Marching into Spring!

We are enjoying our Color Unit! Every week is a new color. On Yellow Day, we planted a garden in colorful pots! Each child brought a flower to plant for this group project.

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Next, we put our flower pots on the steps and gave them some water!

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Now, we will watch our rainbow grow!

February Fun!

We learned all about hibernation in February!

First, we made bear caves!!

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Then, our bears went into the caves to hibernate!

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Shhhh……………… bears are sleeping!!!

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We read Bear Snores On!

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Animal Action was our favorite fun song this month! We can be elephants, frogs, birds, snakes and even cats!

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Our class enjoyed the amazingly mild weather by spending lots of time outside!

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Alpine Toddlers love to explore!

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Salad Spinner Painting!

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Alpine Toddlers spent time in the sunshine blowing bubbles!

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Special Day!!!

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Alpine Co-op Preschool welcomed new pets to our classroom: hermit crabs names Jim and Tudi!

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We concluded our Hibernation theme with a Teddy Bear Tea Party complete with cupcakes!

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January’s Winter Wonderland!

January started off with Pajama Day! We learned the Hot Cocoa Song, made marshmallow snowmen and enjoyed cocoa at snack time!

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Baking Soda +Liquid Watercolor + Vinegar=FUN!!!!

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We went on a field trip to Kidz Quest Children’s Museum!

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One of my students had a great idea to make a HUGE telescope in Masterpiece Studio!IMG_9743 IMG_9749 IMG_9750 IMG_9753 IMG_9754 IMG_9757

I love it when Mari gets to visit my class! She loves creating in Masterpiece Studio!

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More silly fun with tubes!

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Easel Painting is the best!

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We LOVE shaving cream painting- especially writing and erasing!

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We froze water into blocks of ice then explored with watercolor paints and salt! FUN!IMG_9881 IMG_9884 IMG_9886 IMG_9887

Then, it was time for the January SNOWBALL FIGHT! We all unrolled our toilet paper rolls………. made snowballs……….IMG_9888 IMG_9893

And let the snowball fight begin!!!

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A few people even got buried in the snow! Brrrrr!

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Then, we used our “snow” to make stuffed sock snowmen to take home!

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Happy New Year!

I spent a few days updating and rearranging our classroom over Winter Break. I wanted to create more small centers for focused work. I love the result!

Here is the view as you enter the room:

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Here are a few shots of our Mini Art Studio:

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Here is our new Discovery Center:

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This area is focused on Science and exploration! It includes a puzzle table, dollhouse, small blocks and animals, science table, light table and sensory table!

Here is the Science Table:

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Here is the Light Table:

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Blocks and dollhouse:

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Even our Circle Time Area got a face lift:

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December is Gingerbread Month!!!

December 1st

We read “If you Give a Moose a Muffin” and baked muffins!

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We got snow over the weekend! We had some snowy fun and built a tiny snowman! We read “Snowmen at Night”. I wonder what our snowman will be up to at night…………

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Here is our snowman on December 2nd:

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December 3rd

Introducing our 5 Little Snowmen song:

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We enjoyed Erupting Snowman science experiments!

December 4th: Art is Smart Day

We love the Masterpiece Studio!!!

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December 8th

We will read “There was an Old Lad Who Swallowed a Bell” and make peppermint scented candy cane paintings!

December 10th

Introducing “The Gingerbread Man”. We will learn the 5 Little Gingerbread Men in a Pan song. Bring a cookie sheet and we will make a take-home version of the song to enjoy with your family!

December 15th

We will read “Gingerbread Bear” and paint with yummy smelling gingerbread puffy paint!

December 17th

We will read “The Gingerbread Baby” and each child will decorate their own gingerbread house to take home! Bring some candy to share!

November at Alpine Co-op Preschool

Monday, Nov. 3

Popcorn Day! We will learn how  to say “popcorn”in sign language, learn a fun popcorn rhyme and do a cute corn craft!

Welcome to our class pets: stick bugs and meal worms!

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Wednesday, Nov. 5

“Leaves are Falling”! We will review our fall leaves song and make a fall scene craft.

Monday, Nov. 10

Spider Day! Each child will bring a LIVE spider to preschool (in a secure container, please!!!). We will sing spider songs and make marble painted spider webs.

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Tuesday, Nov. 11

FAMILY NIGHT! 6:30-8:00 Join us for fun crafts in the classroom and then we will go to the Fellowship Hall to enjoy a potluck. Bring a dish to share, please.

Wednesday, Nov. 12

Home Day! Please email Teacher Cari a photo of your house by Monday, November 10th so we can make a book to read in class.

Monday, Nov. 17

Bring your Family Books today! Teacher Cari emailed a template for this. Simply add your child’s name in the place of “baby” in the template. Add pictures of your family and change the words to suit your family. Print your pages today. I will put your pages into page protectors and we will read the books in class. These books will go home in December. Thanks for your help with this project!

Wednesday, Nov. 19

All around our neighborhood today. We will add make a extra large tabletop neighborhood with roads, neighborhood buildings and props.

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Monday, Nov. 24

Bird Day! We will read   Birds by Kevin Henkes and enjoy a new felt board game/song. We will make bird feeders.

Wednesday, Nov. 26

Turkey Day! We will learn 5 Little Turkeys song and make salad spinner turkeys!

 

October was full of Fall Fun!

We learned a new song:

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We learned about squirrels and went on a “Nut Hunt”!

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We introduced the “glitter table”!

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We did “pumpkin pounding”!

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We opened the Masterpiece Studio with clay play!

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We painted pumpkins with shaving cream.

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Our Masterpiece Studio got fully stocked and we enjoyed making whatever we wished using paint, glue, scissors, stickers, ribbons, papers, buttons, beads, feathers etc………………….

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We enjoyed playing on our climber on a rainy day.

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We had a ton of fun at Pun’kin Time pumpkin farm. Farmer Jim gave us a great tour and we explored the pumpkin patch and chose great pumpkins.

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We ended the month with our Fall Party including a cooking project: Pumpkin Pie Pudding!

Happy October!

 

Back to School!

I am excited to be teaching at Alpine Co-op preschool this year! I have enjoyed setting up my classroom and getting to know the families! I am teaching Toddler Tuesdays, a preschool class on Mondays and Wednesdays and an enrichment class called Art is Smart on Thursdays.

This was our first week of school.

On Monday, my preschoolers met Henry, we made our placemats, chose cubbies and coathooks. Parents stayed to help ease the children into the classroom. We read Llama llama Misses Mama, and learned the 5 Elephants song!

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By Wednesday, the children were old pros! We read The Very Busy Squirrel, song 5 Red Apples (with Mr. Slinky Worm), made apple collages and played!

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Art is Smart was on Thursday. Our collaborative project this week was birds! They turned out great!

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We got to explore a giant sunflower!

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We had an apple tasting. Which do you like best: Red Delicious, Golden Delicious or Gala?

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We also made applesauce! Peel the apples……..

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Add water, sugar, cinnamon and apple slices to the blender………

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YUM!

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September was full of apple fun!