Tuesday, November 26, 2013

More Thanksgiving

This week we continued our Thanksgiving Theme.. With a two day work week, we didn't really plan a whole lot .

We made sure to take pictures of everyone in the class so everybody was able to have a Thanksgving Parent Craft and we today, Tuesday, we just colored a Mayflower picture.





This week was short and sweet!!

May each of you have a fabulous Thanksgiving!! Don't forget to count your Blessings, even the smaller ones!!

Sherry

Friday, November 22, 2013

Thanksgiving!!

This week, we started on Thanksgiving Crafts.  Actually it could have been a Turkey Week, but we "fowled" it up on Wednesday, with an Indian Corn Craft!!

Monday, we made the dltk.com shoe print and hands turkey. We just cut everything from construction paper. Suck personality the sticker eyes give the turkeys!




Tuesday, we made the Goofy Silly Turkey. The template can be found at:
 http://www.mrsminersmonkeybusiness.com/  This was a Pinterest find this year. We made a sign using a jumbo craft stick and by cutting off the part where the turkey was talking on the template.  We also glued coke can tabs on the back of the turkey head and the sign for easy hanging.




Wednesday, we made the Bingo Dabbed Indian Corn. I typed up the little poem that was found on Oriental Trading.





Thursday, we made another turkey! This time we just had the kiddos to paint the turkey and we printed up the Turkey Hop and placed it on the paper for fun dancing at home!!



Friday, we made the traditional hand print turkey, just turned into a stick puppet that can be sung to our Hello Mr. Turkey Song.  The puppet was placed in the slit of the paper so it can easily be removed by the kiddos to sing the song while holding the turkey!




All caught up with my blogging and our crafts.  Next week, we have two days of school and we intend to do a picture craft with all of the kiddos!! :)

Many Blessings to each of you!
Sherry

Down on the Farm!

Another fantastic week at Preschool!! This was a fun theme to do.  There are so many ideas out there for a farm theme!!

Monday, we had a double craft. For it was Veteran's Day and the beginning of our Farm Week! We had the children color a flag for Veteran's Day.  We made the simple rooster and attached a poem to the back of the plate.




Tuesday, we sponge painted a "cloud" shape for the sheep's body. Added the face, ears, and legs. The kiddos had a lot of fun painting and watching the creation of the sheep being made from a "cloud"!


Wednesday, we made PURPLE COWS! Scoop of Vanilla Ice Cream and pour a little grape soda on top of the ice cream.  This was a HUGE HIT at school, with both teachers and kiddos!! One little boy was eyeing the ice cream, I think his mouth watered for it, until I poured on the grape soda. The excitement escaped right from his little face! Then he looked at it, and looked at me, and said, "I don't think I like purple cows!" I asked if he would JUST try it for me! He did, well, he couldn't get enough of it. He said, "I do like Purple Cows!!" Another little boy, we were told by his mom, talked to his daddy on the phone (while he was out of town) and dad asked if there was anything he would like for him to bring to him.  Sam said, "Oh Yes, Daddy, Banilla Ice Cream and Purple Drink!" Each person at the bottom of the coloring page got a YES! in the blank that asked if they liked it.



Thursday and Friday we had another two day craft.  Each child made a farmer. This was found on Pinterest as well.  We didn't really like the shovel, so we cut that from the template and from Bing.com I found horse clipart that fit perfectly under the hand as if the farmer is petting the horse!! Each child was there own Old Mac-Farmer! The template was found at http://www.allkidsnetwork.com/crafts/detail.asp?fil=/crafts/farm/images/farmer-craft-template.jpg&cat=Farm&nam=Farm-Craft-Template 



Friday, we made pink polka dotted pigs. The pig was copied onto pink paper, then polka dotted with stickers and glitter glue to make it sparkle. I wrote this original poem that was used.  This was a very simple craft.



Definitely a fun fun week!! :)

Many Blessings,
Sherry

Fall

I know I'm writing blogs all in the same day, for different months, I didn't realize I had fell so far behind on my blog! Sorry about that! :)

This week, we made Fall Crafts.

On Monday, we made the Wide Eyed Owl. The kiddos painted plates brown, and glued on the attachments. The poem was placed on the back of the paper plate owl.





On Tuesday, we made Fall Leaf Squirrels with the poem attached. The kiddos colored the squirrel and then we went on a leaf hunt outside. This year, we used real leaves. I have used leaves cut from construction paper.




For Wednesday and Thursday, we made Fall Trees! Each child did one of these. Another two day project!
We painted the arm and hand. We had the children bingo dab a circle for the tree. We attached the poem at the bottom of the tree.



Friday, we made edible acorns.  This year, we had no allergies, so we used the Nutter Butter Bites, Milk Chocolate Chips, Candy Kisses and glued everything together with milk chocolate whipped frosting.  Everyone LOVED these!!



We had a lot of fun this week with our crafts. Next week, we will head to the farm!! :)

Blessings,
Sherry :)



Halloween!!

For Halloween we made some interesting items.  Some are repeats, but were well worth it!!

On Monday before the week of Halloween, we made Christian Jack-O-Lanterns.




Tuesday, we made our Jack-O-Lantern Cross. 


Wednesday, we made the pumpkins with the hand prints. Each child made one of these in our classroom!!
This was a two day project.


Friday's Craft, is a little hard to see. The kiddos colored a piece of paper, we cut it into the pumpkin shape and added the Christian Pumpkin Symbols to the pumpkins. 



 Monday, we started on our Scarecrow Bags! These will be used for when we go from door to door on the 31st to collect treats and trinkets at each of the classrooms at work.  Each child made a scarecrow bag, so this too, was a two day project in order to get all kiddos.  (Our children do not all come five days, so we have to spread out some of our crafts to catch everyone over a two day period!)


