be going to school. A fresh start and a new beginning for my family.
In this recent experience, I have decided to write my own book!
Be on the look out for more information on Children All Day Everyday!
Saturday, April 13, 2013
For me, have begun to take kickboxing classes and I absolutely LOVE it! Its an hour of stress release and self focus.
What ways do you take care of yourself while taking care of others? Are you able to find that healthy balance in your daily life?
I'd love to hear some ideas! Please share!
Saturday, April 6, 2013
|All books displayed on chairs for families to take a look|
|Eric Carle style creations|
|Our Spring web of book topic ideas|
I am so proud of all the hardwork and efforts made by all of these 3-5 year olds. Because of their hard work, they earned not 1 but 2 pajama days!
Sunday, March 17, 2013
This is the sequence I have used to bring this all together...
Week 1: We read The Mitten (Monday, Wednesday, Friday) and The Umbrella (Tuesday, Thursday) by: Jan Brett. While reading we discussd the author, titile, beginning, middle and end, characters and setting. Then we picked out similarities and differences between the two stories. After reading The Umbrella, I had the children create their own umbrellas and draw two of the characters on it, they came out great!
Week 2: Dr. Seuss' Birthday week so we explored the concept of Rhyme while reading many Dr. Seuss books. The Cat in the Hat, The Cat in the Hat Comes Back, Wacky Wednesday, Green Eggs and Ham, Oh the Thinks You Can Think, Fox in Socks. We even watched the movie Horton Hears a Who!
Week 3: We read books by Eric Carle, some written by Bill Martin Jr., focusing on the illustration style of Eric Carle. With the concept of Repetition we also discussed describing words. In Brown Bear, Brown Bear What Do You See? the describing words are color words. In Baby Bear, Baby Bear What do you see? the describing words are action words. We read The Very Lonely Firefly and discussed felling describing words. Then we read, Pancakes, Pancakes and talked about the concept of First, Next and Last and how it relates to beginning, middle and end.
Week 4: THIS WEEK!! We will be reading the stories Frog and Toad by: Arnold Lobel, The Wednesday Surprise by: Eve Bunting and Sylvester and teh Magic Pebble by: William Steig while we discuss Conflict/Resolution (Problem Solving)
I will start the week off by retelling the children the topic (Spring) for their books and come up with a web to find out what they know about Spring and what they like to do in the spring.
Next, the younger children (3-4) will be dictating their stories and the older children (those going to K in the fall) will be sounding out the words and using Kid Writing.
Then we will be illustrating like Eric Carle. We will be sketching and creating tissue paper collages (which we have practiced during week 3) to go along with their story.
Their book will consist of a minimum of 3 pages (a beginning, middle and end), it will have a title page and an author page. Finally the children will be binding and publishing their work!
Week 5: We will be wrapping up all our hard work with a Meet the Author Night on Wednesday, March 27th. This will be a chance for the parents to come in the classroom to see their childs work! I am so excited!
I have never done anything like this before.When you think preschool, would you ever think of 3, 4, and 5 year old children writing, illustrating, binding and publishing their own books?
Well believe it! I will post pictures of the whole process from the past few weeks to Meet the Author night next week! Please share with your fellow educators and parents. Let me know what you think!!!
Saturday, March 9, 2013
I often change materials that I have noticed the children have not used in atleast 2 weeks and I change areas around in order to accomodate the number of children I want allowed in a center at the given time or to accomodate the materials chosen for the space.