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Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Catching Up

Hi everyone.  I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving with your families and loved ones.  As usual the days flew by.

We haven't done anything in school that you have not already seen, so I just thought I would give you a quick update as to where we are--mostly so you don't think I fell of the face of the earth:).

One new activity I did before our Thanksgiving break was a bit of a bust so I didn't post it.  I'll tell you about it now, maybe there is someone out there with a better way to pull it off.  

I tried to make a turkey from a latex glove with the children.  I let them use marker to color the fingers for "feathers."  The I blew the glove up a bit to make it's turkey shape--almost impossible to tie.  I think my fingers were blue for the rest of the day from cutting off my circulation.  

After the glove was blown up I let them draw a face on the thumb.  I had cut out some feet from a piece of poster board using a hand print. I put a slit in the feet to slide the turkey in so he could stand.

Problems:  #1--I didn't like using the regular markers because they came off when you touched them.  I didn't want to use permanent marker in case they got it on them.
#2--It was impossible to tie after it was blown up.  It didn't matter if I had blown it up a little bit or a lot.
#3--It didn't stand that great.
#4--Some of them popped when I was sliding them into the foot holder--the most devastating of all.  

So that was my experience.  These turkeys are not on the schedule for next year. 

The rest of the month we spent getting ready for our Thanksgiving Feast.  And, more recently, we made our cinnamon ornaments for our Christmas Tree.

We did still do letters and numbers even though we were busy with feast preparations.  by the end of the year we will have finished the numbers 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5.  The last few letters we did were L, and U.  Our final letter of the 2012 school year is C.

The three-year-old class is almost done with their color book.  They are working on the color green this week and will finish up with white next week.  Hopefully we can get the books all done before we leave for Christmas break.

The colors we are finished with are: red, yellow, orange, black, blue, brown, and purple.

Today we made our egg carton ornaments for our tree.  We are planning our hand print poem for Thursday.  

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Monday, November 12, 2012

Adorable Hand Print Turkey

Mrs. Dorward created the cutest hand print turkey--they turned out so cute.

You will need:

2 circles cut from brown construction paper-
1 small for the head, one bigger for the body
1 large piece of white construction paper
different colored stamp pads
google eyes
1 small orange construction paper triangle

We had precut the brown circles out of the brown paper for time purposes, but you can draw the circles on a pieces of paper and allow the children to cut them out.

Next have them glue the large body circle to the large white paper.  Now the children press their hands in the ink they desire and make hand prints around the circle for the turkey's tail.

After the tail has been stamped, have the children glue on the turkey's head, beak, and google eyes.  You may also add feet if you like.  Mrs. Dorward hung hers up like that, I cut around the children's hand prints for a bit more tail shape.

They are really cute!

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Sunday, November 11, 2012

A Favorite Day

On Thursday we one of our tastiest days of the year for our three-year-old class.  We do good foods in the month of November and we finish up the unit with some good food.

I have every child bring a fruit to school.  I ask for some parent volunteers and we make some great fruit salad.  It's great to see all the different fruit the children bring in, we have a different fruit salad every class.

Our other delicious treat was muffin pizzas.  I am always amazed that the children usually eat most if not all of their pizzas. You know how sometimes you make things and think the children will like them and they look at you like, "You really want me to eat this?"  But, with the pizza they love them.

I bring in muffins, pizza sauce and mozerella cheese.  The children take a muffin, add sauce first , if they like, then cover it with cheese.  We did have many just cheese "pizza," and one sauce pizza, but most of them were full "pizza."  Oh why am I on a diet?

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Monday, November 5, 2012

Big Green Monster

 Another great idea from "The Mailbox" magazine.  I get these magazines monthly and they always have so many great new ideas, along with the great ones I've already come up with (Ha Ha).  I am sometimes sad I can't get it all in.

For October they had a great craft to go along with the book, "Go Away Big Green Monster," by Ed Emberly  .  It was, of course, a green monster.  He was very easy, but the kids thought he was great.

For the craft you will need:

green paint (or a green stamp pad)
googly eyes
red nose
white pointy teeth

The activity says to use green paint.  We missed the day before Halloween and I wanted the children to be able to take the craft home, so we used a green stamp pad.

Make both of the children's hands green, then press them onto a piece of paper.  Have the thumbs pointing to the center of the paper and overlapping.  This is the basic shape for your monster.  If you have used paint, you will need to let these dry.

Now the children just need to add the finishing touches.  Let them glue on two eyes, a nose, and the teeth.  The first class glued on a red pompom nose.  We ran out so I cut some out of paper--I guess you could really use any color nose you wanted.

Then I drew a smile onto their monster.  I had precut white triangles to represent the teeth.  The children glued the teeth to the smile line and he was done.

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