“I love when I was in Pre-K with you… but I gotta move on now!”

This was the last week of art groups for the school year and friends worked on making gifts for their classmates.  Last week, I asked the Pre-K 3′s and the Pre-K 4′s separately what type of “gift” they would like to make for their classmates.  We jotted down all of their ideas and then picked what we thought they would enjoy the most!

Some of the ideas presented were…

Daniel: A colored circle that goes on your window.  It’ll make colors in your room.

Haley: I think we should make like a pretty artwork like we can like put like the people and make cards for them, colored cards, and we take it and write something friendly and give it to them.

Roman: A roller coaster and I’m gonna make that.  A real one.  It’s gonna go all over the place in the school, even loop!  We could even put it in the hallway, through the classroom and on the courtyard.

Michael: Maybe I could make them a picture of me.  Maybe I can write my name so they know it was mine.

Darian: Like a card?  It can say “I want you back to our classroom.” And like maybe we can make them… butterflies?

Matteo: They would like rocks in the garden that they could put in the ground.

Asiah: Eyeballs… we can make them eyeballs.

Jasper: Maybe we could make something that we could all work on like the thing they made last year?  Something for the window so it’s not two things separate but two things we could put together.  It has to go on the window.

Kailyn: We could make our friends a plant.  Or seed balls.  Or make them paper.  We could plant them flowers then when we give it to them they will say “hahaha” because Kailyn gave us a plant!

As you can see, there were so many great choices to pick from!  The rising Pre-K 4′s decided to make flower pots out of handmade paper, since at this point in the year they have had a lot of practice with the process.  We decided to put soil and wildflower seeds in them so their friends could plant them at home.

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With the flower pots, friends wrote (and painted) an incredibly sweet note to send home with them!

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Dear Kindergarten friends,

We want to make you something special because we love you.  We will miss you and will you come back to please visit us?  I will miss playing with you and we want to be with you in the Art Studio!  You will love it and you’ll be surprised.  We can still wave with a “finger hello” in the hallway!

 We made you this paper and planted flower seeds for you.  You can plant the whole pot!  We think it’s so beautiful and that you will love it.  It has soil and the flower seeds are hiding.  It’s looking so fabulous!

 I’ll miss you all the time and I hope you have a good day at Kindergarten!

 Love,  your Pre-K 3 friends

The rising Kindergarteners decided that they wanted to make something beautiful to go on the window in the Studio, similar to the one that friends made last year.  Friends used Shrinky Dinks to decorate panels that are being strung together to hang in the window.

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The best part was watching them shrink in the toaster oven!

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And here is a photo from yesterday, which shows half of the panels strung together.  We can’t wait to hang it up in the window!

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Dear friends, 

I’ll miss you.  I like to play soccer with you and I like that you like Messi and Barcelona.  I don’t want to go to Kindergarten… I want to stay in Pre-K with you!  I love you and when I was in Pre-K with you!  I was so happy but I gotta move on now!  Have good fun being leaders and tell what Pre-K is all about to the new friends!  

No need to panic, we will still be friends.

Love, the new Kindergarteners

Next week, I will visit each classroom during Morning Meeting so that children can present their gifts to their friends.  Stay tuned for photos of this sharing experience!

Prepping for GrandFriends Day!

Next Wednesday is GrandDay, which is a Capital City tradition where children invite their grandparents and grandfriends into the school to spend the day together.  Grandfriends will join us for WASM, Service and the rest of our Wednesday activities.

To help welcome Grandfriends into our school, Pre-K children are working on a BIG banner to hang in the Commons.  Children in the Friday art groups began with the background.  Friends used squirt bottles filled with paint and cardboard instead of paintbrushes to spread paint over the paper.  Oh, and we sprinkled just a little bit of glitter… it is a special day after all!

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Sasha: I love it, I’m mixing it.  I’m going to bring mine to Morgin’s… they will mix.

Moses: I see squares… little squares in the glitter.

Roman: Cardboard as a paintbrush?  That’s silly Ms.Cushner!

Marley:  It’s a lot of noisy.  We need to cover all the paper.

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Marley: I did it! Cool!  It’s going to turn to colors.

Jose: It a rainbow.

Morgin: Everyone will love this because we made it.  And we love it.

Roman: It looks like jello.  I’m painting with my hands because I need to.  I’m trying to make my picture.

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“The hot glue dried so it’s cold glue again.”

Tuesday groups are in the final phase of their paper mache masks/hats!  Friends were excited to finish these up, especially because it involved lots of fun collage materials, Beautiful Junk, glitter and… the introduction of a hot glue gun (which requires adult supervision!)  Here are some photos from today’s fun!

Jasper: You need adult supervision with the hot glue.  You plug it in the wall and it gets hot and makes heavy things stick.

Owen: Hot glue is very dangerous, you have to be careful.  The hot glue dried so it’s cold glue again.

Noah: Let’s blow on the hot glue so it gets cold.

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This morning, we found a new (and very exciting) material in the Beautiful Junk containers.  This deco flex tubing transformed throughout the day from water slides for googly eyes, to shiny slimy worms.  Thanks Jenn Lauchlan for sharing these with us… I’ve already placed an order for more of this fun material!

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Chris: Sprinkles are so sprinkly.

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Jasmine: An alien with lots of antennas.

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AJ: Mine has a visor.  It keeps things in outer space from getting in your eyes.

“The bugs are everywhere!” (A sparkly discovery during Service)

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Every Wednesday at CCPCS, the whole school spends part of the morning doing Service jobs throughout the building. My Service job (The Glitter Grabbers) typically consists of cleaning paint off smocks, tables, chairs, and the wall, as well as sorting work from the week to send home in Thursday Folders. Today, I had some very thorough Glitter Grabbers that chose to stay longer to make sure the Studio was looking as clean as it possibly could! While cleaning smocks, Samantha noticed that the light was reflecting off of her sweatshirt and casting reflections all over the room, including on myself and Alexia. This discovery really made my day!