Friday, September 30, 2011


We had a wonderful first month here at Smarty Pants Preschool!

First, I must tell you how much I already love your children! I thoroughly enjoy having them in class and I’m starting to see each of their little personalities emerge as they interact with each other and learn. As I mentioned at our “Back to school night” I use the School District’s RUBRIC form (kindergarten readiness diagram) as a guideline while I’m teaching. We dove right in and we’ve been busy working on several things throughout this month!

We have been busy: writing our name, patterning,  hand eye coordination activities such as: tracing, lacing & cutting with scissors, sorting by color & shape, opposites, rhymes, beginning math & counting, Mastered Letters A,B, & C and more. Each of these skills were introduced using this month’s THEME: “Life on the Farm”, as you will see in the pictures!

The children have done wonderful adapting to our routine here at Smarty Pants and they know just what is coming next at all times! They get excited for snack and recess & really enjoy arts & crafts time as well! They love paint…and ask if we can PAINT SOMETHING daily. It is a lot of fun watching them be social and experience a structured learning environment, some of them for the first time. They are making remarkable progress! Take the time to look at the worksheets I send home and the work we complete in class. This will be a good indicator of what they can practice at home!

Enjoy a sneak peek into our classroom! 


September was a FULL month!
We have lots of fun activities planned for October.

Mark your calendars:

October 18th- Black Island Farms Field Trip
October 20th- NO SCHOOL UEA break
October 27th- Halloween Costume Party!

As always, feel free to email any questions my way!


Miss Kristin

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Welcome Class of 2012!

Welcome new students!
We are so excited to get this school year started and have lots of fun and learning planned for all of you.
This is where you'll find any and all updates and information regarding preschool! Notes, upcoming field trips, and lots of pictures that give you a sneak peek into our daily classroom activities. This main page is updated MONTHLY and walks you through the many arts and crafts, science projects and learning activities we have been busy with during the month.

It was a lot of fun getting to know you a little better at our "Back to School Night"!
We look forward to spending this school year with you.

Feel free to browse the links at the top for additional information.
The Calendars for the entire year are ONLINE and allow you to follow our day to day themes and schedule!

As always, don't hesitate to shoot me an email with questions!

Miss Kristin

Monday, May 9, 2011

April 2011

April brought lots of fun and a special Field Trip at Smarty Pants Preschool!
It is so much fun to get out of the classroom and give the children some new scenery...especially with this warm spring weather! We took a tour of Great Harvest Bread Co. and each got to mold and bake our own special bread creation!

We had a great time celebrating Easter! We made bunny ears with pink tissue paper, went on Easter Egg hunts for the alphabet, practiced our names & Counting! 

Bunny Paige found a "P" for her name!

The kids had a blast on "Pirate Day". We made swords, counted gold coins, quizzed the letters of the alphabet dressed as a pirate and took home our very own eye patch and earring! We also read fun Pirate Books and hunted for buried treasure! 

Spring is here and we are having a blast talking about bugs, butterflies, kites, caterpillars and more!
We spent an entire day on "The Hungry Hungry Caterpillar".
The kids made beautiful butterlies during craft time.

We of course made time for some planting out in the sunshine!
Special little pots to give our mom's for Mother's Day!

Graduation is only 2 weeks away and the kids are busy practicing!
They are doing a wonderful job and have such darling songs, sign language and stories to share at our special Graduation program.

Pictures and our "end of the year" slideshow will be posted soon!
Check back to watch our slideshow with highlights from this school year.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

March 2011

March was one of our BEST MONTH'S yet here at Smarty Pants!
We celebrated St. Patrick's Day with a GREEN FEAST and lots of fun arts and crafts. We Wished our favorite author, DR. SUESS, a Happy Birthday. He shares a March Birthday with two of our very own SMARTY PANTS: Jaxson Bishop and Miss Kennedy Devere!

We learned the letters U,V and W with lots of fun hands on projects and learning centers!
It was a full month! 

Enjoy a sneak peak into our classroom the last few weeks!


