Sunday, December 18, 2011
Pre-K finished up their final week before Christmas. It really was a nice week. I didn't plan too many things as I thought I might be behind with all the Christmas preparations. But, we did well and I was right on target.
On Monday the children made a manger scene and we made reindeer antlers for our "show".
On Wednesday we made angels to take home.
We finished off the week by singing our Christmas carols for our parents and passing out presents. It was a wonderful way to finish up for the year.
Thursday, December 15, 2011
We continued our fun with cotton to make our Santa face. This is a super easy craft, but the children love the final project. I have a face run off on pink paper and the children add cotton for a beard and the brim of his hat. The final touch is wiggle eyes and a red pom pom nose.
Tuesday, December 13, 2011
Our last week of nursery school for the year 2011 is here. We are trying to put all the finishing touches on our Christmas preparations. As you know, we made some wonderful surprises for our parents this week. Now was the time to wrap them.
The Pre-K class wrapped their gifts in white bags. Each child got a white bag, some Christmas stamps, and ink pads. The first thing they did was to decorate the front and back of their bag with the stamps. Then I had them roll the present in some tissue paper and place the gift in the bag.
Friday, December 9, 2011
When I was doing some courses a couple of years ago, I had come across a course helping me to set up my centers better and giving advice about some best ways to help the children become more responsible with the items.
So to do this, I had taken my shelves that have manipulatives on them and opened them for the children to use freely. I also made sure all the toy shelves were readily available. For two years this routine worked wonderfully.
The children would find what they wanted to play with, enjoy themselves for a while, and then put things away.
Well, this year things have not been going too well. Pre-K is going fine, but my three-year-old class is having lots of difficulty with this concept.
Mrs. T has called this group the drop and run group. They pull things out, dump them on the floor, and move on. Then, when clean up time comes they scatter. It was taking 15 to 20 minutes for clean up.
So, I decided it was time to shift gears. I needed to limit the amount of items the children could choose from. I went back to putting certain manipulatives on the tables for the children. Then I went through our kitchen things and trimmed them down a bit.
My final step was to not make the shelves as easily accessible. I give them different choices each time, just not everything.
It really has worked wonderfully. They even seem to play much more calmer and kinder. I am hoping to gradually allow them free reign, but I am going to take it one step at a time--slowly!
Thursday, December 8, 2011
a small terra cotta flower pot
red or green paint