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Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Letters With Curves

We have started letters with curves in the Pre-K class. Our first curved letter was U, and this week we are doing C. I know, I'm naive, but I was surprised at the difficulty some of the children are having. Everything seems to end up like an O. They are really doing very well though overall.

For the letter U, the children's page was a Unicorn under and umbrella. We then made an umbrella. I had cut umbrella shapes out of wallpaper. The children glued a popsicle stick for the umbrella's handle than added the umbrella shape. Finally, they glued on the upper and lower case U.

This week we were working on letter C. Our page was a Cat on a couch. I had a bit of trouble coming up with a fun letter activity. I was thinking of using cat or car, but I couldn't think of anything fun the kids could do. I came up with the word COLORS. I then had dot paint. The children put a capital C and lower case c on their paper. Then I let them use the dot paint to add some "color."

Our last letter for this year will be O. Can you believe that? We have two weeks of school left for the 2011 school year. We will be doing a letter next week, but concentrating on Christmas finishes the last week.

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Thursday, November 24, 2011

Thanksgiving Greetings

I hope that everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving with their families. I just wanted to update you quickly on our Thanksgiving Feast.

The Pre-K class had their feast last Friday and it went wonderfully. The children looked great in their outfits and they sang their little hearts out. We were very honored to have the local newspaper come out and take some pictures of our festivities. The children actually made the front page of the newspaper today.

Our luncheon was just as fun. Everyone had their fill and enjoyed themselves.

Happy Thanksgiving!

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Thursday, November 17, 2011

Thanksgiving Finishings

Today was the last day for the 3yr. olds before Thanksgiving break. We made our thankful turkeys today. I always love to see what they have to say. I was surprised I got a few playing with my brother/sister. I also only got one mom and dad--I usually get alot of these.

We also water colored our annual hand print turkeys. Today was actually the first day I put out watercolor trays. We had water colored before, but I used the liquid watercolors. Today we had to practice that brush rinsing between each different color. They did really well--the turkeys were cute.

On Tuesday we finished the children's cornucopias. They even remembered the word "cornucopia," that's a tough one to remember.

Appropriately, our color this week was brown. On Tuesday we painted an acorn brown with a feather. Feather painting is not as easy as it sounds. Those feathers sometimes start to clump together and make painting difficult. We went through lots of feathers. Thursdays brown activity was to put brown spots on a dog, Spot.

The children are off now until after Thanksgiving. I wish everyone a happy and healthy Thanksgiving.

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Three, Three, Can It Be?

Our number this week was 3. I know I've never formally done numbers before, but I expected #2 to be difficult to write. Of course, it was for some, but it went much better than I had expected.

Well, for #3 I thought it would be relatively easy. Boy was I wrong. The children had lots of difficulty writing 3, even tracing was confusing. I'm wondering if it was the aspect that in the middle you back up on what you just wrote. They seemed to need a space in the center. Not only did they have trouble with that, but they had trouble with direction. It was pretty well difficult in many aspects. I had about 3 that did well, but it wasn't that easy for the others.

Our page for our book was--The turkey has 3 feathers. I had a picture of a turkey without feathers and the children glued three feathers on the turkey.

They also added 3 beads to their number lines. I have to say I am pleased with how these are turning out.

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Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Cranberry Pops

Last preparation day before our Thanksgiving feast. Today we made a treat for the luncheon. I found the recipe in one of Mailbox's great issues.

To make this treat you need:

1 cup of plain yogurt

1 cup of chunky applesauce
1 can of cranberry sauce--the jellied kind

Put all the ingredients in a large bowl. Mix them together with a mixer until well blended. Pour the mixture into ice cube trays. Cover the trays with foil and push in a popsicle stick. Finally put the trays in the freezer.

We haven't tried these yet, I'll let you know how they are.

I won't be able to write about how the feast went until after Thanksgiving. My husband and I are finally getting to celebrate our 25th anniversary--no internet:).

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Monday, November 14, 2011

We're Ready

Our Pre-K Thanksgiving luncheon is on Friday, I think we're ready. We have been very busy getting our class of Native Americans ready for the big day. We've made costumes, table decorations, learned songs, and have a treat to prepare on Wednesday. The children have been doing a wonderful job. I'm very proud of them and I think they will do well.

For the Native American costumes the children created noodle necklaces, and tom toms previously. We recently finished our vests and headbands.

To make our vests I purchased some brown shipping paper from Staples. I cut the paper into 30x15 inch sections. Then folded them in half. The tricky part was to figure out how big to cut the hole in the middle for the children's heads. I didn't want it too big so it wouldn't swish around, or too small so that it wouldn't fit. I think I got it right. We'll see on Friday.

For the vest deco I put paint out on the tables and just let them go. Some of the children painted the whole vest and some just added some pizazz here and there. I think they look great.

The headbands were not much work for the children. I used a bulletin board trimmer that was fall themed. Mrs. M. cut them down to a good size for the children's heads. Then she put some hot glue on a spot for them and the children added some feathers(we had to make sure they didn't touch the glue--they did well). Finally Mrs. M. stapled them so they fit well on the children's heads.

Today we made some centerpieces for the tables on Friday. I wanted to make something they would enjoy and something that would stand out. My husband and I spent some time Sunday walking around our A.C. Moore trying to be inspired. My husband was the one to come up with the idea of making some bottles with colored sand in them. The kids loved them. They were easy, of course, but pack big punch.

So, we have everything ready. Let's hope stage fright doesn't set in of Friday.

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