…Growing from Vines on the Ground. We have learned so many great things about pumpkins in our Pre-K room! We measured, we used our senses to explore, we even went on a field trip to a pumpkin patch! Check out some of the details from our week!
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!
Can you believe October is over and we are only 14 days away from Thanksgiving?? The season is flying by and we have been having a great time in Pre-K. Over the past couple of weeks, we have continued our conversations about the Autumn season by learning about pumpkins. We got to explore pumpkins with our senses, which was a lot of fun. We then decided to journal about our favorite sense we used to explore the pumpkin. We also learned to order our pumpkins by size (small, medium, large).
Afterward, we learned about the life cycle of a pumpkin (seed, seedling, vine, pumpkin) and we used the seeds from our classroom Jack-o-Lantern to try to grow our own pumpkins. We learned to grow pumpkins we need seeds, good soil, water, and sunlight. We’re keeping track of the seeds by drawing our weekly observations. Hopefully, we will see something sprouting soon! We also decided to see what happens when we try to grow pumpkins, but don’t give the seeds any sunlight or water. We made several predictions, but overall we predicted that no pumpkins would grow.
We had a great time at Totstober and talking about Halloween! Everyone was very excited to share about their costumes. All our Halloween candy came in handy, because we got to practice our sorting skills. I loved the way the students were able to come up with several ways to sort our candy (size, chocolate/non-chocolate, colors, and same candies together)! It was tempting not to eat it, but we made it! 🙂
We also celebrated the spooky holiday by making green slime. Most of the students enjoyed the squishy slime, but a few were hesitant to touch! It’s a fun, easy project that you can do at home. Here is the recipe: White School Glue, Liquid Starch, and Food Coloring. Mix two parts glue to one part liquid starch and add a few drops of food coloring. Mix with and spoon and then knead with your hands. Voila, you have slime!
The preschoolers have been exploring pumpkins and their growth cycle from seed to pumpkin. Many of the preschoolers also made a visit to Blooms and Berries Pumpkin Farm to pick out a special pumpkin and enjoy the activities there. We have also been discussing spiders in the classroom. Did you know that a spiders blood is blue?