Monsters/WPC

Transmogrify

Sharing some daycare photos this week. Started out with a monster ‘creation’ by giving my little group of monsters choices of which way to create this crazy-looking goul. They were all about it and made their own versions later.

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We use recycled wallpaper samples for many projects. The back worked well for a poster in this group activity.

Another ‘photogenic’ idea was the Cookin’ With Kids segment of our week.

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They looked appealing, but let me tell ya, you can’t fool children.

The green tint added to peach flavored cream cheese was not well received. If I could show you their faces, you’d see the Real transmogrify.

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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)

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.

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Have a Wonderful Labor Day USA!!!

Super Hero Party 101

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In previous posts, I’ve mentioned the popularity of the Don’t Eat Pete game. We’ve made various versions to go with different parties and this one is no different. Introducing the Don’t Eat the Super Hero game. Alphabit cereal pieces go on each picture and while one of the children hides his/her eyes, we choose which one is it by pointing. “It” gets to eat a cereal piece one at a time while we wait for them to pick our choice. We can name the letters as they eat each cereal bite for our letter/sound recognition. Makes learning fun. We then holler “Don’t Eat the Super Hero/Pete/Cat/ or whatever our theme is. They A.D.O.R.E. this game! Lots of smiles and great chance to eat a little snack. What does it teach??  Taking turns, memory, speaking in unison, teamwork, color recognition, picture recognition (after all we sometimes don’t remember Thor from Flash Gordon for example).

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This is a photo of our Shields. We upcycled cereal boxes and in the next photo you’ll notice the handle I fashioned for each one. This creates a one size fits all and there’s no taping anything to mess with. Simple is the best way for Early Childhood.

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On the back of each Shield is a super hero movement suggestion. You may need to improvise when someone isn’t developmentally ready to do a somersault for example. The Children are very quick to make a suggestion for their friends in these instances. It’s such a sweet thing to observe humanity at its best.

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We drew a circle on the sidewalk as well to jump in and out of for the jumprope rhyme. You don’t have to have a jumprope. Improvise these great childhood rhymes and make them your own. We jumped in the door, out the door, did a wave out the door, flew out the door. The possibilities are huge.

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With my phone tunes (usually Elvis or Hank Williams Sr just because that’s who soothes the baby. tee hee) we marched around holding our shields and stopping when the music mutes. It’s then that the actions on the shields come into play.

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Here’s the crab walk. Our birthday boy led the group with the ‘dark green’ cape. It’s his favorite color in case you didn’t know 🙂

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Using some chalk, they decided to do some tracing on different surfaces. My young friend here chose to try out the landscape timber to trace his shield. He’s 2 by the way. Capes, shields, chalk, stickers, cereal, music, and a camera. That’s all you need to be a SuperHero!!!

Flying Fish

Have YoU? ever seen a flying fish? Some outdoor playtime gave us the opportunity to make some. They look like this….

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Ours are made from recycled magazines. Maybe I’ll make a tutorial?? That would be a first.

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Here’s what happens when you toss them up. They float & flutter in downward spirals. This gave us an opportunity to experience a little Science & Sensory all in one! And after much Large Muscle movement and some emphasis on the letter F, we moved on to some more tranquil play. Sand & Funnels

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What better way to spend a warm summer day?

 

Camping Party

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A June highlite for all you partiers out there! This one is for preschoolers so you may move along if it doesn’t appeal to your age group 🙂 We came upon our theme with the purchase of Flat Stanley Goes Camping.

IMG_2516 (2)This creation was our impromptu ‘campfire’. There was much safety talk before the festivities began as we took a time for that Teaching Moment.

Games to be played around the campfire…..

  • Campfire stories of course
  • Marshmallow toss (we used cotton balls)
  • Musical campfire

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A little outdoor play with the parachute is mandatory when weather permits with our rendition of “How Many Do You Want to Be?”(a counting game) As well as our “Weather of the Day”, after all, camping is greatly impacted by the weather, right?!

IMG_2528 (2)We have to send a big THanK YoU! to Weston’s mommy for providing our camping-style treat. Ice Cream Sundaes. Topping choices were chocolate, strawberry syrup, whipped topping and sprinkles. Yummo!

