Wednesday, March 31, 2010
Sunday, March 28, 2010
I recently received an email from a Mr. Erik Nelson. He has created a character called "Cubbie the Cable Car. He thought readers with little ones might enjoy this clip.
"Cubbie the Cable Car" is a delightful new series set in 1890 San Francisco about a little cable car finding his way in a big cable car world. Who knows? Maybe someday Cubbie will be as popular as "Thomas the Tank Engine."
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
Sunday, March 21, 2010
Here are some of the pages we have been catching up on:
The "I Know My Colors" page is done with different colored circles. We go through the colors of the circles and then the children glue them down to make them look like a caterpillar. The caterpillar always reminds me of the one from "The Very Hungry Caterpillar." After all the circles are glued down, the children decorate the caterpillar with legs and antennae.
The "I Know My Shapes" page we do after we have all our fun with the shapes. I have pre-cut shapes, square, circle, triangle, and rectangle. The children tell me the names of the shapes and then glue them down to make a house and tree. They then decorate the scene as they like.
I also do a "Here is My Name" page. For this page I have the children stamp their name with our letter stampers. Then a few weeks later, we step it up a bit. The children's names are printed out in dot form and they connect the dots to "write" their name. Before school ends I allow them to all try and write their name on their own. I always encourage them to try and write whatever they think it looks like.
The final page we caught up on was the "I Can Cut" page. I give the children a picture of "Alley the Alligator" who is all mixed up. They have to cut the alligator apart and glue him back together in the correct order. I have to say I am very proud of how well they are all doing with their scissors.
Saturday, March 20, 2010
I hope you are enjoying your day as much as we are here!
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
Our craft activity was to make rainbows with gold at the ends. To do this I give the children a rainbow pattern glued to a black piece of paper. They then glue Fruit Loops to the rainbow pattern for color. Then at the end of the rainbow, they glue some Corn Pops for "gold." Last year when we did this most of the children finished their rainbows. This year I think they were a bit more engaged in the fun they were having with other activities. The rainbows still look cute.
Final added fun was a hide and seek shamrock game. A crafty little leprechaun hid some shamrocks around the room and we got to go find them. This game was very exciting for them. Good thing it was time to go when we were done:).
The PM class also had St. Patrick's Day inspired cupcakes. It was also Patrick's birthday, hmm I wonder why his name is Patrick? These cupcakes looked like they had a leprechaun's hat on top. She had taken a cupcake, iced it with green, put a vanilla wafer in the middle, covered that with green icing, then placed a marshmallow on top of the wafer and covered that with green icing. The final touch was to add a black rim and gold decoration with icing. These, of course, were just as delicious as the AM cupcakes. (How is one ever supposed to stay thin?)