r is for rubber band boards

technically, these are geoboards.  but we call them rubber band boards.  they are a well liked activity.

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a great opportunity to create in the abstract.  this is a rocket ship:

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expect to spend a lot of clean up time finding wayward rubber bands (or pieces of them) around the room.  that is when i announce “rubber band rescue!”

c is for celebration

we have a wonderful tradition of an end-of-the-year-graduation-and-celebration.

preschool grad by you.

now comes the cleaning and the sorting, we’re moving our preschool back to it’s original location…

there are oodles of projects not shared here….more to come.

e is for earth day

earth day

when i say EARTH DAY, you say EVERY DAY!

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we were graced with beautiful weather and moved as many of our preschool activities outside as we could.

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earlier in the week we did a two-part project of painting earths.

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first the children painted green land masses (VERY tricky to not paint the whole plate green!).

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later in the day we added in blue water AROUND the green land.

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and since it is X week and we are looking for treasure all week, some glitter was added.

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this planet really is a treasure.

happy earth day 2009.

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earth day 2010 here.

g is for grow!

look at our wheat…photo taken exactly one week from planting.

wheat grass grows!

since it comes from organic wheat seed, we nibble on it.  some kids ate quite a bit, tearing it off or actually getting scissors.

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it is surprisngly sweet after you chew it a bit.

wheat grass grows!

and wow, look at this:

wheat grass grows!

no mystery left here.

g is for grass

easter basket grass by you.

we did this to fill our brown bag and ribbon easter baskets, but this could be used for any spring project.

easter basket grass by you.

i told the class i didn’t have any of the plastic easter grass so what would we do?  cut our own?  oops, raining (that was handy).  and oops, this was the same day we pretended we didn’t have scissors.  then i told them we would use a machine. oooooooooo.

easter basket grass by you.

i can’t believe i haven’t done this sooner.  we talked safety rules and why this was okay to do at preschool.  we talked about rules if they have one of these at home or if they see one somewhere (that they must ask a grown up first, etc).  we looked at the cutting part and saw that it wasn’t knives or scissors at all.  we looked at the opening and saw that a finger can’t fit in.

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then we shredded paper.

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look at those faces.

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it was delightful to say the least.

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they waited their turn, then chose a shade of green and turned it into grass!

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