The Work Plan

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Decorating Gingerbread Men And Visual Discrimination

We had a whole lot of  fun today! The kids decorated Gingerbread Men Cookies, for some it was the first time ever! They all did an awesome job. If we had the whole day to this activity, I bet it would of kept their attention the whole time. They all did this as an individual activity during snack time.

I also had an activity for them to complete that was just begging to go with the snack time theme.

In the bag were matching Gingerbread Men, and they were to pull them out one by one and make matches.

And if they wanted to they could then color two Gingerbread Men just alike.

It is safe to say that today was an memorable day at preschool.


Monday, November 28, 2011

Christmas Inspired Works:Montessori Monday

                    Stringing Christmas trees, and poinsettias.
                                                 Pouring buttons.

                              Water pouring. This set was a big hit last year!!

                                               Flour sifting.

                 Transferring cinnamon sticks with tweezers.

             Transferring water using an eyedropper.

   Folding napkins, using the lines as a control of error.

 Sorting buttons by color, this is a bit tricky because it has two shades of red, and two shades of green.

              Sequencing triangels, circles, and squares.

    The Ginngerbread Man bead stair.

I am linking this post to Montessori Monday where you can find tons of wonderfully inspired work, hosted by  One Hook Wonder and Living Montessori Now.                                                                                 

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

A Picture Is Worth A Thousand Giggles

Lil was absolutely tingled when she found out that pumpkins float. She ran to tell all her friends about her new discovery, and also to all the parents when they arrived to pick up their children.

We are officially on Thanksgiving Break. See you all here in a couple days. Most importantly have a
Happy Thanksgiving!!

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Making A Pumpkin Softie

The children are really taking to sewing, so I thought I would whip up something else for them to keep those hands busy. This pumpkin softie was quick and easy. I used felt and sewing glue to make the bottom end, stem and leaves. The circle metal inset came in handy to make the shape. This is how I set it up.

When the child chooses this work they place the pumpkin parts (the front and the back circle pieces) on the clear tray along with the needle and thread to their work space.

When they have sewn the pumpkin halfway they may go get a bag filled with stuffing, and the stuffing tool to fill the pumpkin. After they have stuffed their pumpkin, they return the unused stuffing or empty baggie back to the basket with the stuffing tool. Then they finish sewing the rest, when finish return the needle to the tray.

 The Stuffing tool will be a new point of interest with this work.

I m linking this post to Montessori Monday hosted by One Hook Wonder and Living Montessori Now

Friday, November 18, 2011

Friday Round Up: The Photos I Haven't Shared With You All Yet

I really enjoy taking photos of the children while they are working,can you tell:) I actually catch a lot of things that I didn't observe before looking at the photo. It is all random, but it was definetly stuff of importance to me that would help the children. Maybe next week I will have a" I Spy" post and you can tell me what you see in the picture. Well here is the rest of my photo collection of this weeks' works in action.

                             Our friend Dre is back!!  Knobless Cylinders

                                                       Pink Tower
                                               Making patterns with legos.
                                             Tweezing Corn

             Matching spices using the Smelling bottles.

 Having a conference on how to build designs with the Pink Tower and Brown Stairs.

The most popular work of the week stringing Straw beads.

             Using a needle to sew with a canvas.

  Working with Constructive Triangles.

                        Writing on the window.

                                              Drew shapes
                                              to clean the window
We had a great week! Looking forward to some more special moments next week. I am linking this post to the Preschool Corner hosted by Homeschool Creations, and the TGIF Linky Party.                                                                                                                                            

Thursday, November 17, 2011

For The Love Of Animals

I added a new work to the language shelves. Matching animals to their shadows I purchased this from Montessori Print Shop. Jessica enjoyed this work so much that it inspired her to work with all the Zoology Animal Puzzles that I have avaliable on the shelves.

     Matching animals to their shadows.

Jessica was very excited when she completed this work.

Next thing I noticed she was having her own marathon doing animal puzzles one after another.





I love seeing how after each puzzle she worked with her pincer grip got better and better each time. Don't you just love it when children get inspired?