Oct 16

Painting the fence

Here is a fun outdoor activity for preschool students. Fill paint cups about 1/2 full of water. Give the students a water cup and a paint brush. Have them paint the fence on the playground with water.

This is a different fun activity for them to do on the playground. It is something different to do other than the usual of climbing on the equipment or throwing and kicking balls. Many preschool students love art. Painting the fence with water fulfills this love of art without making a mess of the playground equipment.

Oct 15

In memory of Mandy 1996-2012

Mandy was a great dog.

She was a beagle mix we got when she was 12 weeks old. Her name comes from her place of origin: Mandeville, Louisiana. She came from a vet clinic that got her from an abuse case. Because of her early days, she was very timid and shy, not openly trusting of others.

She loved to play. Her favorite toy was a tennis ball. Her owners would throw the ball and she would run after it and bring it back. She chewed almost all the fuzz off of many tennis balls. There were many bald tennis balls around the house and under the couch.

It was often said that she was part cat with 9 lives. As a puppy she chewed through a lamp cord. That incident left no seen lasting impressions on her. She got the phone cord wrapped around her tail. The phone rang and she dragged the phone down a long hallway with her. No seen lasting impressions with that incident either.

She lived in Louisiana, Florida, Alabama, and Delaware. Her owners were not sure which state she preferred. She made herself at home wherever she was with those who loved her. And she loved them.

She did not like swimming in the lake. She had trouble walking in deep snow. She had trouble running on bare wood-laminate floors. She was always excited to go for a walk and could not get to the door fast enough. The bare floors made it difficult for her to get going on her desired speed. But those bare floors were much easier for her owners to clean up dog hair and spills.

She hurt her leg coming up the steps on the back patio. She tore her cruciate, equivalent to the ACL in humans. Because of her advanced age, the vet did not want to do surgery but recommended?acupuncture. She healed up after a few treatments of acupuncture and one chiropractic treatment. Her owners finally said the budget won’t allow for any more of those treatments. She began taking a dog Joint Aid of?glucosamine with her food. That, combined with a lot of rest daily, allowed her to have plenty of energy and pep in her step in her senior years.

She ate well throughout her life. She only ate dog food though with an occasional crumb that fell on the floor while cooking dinner. She kept the kitchen floor clean of crumbs. She did not like carrots though. She could hear treat bags being opened from several rooms away in the house. She was always ready for a snack.

She was curious and checked out everything, being careful not to miss a spot to smell. She checked out the trash can one night and found chicken wing bones. Later that night her owners heard her hacking underneath the bed. No seen lasting impressions from that incident either.

She was funny about going up and down stairs and steps. On a set of about 2-3 steps she would jump down from the top but walk up each step. On a set of more steps like going down into a basement she would walk all the way down until about the last 2-3 steps and then jump the rest of the way down. She would walk up each of the long stairs though.

Even though she was timid and shy around other people, she did have a friend who would bring her treats. The UPS delivery man was known to bring her a special dog treat on his route.

She let 2 young girls cover her with Mardi Gras beads, and she did not complain at all.

She liked the vet but was happier if she did not have to stay overnight there. They were so good to her though and knew her personal needs.

Goodbye, Mandy, We love you and will miss you.?The pond just got the best of you and your little legs and body was not strong enough for you to swim yourself back to the side. Had you known and seen you were that close to the edge of the pond, you would not have gone in. Say hello to all of our beloved canine companions in that great Doggie Heaven.

Please enjoy some of these pictures of Mandy. Leave a comment of one of your memories of her.

Oct 14

The Golden Calf illustration Exodus 32

Here is a neat way to teach The Golden Calf story from the Old Testament in Exodus 32. Play a?Let’s Make a Deal-type game. You will need the following items for the game:

Small treats: something students will like and want – candy or stickers or small toys. It will depend on the age of the students in your group. I used Hershey kisses.

4-5 gift bags with junk gifts in them – a piece of mulch, a weed, a ball of tin foil, a piece of tissue paper. One junky item in each bag. Do not let the students see what is in the bags.

First hand out one of the good treats to each student. If giving out candy, tell them not to eat it yet.

Next, ask the students if they would like to trade their treat for something in one of the gift bags. Swap out the treats with those students volunteering to trade.

Have the students look inside their new gift bag to reveal the junk treat. Ask them if that trade was worth it. Was that an equal trade?

Read the story of The Golden Calf from Exodus 32.

Explain to students that the Israelites asked Aaron to make them a god to worship while Moses was up on the mountain for so long. Aaron used their gold and jewelry and personal items to melt down and form a golden calf. This, of course, made God very angry.

They were trading out their one true God for a fake statue that could do nothing for them. They were looking for something or someone they could see and touch. They lost their focus on the one true God who provided and guided them.

Explain to students that the golden calf was just like the junk treats in the bags. No good and brings no joy.


Oct 13

Playground music

Most preschool teachers know that most any center in the classroom can be moved outside. We added a new feature to our playground this week: an outdoor music center.

We hung pots and pans on the fence and the students used a soup ladle and a spatula and a wooden spoon to bang on the pans. They enjoyed hearing the different tones of music from the different size pans and pots.

Oct 12

Fire Prevention Month in Preschool

Fire Prevention Month is always a hit with preschool students. They love seeing real firefighters and trucks.

We had the county firefighters visit our preschool to talk about fire safety and what to do in a real emergency. One of the firefighters put on all the gear to show the students what they look like and how they sound with the mask on in case they ever have a real fire emergency. They told the students to never hide from firefighters and always call out to them so they can find them. They talked about stop, drop, and roll and calling 911 — but only calling in an emergency situation.

Oct 04

What do worms like? Science experiment

The preschool students experimented with worms in science class. They started out by discovering how their own eyes can still see the light of a flashlight even when their eyes are gently closed. Each preschool student was instructed to gently close their eye and the teacher shined the flashlight towards their eyes. They were still able to see the light even with their eyes closed.?

Then the students placed a worm on white paper and shined the flashlight just in front of it. They were able to see that the worm moved away from the light. There was a dark spot in the center of the ray of light and the worm tried to move towards that dark spot.

The students tested to determine what kind of temperatures the worms liked. They filled a plastic bag about 1/4 full of ice water and securely sealed it. They placed the bag at the edge of the worm and discovered that the worm kept trying to crawl underneath the bag but would not crawl on it. The worms did not like the cold temperatures.

Next the students discovered on what kind of surface the worms preferred to crawl. They placed a sheet of sandpaper next to the white paper. Once the worms entered the surface of the sandpaper, they were crawling faster than on the white paper. The worms preferred the grip of the sandpaper. The students thought it was fun to set out two worms side by side and see if they would race across the paper.?

And, finally, the students placed a handful of pebbles on a plate and placed the worms on top of the pebbles. They quickly saw the worms burrow their way down into the pebbles until they were completely hidden underneath the rocks.

This was a very fun experiment for preschool students to see what kind of habitat worms prefer. The preschool scientists discovered that worms like moist, dark, and warmer habitats.

Science with Mrs. Judi falenconsulting@gmail.com

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