I am so excited we are welcoming three new friends this week! Today we got to play with two of our new friends! Ask your child tonight if they can name something that starts with the letter D. They are getting so good at naming things that begin with our letter at Circle Time. They are also getting very good at signing our letter of the week. Ask them to show you a letter D in Sign Language :o) Dinosaurs have taken over our classroom! (Thank You to Tracy and Mason for adding to our Dinosaur Collection) We took dinosaurs to the playground, and during Table Time I sat out markers, crayons, paper and dinosaurs for the children to create their own dinosaurs. We created a little dinosaur habitat for the children to play with, and even added dinosaurs to our play dough. Our book was When Dinosaurs Came with Everything, it is a fun read!
This week we are learning about Dinosaurs, and the children are so excited! Dinosaurs are one of their favorite themes! Today we read a silly book called Dinosaurs Love Underpants. We are also learning about the letter D. At circle time we learned D in sign language and did our ABC song. We shared 2 more bags of Fall, and shared our VIP’s Bulletin Board and one of his favorite things. We painted with dinosaurs for table time! Thank You to our VIP’s daddy for joining us for morning playtime and breakfast!
We went outside to see if we could find signs of Autumn around our school. We found a few changing leaves, but most were still green. We collected some leaves to use in our artwork today. The children created art with the leaves and then I showed them how to do leaf rubbing with a crayon. We had fun exploring Autumn/Fall this week! Have a wonderful weekend!
We created Fall Trees with brown paper bags, and finished our hand/arm trees we started at the beginning of the week. I do believe children get more out of process art and I try to do mostly process art, but sometimes product art is just too cute to pass up! Who doesn’t love cute handprint art! Process art is when you lay out materials and don’t give children a direction to go. You let them use their own creativity to create whatever they wish. If every art project looks the same then it was probably more the work of the teacher and not the child, and that isn’t teaching children much. So, Yes today was all product art, but the children did get some fine motor practice in; they also enjoyed the process and none of them look exactly alike :o) Here is a link to a handout about Process vs. Product http://www.ooeygooey.com/handouts/art.pdf
Dress-Up Center was the popular area today! We looked at and talked about the three homework bags that were brought back. We then added all of the items to baskets and put them in our Science Center. We painted a tree template with fall paint colors and cotton swaps. We stacked our plastic apples, Big Emilea holds the record of 4 apples stacked! Don’t forget, if you haven’t already done so, to go on a walk with your child and help them look for signs of Autumn and collect some items for their bag. Our VIP shared her Frozen bag with us, and we got another Grandparent letter!
We read When the Leaf Blew in today. That one leaf caused a lot of trouble for the farm animals! We shared our VIP’s adventures with Norman the Bear and she shared her Dallas Cowboy’s hair bow. She also had a special visitor for lunch that also happened to be having a Birthday today! Thank you to our VIP’s Grandma for joining us for lunch and sharing some Birthday Cupcakes with us! We made torn paper fall trees and added plastic apples and baskets to our fall Science Center.
Autumn officially begins tonight, and I am so excited! Autumn is my favorite season! I love everything pumpkin, the crisp air, the beautiful fall colors, and just about everything else that has to do with Fall! This week our Theme will be Autumn/Fall and we do not have a letter of the week. Today we shared our VIP’s Bulletin Board and a few special items she brought from home. We painted our arm and hand for a special fall tree project, and painted with pumpkins and gourds. We have added some gourds and pumpkins to the Science Center. Well… that is where they started and finished, but during center time they were used in the Kitchen Center to make “pumpkin soup.” The geo-boards were popular today!
He loved the magic paint so much from last week he asked if he could do it again. I shared my secret and he created his own secret message!