Saturday, June 29, 2013

A Very Hungry Catepillar Preschool Performance

The kids had their very first End of the Year Preschool Performance on June 14th. Hubby and I got off of work (I didn't "work" in the traditional sense, but I was working at home) and headed over to pick up the kids from preschool. Here was us on our way:

 
We rushed home, fed the kids a snack, grabbed our pool stuff and camera, and headed out the door. We snapped these photos on my iPhone below. Just keeping it real.
 I am pretty sure he was saying, "Isabella, just close your mouth." Oh Lordy. Can you tell what we're working on right now with big brother?

 Oh. My. Goodness. I seriously DIED at the cuteness of their performance. They acted out The Very Hungry Caterpillar and sung If I Were a Butterfly. Aiden, I think spent a total of about five minutes participating in the performance, but that's okay. He was go, go, go, go, go. He was running around and walking up and down on a slide (see square picture on the toppish left) they had in the background of the "stage." Isabella participated once or twice in the performance, but ran back and forth between sitting on one of her teacher's laps (who was videotaping it)... to Daddy's lap...to mine. Connor did pretty well staying up there the whole time.
 Isabella played the part of the "Little Egg on a Leaf" from "In the light of the moon, a little egg lay on a leaf" and I'm telling you, I laughed for about five minutes straight because girlfriend literally layed on the leaf. Frozen. With her little tush in the air, waiting until the next part of the story came. The other parents were giggling and giggling. Her teacher told me afterwards that Isabella KNEW her part. In rehearsals whenever the music came on, she'd go right to her leaf and lay there. Maybe she'll be an actor? Aiden and Connor played caterpillars who turn into butterflies. Holy Moly. I was smiling from ear to ear. I am so in love with our preschool and it's just so clear how much love their teachers have for them.
Oh my heart. This is one of their preschool teachers taking a photo of them:
 "On Saturday he ate through one piece of chocolate cake, one ice-cream cone, one pickle,
one slice of Swiss cheese, one slice of salami, one lollipop, one piece of cherry pie,
one sausage, one cupcake, and one slice of watermelon. That night he had a stomach ache!" Oh you should have seen their stomach ache acting skills. So adorable. Aiden completely participated in the stomach ache. And, not that I am biased or anything, but I am pretty sure he had the most realistic aching tummy. Ever.
Connor was SO funny during the "If I Was a Butterfly" song. The only lines he knew were, "If I were a butterfly, I'd thank you Lord for giving me wings" and "making me me." What a crack up. He has since sung the song about once a day for us. He's getting better and knows a few more of the lyrics. He asked me yesterday if I'd download the song so we could listen to it in the car, so that's going to be on my to-do list. And now I'm going to have that song stuck in my head all day. Just you watch.
 
We all brought food for a potluck party and I was in charge of chocolate cake and fruit. I found THIS free printable on pinterest and then sort of improvised!!
 
Disclaimer: It was super dark in my kitchen and we were in a SERIOUS hurry and I didn't get great photos.
 I cut up fruit used in the story The Very Hungry Catepillar, put them in cupcake paper cups and used a cupcake stand I had to display them. Then I glued the printables to appetizer forks and randomly put them in a few of the cups (example: "On Tuesday he ate through four strawberries!").
 I wanted to bring more fruit, so I also put some in a glass dish to be served.  I really think these fruit cups were the BEST THINGS EVER. I would so, so recommend them for a party, because it is so convenient. Usually when you bring fruit salad to a potluck you serve it in a bowl with a big spoon and then everyone has to find room on their plate (with all the potluck food that run all over - like baked beans or ribs with bbq sauce). None of that happened with these. I also liked that you could go back for seconds and just grab a little cup. I made Mr. Howard and I real plates with real food and then just grabbed some of these fruit cups for each kid (plus then some pasta...because when it comes to potlucks, they decided all of a sudden that they are the pickiest eaters ever. Does that happen to you?). Super duper easy.
 
I've been so amazed because the preschool Connor goes to doesn't do a lot of worksheets. They don't do a ton of "paper practice." They just talk a LOT. And explore A LOT. And do things like nature walks where they explore and discuss why a leaf looks the way it does. It's been amazing to see how he's been able to grow in this type of environment. His vocabulary amazes me and I know that's because he's hearing rich language all the time. His stories amaze me, "Mama, today at preschool we crawled like crocodiles and slithered like snakes to the park. We went on a nature walk and I found leaves from a tree. But don't worry Mama, I didn't pull the leaf off the tree. It fell. Do you know why leaves fall of trees, Mama? Do you know that trees need water and soil and sun to live?" So much fun. And his ability to process things and make connections is just so fun at this age. "So, Daddy is big because he is older. So, when I am older I will be big? And my feet will be big?"
 
Connor has learned SO SO much this year. He can spell his name; recognize the letters in his name; write his name (with some help); use scissors; draw people and faces; knows and can draw: squares, circles, triangles; knows: stars, heart, check mark, stop signs; knows all his colors; can count to about 14 consistently (and then gets confused and says "28, 40." Haha); he has a one-to-one correspondence to about 10; he can hold a book correctly and understands that each grouping of letters is one word; he understands that we read from left to right and top to bottom; he knows where the cover of the book is.
 
We're just now starting to do math (not worksheet math, but just math understanding). So we're talking about things like, "Aiden has a spoon and you have a spoon. How many spoons do you both have?"...things that start getting him to do a little more advanced math thinking.

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