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Posted by on Jul 25, 2018 in Authors, Blog |

Children’s Author Study

Children’s Author Study

Author Natalka Prytula   Children’s Author Study

Welcome to our first children’s author study. The honor of being our first featured author goes to Natalka Prytula. She is the author of Everything’s Better With Cheddar.  The book is written for five to seven year olds.



Cheddar is a food-loving mouse who loves to cook gourmet meals while the lady of the house is sleeping. He enjoys trying new things and making new friends. But he soon finds himself with a big problem! A house cat has been brought home from the shelter and everyone knows that cats eat mice. So Cheddar must find a way to get the “fuzz ball of a creature” to become his friend before it’s too late. How will Cheddar be able to become the cat’s buddy before he finds himself becoming a tasty treat? Everything’s Better with Cheddar is the first book of a series. The possibilities of his future adventures are endless!

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Natalka had always wanted to be a teacher and was finishing her degree in early childhood education when she took a children’s literature class. Her professor gave an assignment: write and illustrate a children’s book. Cheddar was born. With her degree in hand Natalka landed a position as a toddler teacher at a prestigious preschool in Western New York. Her kids love Cheddar, because they know Everything’s Better With Cheddar! Publisher’s website: http://sbpra.com/NatalkaPrytul



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Posted by on Jul 16, 2018 in Beach Theme, July Themes, Ocean Theme, Themes |

Ocean Theme

Ocean Theme




Ocean Theme

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Ocean Sensory Bottles

Ocean Theme    A student teacher helped our kiddos make these cute ocean theme sensory bottles.  You can add stickers on the outside, even on the lid. You can add sand and tiny seashells to the bottles. Fun Stuff.

Life’s A Beach

Ocean Theame Ocean Theme  Like a Zen Garden only it’s a beach. Kids can make this their happy place. Add a few props and the kids get it.

Ocean Theme  Now might be a good time to take a field trip to your local aquarium. Wikipedia has a great list of links to hundreds of aquaria across the country here.

Yellow Submarine

    Ocean Theme  One of our three’s teachers put this yellow submarine together for her Ocean Theme. She ran some plain lamination paper through the machine for her porthole windows. A dollar store peerascope is a great addition. Stinking cute!

SHARKS!

Ocean Theme  When your submarine dives deep you might encounter a SHARK!  This one isn’t so scary, made of masking tape.




Ocean Theme   Speaking of sharks, we take this as a Pinterest success! We left off the back fin but our kids enjoyed making and wearing their shark hats.

Here are a few books our class thought were great!
                        
Shark Dog! is very cute for preschoolers.                         Gilbert is great!

Jellyfish Sensory Bottle

Ocean Theme    One plastic bag can make two jellyfish Cut a plastic bag into two large squares. Stuff the scraps into the middle to make a head. Then tie this off with white yarn or floss.

    Cut strips toward the head to make long tendrils.

    Plopp your jellyfish in a plastic bottle and fill with light blue water.

Ocean Theme   The jellyfish will move more freely in a bigger bottle.

Ocean Theme  We gave these jellyfish big eyes for some reason. Who knows. lol

Ocean Theme  This is the Pinterest we were going for. Can’t nail ‘em all. lol

Ocean Theme  The jelly fish in this mural is actually one from the above pic. It’s just paper bowl inverted, with ribbon glued on the under side. We added eyes. Don’t ask. lol

 

Ocean Theme  All types of fish are found in the Ocean, even Rainbow Fish! 🌈 You’ll need a class supply of fish patterns, bleeding tissue paper, small cups of water, and paint brushes. You can have the tissue paper precut or have the children rip some into small shapes. The children will lay the tissue paper all over their fish and paint over the whole thing with the water. When the tissue paper is dry, the kids remove the tissue paper to reveal the colors!

Check out our Free Printables!




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Posted by on May 2, 2018 in Art, Blog, May Themes, Mother’s Day |

Tea and Flowers for Mom

Tea and Flowers for Mom

Tea and Flowers for Mom

Going old school with these two cute Mothers Day gifts saved from years gone by. Your preschoolers can make tea and flowers for Mom.

Little Tea Pot

Tea and flowers for MomOriginally the poem was mimeographed and glued inside the tea pot with a tea bag stapled inside. My little tea pot is very fragile some 30 years later! Cut these out so the handle is the fold.”


Flower Basket

Tea and Flowers for Mom  These flowers baskets are perfect for young toddlers to put together. Cut out enough for each in your care.

