Mother’s Day Fun from the Kids at School

May 9, 2012 at 6:11 pm (Uncategorized)

I’ve been asking my students questions about their moms this week for a Mother’s Day project, and I just had to share some of their answers. It’s a short little game of Kids Say the Darnedest Things!

“What makes mommy special? Why do you love her?”

* she loves on me
* she lets the cats inside
* she loves hearts
* seeing me
* I just like her
* whoopin’s

“I like it when my mom ____________”

* is happy
* smiles
* gives me hugs
* kisses me
* plays Barbie dolls with me
* goes to work

“What does mommy do better than anybody else?”

* work
* cook bacon and eggs
* take me to school
* cook macaroni
* driving
* digging in the garden

“What do you do that makes mommy smile?”

* clean my room
* play
* make funny faces
* kiss her at night
* give her hugs

“Mommy is as pretty as a ______”

* princess
* sunflower
* monster
* rose
* red flower
* girl
* Iris
* animal

“What does mommy know that makes her smart?”

* everything
* about butterflies
* how to dress people up
* baking
* how to do handstands
* my dad
* that she’s supposed to make her bed

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St Patrick’s Day Fun

March 25, 2012 at 11:37 am (Uncategorized)

I meant to post this last weekend, but I’ve been busy with other stuff.

In our “study” of St Patrick’s Day, the kiddos got to explore rainbows, shamrocks, leprechauns, and the color green.

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The shamrocks (above) were a color mixing experiment. I put a squirt of blue and a squirt of yellow on each shamrock and gave each kiddo a paintbrush to see what would happen.

Of course, what is a rainbow without a pot of gold at the end?

This hat has made for a great game in our classroom. We read the book The Leprechaun Who Lost His Rainbow by Nancy Cote.  Then we decided to build our own rainbow. I had cut strips of foam from each color of the rainbow and glued magnets to the back of them and put those in the hat. Then we went from top to bottom putting something of each color from our classroom into the hat and making each color “fly” out of the hat and onto the chalkboard. Probably the cheapest and most simple activity I could have imagined, but you wouldn’t believe how many times last week I heard “let’s build a rainbow!”

On Friday, the kids decorated small styrofoam cups like leprechaun hats. The plan was to do the shrinking hat trick, but I must have not done it right, because the cups didn’t form like they were supposed to (there’s a lesson in there somewhere about always testing out your activities before trying them with the kiddos I’m sure). Fortunately, I had planned to surprise them with the hats after nap time, so the kiddos weren’t exactly disappointed.  I think I made it work:

The kiddos woke up to this little bucket with some gold and a note inside. Here’s the note:

The kiddos had a blast hunting down the “gold” (rocks I had spray painted). As for the special snack,

Leprechaun floats: lime sherbet and Sprite. Once I got them to try it, most of them really liked it. As for the leprechaun pudding, I didn’t get pictures of it. But it was just vanilla pudding cups that I had buried 1 drop of green food coloring in. Once the kiddos started stirring, it turned green – which was a very exciting discovery for them, but once it was green, they weren’t interested in eating it.

I’m not Irish, but St Patrick’s Day is one of my favorite holidays for preschool – all that magic 🙂

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Pinned: Food Edition

February 4, 2012 at 8:15 am (Uncategorized)

So Pinterest is pretty awesome. I think I am addicted.  But I don’t want to be the person who pins all these great ideas and then never tries them. Which is where the blog comes in. Once I try an idea that I’ve found on Pinterest, I’m going to share the ones that work for me here.

3-2-1 Cake : This is absolutely awesome. I mixed a box of angel food cake mix with a box of devil’s food cake mix (you can use any kind of cake mix you want, as long as one box is angel food cake) in a large ziplock bag. Then I’m only a minute away from cake in a mug whenever I want it. 3 tablespoons of the cake mix, 2 tablespoons of milk or water (milk is better), and I add a squirt of chocolate syrup to mine before I microwave it for 1 minute. YUM!

Bacon Egg and Toast Cups : These are pretty good too. My only problem with them is that they are bite-sized, which means I have trouble stopping myself from eating the whole batch.

Crockpot Baked Potato Soup : This is in the crockpot right now, and it’s smelling pretty darn good.

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It’s an Epidemic

November 16, 2011 at 6:54 am (Uncategorized)

Kids learn early how to fake being sick to get out of doing something they don’t want to do. Five minutes before circle time someone suddenly doesn’t feel good. Just before it’s time to clean up and do our class work someone suddenly doesn’t feel good. As we finish up with lunch and get ready to put our mats out for nap someone suddenly doesn’t feel good. And whenever one preschooler announces his sudden malady, at least one more suddenly doesn’t feel good either.

The other day I was checking a little girl’s temp for the umpteenth time that morning (even though I knew she wasn’t really sick) when another little girl came up saying she didn’t feel good. And then here came a little boy.

I said “Oh, no! It must be contagious! Someone call the CDC! You’ll have to be quarantined!”

And another little boy piped up with “that means they will have to stay here.”