We talked a lot about SPRING and RAIN and RAINBOWS! The kids mastered their SORTING skills by separating fruit loops! They piled bowls of froot loops in all the colors of the rainbow for a fun MARCH Rainbow activity!

We talked all about the colors of the Rainobow!
The kids LOVED this activity....and ate about as many as they glued to the project:)

Miss Amanda taught them all about the letter U! We talked about UMBRELLA'S....hunted for HUGE raindrops around the classroom...(that a silly leprachan hid the night before) and counted rain clouds.The kids had a blast! I think they are getting really excited for SPRING and some warm weather! Some of them even brought their own rainboots and umbrella's a few times this month! So cute.

We talked about the WEATHER and went through our weather wheel! In Utah we see so many different makes for a fun surprise every day in March! Sometimes we get snow...sometimes sunshine...sometimes lots and lots of rain!

We practiced our Cutting and scissor skills with lots of Leprachan worksheets and pots of gold!
Jaxson didn't want to color his coins GOLD...he wanted to color them SILVER...because SILVER money is worth more:) Oh boy. They sure keep us laughing!

Letter "V" was one of our favorites. We talked about Volcanoes and Lava Rocks. We each made our own volcano with TONS of red, yellow and orange lava shooting out of the top.

Tanner and Cade hard at work. 

Is she cute or what????
Don't know what we'd do without Miss Paige!

I love Tuesday and Thursday afternoons when my classroom window sill is filled with little crafts DRYING and covered in glue! My lightswitch and walls sometimes have a million little blue fingerprints and marker/crayon tracks:) I wouldn't trade it! These kids make things so much fun!

St. Patrick's Day was so much fun! We had quite the celebration. I'm sure we all had a good 2 hour nap afterward. Even the teachers:) Each students went home with handfuls!
A bag of Lucky Charms from Miss Kristin!

They each wore green of course! We had a GREEN PANCAKE breakfast! We also had green jello jigglers and green apple juice boxes! They loved it! 

Just look at her darling outfit! She is a sweetheart.

On St. Patrick's Day we made more rainbows!
This time out of pipe cleaners with marshmallow clouds.
THEY LOVE LOVE LOVE to glue marshmallows to anything:)

Cute Clover headbands!

We spent the THIRD WEEK of March celebrating DR. SUESS'S Birthday!
We read Green Eggs and ham...and of course had to experiment in the kitchen.
Each of the kids helped shake and scramble the eggs....and YEP...they tasted the same.
We talked about TRYING NEW THINGS....and keeping our minds open to new experiences just like the book teaches us!

The devoured the eggs!
Except Miss Kennedy...she is our picky eater....and having it GREEN just about did her in!

We also read the Classic "CAT IN THE HAT!" We worked on our Patterning.....making red, white, red & then white striped hats! They did a fabulous job!

We finished up Dr. Suess's Birtday with "There's a Wocket in my Pocket!" 
We talked about Rhyming words....and they are getting SOOOO good at it!
We, of course, had to experiment and use our imaginations to build little Wockets! They turned out darling. 
Each child got a little pair of overalls....with a pocket to keep their little wocket!

We finished up the month learning all about the Letter "W".
WORMS to be exact.

We made dirt cups...complete with gummy worms for snack!

We practiced our comparison words: LONG vs. SHORT, FAT vs. SKINNY by making tons of big green worms out of play-doh! The kids had a competition with who could make the most!

We had more talk of SPRING....and our excitement!
We made a darling "EARLY BIRD GET'S THE WORM!" art project.
They did such a great job.

Each little Robin was eating a big red juicy worm!
We added a textured crete paper yellow belly and wahlah!
They were very fun and the kids were very proud of their work:)

We are finishing off the last day of MARCH with a much needed Field Trip outside the classroom tomorrow morning.

We are headed to the Classic Fun Center for 2 hours of the bounce house and pirate's cove jungle gym.
I'm sure the kiddos will get out lots of energy and I'm excited to reward them with a  FUN DAY after this full month of learning.

Next week is Spring Break
THEN back to work we go!!!

Graduation is quickly approaching and preparations are in full swing.
Come back and Visit us in APRIL!