You’ll need Have lots of flowers cut from magazines, seed packets, or seed catalogs. You’ll also need a plastic strawberry quart container. The one we used has a grid almost. Like this… Quart basket .

You’ll also need brown paint and a paper plate or small tray used for the paint. Glue sticks or glue bottles will also be needed.

Begin by having the child dip the strawberry basket into the brown paint and the print it onto the basket cut out. Have the children do this several times to give the effect of a woven basket.

Next have the kids glue on flowers of their choice, keeping the handle free of any flowers.

Finish with a little bow on the handle. (Not shown)

Now let it dry and sign the back with a Mother’s Day message.

Dandelion

This is a nice flower we call dandelion. Make a wish Mom!

Tea and Flowers for Mom  This is finger print art. Have the child dip their index finger in black paint to make the stem. The teacher offers the child two or three different colors of paint, and help them make finger rip ts to resemble the seeds getting blown. Very cute!

Happy Mother’s Day!

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Posted by on Feb 19, 2018 in Art, Blog, February Themes, Olympics |

Preschool Winter Olympics

Preschool Winter Olympics



The 2018 Winter Olympics are here!

This is our Preschool Winter Olympics. Our preschoolers are having a great time competing and winning silver and gold medals.

Let The Games Begin!

Preschool Winter Olympics      Our torch is just a paper towel tube covered in foil and stuffed with orange and yellow tissue paper.

Preschool Winter Olympics  Simplest art project ever! Five paper towel tubes in 5 plates of paint. Red, yellow, blue, black and green. Let the kids dip and print!


  Pre cut the center of paper plates away, so you have just the outer ring left. Set up five stations where each kid paints a ring of each of the 5 Olympic Ring colors. When they’re dry cut each one so that you can inter lock them like the actual Olympic Rings.

Figure Skateing

Preschool Figure Skatin  Little feet wrapped in waxed paper slide across  carpet like ice.

  Rubber bands hold the waxed paper loosely around their ankles.

Luge

Preschool Winter Olympics   This is a common scooter rolling on a very old slide from a climber maybe as old as the 70’s lol. We set it up on a huge wedge mat. Not many schools will have just this combination of items to replicate this. Our Olympians love this so much I had to share!

Ice Hockey

Preschool Winter Olympics   Indoor “ice” hockey. Our kids are 3-4 so we play one-on-one hockey. Too many sticks becomes dangerous. This year we’ll remember the waxed paper “skates”.


Bring Home The Gold (or silver)

  Cut a 3-4 inch circle.

  Wrap the circle in foil. I was unable to find gold foil so we have silver medalists this year.

  Add red, white, and blue crape paper.

Preschool Winter Olympics  Just tape the ribbon onto the back. They’re not real! lol

Preschool Winter Olympics   There you have it.

  We’re planning on trying this snack this year!

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Posted by on Feb 19, 2018 in Authors, Blog, Dr. Seuss, Uncategorized |

Dr. Seuss’ Birthday Is March 2nd

Dr. Seuss’ Birthday Is March 2nd




Dr. Seuss’ Birthday Is March 2nd

This is our Dr Seuss‘ Birthday Celebration, it goes on all week! Dr. Seuss’ Birthday Is March 2nd. Each year we add some new elements. Our preschoolers have fun and learn about rhyme, patterns, and just tons of other stuff!

Things

Dr Seuss Birthday Is March 2nd   We start the week before getting everyone’s handprints for a long strip of “Things”.

   This was the early years before it dawned on me to make a long strip and only do each child’s hand print once. lol

Cats’ Hats

This week the children are introduced to the concept of patterns. This concept is an important developmental step fostering pre-reading skills.

Seuss’ Birthday Is March 2nd  I found these tiny solo cups at the grocery store, I just cut some white paper into squares. Not sure of the size but not much bigger than the mouth of the cups. The kids can practice stacking as seen in the photo. Working on pre-reading patterning, balance, and the activitiy increases attention span.

  Over the years I’ve fine tuned these activities. Now the children begin with these white striped hats. They glue on just white strips. Teachers staple these to construction paper head bands to make actual hats to keep at school and wear all week. Later come the colorful hats that we display.

    Seuss’ Birthday Is March 2nd These hats are an important lesson in paterning. Children pick two colors and alternate as they glue.

Trees

This year we will be adding Truffala Trees!

The children will make these trees from aboutamom.com.

I might (if I find the time) do these as favors for our Dr. Seuss birthday party.

 

Dr Seuss’ Birthday Is March 2nd

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