Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Halloween, AKA "Harvest Festival"

While we can't technically celebrate Halloween, we can (and do) dress up--because we're allowed to dress up any day of the year we'd like, we just all coincidentally dress up on the same day that Halloween also happens to be. Also, there's no telling the kids they can't wear their cool trick-or-treat costumes.

Initially, I was going to be a ladybug. My tutu was too late, however. So today, I had to improvise, and it's a good thing I did! My costume was cheap (and by cheap I mean free), easy, and fun! The kids loved it.

I'm a preschooler! With a wand...
On Monday and Tuesday I also spent some time creating a picture backdrop, which turned out really well. We hung it up in our windows and took pictures of the kids in their costumes in front of it, which will go out to parents by the end of the week. It was a huge success!

Imagine the trees closer together and bats in front of the moon
We had an easy, quiet day, and I can't wait 'til the next holiday! :)

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Beautiful Crowns

Today a few of the girls were making crowns for each other, playing princess and fairy. I thought it was cute, and encouraged them to continue being generous and kind to each other. Little did I know that it would result in one girl coming up to me with a crown her friend had made for her, proudly showing how it stayed on her head all by itself! Upon closer inspection, I came to realize that the girls had, in fact, glued the crowns to their foreheads (and hair). It was so funny I didn't even mind the 15 minutes I spent trying to get their faces clean. It's things like this that make my job so totally worth it :).

Friday, October 5, 2012

A First Post

In starting a blog, I generally like to write a witty or clever "first post" for my blog, but in this case, I don't know that I even have one. So, I'll just explain my idea here.

Basically, I'm a relatively new preschool teacher in Washington state. I am leaving the location and name of the school out of my writing because of confidentiality purposes, and in addition if I ever mention a child, I won't refer to them by their actual name. Codenames will be given at random, and I obviously won't be posting any pictures of the kids without permission.

Not that it really matters. I really just wanted to get my ideas out to share with other preschool teachers who are new, stuck, or just browsing for ideas. Honestly, I'm not sure how teachers managed before the internet (and Pinterest!).

When I have the time, I'll share funny stories and quotes as they come to me, and I'll try to keep my blog as updated as my corner of the classroom!

Which brings me to my next point: my title. Upon my hiring, I was basically given a corner of the classroom (the dramatic play corner) and told to keep it up-to-date as far as the weekly theme went. I have other duties as well, but this was the one I was most excited about. A chance to create new art every week? I think yes!

So most of this will be dramatic play, circle time activities, and art projects according to the weekly theme as I have time and energy to update. Hope you enjoy!