Rain and Rainbows
If you live in the North, March is not necessarily sunny. It’s likely cold and rainy. Not exactly a good time to make rainbows. If you wait a few weeks and do the rain and rainbows theme at the beginning of April, it will probably make more sense for you and the kiddos.
In order to make a rainbow you need rain. We have some really fun and wet activities to help children understand that rainbows start with rain.
For this drippy art project you’ll need paper, glue, liquid water color, crayons, pipettes, and cotton balls. First, the children color rainbows on their paper. While they’re busy with that mix up some blue glue. Make the mixture very runny. The children use the pipettes to run the glue across the top of the paper. Pick up the paper and let the glue drip straight down. When they have the drips as far as they like they can add their cotton balls to the top to form clouds.
This is a teacher made toy to bring to the water table. The teacher poked holes in the bottom of a plastic Dollar Store container and the kiddos make it rain.
I found this pic on the internet somewhere on the internet. I see what looks like Velcro circles on each rain drop. This could be a matching game with letters, numbers, names…you program your rain drops to your needs.
Puddle jumping game. This game comes from nurturstore.co.uk. Teachers make this game. The game is highly adaptable to numbers, letters or math problems. All you need is construction paper, scissors, tape, and a permanent marker.
Every child got to add their hand print in this huge project!
Three different classrooms three different rainbows. Three year olds made first rainbow display. Four year olds who used tempura paint to make the next display of rainbows. The last rainbow was made by 4 year olds with different materials for each color.
Turn April Fools Day into a whole week of fun! Your preschoolers will be amazed when they open their bananas at breakfast and they’re already sliced! ?This does take some prep work so if you have lots of kiddos for breakfast you might need to do this the night before. Watch how it’s done.
Mommypoppins.com has some very cute things preschool teachers can modify for fun in their class.
Brownies anyone? Make that brown E’s! Later in the day offer brownies for a special snack time treat. Present them to the children and watch their faces as they reach for brown E’s! Of course, you’ll have actual brownies waiting for them. lol
This is lots of fun for the kiddos. Try running circle time backwards, sing your greeting song last, play your games first. You’ll know what works for your room.
Your little ones will be fooled when they wake from nap and all the chairs are turned backwards at the tables! If you can make it happen eat snack with the children’s backs to the tables. Backwards Day!
Wear your socks mismatched like these kiddos at simplykinder.com
Crazy Hair Day
Teachers and kiddos will have fun with this. Make your hair as crazy as you dare! Please don’t post the pics of teachers (or kids) anywhere public!! lol There are a couple of fun books to read on crazy hair day.
This is the day to give them what they want! Have a party, eat ice cream, or make smoothies. If your kiddos are old enough bring our balloons, if not how about bubbles? Make it a festive day. Say “Yes!” as much as you can. Remind the kiddos to say yes when they can as well. You could turn it into a kindness lesson. Its a day to review rhyming words, opposites, and matching concepts. Have a great week!
For many centers fund raising is a means to getting much needed equipment or special supplies. A Children’s Art Auction is a fancy affair where parents gather and have a silent auction. One hundred percent of the proceeds can go to the center if there are no other charitable entities involved.
Each classroom creates a masterpiece to be auctioned off. Many of the items are up cycled from thrift stores, other pieces are photography projects, some are Pinterest finds.
Our Tree House class made this with a handprint for each child. These kiddos are 4 years old.
Colorful Castles made by another 4 year old class.
The tiny foot prints of our smallest children made this hungry caterpillar.
Our second baby room decorated this foot stool with their fingertips.
Our smallest toddlers made these fingertip birds sitting on a line. So cute!
We ❤️ NY! Our third 4 year old class made this.
This masterpiece was done by one of or toddler classrooms. Masking tape was put randomly on the canvas. Each child painted a space, when the tape was removed it revealed this color blocked piece.
Here each toddler water colored on die cut circles of coffee filters.
A three year old class painted long stripps of paper, and then learned about weaving.
This is from another three year old class and uses colored sand.
Footprint penguins from our three year old class called Penguins.
I’m not sure how the toddler class named Ducklings made this but it’s done in relief. Very cute!
If you’re looking for more children’s art auction ideas check out the masterpieces from last year here.
Researcer finds “Magic 8” preschool practices
This is the story of how a researcher finds “Magic 8” preschool classroom practices. In October 2017, Lillian Mongeau of the Hechinger Report told the story of a scientist who took their research to the next level.
Negative Effects And Outcomes
It began in 2015 Vanderbilt researcher Dale Farran published the findings from her first study of the Tennessee state preschool program. That study resulted in disappointing findings. The preschool program had no effect or negative effects on children by third grade.
Rather than doing reasearch and just leaving it there, with children in mediocre settings she decided to get involved and do something about it! “Do you just say ‘we found these outcomes’ or do you roll up your sleeves and try to do something about it?” said Farran. She wanted better for the children in her care.
Increasing Positive Outcomes
Farran initiated a second study. Farran’s team collected data on teacher actions and student achievement in 26 preschool classrooms. The study of 840 children ran for two years from 2014 to 2016. From the data Farran developed eight critical actions teachers can take that can increase positive experiences. These “magic 8” actions, taken across curriculua, can improve outcomes and transform mediocre programs into high quality programs.
Reduce time spent in transition
Improve level of instruction
Create a positive climate
Increase time teachers listen to children.
Plan sequential activities
Promote cooperative interactions between children
Foster high levels of child involvement
Provide math opportunities
Learn more about the “Magic 8” here.
Author Natalka Prytula
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