Oh, boy! These girls! They are SO excited about Christmas! They are LOVING all the Christmas activities and are being very INDUSTRIOUS! They are cutting, gluing, creating Christmas messages for their friends, making ornaments, and painting trees!
AND they are decorating our class tree! And then UN-decorating it! And then RE-decorating it again and again! Oh! What fun!
Candy cane ornaments - patterns/fine motor
Christmas trees - following a set of directions/understanding small, medium, large/understanding graduated sizes - largest to smallest
Creating Christmas messages to our friends at the writing center - following directions/creativity/practicing names
Christmas math - 1:1 correspondence
Painting trees with pine boughs...
INDUSTRIOUS little workers...
Christmas kitchen and decorating the tree!
What are you thankful for?
I am thankful for my family. Actually, our families give us lots of love. ~ Collins
I am thankful for our food, especially the long spaghetti noodles. ~ Clayden
I am thankful for my mom and dad and Price. ~ Lucy
I am thankful for our food. Cake is my favorite! ~ Eliza
I am thankful for my mom and my dad. ~ Hailey
I am thankful for my kitty cat, Holly Belle. ~ Cecilia
I am thankful for my dogs and my dad and mom. And I'm thankful for the trees and the sky and sun! I'm thankful for God, too, and raccoons, fox, owls, and pine needles. ~ Hope
I am thankful for my doggies, Roger and Rainey. I love my family, too. ~ Celia
I am thankful for my poof head band and my lovey, Scratchy Kitty. ~ Marel
I'm thankful for getting to play with my friends and for the earth and for rainbow butterflies. ~ Henley
I am thankful for my family - my mom and dad and me! We made a new cake!
I am thankful for my mommy and my sister. ~ Naomi
I am thankful for Bishop and me. ~ Marley
I am thankful for my sister. ~ Anayah
One of the wonderful things about Hutchison is our beautiful campus! We can look right out the windows of our classroom and see cardinals, squirrels, blue jays, and even a little chipmunk that lives near our end of the building. Every day on our way to lunch, we see the geese swimming and hear them honking at each other on the Hutchison Lake. And when fall finally arrives, we can safely wander through our property, finding leaves, acorns, pinecones, and even a few bugs.
Conversation as the girls examine what they found...
I got acorns. They're rolling all over the place.
This acorn has no top!
I got 1 pinecone.
This leaf looks like a heart.
This is an acorn hat.
This leaf is an oval.
It's bigger than my face!
Here's another acorn without a top.
It almost looks like a drum.
Hey! There's an ant. He crawled up under my leaves.
11 acorns! This one is stuck together!
This leaf looks like a star!
I found a baby leaf.
This leaf feels so soft.
Heart leafs go together over here.
I found a million acorns!
What a fun morning! The girls loved showing their moms and dads around the room. They were perfect little hostesses - serving their guests a muffin and then getting one...or two...for themselves.
The sounds of reading and laughing were a great way to start our day!
She's a grand old flag, she's a high-flying flag!
And forever in peace may she wave.
She's the emblem of the land I love, the home of the free and the brave!
Every heart beats true 'neath the red, white, and blue!
Keep your eye on the grand old flag!
. In light of the election this week, we took this opportunity to add a little history and government into our activities. We talked about the flag and what the president does and where he lives. Please ask your girls what they learned about these things. They voted, by secret ballot, on their favorite pet. What's your favorite? How many stars are on our flag? How many stripes? Where does the President live?
The girls practiced making a pattern while painting a flag and for making paper chains for a BIG flag we created for the wall! They are great at seeing patterns in our environment at school and making their own patterns, too!
Some of the girls shared what they would do if they were President!
Reflection: One of the wonderful things about teaching little people is the way they accept, love, and care for each other...and for me! They see differences. They see similarities. They encourage each other and build each other up! They work together! They want to help! They LOVE being a team and being part of a family! May I exhibit those things as I nurture their little minds and hearts!
The first day of fall was on Thursday, September 22nd. Really! That long ago! We are chuckling with the girls about wearing shorts and sleeveless dresses in the beginning of November! Will it ever get cooler? Will the leaves ever change colors? They ARE starting to fall on our campus, but it's still pretty hot! In hopes of cooler temps and the fact that Thanksgiving is just around the corner, we are jumping into fall activities no matter what it feels like outside!
The girls painted pumpkins, created pumpkin collages, twisted paper for pumpkin vines, made silly faces on pumpkins at the play dough table, and even illustrated their own book about how pumpkins grow. And OH! By the way...the pumpkin seeds? There were 495! Mrs. Clanton counted each and every one!
The girls experimented with different mediums to create fall trees, explored with 3-dimensional shapes to create fall pictures, and practiced their sewing skills on fall images.