Christmas Trees & Lights

Spidey is back!  We read The Elf on the Shelf book, and the kiddos were so happy to see Spidey again!

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This week we are learning about the letter L.  We learned L in Sign language, talked about things that begin with the letter L, and listened to our L song.

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We decorated green triangle trees that will be combined to become a class Christmas tree in our hallway.  We played in the Christmas sensory tub, and had a lot of fun pretending and playing with our new Christmas additions in the classroom!

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This week our THEME is Pumpkins and Ghost and our letter of the week is B.  Miss Coli, from the Camden County Library in Camdenton, came for her first visit of the new school year.  She will make monthly visits to share some stories with the children.  Today, she shared 2 books and we did a marching song and an egg shaker song.  We love our visits with Miss Coli!  Thank you so much for coming and we will see you next month!  We made a Halloween Sensory Table that we will be playing with the rest of the month; It has black and orange rice, plastic bats, spiders and bugs, test tubes, and tweezers.   We made pumpkins, Jack-O-Lanterns, and a pumpkin patch out of play dough, and did Five Little Pumpkins Sitting on a Gate.  One of our kiddos brought in a bunch of beautiful white roses, we decided to turn it into a Science Experiment so we put them in cups of food coloring and water.  We will be watching them this week to see if anything happens!

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Fire Safety – Stop, Drop, and Roll

If your clothes catch on fire don’t run, that will make the fire get bigger!  If your clothes catch on fire, drop to the ground, cover your face, and roll back and forth.  The children all practiced stop, drop, and roll today.  We added fire to our block center, and talked about how it is never okay to play with real fire.  We also used different shades of red, yellow, and orange crayons to create our artwork.  Some of the children discovered that you could color with 3, 4, or even 5 crayons at the same time.   Our song of the week is Hurry, Hurry, Drive the Fire Truck but I am warning you, it will get stuck in your head!

REMINDER: We have special visitors coming tomorrow to talk to the children about Fire Safety!  Book Orders are due today!


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Fire Safety – Get Out!

Safety tip for today… If there is a fire get out!  Don’t grab your toys, or go back in for your coat, if there is a fire just get out.  Hiding is a big thing we worry about with children.  Children need to know if the fire/smoke alarm goes off don’t get scared and hide, just get out of the house and meet at a meeting spot.  It is very important to practice fire drills at home too, not just at school.   Make sure your child knows where to go and what to do if he/she hears the alarm go off.  Don’t wait practice tonight!  We added spots to our fire dog at table time, and our VIP shared some of her favorite things.  Thanks Miss Wendy for playing so I could take care of my Big Emilea again!

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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!

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Paper Bag Fall Trees

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

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Happy First Night Of Fall!

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!

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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!