Monday, September 28, 2009

popsicle cuties

These little cuties are what we use for the students job chart. They can see the popsicle replica of themselves and see what responsibility they are in charge of for that day.

part of the fun was deciding how best to make the popsicle look like the student. I think they turned out adorable.

This one was made by Olivia.

And this is our sweet Olivia, she is new to our classroom. She has graciously agreed to join our class as our TA (teacher's assistant) and she has proved to be invaluable. The girls love her and she helps me tremendously... yeah! We're so happy to have her here in our class.

Sunday, September 27, 2009

popcorn popping - share bear bags

Alex was taking a break while the other girls got the drinks ready

These girls took cooking as very serious business - melting butter for the popcorn we made the old fashioned way (on the stove)

Tessa & Karsyn really getting into the cooking

I had forgot about these pictures that I took and the clips of the "popping" preschoolers. We were making popcorn for the share-bear bags and these girls just made me laugh.

If you chance to meet a frown - Sept 22nd

Today we talked about emotions. We made a cute happy/sad face craft then learned the song "If you chance to meet a frown, do not let it stay. Quickly turn it upside down and smile that frown away. No one likes a frowny face, change it for a smile, make the world a better place by smiling all the while."

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

First Day of School

Yay! It's a new year of Miss Maren's preschool and we have a fresh new crop of students ready to learn and play! I love preschool because it's a fun time for sharing, singing, learning, and most importantly PLAYING!

This year is unofficially known as "the Year of the GIRL" (oh yeah, and Ty). This is the cutest crop of girly girls I've ever seen. If they have their way they will have Ty in dress ups in no time.

But Ty is a boys' boy... he won't go easy. This boy is all cars, trucks, trains, and outdoor play. He can't be bothered for a photo.

This is Tessa, she is our littlest pipsqueak. 

Tessa showed up in the tinniest little high heeled slip-on's. It was so adorable watching her tottle around on those things.

This is Karsyn. Karsyn is a happy little thing. She was quick to play with everyone she came in contact with.

Karsyn was easy going and looks like she will quickly make friends with all of the monkeys in our class.

Ty wasn't too happy about the photo shoot. He couldn't see why he had to stand still long enough to snap a picture. Ty had to be coaxed into craft time, not too interested in getting his hand traced, but quickly began giggling when we got to it.

He did oblige me (none too happy about it) and the next moment he was happy and running about ready for the next activity.

This is Alex. Alex is a fun little independent girl. She reminds me a lot of her older sister Elle that I had for 2 years previous. 

Alex loved craft time. She spent most of her time picking out her favorite princess stickers and would put them both on her placemat and everyone's that was close enough. She kept picking up stickers and saying, "This is for Alex" - it was so adorable.

Tessa is also a sibling of a former student, Seth. It is so funny to see their same facial expressions and mannerisms. 

Tessa loved when we pulled out the baby dolls and was the most photogenic during the photo shoot. 

Hayden was still in her mommy's tummy when Brooklyn attended Miss Maren's preschool. Hayden is sweet and was first to sit down to begin making the placemats. 

One of my favorite things about the first day of school is the photo shoot. These pictures are used to put on their placemats that they will use the rest of the year. I love that they rarely smile but are more full of silly faces, still getting used to the crazy lady behind the camera. Let's hear it for a great new year. I hope you enjoy this blog and watching these great kids learn and grow as much as I do.

Open House

A new year of preschool starts before you know it! Our open house was a big success - a great opportunity to meet Miss Maren and see our fun classroom, not to mention frost cookies shaped like letters in our names (and who doesn't love cookies!!)

Miss Maren baking up a store of alphabet cookies.

This is Tessa loading on the sprinkles... yummy.

Tessa pauses to smile for the camera.

We have two Tessa's this year that makes things extra special. Tessa is a unique name and we are lucky enough to have double that this year.
Tessa eating her yummy "art project".

Alex is so intent on frosting her cookies so that she can't be bothered.

This is one little girl serious about sugar.

Hayden frosting away (not sure how much frosting actually made it onto the cookies).

Hayden has 6 letters in her name (lucky girl) - I cut out a few extra shapes for kids with only a few letters in their name.

This is one of my favorite activities and a great way to start off the new year.

Ty tasting  his just desserts.