The Watchful Eye of Youth/WordPress Photo Challenge

Three photos with three sets of eyes waiting for the muffins to cook.

A trio of fun

It’s About the Child– Letter W

What Child is This inspired the post for today.

http://stephaniesstuff84.blogspot.com/2015/04/what-child-is-this.html

Check out some other A to Z blogs Here

Letter H & I

A couple links for the A to Z April Blog Challenge over on my other blog. I’d be honored if you’d check these out 🙂

http://stephaniesstuff84.blogspot.com/2015/04/house-of-rising-sun.html

http://stephaniesstuff84.blogspot.com/2015/04/irish-washerwoman.html

 

On the Occasion of Hudson’s 1st Birthday

There are many ways to celebrate a birthday party these days with all the cool themes out there. I have 3 boys in my daycare who are smitten with the movie “Frozen” and those chics Elsa and Anna. But little Hudson is still none the wiser and so I had a clear-cut advantage to have a theme of simple “PlaY”.

We got out the parachute and proceeded to learn some new ‘moves’.

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Here we’re trying to turn the parachute round and round…..

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But it’s much more fun to try and sit in the middle, or so Hudson decided. After all, he’s the party czar of the day. And after exhausting the parachute fun, we moved on.

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Bean bags became the mode of entertainment. We danced with them, played “musical freeze” and tossed them into a tub. Lots of large muscles moving.

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       Tracing Hudson required a little assistance from my daughter.                                   (Thank you Kirsten) When you’re 1, you don’t quite understand why anyone would make you lie down on a piece of paper. A spatial experience is what I’m going with educationally here. A time capsule for Mom and Dad is the goal.

Big Birthday Hugs and Blessings Hudson!

Web of Post-Its

Of course we must have a Halloween theme! All stores display either candy for sale, Window decorations or costumes front and center, or all of the above.

So we go with the flow.

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Jeanna, I’m still using those posters faithfully 🙂

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Step 1. Draw a WEB

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Step 2. Grab the bag of Post It Letters

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Step 3. Save the Letters by picking one and naming it. (Mine were a little mixed up in the package so didn’t use all 26. Also we don’t want to overwhelm our mixed age group)

Other uses for The WEB in PreK

  • Numbers
  • Shapes
  • Colors
  • Answers to Addition or Subtraction
  • Sight Word recognition
  • Matching

The main object of the game is to have fun while learning. Remember,
Play is a child’s Work.

 

Yard Art Royally

Every year its our tradition to set up a little Fall decoration on the front porch. To start I always employ the help of our little hands on deck.IMG_2743 (2)

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#1 supply: Newspapers  ….I happen to have a few with all the construction going on for packing away my china

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Duck tape is a necessity in our neck of the woods.

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The littlest hard-working hands unpacking that newspaper 🙂

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So have you guessed our yard art creation??

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Yep. It’s our very own Kansas City Royals Scarecrow! (Scooter has made quick friends)

Always Learning

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No it’s not a book mark. But it is upcycled posterboard thanks in particular to Jeanna (who you should visit over at her WordPress blog.)

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We used these expired posters from her place of employment with Legos to match, name colors and begin patterning skills.

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Apparently a “Close Up” was in order 🙂

Up next……

A lego zip line!! Science and Legos combined!

 Check out one way to create it on http://www.attagirlsays.com/2013/10/17/rainy-day-kids-activities-lego-zipline/

What Did We Do All Day?

That is a popular question we’ve all been known to ask our children when we pick them up from school. So for your information, we had a Music with Math week here at the daycare. We used 4 popular children’s nursery rhymes to accomplish our learning theme. This Old Man began our week with a “rolling home” activity. Check out the pic with a pencil decorated as an Old Man rolling down the ramp.

FyI Fabric Bolt Cardboard make great ramps! Science Experience with Cause and Effect

We also practiced our addresses and make cut out houses for our “homes” to reinforce memorization. And guess what???!!! Weston age 4 can say his address now!!        Woot!Woot!

Took turns making these fingerprint ‘flies’ Counting Sets Practice

Shoo Fly Don’t Bother Me was appropriate after our State Fair left town. Do you know how many flies leave the fairgrounds each year and plague the homes in Sedalia?  Unbelievable!!

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Homemade Yarn ‘Sheep’ pom pom Sensory experience, Counting/math, Fine Motor & Language skills

The Baa Baa Black Sheep day was the most fun for them I think. The tactile experience went way better with these homemade pom poms than with a store bought variety. I found they will also transform into great spiders come Halloween!

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As you can see, our fence-building had an spin-off of adding tractors, houses, people and a ‘barn’ created by Macoy age 2. I was pretty proud of their creativity. And Ben finally came around after the initial tentativeness towards the pom poms. Yes, he thought they really were spiders. Glad we were able to coax him back to the fun. 🙂

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Twinkle Twinkle Little Star was our grand finale’ Math song. We had Star rubbings, Star Bingo and some eye/hand coordination using the song as you would for ‘peas porridge hot’ hand clapping. Lots of giggles.

For support of children learning through music, I urge you to read this article.

Community Playthings Article

Have a Wonderful Labor Day USA!!!

Typical Conversation during Dramatic Play:

Desmond: Handing me a bowl says: “That was soup.”

Me: “I could tell. I bet there was potatoes in it.”

Desmond: “It was Ma-Tatoes!!”

My friend Lori is visiting us today from Tennessee!! So-o-o-o excited to have some adult conversation! Pics soon! 🙂