i is for i spy

my valentine to preschoolers this year was an i spy bottle.

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inside there are white beans, heart beads, mini valentine erasers, jewels and mirrors.

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plus a secret message.

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i’m counting on the preschoolers leaving the bottles taped up tightly! : )

m is for milk lid

preschool families and friends have been collecting milk lids for us.

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since it is m week we’ve been sorting by color. we’ve noticed that in the tens of milk lids there are, there is only one brown lid. come on, let’s drink some chocolate milk!

the next phase of this activity is arranging them into words, letter groups, abc order, etc. for some of our kids we explored spacing between letters. learning that when there is a “finger space” between letters that means they are different words. sometimes it was fun to do that on purpose. like a joke. hee hee hee.

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we noticed how many letters can become other letters simply by turning them.

kevin can become keviz and can easily become kevin again! more funny stuff.
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keep bringing those milk lids…we have more projects in mind!

j is for jingle bell poem

we used our cutting muscles again to cut foil (folded over 6 times) circles.

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the teachers helped seperate them.  one we glued in our journal and the rest we used for a jingle bell project to go with the poem we wrote at circle time:

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the preschoolers glued strips of paper on so they touched the TOP of the paper, then glued their jingle bells on the BOTTOM of each strip.

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let me tell you, i should have written: sing + clap + JUMP to “Jingle Bells.”

j is for jingle bell

we used j week to explore metal vs non-metal

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with huge bags of thrifted wooden beads and more bags of jingle bells, we made necklaces and tree ornaments.

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before we made them, all the bells and wooden beads were mixed in a large bucket.  when we sunk a magnet wand in and pulled out, it was covered with jingle bells.  that was a good time.  i recommend it.

l is for letter

i dabble in the handwriting without tears curriculum.  mostly i am fascinated by the desire to make letter writing easily successful for children.  one thing we do that is handwriting-withou- tears-ish is give craft sticks or wide gross grain ribbon strips to form the letters. here we have a 5 stick capital E:

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