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The Three Little Pigs Production

The children created their newest production on Friday. This time, we had both a pre-show and a show.  The children began by having a dance routine that then followed the production of the Three Little Pigs.  The children began preparation for the pre-show by looking up dance moves and videos with dancing on YouTube.  (Have you had a chance to see my blog about technology in the room! Click here to find out more!) The Kidz Bop dance video to a popular song pr was just what we needed for a pre-show.  The children practiced watching the video several times and mimicking the moves.  As interest continued, more and more children wanted to join.  We decided collectively that we needed more room and turned our back half of the classroom into the theatre.  We brought in a projector that we hooked up to a lap top and began to watch and learn the moves.

As the dancers learned the moves, others began to prepare for the show.  Seating was set out in different locations to test the best place to sit for the show.  The children requested to watch a video of a play where the actors and actress reenacted the Three Little Pigs.  The children began to call out things we needed in order for the show to go on.  “Pink noses! Pigs! A Wolf! Houses!” were words shouted to the friends in block center who were preparing the items.  When the video was finished, the children broke into groups of three to five children.  Each group of children were in charge of a house.  Each of the three houses were made from blocks but the children represented each differently pretending there was the stick, straw, and brick houses on the stage of the theatre.  A child reminded his group that in the Three Little Pigs story the wolf came in through the chimney.  They then set off to build a chimney.  When his group was done building, he checked on all of the groups.  “Are we ready?  Okay, friends.  This is what we need to do.”  He then tells each group of friends how the play needs to look.  He retells the entire story and tells the characters where they should be going during main parts of the story.

Look below to view their play in pictures!


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How do we use technology in the classroom?

Technology in a preschool room?  You watch movies and cartoons on it!  How many computers have you gone through?

These are all statements that I have heard when I tell others that we use technology as a part of our every day routine.  As our children continue to become more and more proficient with the technologies of our lives, I felt it was important to share with you all our children can do with the technologies.


  • google a question
  • today we put up a picture of a cheetah and a leopard to find out the difference between the two
  • listen to music
  • play educational apps
  • find out the weather
  • use the timer to find out how fast or how long something took
  • sketch items from the computer/IPad
  • visit websites to add to our project work or answer questions
  • email a family to touch base with them with a child’s work
  • use the app associated with our assessment system
  • upload photos to our family facebook or shutterfly accounts

Smart Board/Projectors

  • enhances our project work by showing videos of actual events, items, machines
  • use to write words
  • use to follow directions to dances or exercise with
  • use to listen to stories
  • use as a background to our work (the scenary to a play, water for our island)
  • identify words
  • create shadows
  • view a powerpoint of information for children or create one with what has been learned thus far

Cameras/Video Cameras

  • view and take pictures from
  • review something that happened and retell the story
  • share accomplishments
  • video tape the childrens work and then see what needs to be added next time to enhance the details (this has worked with our plays)
  • sharing the first time a child accomplishes something in your room

How do you use technology in your classroom? Home?  What can we add to this list? Why is it important to your room!


Enjoy the technology around you!





Blood Drive

Hello faithful blog followers,

We need your help to support our school and the Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center’s Lifesavings Program.  Please ask friends, family, and co-workers to sign up for our drive.  Have  more questions! Comment below!

Blood Drive

The St. Ambrose University Children’s Campus

 Wednesday, February 27, 2013

1:00 to 5:30 call Tami or Deb to book a time (333-5799)

or email Deb atbrownsondebraa@sau.edu.

We can and will begin before 1:00 and stay later than 5:30 if that makes it easier for you to give.

 The blood center’s mobile donor unit will be in the parking lot of the Children’s Campus

This drive is being held as part of the Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center’s Lifesavings Program,

and will earn a grant for the Children’s Campus.


You have an excellent opportunity to support two great causes!

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