p is for present (for our families)

if you are a preschool family and you haven’t opened one of these, go check your child’s backpack and don’t read further!

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back when we painted our stars, we also painted these from discount school supply.

then we used the same photos as we use on our picture board.

ms. carol acted as “glitter fairy” one morning and added beautiful glitter designs.

then there was name writing and ornament wrapping.  when preschoolers are learning to “write” their names, i always emphasize the importance of scribbling, not perfect letter formation.  when children ask for traditional letter formation help, i “write” it first with my fingernail which leaves a little indentation as a guide.  but one of my favorite stages is when i call out their name letter by letter and the children make little scribble marks for each letter.

really sweet.

p is for pajamas

on our christmas celebration days we wore our pajamas.

pajama day

there were books read, songs sung, poems chanted, candy canes hunted for, and cookies eaten.

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thank you, families, for sharing your children with us!

pajama day

p is for play dough cookies

i made mint play dough for christmas week and pulled the family corner stove close to the table.

such a great opportunity for “kitchen language:” turn the oven to 5 degrees, cook them for 3 hours, add more flour, find your oven mitten, my tray is full, get off the stove-it’s on!


p is for (snowy) pinecone

i first saw this as a project to turn pinecones into little owls.  imagine these with owl eyes glued on.  cute.


in anticipation of christmas, we just made them as snowy pinecones.  using these from discount school supply, we poked cotton balls in. clearly a pencil would work too!   it was easiest if the cotton balls were pulled apart into tinier pieces.


oh, snowy pinecones, welcome to the season.

j is for jigsaw


a big j cut from old mat board (thank you mr. randy) covered with a thrifted missing-pieces-too-hard-for-preschoolers jigsaw puzzle and about 3 bottles of glue.


problem:  i think there are preschoolers who left the week believing “j is for puzzle.”  we have time to clear that up.