Random Acts of Kindness

Random Acts of Kindness Week 2016 is Feb. 14-20.
We will be doing some Kindness Projects. Please keep a look out of notes being sent home.

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

The Marker Doesn't Have a Lid by Dustin

This had to be the most unique title I've ever heard of.  Dustin's book is a series of pictures. He didn't dictate a story for me to write down. It wasn't until I was taking the pictures that I realized he hadn't shared his story with me. I think I can make out the word 'markers' on the last page. I would guess this story changes each time he 'reads' it.  Love the creativity!  

The Potato Monster Runs Away by Hudson

This is a cute story. Hudson drew the pictures and then dictated to me what was happening in the story. Towards the end I'm not sure if he ran out of ideas or if he was just ready to  move on to something else.  Either way he created a great story! 

Kitty Princess is Mean to Pete the Cat by Ava

Here is the first of the Authors and Illustrators books the children worked on today.  Ava is an awesome artist. I think I need to frame some of her art work!  Her story is just as impressive!

Authors and Illustrators

It's a cold cold Tuesday. Normally we go to the local Library on Tuesdays but with staff out sick and the cold Temps we chose to stay put.
After talking about where the library gets their books we thought about WHO makes the books to begin with.
We already know that Authors write the words and Illustrators draw the pictures. Today it was our turn to be Authors and Illustrators.  After choosing the paper they wanted, the preschoolers quickly got to work. Surprisingly everyone had a unique idea for a story.
Everyone chose a title (name) for their story. Some children drew all the pictures first then dictated their story page by page. Others dictated each page and then drew the pictures to go with it.
No matter how they did it, the all ended up with great stories! I normally put pictures of such activities on Facebook but these were so neat I felt the whole stories should be shared.
I wrote what the children dictated to me with very little prompting. I asked leading questions to help them along such as "What happened next?"   I helped one little boy in drawing his picture but he was very specific about how he wanted it drawn.

I will post each child's book as a separate blog so you can easily access each one. If you look on the right hand side of the page you should see links to the other stories.  I hope you enjoy them as much as I did.  I kind of wondered if I should have made copies of these stories in  case one of them becomes a world famous author someday and I can say "I knew him/her at the very beginning of his/her career!"

Thursday, April 18, 2013

What's your Super Power?

It's Super Hero Week at Preschool.  Each of the children decorated a cape.
 and chose a Super Hero name:
Lightening Man
Lightening Boy
Batman (black)
Batman (green)
Cheetah Girl
Capt. Kaboom
Super Cooper
Super Girl
Super Girl
Super Girl
(Yes, there are 3 of them)
Super Cinderella
Pink Princess
The Hulk
Super Cat
Caterpillar Girl

We had a couple special missions. Capt. Chaos hid a bunch of our toys outside which we were able to rescue.  He also hid some of our ingredients to make our pizzas, but we followed the clues and found all of them. 

Finally we talked about the Super Powers our Heroes have. We had the usual flying, strength, running fast and shooting out spider webs.
Then we learned about the most famous hero of all...JESUS! We learned about his Super Power---performing "miracles" (a new word for us).  We learned how he made 2 fish and 5 loaves enough for lots of people to eat.  We thought is was cool that he could walk on water, calm a storm, and help his friends catch lots of fish, and healing people who were hurt or sick.  When learning about the wedding where he turned water into wine.   (We discussed that it would be like if we ran out of punch at our birthday party and Jesus changed water into punch. )
The greatest Super Power Jesus had was rising from the dead.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Syrup anyone?

  We have three huge trees in our back yard.

They provide awesome shade!   Yesterday they provided an avenue for imagination and learning.

 Now I can't say I know exactly when or how the idea came to be.  I looked over to find two of the kids pushing a broom into the side of the tree. 

 My first thought is that they should not be doing this and I started to make my way over towards them.    Before I intervened I listened to the conversation between Big "A" and "D."  Big "A" was explaining to "D" that they were making a hole in the tree to get to the sap. From the sap they would make syrup and then sell it in the front yard. (Who needs a lemonade when you can get fresh syrup? :) )  

They hung a bucket under the hole to catch the sap. 

Later they nailed a piece of wood so the sap would run down into the bucket.

The gathered containers to hold the sap.

As they are working on it they were discussing how to make the sap into syrup.  One girl, "A", told them they would have to add sugar to it.  Big A said you had to boil it for a minute.
When "D's" mom arrived Big "A" told her what they were doing. She asked what kind of tree it was.  They decided it wasn't maple. After further discussion they decided it was an Oak tree and they were making Oak syrup.
I told them I didn't think it was an Oak tree.  "A" asked me to Google on my phone to find out what kind of tree it was. We are pretty sure it is a Linden tree.  So then they wondered if syrup can be made from the sap of a Linden tree.  We learned that the flowers from the Linden tree are used to make a syrup. We couldn't find anything about tapping the tree to use the sap for syrup.

Our day came to an end but the boys didn't get to sell syrup as they hoped.  They enjoyed trying and experimenting as they tried to complete their plan.  Everyone learned a little something about trees and sap as well. 

Monday, February 27, 2012

Random Acts of Kindness & Valentine's Day

I'm slow at getting posts made of all the things we are doing in Preschool.  During Valentine's Week we focused on ways to be kind to one another. We talked about how something as simple as a smile can make someone happy.
Our first project was Kindness badges.  Each child decorated a heart which said 'I Am Kind."
We pinned these on their shirt to wear home. 
We put their pictures on doily hearts called our Kindness Hearts.  
Each day when we saw a child do something nice we gave them a sticker to put on their heart. Their nice gestures included things like comforting someone who got hurt, helping someone put on their coat, pick up the circle time mats for me without being asked, picking up toys they weren't playing with, etc.  As soon as they saw someone do a good deed they quickly started doing the same thing.  We told them we didn't want them to come tell us when they did something good. We suggested they tell us when they saw SOMEONE ELSE do something good.--kind of a reverse tattling.  It certainly made them more aware of doing nice things for others.

Last year we asked each child to choose someone to send a balloon and special note (a Smile Gram). This year we decided to literally send a smile. We took a picture of each child with their biggest smile.  We enlarged the pictures and cut out only the child's smile and glued them on red lips the children decorated with stickers.  
Once again the children chose someone to write a special note to (a SMILE GRAM) but we asked them not to sign their name.  We put the smile, Smile Gram and a couple poems in an envelope and mailed them to the recipients.  The first poem was printed on the back of the Smile Gram:
'Smiles are Infectious'
Smiling is infectious,
You catch it like the flu,
When someone smiled at me today,
I started smiling too
I passed around the corner,
And someone saw my grin.
When he smiled I realized
I'd passed it on to him
I thought about that smile
then I realized its worth,
A single smile, just like mine
could travel round the earth
So, if you feel a smile begin,
don't leave it undetected
Let's start an epidemic quick,

and get the world infected!
[Author Unknown] 

The other poem I made up myself:

When I thought of you today
My mouth begin to smile
We took a picture real quick
To save it for a while
I put it in an envelope
To mail it right to you
I may not have signed my name
But can you guess who???
I am learning about being kind
I hope this brightens up your day
Please pass this along
It’s the Random Act of Kindness way!

It would be so neat if everyone who received a 'smile' passed it on to someone else.

We are planning to continue the Kindness Heart idea into March by giving each child a Pot. They will fill their pot with Gold with each kind deed.