Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Gingerbread Exchange 2018


It's time for the annual Gingerbread Man Exchange!  Each December, wonderful Pre-K and Kindergarten classes have been mailing paper creations to each other and learning a little geography in the process. If you would like to participate this year, the deadline to sign up is November 27, 2018. In the photo above, the students wrote letters.  It is fine to send out a teacher written letter done on the printer.





The gingerbread men must be mailed between December 1 and December 4, 2018. Gingerbread men may be decorated with glitter, yarn, fabric, stickers, markers, crayon, paint, etc. (no candy or food items.) Please include a short note from your class and if possible a photo of the students. You will mail one gingerbread man to each class on the list you sign up on.  You should receive one gingerbread man from each of the classes on your list.

If your class would like to send out and receive 12 paper gingerbread men, sign up once.  If you want to exchange 24 paper gingerbread men, you may sign up on two lists.
You may notice that there is an extra sign up slot on your list, that is because your class will not be sending a gingerbread man to your own address.

When signing up, PLEASE LOOK to see who has already signed up on a particular list.  Everyone wants to send and receive mail from as wide a variety of places as possible.  Try to sign up on a list that does not yet have a school from your state signed up. (For some states like Georgia and Texas, this in unavoidable because we get a big response.  Let's try to limit each list to two schools from these states.)  Please don't sign up more than one class from the same school on the same list. I will be checking the sign up to see if it is filling up and we need to add additional lists.  YOU CAN edit your own sign up if you realize that you provided the wrong zip code, etc.

If you would like to Skype in addition to the mailing project, please put that information and your email address under your address.  That way, other teachers on your list who wish to Skype with you can contact you




Here's the link to sign up.  Have fun!!


If you would like to have your gingerbread bulletin board featured in the future, please email me a picture.

Eilis
growinginprek@gmail.com

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Valentine Exchange 2018

If your preschool/kindergarten class would like to mail and receive paper valentines to and from other classrooms, please follow this link to sign up for the 2018 Valentine Exchange.  Have fun!




Friday, November 3, 2017

2017 Gingerbread Exchange

It's time for the annual Gingerbread Man Exchange!  Each December, wonderful Pre-K and Kindergarten classes have been mailing paper creations to each other and learning a little geography in the process. If you would like to participate this year, the deadline to sign up is November 27, 2017.




The gingerbread men must be mailed between December 1 and December 4, 2017. Gingerbread men may be decorated with glitter, yarn, fabric, stickers, markers, crayon, paint, etc. (no candy or food items.) Please include a short note from your class and if possible a photo of the students. You will mail one gingerbread man to each class on the list you sign up on.  You should receive one gingerbread man from each of the classes on your list.

If your class would like to send out and receive 12 paper gingerbread men, sign up once.  If you want to exchange 24 paper gingerbread men, you may sign up on two lists.
You may notice that there is an extra sign up slot on your list, that is because your class will not be sending a gingerbread man to your own address.

When signing up, PLEASE LOOK to see who has already signed up on a particular list.  Everyone wants to send and receive mail from as wide a variety of places as possible.  Try to sign up on a list that does not yet have a school from your state signed up. (For some states like Georgia and Texas, this in unavoidable because we get a big response.  Let's try to limit each list to two schools from these states.)  Please don't sign up more than one class from the same school on the same list. I will be checking the sign up to see if it is filling up and we need to add additional lists.  YOU CAN edit your own sign up if you realize that you provided the wrong zip code, etc.

If you would like to Skype in addition to the mailing project, please put that information and your email address under your address.  That way, other teachers on your list who wish to Skype with you can contact you




Here's the link to sign up.  Have fun!!


If you would like to have your gingerbread bulletin board featured in the future, please email me a picture.

Eilis
growinginprek@gmail.com

















Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Valentine Exchange 2017

It's time to get out the pink and red construction paper...


If you would like to join this year's Pre-K and Kindergarten Valentine Exchange, please sign up HERE.  Be sure to follow the directions at the top of the sign up.    

Hugs,
Eilis
GrowinginPreK@gmail.com

Friday, November 11, 2016

2016 Gingerbread Exchange




** UPDATE**
Since there are a few more spaces open, I will leave the sign up open through Tuesday, November 29th.


It's time for the annual Gingerbread Man Exchange!  Each December, wonderful Pre-K and Kindergarten classes have been mailing paper creations to each other and learning a little geography in the process. If you would like to participate this year, the deadline to sign up is November 27, 2016.

The gingerbread men must be mailed between December 1 and December 3, 2016. Gingerbread men may be decorated with glitter, yarn, fabric, stickers, markers, crayon, paint, etc. (no candy or food items.) Please include a short note from your class and if possible a photo of the students. You will mail one gingerbread man to each class on the list you sign up on.  You should receive one gingerbread man from each of the classes on your list.

If your class would like to send out and receive 12 paper gingerbread men, sign up HERE.
If your class would like to send out and receive 20 paper gingerbread men, sign up HERE.
You may notice that there is an extra sign up slot on your list, that is because your class will not be sending a gingerbread man to your own address.

When signing up, PLEASE LOOK to see who has already signed up on a particular list.  Everyone wants to send and receive mail from as wide a variety of places as possible.  Try to sign up on a list that does not yet have a school from your state signed up. (For some states like Georgia and Texas, this in unavoidable because we get a big response.  Let's try to limit each list to two schools from these states.)  Please don't sign up more than one class from the same school on the same list. I will be checking the sign up to see if it is filling up and we need to add additional lists.  YOU CAN edit your own sign up if you realize that you provided the wrong zip code, etc.

If you would like to Skype in addition to the mailing project, please put that information and your email address under your address.  That way, other teachers on your list who wish to Skype with you can contact you

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Sensory Activities for the Classroom

Aimee Pillar, a pediatric occupational therapist, recently contacted me about a study she is conducting.  She is researching the sensory aspects of the environment and how they impact participation for preschool students with autism.  She is seeking preschool teachers to complete a short questionaire.  Here's the link if you are willing and able to help her out: Questionaire.

Aimee has shared some sensory activities for use in preschool classrooms.  They are available at:

http://pillerchilddevelopment.com/proprioception.php
http://pillerchilddevelopment.com/vestibular.php
http://pillerchilddevelopment.com/tactile.php

I have included the information from the first two links here.  Please click on the third link for more ideas.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Drawing Animals

I discovered years ago that kids love to be shown how to draw simple animals in a "follow the directions" kind of way.  Sometimes, I do this whole group.  Other times, I put a simple tutorial in the art or writing center for kids to do when they chose to.

 Kathy Wilson with WeDrawAnimals.com has created some tutorials for me to share here.  My students have loved to draw rabbits and cheetahs, so that is what I'm highlighting today.  Be sure to visit the WeDrawAnimals.com website for many more FREE tutorials.


Enjoy!
Eilis