b week


something that wasn’t ever in my lesson plans was this fantastic child created activity:

thursday was the first day of autumn so we made leaf balls and enjoyed unseasonably warm outside time!

mr. matt brought his dog, fozzie, to play.

he even let us dress him up in dress up clothes!

and one time, he was so thirsty he drank out of my cup!

we celebrated mr. matt’s birthday with lots and lots of donuts.

look at these friends work on block city!

the big blue slide had a lot of action this week…including some brave experimenting:

we do show and tell different ways: on wednesday we set our things on our big white board and i wrote the words. and i provided a lesson in inventive writing as i worked to write “brachiosaurus” knowing it was wrong!

on thursday, we worked to “fill in the circle” and oh, the joy of adding a real baby to the collection!

our B tray had bikes and bunnies on the beach

we did a lot of bread talk:

and made a HUGE baguette! last spring one class went on a field trip to baker sharon:

and these kiddos remembered her making five cuts in the top of each loaf!

(notice the five “cuts” made by tape)

and perhaps the greatest peek into B week is this unedited video of work time:


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{another response to violence}


i will greet you with smiles and a determined hope as my heart grieves and soul rages and mind stops with exhaustion at the continued violence.

our children see it. and for those who are afraid and confused,

may they know. their. worth.

and may they know there are helpers, people calling out truth and not settling for the injustice that is breaking communities.

and now, to set out crayons and glue and teddy bears, creating another bubble.


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a week

A week was amazing, awesome, adventurous, adorable!


a new tiny muscle option this year are mini sensory boxes (26 plastic pencil boxes for each letter of the week): this week we had alphabet beads and short lengths of pipe cleaner.

we took pictures to use for our picture boards, cubbies, journals, etc.

charrliethis is when children can use any expression they like and choose which photo to use. that’s why some look “mad” or “sad” or “wild” or “happy” or “glad” or “silly” or “normal.”


as is tradition: the first days of school we paint! we used hands and brushes on plastic bags that were taped to the table, then made prints.


one little friend knows the space well since she also comes to church here, so when she was done painting, i had fun watching her go get the bike out of the depths of storage.

outside time was full of the “littlest pushing the biggest” and screaming and running and saying hello to neighbors.


and one day, it rained!

we taste tested apple slices and apple sauce, then circled which one we preferred.

another traditional first day activity: free reign on glue bottles. 

i love giggling at preschool:

and we’ve already had birthdays to celebrate!



and finally, this found writing proves that the letter A is not needed to communicate that the family corner store sells sausage, eggs and ice cream.

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