Saturday, May 27, 2017

Mmmmm....Math is Yummy!

At  MCP, we love to play with our food.  We love to sort and make patterns.  We also practice counting to ten.

Pretzels and goldfish crackers are fun, too!

 
 


 



Friday, May 26, 2017

Math Counts!

Math is plays an important role in our daily curriculum at MCP but how can you help your child at home?  Easy!  Math is everywhere!  Numbers are everywhere!  Shapes are everywhere!  Patterns are everywhere!  You just have to look and find opportunities to talk about math with your child. 

Some ideas to get your started---
  • Count out snack or dinner items (five carrots, one sandwich)
  • Set the table-how many people? how many plates?
  • At the store "Let's pick out five apples."
  • Calendar count downs to holidays or special events
  • Board games where your child has to count the spaces moved
  • Point out shapes-circles, spheres, cylinders, squares 
  • Cooking is fantastic for measuring
  • Children love rulers and measuring tapes.  A great way to introduce the concept of inch and foot.  Have your child look for things that are bigger than one foot or smaller?  Find things that are five inches long.
  • Use words like more, less, greater, bigger, smaller, shortest, tallest.
Seasonal shapes from the dollar store and office stickers are a fun way to count!



We love geoboards and pattern blocks at MCP!

You can roll the dice and count anything! 

Our Discovery Center has math activities---

For more ideas and additional information---
http://www.scholastic.com/parents/blogs/scholastic-parents-learning-toolkit/preschool-readiness-9-playful-ways-to-build-early-math

http://www.scholastic.com/parents/resources/article/what-to-expect-grade/preparing-preschool-math

http://www.scholastic.com/parents/resources/article/stages-milestones/math-activities-preschoolers

Monday, May 22, 2017

Summer Bucket List-2017

"Summertime is always the best of what might be."
Charles Bowden

A week from today the bell rings, the gates open and summer takes off!  Summer is like no other season.  I never ask anyone "What are you going to do this winter?"  Summer has a magical and never ending feel.  It's a season to get out and be together with family and friends. 

You might do all the things you plan to do but probably not.  My husband and I continue to make a summer bucket list even though our boys are grown and gone.  A visual list in the kitchen reminds us that summertime is the best time to do so many things.  We get to most but never all. 

Check out the Children's Museum in Galesburg!  Discovery Depot---
http://www.discoverydepot.org/

Past posts---
http://metamoracommunityprek.blogspot.com/2012/05/summer-bucket-list.html

http://metamoracommunityprek.blogspot.com/2012/05/summer-bucket-list-part-2.html

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Mr. Hoppers

  
What a fun day!
We learned about frogs and toads.
We sketched with paint.
 We painted a frog!

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Summer 2017-Read & Dance

"Let us read, and let us dance; these two amusements will never do any harm to the world."
Voltaire

I have to add Footloose to my list of favorite books.  It combines two of my favorite things to do with the children in the classroom-read and dance.  So, here are my favorites and some additional book ideas to get you started with your summer reading with your child. 

My top 108 books---

Summer books---

Zoo books---

Monday, May 15, 2017

Believe in Yourself

"Magic is believing in yourself, if you can do that, you can make anything happen."
Goethe

Congratulations to the MCP Class of 2017!