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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Not so scary MoNsTeRs

We are learning a new song that I hope they will perform at the Halloween Party.  It is called “Looking For Dracula!”  We read one of my favorite childhood books the Monster at the end of this Book starring Lovable, Furry Old Grover.   For table time we did Grover inspired art work.  Everyone got the same materials and none of them look exactly alike!  They all got a paper plate, 2 white circles, 2 small black circle stickers, a pile of “fur” (yarn), and a bottle of glue.  In the middle of the table there were black mouth shapes, and blue and pink nose shapes.  They were given the materials and no instructions, it was all about the process.  They are all different and all beautiful!

REMINDER: Our Halloween Party and Trick-or-Treat Field Trip is next Friday, Oct. 31st.  Everyone is invited even if it is not your child’s normal day/time.  Please, return your permission slips ASAP.  Thank You!

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Pumpkin Goo and Ghost Paint

We read one of my favorite pumpkin books,  The Legend of Spookley the Square Pumpkin.   “You can’t judge a book, or a pumpkin… by it’s cover.”   We cut open our pumpkin we hammered on yesterday, and observed the inside.  We then made pumpkin goo inside of our pumpkin; here is the link for pumpkin goo  We painted with ghost paint, and added a picture from our book to the easel for painting inspiration.

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Our letter of the week – B in sign language.

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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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