He’s only 4.

I said “where did you learn that word?”

“I just learned it all on my own.”

Well, aren’t you a smart one? Guess that is one of the advantages of having a nurse for a mother.

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I know I’m Weird

November 3, 2011 at 12:34 pm (Uncategorized)

I am aware of my little idiosyncrasies. The fact that it is ridiculous to order a burger sans onions and then to request a side of onion rings with said burger is not lost to me. In my defense, the slogan of the restaurant is “have it your way.” If the restaurant bases it’s campaign on the customer’s ability to personalize their order, it’s my prerogative as the customer to order what I want THE WAY I WANT IT.

I still had to pick the onions off my burger.

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Nothing like unsolicited advice…totally out of the blue

July 13, 2011 at 5:32 pm (Uncategorized)

Ms Amber, do you have a phone?

Yeah.

Well, do you have a son?

No.

You should get pregnant.

Why?

So you can have a twin.

Um, thanks for the advice, but I think I’m good.

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Ear Worm

July 7, 2011 at 4:29 pm (Uncategorized)

Ever get a part of a song stuck in your head? A song you don’t even know all of?

I have had Dirt Road Anthem stuck in my head for the last 3 weeks. And I’ve only ever actually heard the song on the radio once.

It’s all the fault of an adorable little boy in my class. But I’m pretty sure I don’t have the right lyrics stuck in my head. I don’t know. Maybe his interpretation is more entertaining anyway. You be the judge.

Actual lyrics:

Yeah I’m chilling on a dirt road / Laid back swerving like I’m George Jones / Smoke rolling out the window / An ice cold beer sitting in the console / Memory lane up in the headlights / Has got me reminiscing on those good times / I’m turning off a real live drive and that’s right / I’m hitting easy street on mud tires, let’s ride.

His lyrics:

Chewin’ on a dirt road / Laid back swirlin’ like I’m George Jones / Smoke growin’ out the window / Ice cold beer sitting in the console / Good times, mud tires.

 

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He has it all thought out

March 23, 2011 at 5:41 am (Uncategorized)

He came up to me on the playground with a handful of grass.

“Ms Amber, know what animal likes grass?”

What?

“Zebras.”

I think you might be right.

“What if I throw this grass out? Think zebras will come?”

I don’t know, buddy. Sounds like a good experiment though.

He came back up to me a few minutes later with empty hands.

“I threw the grass over the fence.”

Well there was already grass there…why did you do that?

“Well, I didn’t want the zebras to stampede us!”

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Oh Dear!

March 12, 2011 at 9:33 am (Uncategorized)

Yesterday I bought lunch for Mom, Lexie and myself at McDonald’s. It’s something I do about once a week.

I walked in the door with the bags and heard Lexie call out from the living room “Ammer’s here!!!” She was waiting in her high chair, so I put her little cheeseburger and fries on a plate and gave it to her. Mom and I fixed our plates and we sat talking about the day so far. Lexie tells me she is going to start going to “school” (the plan is to put her in day care where I work a couple days a week just to get her some socialization with someone other than grownups). I asked her what she was going to do at school and she said “play wit da udder kids.” Awww 🙂

Anway, Lexie finished her lunch and then asked, “Where my pupp-ice?”

What?

My pupp-ice!

I don’t understand, Lexie.

Lunch MacDonnls?

Yes.

Where my pupp-ice?

You mean your SURPRISE?

Yeah.

She’s getting too smart for her own good. I hadn’t mentioned a surprise for her yesterday, but she already knows that if lunch came from McDonald’s, her’s was a happy meal and comes with a toy.

Oy.

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Friday Favorites: Things Kids Say

March 11, 2011 at 6:15 pm (Uncategorized)

I couldn’t narrow it down to just one thing this week…there were several things just today that were said in my hearing and must be shared.

I have recently instated a no-tolerance policy on name-calling in my class. There are a few select kids that are quickly becoming those girls: the mean girls that everyone can remember encountering at least once in high school. But these kids are only 4 and 5 years old. It’s way to early for them to be so mean. So name-calling results in time-out 100% of the time. Well, this afternoon one of the girls called some of the other kids “babies.” So she was put in time-out. When her time-out was over, she had to apologize to the kids she called “babies.” She went over to one of them and said “sorry.” The other girl responded with “don’t say sorry to me – you done hurt my feelings!”

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Scene: playground

Ms Amber, guess who is the boss and lives in the sky?

Who?

God.

Yes, that’s true.

Guess who else lives in the sky?

Who?

Santa. And Jesus.

Ahh, the preschooler’s holy trinity.

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We’ve been getting ready for kindergarten in our class. The kids need to know their address, phone number and birthday, among other things. This afternoon one of the kids asked me when my birthday was, so I answered and then used the opportunity to quiz her on her stuff. When I asked her what I would have to dial if I was going to call her on the phone, she gave me gold.

“If you’re gonna call me, you’ll have to look it up on Facebook.”

I kinda sorta hope that’s the answer she gives on her kindergarten test. Does that make me a bad teacher?

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