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2012 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The new Boeing 787 Dreamliner can carry about 250 passengers. This blog was viewed about 1,700 times in 2012. If it were a Dreamliner, it would take about 7 trips to carry that many people.

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How big is a….

As we began to look for our new project, we noticed the children acting out many different roles including dogs, cats, elephants, and giraffe’s.  We started to bring in books that had to do about the zoo to see if the children’s interest was in that field and the answer was definitely yes!  We began by creating a list of what we knew and then some questions that we wanted answer.  With a new school year, we have children who have been a part of project work from about 2-3 years (some were doing project work in the two-year old room as well) or children who have never had experience with project work.  Our younger ones are learning about their ideas, questions, and thought process are important.  We begin to teach them, model for them, and guide them to find the answers to their questions and begin to have an in-depth investigation about a topic.

This week, the children have been very interested in the height of the animals.  A family generously offered an animal fact book for our classroom.  In this fact book, there are pages of animals with information about each animal.  The children began to look for the numbers on the cards to determine how tall they were.  With the help of the assistant teacher, Kara, the children used long blue paper to measure out several of the animals.  After measuring each animal out, the children would then take their bodies and lay out on the paper to determine how much bigger each animal was in comparison to a “typical” preschool body.


Until our next zoo adventure,


Homecoming weekend

One of the many perks of being associated with St. Ambrose University is being able to be apart of their festivities.  With homecoming weekend approaching, we have some festivities that we are apart of as well as some that we have created to celebrate the weekend.

The event includes the Open House from 5:30-7:30 where families are asked to bring a new or gently used coat for our Coats for Kids Campaign.  The following day, the Killer Bee a 5K adult run will begin at 8am.  The Bumble Rumble, the child’s fun run, will be following immediately after the Killer Bee.  This typically is around 8:45-8:50.  In preparation for the event, the children have been preparing by acting out each event.  There are still spaces open for the Bumble Rumble run!  Sign up today at http://sau.edu/Alumni/Signature_Events/Homecoming/Killer_Bee_and_Bumble_Rumble.html


There will be many locations for our Coats for Kids Campaign.  Please drop off a gently used or a new coat at the following locations!

  • AM Guitar Repair, 5259 Jersey Ridge Road
  • EmbroidMe 2222 E. 53rd St #2
  • Kreiter Hall, SAU 401 W. Locust St.
  • Olympic Gyros, 207 W. 53rd St.
  • Rogalski Center, St.
  •  Ambrose University, 518  West Locust Street
  • Speech-Language Pathology St. Ambrose University, 1310 W. Pleasant St.
  • St. Ambrose University Children’s Campus, 1301 W. Lombard St.
  • WQAD 3003 Park 16th Street, Moline, IL

We thank you already for your donation to a family in need!



Coats for Kids Campaign

My faithful blog followers,

Once again, my school, St. Ambrose University Children’s Campus has  decided to continue our support towards the Coats for Kids campaign by gathering winter apparel for men, women, and children.  The items that are being collected include gently used or new coats, boots, shoes, clothing, hats, and gloves.

We are currently looking for volunteers as we begin to prepare for this event.  Our volunteers can help us in many ways such as:

  • Donating large boxes to gather coats
  • Taking coats to Burke Cleaners
  • Keeping a box at your location of employment to gather coats
  • Getting the word out to your colleagues, friends, and family to gather as many coats as possible

Last year we had three boxes, one at the SAUCC, one at St. Ambrose University’s Speech and Language building, and one at the Rogalski Center which part of St. Ambrose.  Last year we had over 175 coats collected, and this year we would like to collect even more!

If you would be interested in helping and would like to donate your time with the above tasks, or have new idea of your own, please let me know. Again, thank you for your support.

Andromahi I Harrison

St. Ambrose University Children’s Campus

1301 W. Lombard St.

Davenport, IA 52804



Modeling what they see

Our routine in our classroom has always been to eat lunch, read a book, and do an I Love You Ritual (click here to learn more about these!). We feel this routine is important for so many different reasons. We can build relationships with the children at this time, we begin to calm our bodies for nap, and bond with the children.

