Thursday, September 24, 2009

Lots of Learning going on !

Stringing red and green beads onto pipe cleaners. We talked about making a pattern but I didnt insist that they do it " my way ". 

How many apples long is the worm?

Jaden's mom enjoying the fun conversations !

Look, I made a necklace!

This takes concentration. Look at Anna's pattern!

This  can also be a sorting activity !

I took out some new special crayons today and LOVED the pictures they made. Sometimes it takes changing out their environment a little. If that had been crayons I doubt anyone would have scampered to the table quite so fast. I did a huge no no.  I  was so excited to see Whitlee's picture and exclaimed " You drew the Very Hungry Caterpillar". I was wrong... But isnt it good ?

Jaxson did a fabulous drawing too !

Apple prints with a real apple.  I cut little notches in the side of the apple so the children could grip it better.  There is also an A stamp.  Just a little reinforcement. 

Enjoying Jaden's mom reading " There was an old lady who swallowed a pie" 

Daniel was so excited that he put the puzzle together by himself!

This is how we manage centers.  There are 8 x 10 pictures of our friends ( these are last year ) and they are numbered.  In this center 3 children can play.  We dont enforce these too much unless an area gets too crowded and a little crazy.

Someone playing house in our Dora playhouse. Did you know it speaks Spanish?

Sometimes we need a little alone time.

Pets... everywhere. They LOVE to pretend to be doggies and kitty cats.

Geneviette working a puzzle

"Here comes Rosanna!"  I think it is sweet how they watch for their little friends to arrive.

Clara reciting our poem of the week and using the pointer. Allowing them to use the pointer helps them understand the flow of reading... top to bottom , left to right. We are also able to point out punctuation marks.

What a fun full day.  Remember, I will be here in the morning when you arrive but will leave later in the morning  to drive to Batesville Arkansas to teach a conference on the future of Family Childcare.   Beth will also be here on Monday. I will be  eating with the governor. hmph!
Can you believe it? Me and about 100 other people! :)  This is another early childhood thing that I am helping to facilitate.  So glad I have great helpers and don't have to worry when I am gone.


  1. About a week ago Rosanna came home telling me that there was no more paint. I thought that she meant that she had not colored that day. She kept repeating the same thing every day. Now, I know that she really meant what she said.

  2. Lady, you amaze me. I have a hard time keeping up with my four all day, making sure they have learning activities, reading time, quiet time, study time, art time, computer time, you name it. And you make it look so easy with a full classroom! :-)
    I feel like we're teachers across the hall or something. I love having the same goals and dreams for my kids as you do for "yours." Kids are so great!!

  3. I love your site I want to learn how to decorate mine .Debbie I love the activities. It has encouraged me to do another week of activities. I can't belive how many apple activities there are. Great pictures!

  4. Debbie, I love all your activities!

  5. Kitty's and doggies occupy so much of my preschooler's days... I think I may have to get a picture of it. I found your Blog through Teaching 2 & 3 yr olds and I just love it. I run a daycare/preschool out of my home and really, really find inspiration from your blog. Especially on those hard days of caring/teaching the kids... thanks!!

  6. I love that Jaden's mom was there with the kiddies! :)

    And Clara was *still* a baby kitten last night, hopping into my lap. She even endured under the neck scratching and tummy tickling without laughing. It was serious role-play. :) With elliot it was always Peter Pan or Bilbo Baggins. With Clara, it's kitty cats or doggies.