Over the past 2 weeks, we have had so much fun taking in all there is to see, know, and do about Halloween. The girls have been so excited about their costumes and wanted to talk about them every single day at the carpet so...we embraced it! Here are just a few of the things that we have been doing.
Developing skills at the sensory table:
-counting, organizing and sorting objects
-general motor skills
-social interaction and team work
-creativity through working with different materials
-expand vocabulary by sparking curiosity
Developing skills when identifying and creating patterns:
-learning to make predictions
-recognize the relationships between objects
Working with loose parts to create a jack-o'lantern
-creativity and imagination
-making observations and connections about the world around them
-exploring non-fiction text
Celebrating with our friends!
The farm is an amazing place, not simply to be outside and enjoy the scenery, but it is the perfect place to make learning come to life! Mary Riddle, our school horticulturist is the BEST! She is passionate about teaching the girls about agriculture and helping them take this knowledge and apply it in the classroom. As you well know by now, the farm underwent a major transformation over the summer and the opportunities are endless and each planting bed a blank slate. We were invited to come and plant and boy was it fun! We got to put on our boots for the first time! They had so much fun showing off their boots, and we loved hearing them describe them to their friends.
My boots are so big!
My boots are purple!
Do you see my rainbow boots?
These are dinosaurs on my boots.
My boots are hot pink and they are good for splashing!
Once we were on the farm, we were able to make observations about the size and color of the carrot seeds, discuss what the seeds needed to grow, and make predictions about what the carrots would look like once they were harvested…pink, purple, and rainbow of course!!!
Here is what some of the girls said when we asked them to share about our first visit...
"I had purple boots. I love my purple boots. Mrs. Riddle gave us three small seeds. It was kinda small. And you put it in the front. And then we put a seed in the middle of the beds. We put our knee on the bed. We had to put dirt, and water, and rain, and sunshine and THEN they grow into a carrot! Seeds are the best! Because they grow into the carrot."
"Mrs. Riddle gave me some seeds when I put out my hand. I planted the seeds. Carrot seeds. Outside at the farm. We had to wear our boots. I digged a little hole with my finger, and then I did two more seeds. My friends digged a hole, everybody. The seeds grow with water, sunshine… AND they need DIRT! If they don’t grow we won’t be able to eat them."
"We were planting seeds at the farm. We got to touch the seeds, and plant little ones that were white. The seeds have to get dirt and water and sunshine and they will turn into carrots!"
We have been keeping track of the progress of our seeds and are happy to report that they are spouting right up and growing like crazy. They don’t quite look like the carrots we know and love just yet, but with a little bit more sun, water, and patience they will be ready to harvest, wash, and eat in no time! Below are some of the observations that the girls have made in their planting journal we are creating.
Through these observational journals the girls are learning to…
-use descriptive language
-represent their thoughts in drawings
-make connections with the world around them
One of our visits to the farm to check on our carrots happened to be documented by the Daily Memphian. If you happened to miss the article please see the link below!
We had soooooo much fun celebrating International Dot Day! We wore dots, painted dots, and even ATE dots! Your girls sure know that a dot is the shape of a circle and they can point them out ANYWHERE and EVERYWHERE!
Peter Reynolds book, The Dot, tells the story of Vashti, a little girl who doesn't think she can draw. Ends up, she's really good at dots...thanks to the encouragement of her teacher! And then Vashti passes on that encouragement to a friend.
We asked the girls how they could be like Vashti...a few of their thoughts...
Teach them to draw!
Be good to a friend...share!
Help them learn to make a people!
Help them paint!
Like when I had two, and I gaved her one!
Sweet, huh? Your girls are getting it!
They are learning to think and to be creative!
Check out the things they created with just a few dots!
The girls LOVE to share their work with each other! It gives them a chance to practice speaking in front of others and to explain what they were thinking! They are also learning to listen to their friends and be respectful, so when it's their turn to talk, their friends will listen to them. The girls are learning to create and use their smart brains to think outside the box, too!
In pre-kindergarten we are getting your girls ready to write! The girls are learning to hold a crayon and a pencil correctly and to color and draw. They are learning how to use scissors and to use their little fingers to glue things on paper. They are figuring out which hand they like to use. They are beginning to understand simple size and shape concepts for big lines/little lines and big curves/little curves. The activities that we provide require attention, cognitive skills, and cooperation. The beginning of all the writing they will do in their lives begins with a simple line. They will eventually learn how to imitate a vertical line, horizontal line, circle, and cross. This week we were making lines, finding lines in the environment, and sorting short and long lines.