Friday, October 14, 2016

October 14th, 2016

This week, we celebrated all things pumpkin.

We started off by visiting the pumpkin patch on Monday.  It was hot, but it was a great time.

Coming back on Tuesday, we had an opportunity to examine the various pumpkins we brought back with us from the patch.  Some were bumpy, some were smooth.  Some were orange, some were spotty.

After our observations, we reflected on our experiences.

On Wednesday, we dissected some of the pumpkins to learn more about their parts.

We learned that they're gooey.

We saved some of their tops to paint with them as well.

Ode to the Pumpkin.

We didn't forget about our letter Dd, though.  We practiced writing them...

and built them with leftover pumpkin seeds.

We also had our letter Dd show-and-tell.

For math, we counted with acrylic pumpkin manipulatives...

and we counted pumpkin cutouts.  It was definitely a pumpkin-filled week!

For our cooking project, we decided to hold off on the pumpkin bread since we were inspired by the pumpkin soup recipe taught to us by the Pumpkin Patch Lady.

We scooped out a big pumpkin...

really making sure we got it all scraped clean.

We cut up carrots and onions...

and mixed them together.

We added peas...

and stew meat.

Then, we poured in some ready-made beef broth.

Finally, we closed it up and baked for 2 hours.

The end result was pumpkin soup!

It was super yummy!

It was a great week, filled with pumpkins.  Even in our hair.

Friday, October 7, 2016

October 7th, 2016

These last two weeks, we celebrated fall.

Wrapping up our apple unit, we had a chance to dissect apples and study their parts (and eat leftover applesauce).

We searched for the 5-point star in each one...

and we examined their life cycle.

We also finished with our letter Bb...

and then we made banana bread!

Applesauce, Banana Bread, and Chocolate Chip Cookies.  We're cooking with ABC's!

Coming back Monday, we were ready to start with letter Cc as we built them with cotton clouds...

practiced writing them..

and played with our community and cars.

For science this week, we had an opportunity to learn all about fall leaves...

and acorns.

We sang I'm a Little Acorn.

We made leaf collage art.

We made leaf and acorn pies.

We even practiced cutting with scissors.

For our science journals, we got serious and closely examined acorns and pinecones.

Then, we created our journal entries.

Eventually, the children knew so much about acorns and leaves, they were ready to teach the class themselves.

Our final act was making our ghost footprints...

for our Halloween door.

Have a wonderful weekend and we'll see you at the pumpkin patch on Monday!

Friday, September 23, 2016

September 23rd, 2016

This week, we celebrated all things apples...

letter Aa...
and counting.

Coming back from the weekend, we started our Monday with a new apple cinnamon sensory bin.  And, yes, this set-up lasted approximately 30 seconds.

We made cinnamon scented playdough and then baked some pies.

We built the letter Aa with playdough...

wrote the letter Aa with chalk...

and, eventually, practiced the letter Aa with pencil and paper.

We also read the story, Ten Apples Up On Top...

and then counted to see how many we could stack up on top.

We counted apples in trees.

Actually, we counted a lot this week.

Cutting up a few apples, we learned about ABAB patterning as we stamped with apple halves. 

Figuring out a balancing scale, we explored weight with apples of various sizes.

Afterwards, we reflected on our experience.

We also had fun with Miss Michelle when she asked the question, "Do apples float or sink?"
Conclusive evidence suggests that, no matter how big and heavy they are, they all float.

Finally, it was applesauce day.  Using one of my favorite earthly possessions, we peeled the apples...

which was really funny...

when they looked like a slinky.

We stirred the apple slices with a couple shakes of cinnamon and let it simmer in the slow cooker for the rest of the morning.  

Our classmade applesauce was super duper good!

We're a good batch of apples in this group!