We enjoyed participating in Halloween-themed centers, eating spooky treats, and watching a Halloween movie!
We had so much fun celebrating halloween with our friends!
We enjoyed participating in Halloween-themed centers, eating spooky treats, and watching a Halloween movie!
Thank you to all the parents that helped provide special, spooky treats!
We enjoyed many Halloween-themed stories, like "There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed A Bat", by Lucille Colandro, and "Inside A House That Is Haunted" by Alyssa Satin Capucilli! We also enjoyed participating in several Halloween-themed centers, and making various "spooky" crafts!
We explored our pumpkin sensory bin.
We practiced identifying letters as we matched our alphabet pumpkins to our alphabet chart.
We practiced identifying numerals and strengthening our understanding of one-to-one correspondence as we placed "spooky" items into our pumpkin 10-frame, after picking a numeral card.
We watched "The Magic School Bus Goes Batty". Did you know bats use "echolocation" to help them fly through the night sky?
We LOVE listening to and reading,
"Go Away Big Green Monster" by Ed Emberley.
We then created our own BIG GREEN MONSTER while retelling the story, to practice demonstrating our spatial awareness in our work.
We enjoyed getting our "Monster Wiggles" out during music movement,
to Monster Mash!
We especially enjoyed our new math song - Ten Little Monsters!
We also made "Marshmallow Mummies". We practiced our 1-to-1 correspondence as we put one marshmallow on our mummy, at a time, to glue a total of 10 (or more)!
We learned a new song/finger play, "Five Little Pumpkins"!
Five Little Pumpkins
Five little pumpkins sitting on a gate.
The first one said, "Oh my, it's getting late."
The second one said, "There are witches in the air."
The third one said, "But we don't care."
The fourth one said, "Let's run, and run, and run."
The fifth one said, "I'm ready for some fun."
Oooooooo went the wind, and out went the lights,
And five little pumpkins rolled out of sight!
Watch us read, "Five Little Pumpkins", out loud!
We practiced one-to-one correspondence, identifying ordinal numbers, and retelling the story, as we created our Five Little Pumpkins scene.
We used our fine motor skills to tear and glue construction paper to our pumpkin. We then added shapes to our pumpkins to create faces.
A "Daisy-Head Mayzie" pumpkin for GCS's Great Pumpkin Contest!
We also used many scientific concepts to help in our Pumpkin Investigation! We found that our medium-sized, class pumpkin is 11 cubes tall and 27 inches round. We also found that our pumpkin has 21 lines, and it weighs 7 pounds. The most fun investigation of all was seeing if the pumpkin would sink or float! We took turns graphing our predictions, and then tested it. We found that the pumpkin...FLOATED!
We learned the letter "D", this week!
We worked on reading our, "My Dd Book" - we identified "D" words like "deer", "dog", "duck", "door", and "dinosaur". We are working very hard at pointing at the words while we read!
We made "'D' is for Dinosaur" crafts!
"'D' is for Doughnut":
We played several activities with our "D" doughnuts. We found all the "D" doughnuts, and put them in our Dunkin Donuts box. We also made doughnuts out of playdough.
"'D' is for Dinosaur and Dig":
We dug for dinosaurs and the letter "D".
To close our "D" week, we watched Sesame Street's "Letter D" podcast and made a list of "D" words that we learned throughout the week!
We spent the week discussing, exploring, and appreciating various family structures through singing songs about families, participating in read-alouds, like "Does A Kangaroo Have Mother, Too?" by Eric Carle, and a variety of activities.
We enjoyed sharing pictures and telling about our families! We sorted pictures based on the number of people in our families. We also told stories about various people in our families based on the heart we pulled from the basket.
When we were done with sharing pictures,
we displayed them on our Family Tree!
After discussing different family structures, and sharing pictures, we made family house glyphs to show the people who live in each of our homes. As we worked, we noted similarities and differences in small groups.
Yellow = Mom/Step-Mom
Red = Dad/Step-Dad
Green = Brother
Blue = Sister
Pink = Grandparent
Orange = Pet
Brown = Other
Purple = Me
We added our Family Glyphs, to our Paper Plate Portraits!
We used shapes and lines to draw pictures of our family. We then illustrated our pictures, using scribbles/lines, letters we know, and/or our understanding of the letter-sound relationship.
We used our understanding of uppercase and lowercase letters to match parents to children.
At the Block Center, we tried to construct various family's houses.
We also played with the dollhouse, as we experimented with various family structures.
At the Dramatic Play Center, we played "House" as we took turns role-playing various family members and their behavior.
October 14th was Columbus Day.
We discussed Columbus and his adventures.
We then created Columbus’ boat
in which he sailed the ocean blue in 1492!
We worked to identify the shapes and materials we used.
We practiced fine motor skills as we tried working with liquid glue. We practiced counting with one-to-one correspondence as we glued beads on our boat. Some friends also wanted to add detail with different medias. We made sure to put our names on our work because we were very proud of what we created!
