This week our toddlers and early 3s enjoyed visits from Miss Joanie for music class and Miss Courtney for art class. We also had fun making handprint ghosts, playing a Halloween matching game, painting with fall-colored paints, and practicing writing in our journals!
Toddlers and Early 3s have had a busy start to the fall season! We played with Halloween items in the sensory table, sorted Halloween characters on our matching board, and made beautiful leaf rubbings. We also practiced number one with one little monkey jumping on the bed and learned the 5 Little Pumpkins poem!
The preschoolers are enjoying the Fall season by sorting shape leaves, raking leaves and cleaning pumpkins in the classroom. They are also getting into the Halloween spirit with stories, art activities and playing the spider web game during small and large group time. The children received a visit from Miss Christa of the Cincinnati Zoo. The preschoolers got a close up look at a python and armadillo. We also observed the ladybug larvae that arrived in the classroom last week.
Now that our routines are in place and everyone’s secure and HAPPY (yaaaay!), it’s time for some real fun! This month is all about fall… fall trees, scarecrows, pumpkins, and lots of Halloween goodness all around. Listen for some singing around your house, (have you heard the Jump Up and Down song yet?), and listen for a spider poem, too! Enjoy these pics of your adorable kiddos having fun and learning at school…
Fall is in full swing in the Pre-K classroom! We have had lots of fun over the last couple of weeks learning about this wonderful season! We have had a great time with apples(balancing apples on our heads-10 Apples Up on Top and making yummy applesauce), learned about leaves and their beautiful colors(created our own versions of “Leaf Man” and sorted leaves), and we are gearing up for Halloween by studying spiders and bats(read some Non-Fiction books and made a Venn Diagram to compare and contrast bats/spiders)!! Check out our giant spider friend, Spidey, that Amelia let us borrow for the week!
We have also been working hard on our fine motor skills! Pre-K students are building those important muscles in their fingers and hands that will help them as we continue to practice our writing, coloring, and drawing!! It will also aid in correct pencil grip and improve their scissor skills, which are very important.
Here is a list of fine motor skill activities that you can work with your child at home:
-manipulating play dough: rolling it into small balls, long rolls, etc.
-tearing paper into fine strips-use them for a collage or crumple them into balls
-screwing up whole pieces of newspaper in one hand at a time to develop strength
-threading beads or macaroni onto a string
-cutting with scissors, using the correct grip (thumb in the top and the first 3 fingers in the bottom-thumb facing ceiling and keep scissors pointed away from your body)
-squeezing clothes pins or tweezers to pick up small objects
-work on a vertical surface (like a blackboard, easel, or tape paper to the wall) to help to strengthen the wrist
Don’t be afraid to let your child practice at home! Have fun! 🙂
This week the preschoolers have been exploring leaves by sorting, graphing colors, making rubbings and using them in art activities. The class has also been using their observation skills by watching our ladybug larvae. In the next weeks we hope to see the larvae go through the pupa stage and become adult ladybugs. The children continued using their powers of observation during a visit from the Cincinnati Zoo. The preschoolers enjoyed learning about hedgehogs and spotted turtles.