Thursday, January 28, 2010
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
The cutting that happens in this activity is so great for small motor development and the children really get to start using their thinking skills to look for a "specific" picture throughout the magazines!!
Thursday, January 14, 2010
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Friday, January 8, 2010
I am so very excited to be a recipient of "The Sunshine Award" from an excellent fellow blogger at Excellence in Early Childhood Education. Be sure to pop over to her site for some great ideas!! The Sunshine Award is awarded to bloggers whose positivity and creativity inspire others in the blog world. The rules for accepting this award are....
- Put the logo on your blog
- Pass the award onto 10 bloggers
- Link the nominees within your post
- Let the nominees know that they have received this award by commenting on their blog
- Share the love, and link to the person from whom you received this award
I would love to pass a little sunshine on to the following blogs in hopes to brighten their day!!
All of these blogs have such great ideas and wonderful inspiration!! Be sure to check them out!!
Thursday, January 7, 2010
This is such a contagious song..... I find myself singing it all day once I sing it in preschool.
I have a bunch of animal puppets that I use, I pick one puppet at a time and hide it until the song says, "what does this animal do?" Then out comes the puppet and he talks and tells the kids a little bit about himself, how he survives during the winter and then he lets the kids ask some questions about him. Sometimes they are silly questions, but it makes for a fun time!! We could do this all day and the kids would be happy and entertained. What is it about puppets that kids love so much? Happy Singing!!
Animals in Winter Song
Some animals in winter sleep, sleep, sleep.
Some animals in winter eat, eat, eat.
Some animals in winter fly away...
What does this animal do?
Use winter animals puppets and pull out a different animal each time you sing it.
Wednesday, January 6, 2010
So right now in preschool we are learning about Animals in Winter.....I don't know why I always have so much fun with this theme!! Anyway, today for a science experiment, we discovered what it would feel like to be a Polar Bear swimming in the icy water (kind of). First, have each child put their bare hands in a bowl of freezing ice water. We like to count and see how long they can hold it in there (great counting practice). Every class I always get at least a couple of brave souls who leave their hand in there as long as they possibly can - I always stop them at 30!! Who knows how long they would actually leave it in there - crazy kids!!
Then, take a rubber glove and have one child make a fist and have them put there hand in the glove (obviously you aren't going to have them put their fingers in the finger places :). I like to wear a rubber glove also, basically for less clean up.
and cover that child's hand with shortening.
I just plop it on until the whole fist is covered....I use quite a bit. I take my glove off and then I cover the child's fat covered hand with plastic wrap (this is for easier clean up also).
Now just have the child put their hand in the icy water now.......the kids think it is the coolest thing that they now can't feel the icy cold water. I don't count this time because we would be there all day.....I just let them see how a Polar Bear (or a penguin or a seal or any other freezing Arctic animal) might feel. Once you are done with the first child, I carefully slip the fat covered glove off and have the next child slip in their fist. It works pretty smoothly.You can do this as a large group, small group, or even work it in to your choice centers at the messy table or something for less down time for the kids. We did it as a group at the end of the day. How fun!! Now.....go experiment!!