Friday, October 13, 2017

October 13th, 2017

This week, we celebrated all things fall!

Preparing for our unit, I autumn'd out the classroom.
This month is always my favorite of the school year.

We first studied the changing leaves of the fall and looked at numerous photos of what fall looks like everywhere in the U.S. (except for San Diego).  Then, we made our own renditions of fall leaves.

We practiced some fall scissor use...

...we practiced some fall Spanish.

Introducing our new sport for the next few weeks, we learned a bit about tennis.  Our first objective was to become familiar with handling a tennis racket.

We also had an opportunity to closely examine pinecones...

...and dabbled in a bit of compare/contrast critical thinking.

By the next week, we shifted our focus more on to pumpkins.

Examining several types and varieties, we quickly agreed that no two pumpkins are exactly alike.

Adding to our science journals, we further strengthened our compare and contrast skills.

We painted pumpkins...

we counted pumpkins...

we counted pumpkins in Spanish.

We also learned Cinco Calabacitas (Five Little Pumpkins) while playing with our own five calabacitas.

On Wednesday, we visited Oma's Pumpkin Patch for our first field trip of the year.

Back in class, we practiced the written letter Dd's...

and we continued with our tennis lessons.

We really started knocking them out of the park!
(Yes, this ball hit me in the neck milliseconds after the photo was taken).

Finally, it was our long awaited pumpkin bread day!
We spent the first part of the morning dissecting pumpkins and separating the seeds, goo, and edible flesh.

Fortunately, Mr. Salvador just installed our brand new sink outside the classroom last night.

Then, we spent the next part of our morning mixing ingredients together!

We used lots of pumpkin.

And, voilĂ ! Preschool pumpkin bread!

We love pumpkins!

Saturday, September 30, 2017

September 29th, 2017

These past two weeks, we've celebrated apples!

And Aa's.

To launch our new unit, the classroom was apple'd out.

And we were ready to start our lessons!

Reading Ten Apples Up on Top, we tried to see how many of our own apples we could get up on top.

We also practiced numbers 1 and 2...

and sorted colors.

Then, we examined the letter Aa.

We got high tech and practiced on the interactive whiteboard...

we got low tech and practiced in sand.

We also practiced with pencil and paper.  We're a well-rounded bunch!

With the objective of learning ABAB patterning, we had a fun and messy project of apple stamping.

This also allowed us to examine the star inside each apple.

Finally, it was time to make applesauce!
Using one of my favorite earthly possessions (second only to my stand mixer), we got to peel a mountain of apples.

We were especially entertained by the slinky shape.

The apples simmered through nap time...

...and eventually we ate it!

We even practiced apple yoga!

The next week, we moved on to letter Bb.

But, we continued learning about apples.

Using our largest apple, we tried to see how many little apples it took to weigh more than the big one.
3 didn't quite do it...

but, 4 did!

Then, we drew our conclusions.  Literally.

We continued to learn about numbers 1 and 2...

and 3 and 4!

We also searched for Aa's and Bb's in our names.

Focusing on the life cycle this week, we learned about the apple from seed to tree.

Ms. Laura gave this week's Spanish lessons, teaching colors rojo (red), aranjardo (orange), amarillo (yellow), verde (green), azul (blue), y morado (purple).  

We also practiced 1-4 on the interactive whiteboard.

For our outside structured activities, we practiced 2-square throughout the week.

Finally, on Friday, we gave our Bb show-n-tell.  We had Barbies, Belle, bubbles, banana bread, beans, things that were beautiful, and so much more!

I'd say we mastered September.