Thursday, December 1, 2016

MCP Christmas 2016

You think Santa and his elves are busy?  You should see our MCP friends!  What are we doing until Santa arrives?

Looking at Christmas I SPY bottles...

and sensory bottles...

We are helping Santa with his orders...

and delivering presents down the chimney..

We heard Mrs. Claus needed some elves in the bakery...

We love sorting, creating patterns and counting.

Our candy cane messy tub is sweet!

Pinecones are in a different messy tub.

Naughty or Nice is our ABC game.

Our MWF preK classes are gluing holiday collages.

We will keep you posted on our holiday fun!

Monday, November 28, 2016

Masterpiece Monday---Kandinsky's Several Circles

Last Monday, we continued our unit on Kandinsky.  The children learned that usually an artist will give their work a name.  We looked at Kandinsky's Black Lines, Red Oval  and Concentric Circles.  The last piece we looked at was Several Circles.  How many is several?  What is a concentric circle?

Each child was given a large piece of black construction and glue.  We placed circles of all sizes and shapes in the center of the table.  We advised the children to glue large circles first and then add smaller circles.  Each child named their work. 

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Thank You for Everything!

 MCP students are very thankful for...
Mommy, Daddy, their family, brothers & sisters, babies, Mrs. C, Mrs. U & Mrs. Q.  They are thankful for the easy button, barns, dogs & cats, adventure, fall and the Cubs!  MCP students are thankful for soccer, Saturdays, the seasons, their bed and their toys. 

Since I was not very eloquent at the Thanksgiving program,  I just want to say again how thankful I am for being able to do a job I love! Our MCP staff is always the best and devoted to your children and our program. Each day is a wonderful adventure at school and I am so thankful that you choose MCP to be your child's first school experience. 

There is so much to be thankful for this holiday! 
Give thanks and enjoy the day with your family!

Friday, November 18, 2016

The Importance of Good Manners

What we need in the world is manners... I think that if instead of
preaching brotherly love, we preached good manners,
we might a get a little further.  
Eleanor Roosevelt  
"My Day"  
February 17, 1938

Imagine fifteen hungry preschoolers.   Now, get their hands washed, seat them at a table, feed them a snack and keep everyone happy.  Snack time is a busy time at school but it is also a teaching opportunity.  We focus on good table manners at our snack time and that is an important life-long lesson.

The children must wait until everyone is served and we say a short prayer before they can eat.  This is really hard at first but now the children understand they must wait for their friends.  We thank our friend who brought the snack. We ask the children to keep seated in their chair with their knees under the table.  The children say 'Please' and 'Thank you' when their snack and drink is served.  They are learning patience.  They now know there are fifteen hungry children and only two teachers getting everyone snack.

The children are encouraged to talk with their friends at the table.  When they are finished, they must remain seated until everyone is finished and we clean up.  They wait for our 'garbage' helper and throw away their trash before leaving the table. Good manners are taught, encouraged and praised. Showing good manners is showing brotherly love.

The holidays are great time to encourage and reinforce your child's good manners. For more information--- and thank you!

More info on why manners are important---

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Pizza My Heart

We watched a fun video!

We made pizza...

Today we ate pizza and graphed our favorite.  We ran out of time to chart if the children liked our special pizza snack but there wasn't any pizza left!  I'm pretty sure most would say 'yes'.  How to---

The Jewelry Box

Pony beads, milk caps, wooden beads and busy fingers are in our art center lacing bracelets and necklaces. (MWF classes only)