At this point of the year, the children are becoming more competent and capable with everyday as we prepare for kindergarten or just getting a year older. After lunch on Thursday, the children gathered their items for their cots and brought books to the area we always read at. The children asked if I would read a book and I shared I’d be right over. When I came over, a few minutes later, the children were split up in to three groups. Each child leading the group was reading a book from memory or word for word to their peers! I asked if I could read to them and the children dismissed me.  They finished reading and followed this same process the next day!


Exploring the projector

Exploring the projector

Today, we explored the projector. I took a projector and played a clip of underwater ocean life. The children were pretending they were swimming in the water, catching the fish, sketching the different fish, and exploring their shadows. This is an activity I learned when I went to Reggio Emilia and was very excited to bring it into the Leap Frog classroom. I am going to continue allowing the children to explore this new material. Today, we made a list of the different things the children would like to learn about. Based on this, I will follow the children’s interest and play a variety of video clips and pictures.

A teachable bug moment

It all started with a bug…

“I think there’s a bug back here!”

Children trickled in and out of the space where the bug was sighted.  Minutes later, we had an all out search that was starting.  One child, created a diagram of how he was going to catch the bug and wrote the word food above his sketch.  He explained his plan to another child.  The other child shared, “So what your saying is….” and he retold the entire details of the child’s plan to him.

An hour and a half later, we had moved a shelf (found items we hadn’t realized had disappeared :)), created a trap, used various tools including flashlights, magnifying glasses, blocks, and color paddles, created maps, diagrams, and stories, but we did not find a bug. We will continue our search over the course of the next few days.



We met many objectives including:

  • demonstrates gross motor skills
  • follows directions
  • demonstrates approaches to learning by persisting and solving problems
  • retells stories
  • uses scientific inquiry skills

All from a teachable moment!

What teachable moment did you follow this week?

Motto for the day and for your lifetime!

I am currently listening to Dr. Bailey’s training session in my car every morning. Most of the people who know me on a personal basis or have even observed in my classroom will tell you that I am completely invested in understanding the individual child and understanding a guidance plan that will help support each child.  Through what we currently do at my center and all I have studied on Dr. Bailey I feel that I am making strides in a good direction.
This morning as I was listening to Dr. Bailey’s presentation, she quoted a song by Johnny Mercer which says,
“You’ve got to accentuate the positive, Eliminate the Negative, Latch on the affirmative!”
I think this is a PERFECT motto to follow in the classroom.  Accentuate the positive with the children.  Eliminate the negative behavior in positive ways and latch on to the affirmative baby steps!!
How did you follow this motto today? This week? Even when your frustrated?  How did you do this?  Please share! We’d love to hear!

Reflections on a new idea and a fresh start

It’s been so long since I’ve posted and I miss it! Last year, I decided that blogging would help me connect with more teachers, offer support, and learn from others as well.  I have done this and more!  Over the course of the year, I have had the opportunity to meet bloggers from all over the world and learn about their classrooms.  What an inspiration it is to talk to other teachers and parents!

Although, my first year of blogging went well I feel I need to make goals towards the next year.  With this in mind, I have had time to reflect on the purpose of the blog and where I would like to see it go this year.  My goals include:

  •  more supporters
  • more comment threads
  • more posts

Through discussions with other bloggers, parents, teachers, and friends, I have decided to blog about various things instead of just one topic.  This will give me many opportunities.  I will be able to share happenings in our classroom which might include an activity that the children created that we can’t wait to do again, a teachable moment that had to be shared, a project work inspiration, and my findings in my search of learning about Becky Bailey.   Any other ideas are welcome!  This will help me post more frequently, meet a greater audience, and hopefully, inspire!  As always, you will still be able to pull up posts by category or a certain tag based on your specific search!

Thanks for your dedication in the last year and the years to come!

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