An Apple a day....
Today was a different kind of day...instead of centers we built a giant fort in our classroom. We wanted to do something that would fill everyone's bucket because some of us (especially Miss Nicole) are very sad about Miss Nicole leaving. We had so much fun playing in our fort! Check out flickr for more pictures!
For art we decorated apple shapes with red tissue paper. One of students asked, "Why didn't we just use red paper to make the apples?" Good question...
Today we read The Tale of Johnny Appleseed and talked about what our country looked like before there were very many people, towns, or apple trees! Then, we made our own version of Johnny Appleseed's face. Check out our artwork in our classroom! We even pretended to be Johnny Appleseed while we planted apple seeds all the way from our circle area (Massachusetts) "westward" around our classroom. Yesterday we learned about the life cycle of an apple tree and we practiced that today too.
This week we are learning all about Apples! Yesterday we painted with apples and today we painted paper plate apple cores. We learned how apples grow (did you know that they were once part of a flower?) In the picture to the left you can see our apple themed math center. We have to make the right number of playdough apples for each tree.
This week's Plans
This week we'll be learning about Apples! We'll even get a chance to make a yummy apple treat and taste test a few different types of apples! What's your favorite apple recipe? Feel free to share here or on our facebook page!
A Week in Review
This week we have been learning all about our senses! On Monday we learned about touch and talked about feeling the different textures in our classroom and even our hair. We read a book called I Love My Hair. We even got to use our sense of touch in a slimy (ivory soap and water) filled sensory bin. It was so fun!
On Tuesday we talked about our sense of sight and we read two non-fiction books about our eyes. We can name and touch our eyelids, eyelashes, and eyes. We even learned what a pupil does. For art we made binoculars and pretended to use them to see things up close.
On Wednesday we used our noses and mouths to explore our sense of smell and taste. Did you know that you use your nose, mouth, and tongue to taste things? Did you know that you have tiny bumps on your tongue called taste buds and that they can taste 5 flavors? Ask us what 5 flavors we can taste. We tested out our sense of taste with a taste test. We got to taste lemons (sour), sugar (sweet), and salt. Bet you can guess which was our favorite!! Check out our Flickr page for a video of the tasting. To practice using our sense of smell we worked together to make homemade kool-aid play dough. Click here for the recipe.
Did we mention that we also celebrated National Talk Like a Pirate Day?? One family even brought in pirate cookies for everyone to enjoy! The kids and I had a great conversation while looking at the atlas about how long pirates were at sea for and the types of things pirates might eat and drink. Then we sang several renditions of the silly song, "The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything" from Veggie Tales. It was a great day!
On Thursday we used our sense of hearing and learned about the parts of our ear. We can name our outer ear, ear canal, and ear drum. For art we made jingle bell bracelets and guess what?? Everyone's bracelet made a different sound depending on how big or small their bells were and how many bells they used. During free play we decided to convert some kitchen dishes into instruments and pretended to be part of a big marching band!
Today (Friday) we spent the morning in Kindermusik and then outside enjoying the sun. This afternoon we are going to read a silly story and use our feet to make a painting! Look out for more pictures.
This week's plans
Show & Tell
Show and tell has been a treat! The kids have been on their best bucket filler behavior for (almost) the whole day! We had a lot of interesting toys brought in for show and tell--an angry bird house, two awesome cars, a kitty purse, two cute dolls, and even a toy donkey. In circle we got to talk about our show and tell and even pass it around in so that our friends could see it!! Check out our flickr page for a couple more action shots.
Things We like to Do
This week we have been getting to know one another. Monday we talked about our families, Tuesday we talked about friends, and today we talked about things we like to do. We read a silly story called, 17 Things I'm Not Allowed to Do Anymore. We like to paint, cuddle with mommy, make things, and draw pictures!! For art today we practiced our scissor skills by cutting out pictures of things we like. Our very unique collages will be posted in our classroom.
Don't forget show and tell tomorrow!!
"F" is for family.
Today we read Me and My Family Tree by Joan Sweeney and talked about the different generations in our families. We even used our arms, hands, and thumbprints to paint our own trees! In circle everyone brought a family picture to share. Then, during nap a magical family tree grew on our classroom wall! There are pictures of the tree on our group flickr page or you can stop by and check it out!
Miss Nicole plans to use our family pictures to make a class family book, so please let her know as soon as possible if you need your photo back.
Next week we'll be focusing on the theme, "All About Me!" Click here for plans.
On Monday we'll be discussing our families, please send in a family photo for our class family book.
Thursday we'll have show and tell in class. Each student is allowed to bring ONE toy on Thursday only.
Thank you to Paul for building new shelves in our classroom!! Now we can get rid of our tower of terror!