Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Preschool Interactive: birds

  • 2-27-13: Fairly big snow storm last night and I only had 15 people this morning. I abridged Bees and Snails as we read it - we mostly talked about the patterns and shapes. I didn't get the Little Bird flannelboard done, so we talked about patterns in sound and sang Casper Babypants' Loud Bird from Sing Along. The kids were getting restless so I abridged About Birds as well.
  • 2-22-12: Big group back again, 45! My soggy day note really didn't work as the weather suddenly changed to sunny. Sigh. Limelight Larry was not as popular as I had hoped, this group was too big for the little pictures I think. Otto the Book Bear was a HUGE hit. I tried a different set up, having the first half of the craft on two tables and the second half on the other two tables, but the group was too big and spread out. Maybe lay out the first part of the craft next time, then come around with the bleeding art tissue paper. [note - at this storytime we made peacocks out of paper plates and tongue depressors and took home rainbow frogs]
Dancing time and name tags: "Boots" by Laurie Berkner from Victor Vito

Introduction, welcome, and announcements: Messy art club tomorrow, Dr. Seuss Celebration on Friday.

Early Literacy Theme: Narrative Skills, one of the early literacy skills children need in order to learn how to read, is expressive language, including being able to describe things, to tell events in order, and to retell stories. We'll be practicing this skill today in a number of ways, including having everyone participate in the stories.

Opening name song: The more we get together

Long story: Three hens and a peacock by Lester Laminack

Movement: Rain on the green grass

Nonfiction: Bees, snails and peacock tails by Betsy Franco

Movement/Flannelboard: Little bird by Elizabeth Mitchell

Short story: Blue chicken by Deborah Freedman

Short story: About birds by Cathryn Sill

Closing song: Sunny Day

Process art: Decorating wings with patterns.

Prep: Markers, crayons, tape, butterfly wings

Kids decorate wings making patterns especially with tape.
Bailey colors in her patterns

Sound patterns with Loud Bird

Hailey and McKenna

The twins decorate their wings

Tyler works on scribbles

Clare shows off her wings

so adorable!

Clare and Mia

Take Home Insert

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Middle School Madness: The madness begins

  • 2-6-13: This is my new after school program - just for middle schoolers! It's going to be roughly once a month during the school year. I really, really hope it works! I am offering wii gaming, snacks, projects, and new books. It worked! I didn't write this until afterwards, so I kinda figured out how it would work as we went along. About 20 6th grade girls came and stayed for over an hour, with another 10 or so 7th graders looking in, random drop-ins getting cookies, etc. The older kids won't come with the younger ones there, but since most of our problem kids are these 7th graders, that's fine by me. It did get a bit twirly near the end, and I think some music would help, but there's a huge disparity in musical tastes and family rules, so I'm not sure what I'd play. Having the middle school announce it on the PA that same day did the trick.
The Challenge
  • This challenge was marshmallows and pretzel sticks! You couldn't eat any until you'd made something. Things made included random structures, mini-weights, and a car.
DIY Projects
  • We painted a variety of wooden things I had left in the closet and I bought some tops from School Discount Supply. The butterflies and snakes were the most popular (also from School Discount Supply)
  • I baked cookies and banana bread and our director baked cookies as well. The kids also ate a lot of pretzels and marshmallows. They would have liked soda, but I don't want to clean up spills nor do I wish to give them any more unhealthy sugar.
Passive: Wii and New Book Table
  • The girls (and a couple boys) pretty much took turns playing Just Dance 3 the whole time. There was mild interest in the books, specifically Zachary Sherman's Bloodlines, Ayun Halliday's Peanut, and the latest wolf book by Kathryn Lasky, but nobody had a library card. Some kids were going to ask their parents to bring their cards when they got picked up so they could check stuff out.
  • Wii games (put on hold on Monday)
  • New books (saved behind my desk until the program)
  • Cookies and banana bread (baked by myself and director)
  • Paper napkins and serving dishes (liberated from the staff room)
  • Marshmallows (found in my storage room)
  • Pretzels (Purchased - $2)
  • Paper plates (Purchased - I use these for a gazillion things and just buy more when I need them)
  • Acrylic paint (Purchased - I use this for different things and just add more when I run out)
  • Paintbrushes (storage room - I dispose of these after they're used, not worth cleaning)
  • Plastic tablecloths (Purchased - $2)
  • Wooden tops, butterflies, and snakes (Bought the tops for about $10, the other things were left over)
  • Wax paper (storage room)
  • Water cups
  • Disinfectant wipes (for clean-up)
Yasmin meets the challenge
Marshmallow challenge

More marshmallow challenges

Splatter-paint butterfly

Dancing to Wii

Giovanna's creation

It's a car!

Heavy weights!

Painting stuff

Robot zombie snowman

Joanna  (sp?) shows off her creation

A happy butterfly

Everybody dance!

Look at the detail and shading! Best snake!