Step By Step Pre-school
|Step By Step Pre-school is a small school located in rural Montana. We
learn by exploring many different, and interesting subjects...
experimenting, going on field trips, listening to stories, and doing
hands-on crafts, as well as learning to use the computer. This year we
have two classes: a morning class running 9:30-12:00, and an afternoon
class running 1-3:30 on Tuesdays and Thursdays. There are 10 children
enrolled in each class- a mixture of boys and girls, ages 3-5 yrs. Keep
coming back to our website for more photos, and for fun ideas and
activities for kids to do.
See you soon!
Around Easter, I hide items in plastic eggs. The children enjoy guessing what is
in the egg... a paperclip, a cotton ball, etc. But today, we were starting a unit on
what hatches out of eggs. I asked them if paperclips hatched out of eggs...
NO!!! they shouted. What about cotton balls? NO!!! What DOES come out of
eggs then? A little voice piped up... Chocolate! :) Maybe it's too close to
In anticipation of St. Patrick's Day, the preschoolers decided they wanted to
make Leprechaun traps. After snack, the girls picked out a box, and the boys
picked out a box. It took the longest time for them to understand that they had
to WORK TOGETHER... and the girls caught on first :) but eventually, the
traps started taking shape. The cutest one was the pm girls who made a cozy
leprechaun home. They put tape sticky side up on the floor, so the leprechaun
would walk in and stick to it. I asked them WHY he would go into the box? (I
was trying to make a case for using some bait) and after some deliberation,
they came to me, and asked if I would print a sign for them....
LEPRECHAUN HOME FOR RENT! heheheh
At our Valentine's day party, the morning class had Valentine napkins and
plates, strawberries, jello, cookies, cupcakes, brownies and chocolate popcorn.
They were digging into this feast when Jaedyn says, "I thought we were going
to have a party today." I explained to her that this was it! (we'd played games
all morning and were going to open our "mailboxes" after snack). "This isn't a
party!" she exclaimed. I asked her what would make it a good party, and she
answered, "We need balloons!" which I thought was a very good idea! Maybe
next year. :)
The kids were talking about their favorite colors. "My favorite color is red!"
says Cade. "My favorite color is yellow." says Hailey. "My favorite color is
green." says Serenity. "My favorite color is shiny!" says Hayden.
An incredible thing happened in the afternoon class. The kids were finishing up
snack when one of them yelled, "I saw SANTA! and he's in a wagon pulled by
a horse!" Everyone rushed to the window... and there was nothing there. Then,
all the sudden, trotting down the road, we saw the horse!!! pulling a wagon!!!
and SANTA was in the wagon! We rushed out the front door, to stand on the
porch. The kids were waving and yelling MERRY CHRISTMAS SANTA!
when, the horse and wagon turned around! and Santa drove into the preschool
parking lot! waving, and ho ho ho-ing. Then, so quickly, he was gone. Little
Hailey turned to me, and said, "Teacher? I was too shy to tell Santa he's
supposed to use reindeer." :)
I was passing back the children's reindeer that they'd been working on. The
weekend before, I'd put a few finishing touches on them which included
clipping on their clothespin legs. Hailey took hers and examined it. "Teacher!
You said WE were going to clip the legs on them at school." I HAD said that-
I'd forgotten! So, I apologized, unclipped the legs, and handed them to Hailey.
"Here you go! Now, you can put them on." She gave me a disgusted little shake
of the head and said in a sing song voice. "Well, it's too late now! Sorry!"
We were reading a book in which a man wants to have a cow so he can have
milk and cheese. I asked the kids, "Where does milk come from?" They all
answered, "from cows!" I nodded and asked the harder question..."Where does
cheese come from?" They thought awhile, then, Julia answered tentatively,
We have a number poster in the classroom, and one of the children asked me
to name the numbers, and the corresponding pictures, i.e. ONE dog, TWO cats,
etc. I got down to eight, and remarked that I honestly didn't know what type of
animal was on the poster. At that exact moment, Colton happened to be
walking by. "Oh! That's a jitty pitter." he said, offhand. And to this day, it
remains EIGHT jitty pitters!
