Guided Drawing

We have a guided drawing lesson about once a week. Guided drawing is where I demonstrate how to draw something with step by step instructions while we discuss the elements of shape. Next the students practice on white boards, gaining fine motor and drawing skills.

Message Center

We recently opened a message center in our classroom, and it has been a huge success! Children are free to create and make choices with the supplies provided. I have found something magical happens when you provide young children with envelopes. They fill them with all sorts of treasures to give away: pictures, invitations, cards, notes, bookmarks, and so much more. When I think of all the writing, drawing, folding, problem solving, planning, and discussing that naturally goes on in this center, it makes me smile!

Artist Study: Calder

We have been learning about the artist, Alexander Calder. We focused on his sculptures that have a moving component to inspire our own paper sculptures. We first completed one to display on our bulletin board, and students now have the option of creating more sculptures using the supplies on our cutting tray.

Invitation to Play Dough - Forest

After reading Goldilocks and the Three Bears (a class favorite), we added forest small parts to our play dough. Children can create with plastic trees, button forest animals, and small wood slices.

Writing Books

We continue to write and illustrate books every day during writing workshop. It is fun to observe their progress and hear all the ideas as they create books. I will include more information about writing workshop in our next newsletter.

Construction Table

Our construction table changes every few weeks. We recently used Grimm blocks to build and create with. Last week we began making Christmas decoration and sculptures with metal rings, beads, ribbon, yarn, and pipe cleaners. The creations change every day as children add to or remove existing materials.

Happy Thanksgiving

We are thankful for our wonderful school and each other (these turkeys came from our drawing invitation explained below).

Drawing Invitations

We have a new drawing invitation about every two weeks.  Sometimes we are doing an observational drawing or still life shown in the apple example below. Other times we are inspired by great artists like the Mondrian example of lines and primary colors. Students work at this area during tray and small group time, and it is available as a choice during centers.


We began our Halloween celebration with a costume parade. Later we made "Witches Brew" and created ghosts to eat during snack.

Junk Art

Some may look at these photos and see wasted tape and trash. I see opportunities to improve fine motor skills (I mean just look how many times that tape is wrapped around), problem solving, and creativity. Keep saving those cardboard tubes for us.  We are putting them to good use!


We recently added ramps to our building center, and they were a huge hit! I loved stepping back and listening to how they were solving problems and interacting with each other in this busy and crowded center. It took lots of negotiating, patience, and problem solving.

Drawing Mat Man

Mat Man helps us learn body parts and how to draw people, drawing attention to the fact that arms and legs are drawn from the body not the head. These people drawings make me smile!

Pumpkin Sculptures

We opened our construction table with our first invitation: pumpkin sculptures.  The students add to or change the sculptures each time they visit the table.  We are using another tool at this table - push pins.  I treat push pins like other tools (such as scissors) in our classroom.  They are used with caution for only their purpose - in this case to hold sculpture items together.  There is mounting research that shows we need to allow children to take moderate risks in their play and work in order to judge risks, develop safety awareness, and develop self confidence.

Pre-K Me Museum

Our Me Museum was a huge success. Thank you so much for all your help.

Out and About

We had our first "Out and About" last week. Once a week we will go outside to observe and interact with nature. Children's social, emotional, and physical health are improved with exposure to the outdoors. A few things we discovered include: butterflies, berries, dried flowers, spider webs, leaves, and plants.



Flags and Letter Strokes

We have been discussing the importance of letter strokes: line down, line across, bump, circle, etc. If you can make letter strokes, you can write all the letters and draw a picture of anything! After learning and practicing a line down and a line across, I introduced this invitation to flag making.  The students quickly found many lines in flags from around the world.

First Day of Pre-K

We are off to a great start!

Mission Statement

Coming Together to Inspire Hearts and Develop Minds
Going Forth to Encourage All as Examples of God's Love