What a beautiful day at the farm! We could not have asked for better weather in late October. The pumpkin patch was a blast, and offered an array of farm activities - of course ending in the actual picking of a pumpkin! A special thanks to our parent chaperones for braving the experience.
The morning of the trip, we started our day with table activities and free play.
Mrs. Anne was able to bring back a large pumpkin vine with flowers to show the kids last class after our trip. It was a great way to remind them where their pumpkins came from. After that we made our soup can pumpkin breads - if you didn't stop by to get yours, they will be sent home on Monday. Pretty yummy (I tried it)! I'll put some of those pictures up in a seperate post next week.
Pumpkins, pumpkins, everywhere! The week before heading to the pumpkin patch we learned all about pumpkins. We made pumpkins of every size and shape. We also focused on our upper and lower case alphabet letters for our weekly skill. Here are some highlights from the week!
During free play throughout the week, teacher Dayna led a pumpkin word activity where they matched up the letters to spell each of their words. Teacher Keandra taught the children to match upper and lower case letters, teacher Dezy created a pumpkin collage activity for art, and teacher Jessica led a pumpkin handprint art activity. We also had lots of fun at the creation station as usual, used our fine motor skills to sort candy corns and pumpkins with tweazers and worked out our hand-eye coordination by hammering golf tees into our big class pumpkin!
This was the first week of activities where the high school teachers had planned, prepared and got up to teach the children! Aside from the great small group table activities led by them this week, here are some of the large group activities...
Brinkley, Kyle, Annalise, Melani, Tenzin, Helena, and Adree all celebrated their birthday with us this month!
Back to School with Shapes and Colors
Our first week of the school year was a raging sucess! Our kids arrived ready to learn, and some of our kids were just learning the ropes of going to school. We have a great class of preschoolers this year - many more girls than boys, but lots of diverse personalities and abilities, which makes for a great little community. Let me share a few of the things that we did this first week of school!
After introductions by Mrs. Anne, free play kept kids busy with digging and scooping shapes in the sensory table, shape stamping with various items from our room, cutting and gluing at the creation table, matching activities, and making shapes with Q-tips.
Group art shape creations: It was fun to read what the kids said about their creations!
Let's look at some of the important daily tasks our preschoolers practiced...
We got to know, and bond with, our teachers!
We learned how to stand in line and walk places safely.
We learned about our important daily jobs, which we will all get a turn in doing...ask your child what their job was each day after school!
Other jobs not seen: weather bear, pet care, snack bag, book bag, door holder, line leader...and when we don't have a job, we are always a friend!
We practiced teamwork and cooperation by playing a game with a partner.
Didn't see your kiddo on here? Don't worry, we will be posting for every week of preschool if we can. There will be plenty of pictures taken and rest assured that your child was a part of all of the action - otherwise we'd let you know! :)
Alia Laack is a high school Family and Consumer Sciences teacher who runs the Early Childhood Education program at Century High School, including the Little Jags Preschool.