At our Hallowe'en party, Julia turned to Chloe and asked, "What are you?"
Chloe answered, "I'm a devil!" Julia looked perplexed. "What's a devil?" It was
Chloe's turn to look unsure, then she brightened. "It's a little hot thing that runs
around." Julia was perfectly satisfied. "Oh! Cool!"
While studying Native Americans, I stress the things they didn't have that we
take for granted... such as Walmart, a grocery store, etc. One day we made
drums from metal coffee cans. The children are supposed to beat on the plastic
lid, but invariably, someone turns their can over to pound on the metal. I was
trying to discourage this, saying things like: "Turn the drum over. Other side.
Too noisy!" and finally, I said (without thinking) "Native Americans didn't
have metal to pound on!" From beside me came Ethan's quiet voice. "I'm pretty
sure they didn't have plastic either." Aren't they just incredibly smart???
Kendra's Mom is expecting a baby boy in a few months, and Kendra is sooo
excited. During snacktime, the kids were talking and Kelsey asked Kendra
where her baby brother was. Kendra explained he was in her Mommy's
tummy. At this point, T.J. looked at her horrified. "WHY did she eat him?" he
Edison and Owen were involved in a rousing game, when Edison quipped,
"Watch where you're going! I told you twice!" Owen was offended. "Nuh uh!
you only told me two times!"
We were using the old-fashioned stickers for the children's Native American
vests. You know... the kind you have to lick in order for them to stick. Skyler's
vest was beautiful, and covered with brightly colored stickers, when he turned
a mournful face to me. "Teacher? I think my tongue runned out of lickness!"
One of my pre-school Moms told me that she knew her son was sick when
during a pillow fight with his Dad, he laid down on the couch and said, "You
can just go ahead and hit me. I'll just lie here."
Also, during our whale study, I made the point that whales have to breathe
air... but they also have to live in water. If they were not in the water, their
skin would dry out, and they would die. Later, after they'd all gone home, I
was in the pre-school cleaning up, when I heard the sound of running water.
Stepping into the bathroom, I found our toy whales in the sink... the water
running, the sink about one third full of water, keeping all the plastic whales
Riley had obviously had a discussion with his mother. "Teacher? Kids don't
know everything, right?" I agreed. "Yeah" he said nodding. "That's why you
gots to learn us."
I always try to prepare the children for their gift exchange. We talk about how
their friend spent money to buy a gift they thought another child would like-
BUT sometimes, you receive a gift that you don't really like, or one that you
already have... What do you say? Every year, someone says, "just say, No
thank you!" *LOL* I try to explain that when you receive a gift, you can't
refuse it like you do a snack at snacktime. That you need to say "Thank you!"
even if you don't like it. Isabelle piped up after hearing this... "And then, when
you get home, you just throw it in the fire."
We were studying dinosaurs, and I was trying to get across the idea that people
didn't live when dinosaurs roamed the earth, so, I asked, "Why didn't dinosaurs
eat people?" and AJ immediately replied, "Cus they don't taste so good!"
We've been learning about Presidents Lincoln and Washington. When I
mentionned Lincoln, Natalie knew all about him from her brother's book. "He
was shot!" she informed the kids dramatically. We went on to learn about how
poor he was, how honest, how he read by the light of a candle, and wrote on
the back of a shovel. We measured ourselves against his 6'4" height, and
discussed how he freed the slaves once he became President. After all this, I
pointed to his picture, and asked the kids his name. "Abraham Lincoln" they
all intoned. "And what did he do that was special?" I asked. "He got shot!"
*sighs* Sometimes I just can't compete.
The Wildlife Biologist came to our pre-school to teach the class about bears.
He brought hides, and claws, and skulls, etc. with him for the children to look
at and touch. As he pulled out a black bear skull, Hilary exclaimed, "Look!
It's a bonehead!"
Wade tells me, "I don't need to wash my hands. I'll just keep my germs to
myself." heheh... and this was right after bringing me a large bag of chips and
saying, "Mom says we can waste all these. It's ok!"
|Quite a few changes this year! We are going to school 3 days a week now, instead of 2.
And we have only ONE class of 12 students, but boy! are we busy! and adorable. :)
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