Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Preschool again?

This is how I feel every month when it is my turn to teach. It's not like it should be a surprise to me... but it kind of is. This week I had a review of letters A-J, circles, snow and fairness as my topics. I think we did pretty good. On Monday we focused more on the letters. I made a memory game with letters and simple pictures on different cards, then the kids would try to find the match. A for apple, B for ball, and so on... They really seemed to enjoy it, and I was quite impressed with how well they remembered where the letters and pictures they had turned over before were. Better than I did, more proof that memory is one of the first things to go, I guess.

We read a lot of books about snow and I was wracking my brain on Tuesday night for some ideas. Thank heavens for the internet. Even though it meant scrambling this morning and going to three different stores (that's right... I was committed to this idea!) looking for snowballs. But how cute was this little treat?

It's a Hostess Snowball for the snowman's head and we used Reese's Piece for the face. And then they took a handful of mini-marshmallows and sprinkled them on the plate for snow flakes. Easy enough for a 3 year old to do by themselves, but long enough to take up 15 minutes or so...

Their other favorite activity today was...


I gave them each a handful of cotton balls and then turned them loose to pelt each other as best they could! They were so funny, at first they just looked at me like I was crazy or it was a trick or something. You could almost see the thoughts in their little minds, "Really? You want us to throw things in the house? Really?" So I led by example, grabbed a handful and started to throw them at their noses... that was all the encouragement they needed!

I found a cute little poem that I tried to teach them, but I don't think they thought it was as funny as I did. Or they didn't quite understand why it is funny. I wrote it out on a card and glued a cotton ball to it so they could each have their own pet snowball.

Pet Snowball

I made myself a snowball,
just as perfect as could be.
I thought I'd keep it as a pet,
and let it sleep with me.
I gave it some pajamas,
and a pillow for it's head.
Then last night it ran away,
but first... it wet the bed!

And almost before I knew it, 12:30 rolled around and my house was quiet again. I am settling in to enjoy the next three weeks that I don't have to worry about teaching...


Amanda said...

Great ideas, Chrissy! It looks like so much fun. For what's it's worth, I thought the poem was hilarious. I just finished up my preschool turn last week, so I'm enjoying my break right now. Ahhhhhh.....

Crazy Clarks said...

You are such an amazing teacher!! How fun with the snowball Hostess Balls! You are sooo creative, I need you to teach me the craft stuff and I need Jacob to teach me Math!! Love ya

Mandy said...

Sounds like the day was a hit, way to go I think you have earned the "Super Mom" award for the week (not that you don't always earn it)!