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We can’t even handle how darling these are! We ordered these beautiful Eric Carlen advent calendars for each of our students and cannot wait to give them out on Monday!
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One of our Thanksgiving traditions is to decorate our preschool for Christmas. Christmas is well under way over here at Friends Preschool and we are so excited to celebrate the holidays with our kiddos and families. Happy teachers over here! ❤️💚❤️💚❤️
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Hudson has been learning Humpty Dumpty at school and today we did an egg drop. Unfortunately I don’t think the toilet paper was enough to break his fall! @friendsartlab #friendspreschoolrocklin #humptydumpty #lifewithhuddy

PAINT POPSICLES! The follow-up video to our tutorial on Friday (see video two posts back!). They're the easiest, coolest (no pun intended! 😎), most colorful sensory-meets-art experience and they're perfect for hot Summer days!
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And as stated in the previous paint popsicle video: you probably already have all of these materials on hand!
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It was a "ssssuper" day today making pattern snakes using pony beads and pipe cleaners!
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Our younger friends worked on making one-color snakes (using the math skill of "sorting") and our older friends worked on naming two-color pattern snakes (employing the application of early childhood algebra). Not only were these snakes deeply embedded in math concepts, but the fine motor, hand-eye skills, and bilateral coordination that went into these are perfect to build control and dexterity in growing hands.
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We think they're just ssssensational (and so easy for anyone to recreate!).
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These turkey shirts will never stop making me laugh! 😂 Last year we had a “Friendsgiving Feast” with all of our students and families and I made these shirts for all of the kids. Aren’t they the cutest?! Thank you, Pinterest!
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Looking for a fun project to make before your festivities tomorrow? All I used were brown t-shirts, felt, and fabric glue. That’s it! These would be so fun to make for (or WITH) kids...and let’s be honest, cute for adults, too. Happy day before Thanksgiving! Gobble gobble!
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Last week I won these fun “leaf rubbing plates” at a @roylco workshop!
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With the littles, almost all of us go on “nature walks” and collect natural goodies to bring into our classroom for observation and learning. What I love about these plates is that it has leaves from various species of trees, some of which do not grow near our school so we would not normally ever see them. This set comes with the plates AND a guide as to the types of leaves and trees included.
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I won this set for free, but I found it on Amazon for $11. Such a great addition to the science curriculum and something I know my kiddos are going to LOVE!
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The conference is over and we will be home soon! We had so much fun here in Atlanta and getting to meet many educators from around the world.
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One of our favorite workshops was presented by @lego, and one of our favorite activities in that workshop is shown here. Everyone was provided with 6 LEGO bricks and was invited to make a duck: no right way, no wrong way. All ducks were placed together and conversation ensued about creative capacities and differences amongst us all. Look how unique each duck looks! Even though we all had a limited amount of bricks, they were all so different from one another.
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We are very excited to have been able to take many of these duck sets home to recreate this activity with our kiddos, families, and Miss Kristian’s college students. So powerful!
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We can’t even handle how darling these are! We ordered these beautiful Eric Carlen advent calendars for each of our students and cannot wait to give them out on Monday!
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One of our Thanksgiving traditions is to decorate our preschool for Christmas. Christmas is well under way over here at Friends Preschool and we are so excited to celebrate the holidays with our kiddos and families. Happy teachers over here! ❤️💚❤️💚❤️
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These turkey shirts will never stop making me laugh! 😂 Last year we had a “Friendsgiving Feast” with all of our students and families and I made these shirts for all of the kids. Aren’t they the cutest?! Thank you, Pinterest!
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Looking for a fun project to make before your festivities tomorrow? All I used were brown t-shirts, felt, and fabric glue. That’s it! These would be so fun to make for (or WITH) kids...and let’s be honest, cute for adults, too. Happy day before Thanksgiving! Gobble gobble!
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Last week I won these fun “leaf rubbing plates” at a @roylco workshop!
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With the littles, almost all of us go on “nature walks” and collect natural goodies to bring into our classroom for observation and learning. What I love about these plates is that it has leaves from various species of trees, some of which do not grow near our school so we would not normally ever see them. This set comes with the plates AND a guide as to the types of leaves and trees included.
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I won this set for free, but I found it on Amazon for $11. Such a great addition to the science curriculum and something I know my kiddos are going to LOVE!
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Home from Atlanta and dreaming of getting to see our littles in a week! We sure do miss our kiddos when we are gone. ❤️
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With Thanksgiving week here, over the week we will be sharing some ideas that are not only perfect for the classroom, but also perfect for entertaining littles at home before and after holiday parties!
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Sweet potatoes and marshmallows are a Thanksgiving “must” which means most of you will have marshmallows on hand. For a project to entertain all sorts of ages, grab some of those marshmallows and a box of toothpicks and invite the kiddos to build all sorts of structures. We also used clay in this photo, but good ol’ marshmallows and toothpicks work perfectly. Easy, most likely everything is on hand, and a fun project to keep the littles’ attentions and invite great fun!
