Friday, October 14, 2016

16 Little Pumpkins!

Pumpkins big,
Pumpkins small.
Pumpkins short,
Pumpkins tall.
Pumpkins, pumpkins everywhere,
Tell me Fall is in the air!


Fall sure is in the air in preschool!  Our books shelves are now filled with stories of pumpkins and leaves.  We are learning many new "fall themed" songs and poems as well.  The current favorites are Pumpkins (poem above), I'm a Nut, Five Little Pumpkins and Jack-O-Lanterns. Children practice counting pumpkins, sorting halloween themed shapes and completing fall themed wooden puzzles.  A favorite activity on the playground continues to be raking leaves and jumping in leaf piles!  It officially feels like Fall!


Leaves, leaves, everywhere!

More highlights from the week...

Each child made their own pumpkin this week to kick off our pumpkin unit!  We talked about the shapes and sizes pumpkins can be and used the different shapes we have learned about to turn our pumpkins into jack-o-lanterns.  We had discussions about what type of face they wanted their pumpkin to have and most wanted spooky, silly, or happy!

Along with this, the most  favorite class poem is 5 Little Pumpkins and the children want to recite it over and over again.  Today, each child got a book of the 5 Little Pumpkins poem that they can read to you at home.  Here are the 16 little pumpkins of room L53...

First we mixed yellow and red to make different colors of orange...




Happy reading!

The children were excited to return after a long weekend and find some new and exciting things out on the shelves.  Here are a few of the current favorites...

Exploring colored gems through light at our light table...


A 3-D puzzle game, where the children have to follow directions of varying levels of difficulty and create structures with 3 dimensional shapes.  They love it!


The "sand table" has now been replaced with a new sensory material....RICE!  The children have been busy making discoveries with this new material and are also enjoying a Halloween themed "seek and find"!  They have been putting their hand muscles to use by using kid friendly tweezers to pick up, count and sort different items.

Sequencing and re-telling Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?  This is a great book that has a repetitive and patterned text the children catch on to quickly.  It also has many beginning sight words and all of the colors and color words.  They love to read this book over and over and have practiced telling it at our story sequencing and re-telling center.


We made our very own class book modeled after Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?, called Preschoolers, Preschoolers, What Do You See?.  It joined our special class library collection and the children enjoy reading it.  They especially like that they are the main characters in the book!


The children are doing great with letter sounds and identification.  We look at our names each morning and associate them with different letter sounds and words.  The children also keep busy with different classroom materials that have them match objects with letter sounds or sort pictures by beginning sounds.  This week the children also got to do a "pumpkin themed letter hunt" around the classroom!  They had to search and match the lower case letters!


We introduced the classroom ipads to the children this week.  The children used an app that allowed them to practice letter sound association as well as tracing them using correct formation.  We incorporate technology as often as we can when it fits appropriately with our studies.

In the project room this week the children made enjoyed exploration with sound.  On Tuesday, we investigated a variety of different instruments and the sounds they made.  We looked at the different ways the instruments made sounds, compared and contrasted sounds, made our instruments loud and soft and even had a great time moving our bodies to some of the different rhythms and beats!  The children loved this...

More to come next week as we do more investigating with sound in the project room.

Our CARE theme for the month is participation.  Lower School is defining it as "taking an active role in my community".  It relates to our overarching theme of citizenship.  Participation is a common topic among the preschool room everyday, but throughout the month we will be highlighting even more ways we can demonstrate this important character trait.  The children were all very excited to be wearing their matching CARE t-shirts on Tuesday!  The other dates your child will be encouraged to wear their CARE shirt are as follows:


November 10th
January 4th
February 1st
April 6th
May 3

I will send out reminders in the blog as these dates get closer, but just in case you want to plan ahead. : )

Next week is a short week for the preschoolers.  Weather depending, we hope to go exploring our campus on a leaf walk.  The children are noticing more and more color change around Breck each day!  We will also continue our studies of pumpkins and look forward to our field trip to the pumpkin patch on Monday, October 24th.

Dates to Remember:

Monday, October 17th- Picture Re-takes (let us know if you would like your child to re-take their picture)

Thursday, October 20th and Friday, October 21st- Faculty Workshop- No School

Monday, October 24th- Field Trip to Pumpkin Patch at Apple Jack Orchards

Friday, October 28th- Richfield Readers visit Preschool

Monday, October 31st- Halloween Parade and Class Party

Have a wonderful weekend!


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