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Friday, January 14, 2011

Sharing Hair in Preschool

During Circle Time the other day one of my students was very upset because the friend next to her touched her hair without asking. I explained that her hair was very beautiful and I'm sure her friend was just curious. Then, I looked at the "hair toucher" and said, "I'm sure if you would have asked she would have allowed you to touch her hair but you should ask next time." Of course someone raised their hand and asked, "Can I touch your hair?" No sooner than the "yes" came out of her mouth, more hands shot up. Once everyone was settled and we were all back on our bottoms criss-crossed applesauce another hand came up, "Mrs. Myra, Can I touch your hair?" I said, yes, and went on to explain how different my hair felt from almost everyone in the class. I took out one of my ponytail holders to show them the length. I explained when I pull my hair, it's long.  However, as soon as I let it go the curls spring back tight again. After my demonstration everyone wanted to touch it. Some words they used to describe it was big, soft, squishy and puffy. I think this is going to be a great way to start off our Martin Luther King lesson next week.

Here's an awesome youtube video by Sesame Street. 
I'm looking forward to sharing this too!

Happy Hair Sharing,

Friday, January 7, 2011

The Preschool reading of "Stone Soup"

Oh I can just imagine the number of times this theme has been done by teachers all over the world! It certainly is a classic. I'm sure Marcia Brown, the author of "Stone Soup" had no idea how this book would take on a life of it's own. Here a some of the highlights of our "Stone Soup" week and the making of our soup on Friday. Hope you enjoy it as much as we did.

This is the sign up sheet I created for the parents. I made sure I created a space for each parent to bring at least one item. However, some parents brought two or three items.

                            Chicken and Vegetable Stone Soup

1 onion



Cooked chicken breast


1 can/bag of sweet corn

Chicken Broth

1 bag of Noodles




1 can of tomato sauce

Small bag of cut potatoes


1 Can or Bag of green beans

1 small bag of parmesan cheese

1 small stone
                            Here we are creating pots with black play doh.

We colored vegetables, then cut them out
to glue on black crete paper pots. 

These cauldrons were left over from Halloween.
They were perfect for the housekeeping area, outside games, 
and circle time activities. 
My favorite was watching the kids stir in alphabet blocks 
and play vegetables to create
"alphabet soup". 

We talked about the word "ingredient" and "directions".
We touched and/or smelled each of the ingredients for our soup. 

We washed our stone and vegetables.

Added the ingredients to our soup. 

Each child had the opportunity to add an ingredient and stir the pot. 

Then we all enjoyed "Stone Soup".

I found this site to be helpful
and one of my friends found this site for me today. I bookmarked
it for next year! 

All of these book were available at my public library. We didn't get a chance to read all of them, but we sure gave it a try. 

Duck Soup   Stone Soup  Growing Vegetable Soup (Books for Young Readers)  Martha Speaks Book and CD

My friend Laura said it best, we had a "souper" time with this theme!