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The conference is over and we will be home soon! We had so much fun here in Atlanta and getting to meet many educators from around the world.
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One of our favorite workshops was presented by @lego, and one of our favorite activities in that workshop is shown here. Everyone was provided with 6 LEGO bricks and was invited to make a duck: no right way, no wrong way. All ducks were placed together and conversation ensued about creative capacities and differences amongst us all. Look how unique each duck looks! Even though we all had a limited amount of bricks, they were all so different from one another.
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We are very excited to have been able to take many of these duck sets home to recreate this activity with our kiddos, families, and Miss Kristian’s college students. So powerful!
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WE CAN BARELY EVEN HANDLE HOW WONDERFUL OUR WORKSHOP WAS! Our workshop yesterday at @naeyc was ABSOLUTELY AMAZING! Magnificent! Incredible! A dream! The audience was perfect, the presentation was beautiful, and the energy was high! We felt like we were floating when it was over. ❤️
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We were told our room would fit 272 people, but we made 450 copies just in case. And guess how many copies we had left! Zero. In fact, we were short almost 100 copies. It was standing room only, over 100 people sitting on the carpet, the walls were lined with people standing, and there was a crowd at the door many rows back. IT WAS PACKED.
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So thankful to be able to travel and to teach art to people around our globe. Knowing that art inspired by our presentation and projects will be in the hands and hearts of countless littles is enough happiness to fill the world. So happy to meet so many new art-lovin’ friends! And more than thankful for all of the kind wishes from everyone we know and love wishing us luck. It was a dream.
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The @naeyc conference has been off to an absolutely amazing start! Today was the first day of workshops (first of four) and both of us attended pretty wonderful sessions.
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Following the day’s sessions was the keynote address given by @istevepemberton (shown here) and to say we were blown away is an understatement. Absolutely one of the best speakers and best stories we have ever heard on the importance of resilience, believing in one’s self, and the impact of educators. I only cried 16 times.
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After Steve was the opening of the Expo Hall where hundreds of millions (okay, fine, a few hundred 😉) of the top educational supply companies come to show their amazing goodies. We were there for only an hour (we had to leave early. Our workshop is TOMORROW!) and we bought two full bags of incredible new educational materials for our littles.
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Tomorrow is day #2, and our biggest day. We present at 1:00pm. Please send all of your positive vibes!
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Welcome to Atlanta, y’all! It’s been less than 12 hours here and already it’s one of our favorite places that we have ever traveled to. The people are ABUNDANTLY kind, and can we talk about how hearing, “Yes, ma’am” melts ours ❤️s?!
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Our day began by leaving for the airport at 3:30 am, arriving here in the afternoon, going to the aquarium, then realizing that we hadn’t really eaten all day and trying the highly recommended @paschalsrestaurant for THE southern dinner of our dreams. When we travel, we always try to ask locals for their favorite foods and to eat the local cuisine. Once at the restaurant, we usually ask the server to pick their most popular, famous dishes, and then bon appétit!
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Now, we are exhausted and ready for some much needed sleep. Tomorrow is one more day to explore Atlanta followed by the @naeyc conference commencing on Wednesday. 🎉Happy travelers over here!
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🎉🎉🎉Cue the cannons of confetti because all of our @naeyc giveaways are wrapped and ready to go! 🎉🎉🎉
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YOU GUYS. WE HAVE 90 (ninety!) giveaways for the conference for 90 lucky attendees! We have twenty sets of oil pastels, 20 sets of bleeding tissue paper, 20 sets of silly eye sticker rolls, and 30 sets of paint scrapers. A big, huge thank you to @discountschoolsupply for giving us all of these goodies for the conference. We loooove so many of their art products and are excited to get them into classrooms around the world.
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Can’t wait to present our fantastic workshop (it. is. beautiful) and to give a special little somethin’ somethin’ to 90 teachers. HAPPY HEART!
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We have been loving us some King Midas here at Friends Preschool!
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The story of King Midas is from Greece and is about a man who was never satisfied with what he had. He always wanted more and more and more and eventually discovered that more treasures didn’t lead to more happiness. It’s such a great story with so many powerful lessons for kids (and adults!).
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Those darling crowns are from @discountschoolsupply (of course), golden paint, glue, and REAL golden gems. 😉 Such a great day!
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Every once in a while you find something amazing and wonder how your classroom ever existed without them. For us, we are crazy for our new kid-sized squeeze bottles! Miss Michelle spotted them at a recent trip to the kitchen supply store and they were in our cart 1/2 second after the two of us looked at each other with “Ohhh my goodness!” faces.
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Not only are they fun, but there is an insane amount of motor practice being used. The kids have to hold the bottles with both hands and squeeze with all the parts of their hands simultaneously. When it’s empty, they have to hold the bottle with one hand/arm, grab the lid with their other hand, and twist it open. These are skills that we adults might take for granted as they are second nature, but for the littles it takes a lot of focus and practice. Once it’s open, they fill the container and then repeat the steps for closing the lid.