 

Some Butterflies

Recycling got me through a Butterfly theme last week.

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Cereal Boxes became lacing shapes.

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Old tagboard Butterflies helped us find ‘our number’

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Expired posters from a Mom’s workplace were donated to let us practice counting sets. More about what’s on the reverse side later.

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Scrap paper from cuttings became a part of our Mother’s Day gift.

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Ta Da!!!! A Butterfly Magnet for Mom’s refrigerator!

Happy Mother’s Day!!

 

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For the record, Do you know how hard it is to find songs that begin with certain letters And are written for a banjo??? Well,for X, this is the best I could do under the time span I had. So hopefully you will remember it is a part of American history and this is not done to offend anyone. History has many lessons. I played it slowly to reflect the ‘times past’ and not as a carefree, joyful tune. I will have a different set of songs ready if I participate in this blog next year. Who knows? Maybe I’ll take up the fiddle again?? After all, I have 2 daughters who play and I even took lessons for a time. Maybe they’ll accompany me sometime. Ya just never know.

What I’d really like to give you are my Xamples of lessons learned as a mother/childcare provider. These have no particular order.  I hope you enjoy!

  • A new mother will tell you that sleep is NOT overrated. So will an experienced one 🙂
  • Baby’s will always have a bm After you just changed their diaper.
  • The toy you only have One of is the one fought over.
  • Moms always forget to send diapers the day they are late for work.
  • Someone always needs to potty when I just closed the bathroom door.
  • Songs are always sang perfectly by the children when it’s just me listening.
  • Ketchup should be a vegetable
  • The phone always rings just when you spent 30 minutes rocking that baby to sleep.
  • A child will Always have another one walk in front of the slide just as they are going down it.
  • The cardboard box is always more fun than the gift.
  • Children always get fevers when parents have no sick days left at work.
  • Children will try to climb furniture the one time you leave the room.
  • Baby’s will always get hungry in the middle of the check out line.
  • The camera battery will die just when the baby smiles for you.
  • If your child is well, do everything humanly possible to avoid a Doctor’s office. They Will leave with a ‘something or other’ that they didn’t have before they got there. You don’t need those Parting Gifts.

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Will the Circle Be Unbroken

Where’s my…….

A phrase I hear quite a lot from my family since I’m the one who works at home and so I’m supposed to know where everything is.

I’d like to take this moment to tell you how many “W” questions that run through my day.

  • What’s the matter?
  • Where are you going?
  • Will you go with me to turn on the light?
  • We are out of toilet paper!
  • When will my mommy/daddy be here?
  • What can we do now?
  • What are we eating for breakfast/lunch/snack? (same child will ask at least 10 times)
  • Why do we have to go inside?
  • When will it quit raining/snowing?
  • Will you help me button this?
  • Where does this go?
  • Who was that?
  • Where did Scooter go? (our cat)
  • What?
  • Why do I have to try my peas/beans/cheese/milk?
  • Will you help me blow my nose?
  • Will Gracie be here today?

My questions go like this….

  • What did you have for supper?  do last night?   watch on tv?
  • Where did you put the green phone? (highly coveted item)
  • Who forgot to flush?
  • Who has a stinky diaper?
  • Will you tie your shoes for me?
  • Who wants the stroller next?
  • Will we need to set the timer for that toy for turn-taking?
  • What are we gonna do with that silly dilly?
  • We get what we get and we don’t throw a fit
  • Walk in the house
  • Where did you get that smile?
  • Who told you to be so good? 🙂
  • When did you grow? You’re bigger today?
  • When I was a little girl……..
  • Wow! You did it!
  • What?! You caught your sneeze??!!
  • Way to use your words!
  • Wonderful work!
  • Wiggle those wiggles out!
  • Work those muscles!
  • Will you be a friend?
  • Will you sing me a song? sing a song with me? teach me your song?
  • WATER BREAK!!
  • Whoopsie Daisy

Can you say Worn Out?? It’s the eighth Wonder of the World I can remember much of anything!

 

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