Last week my class and I were busy painting when suddenly I heard a "GASP!". As any preschool teacher/parent knows, that is never a good thing. I looked around to see one of my students literally holding his breath. I ask him what was wrong (you can imagine the things running through my mind at the time) and he pointed to the table. "There's paint on YOUR table!" he said. My reply, "UHHHHHHHH, okay, what's the problem?". It seems the sweet child was worried because he thought he had done something wrong. Remember, we are still trying to get use to each other. I just started laughing and told him that get paint on the table was no big deal BUT . . . . he did give me a really good idea! After we finished our craft and story time I quickly put my plan into action. A couple of my "very best listeners" got to help me push our tables together and move our chairs. Next, I quickly covered the tables with butcher paper. It was so fun to listen to the children as they were guessing what in the world I was doing. I guess by now you have all figured it out! That's right, we painted on the tables! Well, technically we didn't "paint" but we did use crayons, markers, colored pencils, stickers and we even glued on some old alphabet letters. So "technically" we called it our "colored table"! PERFECT FOR "C" WEEK!
The first of the year is always challenging for me as far as managing my time, but it especially hard since I have such a small class. This was a great way for us to all learn a little bit more about each other and have fun at the same time. I hope you will try it with your class too!