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We modeled this upon introducing them so they would see the steps, and I kid you not, it wasn’t but just a few minutes before almost all of them had this DOWN. These motor skills are important for so many adaptive and self-help skills that will translate far past this dinosaur + shaving cream game.
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Here in Northern California our skies look like we are about to (finally) have some rain! 💦Hallelujah!
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Between our pending rain and feeling inspired by @emmafarris’ Science presentation in my college class last night...we had to do this project again! Fill a large, clear container with water, add a shaving cream “cloud” on top, and invite the kids to add water into the cloud. When the cloud becomes too heavy, water seeps through and “rains” into the clear container. We color the water so that the littles can see the streaks falling.
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Is this a 100% perfectly accurate representation of rain? No. Is this a 100% perfect way to take challenging science concepts and to modify them into age-appropriate, introductory lessons for young learners? Absolutely.
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Our “Family Pumpkin Decorating Contest” today was a hit! They blew us away! So thankful for such amazing families who took the time to create such special Halloween memories.
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Hello, friends! It’s about time for a new reintroduction for all of our new followers and friends, plus I’ve been tagged a handful of times recently for the “10 facts about me” challenge. Here goes!
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1️⃣My name is spelled “Kristian” and is pronounced “Kristy-In.” When people can’t remember, I tell them, “It’s like Kristy-Out, but it’s Kristy-In!”
2️⃣By day I work with my amazing mom Michelle at Friends Preschool. Doing my favorite thing with my favorite person is the best. By night I am a professor at Sierra College. Teaching the next generation of teachers is very special.
3️⃣I have always wanted to be a teacher (minus a brief stint in elementary school when I wanted to be Hannah Montana)
4️⃣If teaching doesn’t work out, I’ve watched enough Grey’s anatomy to be a surgeon.
5️⃣Aside from family and friends, the next loves of my life are vanilla lattes, Golden retrievers, orchids, Christmas, and anything off of a Mexican food menu.
5️⃣I have both my bachelor’s and master’s degrees from @boisestateuniversity. Boise is the most wonderful place in the world. #gobroncos
6️⃣Going back to school to get a PhD in psychology, arts education, or education is in my future.
7️⃣I love making art! Thankful to have regular craft nights with my girlfriends where we just make and create.
8️⃣I’m almost done with the Harry Potter series!
9️⃣I am THISCLOSE to publishing my website all about art for kids (and their grown ups)
🔟I love my life. It’s very rare to find me without a smile on my face and feeling genuinely joyful. Thankful for how I get to spend my days, and who I get to spend them with ❤️
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I now tag @raising.kinley, @momma_teaching, and @artsatplaceracademy to do the same!
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👻The most “boo-tiful” ghosts in all the land! 👻
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Y’all know how much we ❤️❤️❤️ our enormous coffee filters from @discountschoolsupply. They’re beyond something that we merely love and are for sure something that we NEED. Seriously the coolest!
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Yesterday our littles squirt liquid watercolors all over the XL coffee filters, wrapped them around a ball of tissue, secured with a string, and voilà! The. Cutest. Ghosts. Even cuter in person.
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Frozen watercolor popsicles are the best! Our ice molds are from WalMart (from years ago) but you can use any ice molds that you have on hand (or even small cups!). Add a generous squirt of liquid watercolors, water, a popsicle stick, freeze, and you have yourself #hoursoffun!
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Swipe left to the end and you’ll see a video of the ice popsicle melting in my hand! The kids think this is the coolest. When we hold the ice, the heat from our hands melts the ice and it results in beautiful dripping colors. So pretty!
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My art class kiddos (kinder through 2nd grade) knocked these Picasso-inspired portraits OUT. OF. THE. PARK.
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Years and years and years ago I was an art teacher to three elementary schools in Boise (#gobroncos) and this was my favorite project of the year. I did it with every grade kinder though sixth and every grade turned out incredibly. I even do this with preschoolers and they also look amazing! Getting to do this project again this week makes me feel extra warm and fuzzy.
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Picasso'a art is vibrant, interesting, and full of interesting things to captivate the littles. Such a fun, fun, fun, beeeeeeeautiful art prompt. 💚These all should be in frames!
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🕷Creepy, crawly spider time! 🕷
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The kids had so much fun making these spiders! We talked about various characteristics of spiders, in particular today about how spiders have 8 legs. After discussion, every kid was given one chunk of red clay (my fave 🙌🏼) and were invited to make spiders. We talked about how spiders have four legs in each side of their body, and that 4+4=8.
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Observing the kids make their spiders made my teacher heart sing! I was so impressed at how many of the kiddos were able to both understand and implement the concept of four on one half and four on the other. One of the best parts of teaching a mixed-age group is seeing the learning and progress of year to year. Some of the kids didn't completely master the 4+4 thing last year, but now that they are Pre-Ks they totally rocked AND helped their younger peers! My heart is full.
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