October 6th-12th is Fire Prevention Week!
We spent the week reading and discussing
firefighters and fire safety behaviors.
We read, "Firefighters" to learn what firefighters do,
what they wear, and what tools they use in their job.
We made fire trucks!
We identified and positioned many shapes on our fire trucks!
We made flames! We strengthened our fine motor muscles as we practiced tearing and/or cutting, and gluing.
In our Dramatic Play Center, we pretended to be fire fighters at the fire house. We cooked dinners together, and got dressed when we received a call!
In our Math Center, we rolled, counted, and moved our firefighter up the ladder!
We learned about the letter "C", this week!
We worked hard to read our, "My Cc Book".
Read and color it at home! See if you can highlight all the letter "C's"!
We made "'C' is for Caterpillar" crafts! We used CRAZY COLORED pom-poms to decorate!
We also made, "'C' is for Cookie" crafts!
"'C' is for Cupcake":
We talked more about the things we liked, as an extension from our "All About Me" unit. We had to decide if we liked chocolate cupcakes or vanilla cupcakes better. We graphed our favorite choice! Then we practiced our cutting skills as we cut the bottom of the cupcake out - the wrapper - (to practice cutting straight lines) and the top of the cupcake (to practice cutting curved lines).
"'C' is for Cup":
We enjoyed building with cups! We worked together to see how high we could build, without it falling over. Some friends helped bending and holding the tower of cups, while other friends stacked them. We demonstrated great teamwork!
"'C' is for Crab":
We also pretended to be crabs, as we used our pretend claws to pinch all the letter "C's" and cubes we could find!
To close our "C" week, we watched Sesame Street's "Letter C" podcast and made a list of "C" words that we learned throughout the week!
We spent all week learning about one another! We participated in discussions, and created various works of art that resembled each of us. We compared and contrasted all our masterpieces, while appreciating all our similarities and differences!
We brought in baby pictures and had a great time guessing which friend it was a picture of! We used our reasoning skills to figure out who it was - we looked at the color of their hair, eyes, etc.
During the first couple weeks of school, we read "Chicka Chicka Boom Boom" by Bill Martin, Jr. We then created a collaborative class book, "Chicka Chicka Boom Boom Who's In Our Room". Each student was responsible for stamping the letters of their name up the coconut tree. Each child's page was then completed with a picture of them. We used this book to help remember friends' names through the fun repetitive rhythm that Bill Martin, Jr. offers in his Chicka Chicka Boom Boom book. As we read the book together, each friend came up to remind us who they were and what they looked like!
We used wikki stix's to make our names!
We also worked with Ms. Moura, the Occupational Therapist, to learn how to hold our pencils correctly. We worked hard to trace our name, while concentrating on "starting at the top" of our letters.
We made owl glyphs to highlight various things about ourselves.
Beak: Yellow = Girl / Orange = Boy
Feet: Black = 4 years old / Brown = 3 years old
Eyes: Yellow = Likes letters (Writing/Reading) White = Likes numbers (Math)
"You Are 'Thumb-body' Special!"
We used ink pads to make fingerprints around our pictures. We examined our fingerprints closely with magnifying glasses! We are all different, and unique in our own way...but we are all special!
We made "paper plate portraits". We used a mirror to closely observe our facial features (e.g., the colors of our hair and eyes). We then created portraits of ourselves, based on our observations, using paper plates and construction paper.
We completed the following poem:
"______________ is my hair.
_______________ are my eyes.
I'm _______ years old,
and just the right size.
My name is ___________________ and as you can see,
I'm very happy to be ME!
We read "'A' My Name is Alice" by Jane Bayer. We then used various materials to build, create, and decorate the first letter of our names!
We began working on the letter "B", this week!
All week, we worked on reading our,
"My Bb Book" - "See the... boat, bus, bird, balloon, bee."
We made "'B' is for Butterfly" crafts! We used our shape for this month (September) - circle - to decorate our butterflies.
We made "'B' is for Balloon" crafts! We used blue paint because it also starts with the letter "B". We practiced making the "B" with a big line down, little curve, and another little curve!
"'B' for Bee":
We worked in pairs to catch "B-ees". One friend was the B-Catcher, as he/she pinched the b-ees with tweezers, while the other friend was the B-Keeper, as he/she held a container to cap and uncap each time a B-ee was put into the container. We took turns being the B-Catcher and B-Keeper.
"'B' for Bug":
We loved playing in our bug sensory bin! We sorted ants, spiders, grasshoppers, and ladybugs.
We also built with B-Blocks that had our friends pictures and names on them! This helped us to remember faces.
"A tisket, A tasket, "B" words in the basket!" We identified various picture cards. If they started with the /b/ sound, we put them in our basket!
To close our "B" week, we watched Sesame Street's "Letter B" podcast and made a list of "B" words that we learned throughout the week!