On Wednesday, we just made the popcorn scary hands.  They kiddos really enjoyed eating popcorn and creating scary hands.  Everyone got to choose the color spider ring they wanted.  Trust me, don't wait until the day before Halloween to try and purchase spider rings.  They aren't the easiest thing to find!! :)



Our party was on Halloween.  We didn't do a special craft on this day!! 

There was one day of the week left from the week of Halloween, so we decided to do a fall acorn for this day in our classroom!! Love the little song that is attached to it. A wonderful friend of mine taught this song to me many many years ago.  I know it's been around and is still found on the internet! :)



The week after Halloween, we began our fall crafts. 

Blessings, 
Sherry :)

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Manners

The theme was Manners!

We have done some (well probably all of them!) before.. my dilemma.. repost so nobody has to dig for the crafts in previous blogs.. or leave it be.  I'm all about sharing and convenience to everyone, so I figured, I'd just repost! :)

There may be a few things that we did differently in some kind of way.  Rest assured, Melissa and I LOVE our job and we have a lot of fun in our classroom.  We tweak some words to fit our crafts and we are all about changing things up.

There isn't a lot of stuff on Manners out there.. watching some kiddos.. maybe there is a need for MANY more Manner crafts, songs, and fingerplays!

Monday, we made a quiet little mouse.  The mouse tells us to not talk, but to listen when someone else talks. The poem came from the DLTK site.  The mouse was found in a book we have school.  Big Book of Patterns.  It was much smaller, so we had to enlarge the pattern.  The mouse was painted, and the cheese and ears were bingo dabbed.



Tuesday, we made a bumblebee using the foot and hand.  I had envisioned something a little differently than Melissa so we compromised and this is what we came up with.  I love the Bee Font!!



Wednesday, we kept things pretty simple.  Melissa and I both were out of the classroom on this day, for we had to attend a family funeral.  We didn't want to overwhelm the kids nor the substitute teachers by both of us being out.




Thursday, this mouth pattern was found in a book (and I wish I knew the name of it) that belonged to a friend that I worked with many many years ago.  I think it was originally suppose to be used as a dental health craft.. As I mentioned earlier, there isn't a whole lot of things out there on manners.. So between Melissa and I, we came up with this one.  We cut food items from a couple grocery store ads and an expired pizza coupon ad.  We laid the food on the table and had the kiddos pick which one they would like to glue inside their mouth.  The picture doesn't really show it, but we had the kiddos color their boy with the mouth open.  I did find this Mealtime Manner Song somewhere on the internet and with the song, we created the craft to NOT chew with your mouth open!! :)




Friday, we painted the palm of our students hands, and created a pumpkin patch with pumpkins using their manners to kick off our fall fun crafts for the following couple of weeks.  The saying, I wrote, so it's an original! I also, turned the saying into a feltboard story, to practice all during the fall season.



We enjoy so much working with our kiddos.  The smiles, the hugs, and the "I love you's!" make everything all worth while!! :)

Enjoy what you do.. stop and check out the little things in life.. Be a Blessing to someone!!
Love and Peace,
Sherry :)

Friday, October 11, 2013

Fire Safety Week!

This week, our first FULL week in October.  We decided to have our Fire Safety Week!

Everyone had a lot of fun learning about 911, Stop, Drop, Cover, and Roll, and making firetrucks, and our Parents REALLY loved our Fire Dog Picture Frame! What's a picture frame without a picture!!??

This is what we did this week! :)

FIRST, we had to get everyone's picture!! Sometimes, this can be a big task.  It seems some of our kiddos were sick at the first of the week, some at the end of the week, and one didn't come to school this week, for she was just having some Mommy Time!  We will have to make up picture frames for three kiddos next week. But, it won't take too long that we won't have time to do what we're suppose to do! :)  We have also managed two days in a row to get outside for an hour to enjoy some beautiful Fall/Summer Georgia weather!!

The first thing we did on Monday, was our Stop, Drop, Cover, and Roll T-Shirts.  We used red, yellow, and orange paint to create the fire on our shirts.  We folded the shirts in half creating a sort of "ink blot" We had the kiddos color the words which included Stop, Drop, Cover, and Roll.  This was a free standing craft. One version of this was found in a "Mailbox" Magazine many years ago.


Our next craft, we made a smoke detector.  I forgot to take a picture of our craft this week, so I used one from last year.  This year, we just bingo dabbed a nose for the smoke detector using a black dabber.  On the back of the smoke detector, I always write a little note to mom and dad to not forget to check their batteries to the real smoke detectors in their home.  :)



For Wednesday, we started on our Fire Dog Picture Frames.  By now, I have most of the pictures taken and headed out Wednesday morning before school to get them developed!! I think I went to two different CVS Stores to discover their machines were down, to end up at Rite-Aid! This year, we used the black dabber for spots, in the past we have used fingerprints. The firetruck in the picture is just a pop up tent.


We had the children create a shapes firetruck. I found the clipart on bing.com.  Attached the Barney Song, "Hurry Hurry Drive the Firetruck"!



Last but not least, we talked about 911.  We crumpled up some birthday streamer paper and had the children fill in the 9-1-1.  We have in the past used red, yellow, and orange.  This year we decided to go with the red and yellow.  The song was taught to me by a parent, many moons ago.  I am sure it could be found on the internet as well.  I have found the streamer paper is a little more vibrant than tissue paper.  Of course either would be fine. You could even use construction paper.  We wanted something a little different than paint, crayons, and bingo dabbers, so we went with the streamers!


Fire Safety week has come to a close.  Next week we will have a week of Manners!

Blessings to All,
Sherry :)