Saturday, October 13, 2018

October 12th, 2018

These last two weeks, we've celebrated all things fall!

Our first order of business was to fall out the classroom.


We got out our scarecrows...

our pine cones and acorns...

and our corn.

We also learned that C is for corn.


We learned about fall leaves.


In Spanish, too.


And we used water colors to paint our own beautiful fall leaves.


We also practiced using scissors, fall style.

Finally, it was pumpkin time!



We painted pumpkins...

counted pumpkins...



made clay pumpkins...

built letter C's with pumpkins (or calabazas)...

and learned Cinco Calabacitas (The Five Little Pumpkins).

Our highlight of the week, however?  Visiting the pumpkin patch!


Once we were back in the classroom, it was time to dissect pumpkins as we learned about their different parts!





We also roasted the seeds.

In between all of this, we made time for our Pioneer friends, too.


We also learned about the letter Dd...



and we earned extra credit when we packed D's in our lunch!

But, our next favorite part of the week was making pumpkin bread using the cut up pieces from the day before.




It was a little late due to a baking malfunction (in which I burned the original loaf).  But, eventually we were able to eat pumpkin bread! 

It's been a good two weeks!

Friday, September 28, 2018

September 28th, 2018

These last two weeks, we've celebrated apples...

the letter Aa...

Bb...

and ABAB patterning!

 Going back to the beginning of the unit, the first thing we did was apple out the classroom.


Then we explored apples by understanding size and weight differences.




Afterwards, we drew our conclusions.  Literally.


We were introduced to the letter Aa...

and looked for A's in our names.

We got high tech and played A games on the interactive whiteboard...

we got low tech and built them in sand.

We wrote letter A's in oatmeal with cinnamon stick pencils...

and we wrote letter A's with chalk.  We're a well-rounded bunch.

Getting back to apples, we read Ten Apples Up On Top.  Then, we tried to see how many apples we could get on top.



We created playdough apple trees...

and then followed 1 & 2 directions.

We also used apples to stamp ABAB patterns.



We tested our scissor use and made apple trees...

and we made apple structures.



Then, we focused on an apple's life cycle.  Noting the apple seed's 5-point star, we found exactly where the 5 flower petals were when the apple was a baby on the tree.


We did some apple yoga as we grew into apple trees ourselves.


Our favorite part of the unit, however?  Making applesauce!

Using one of the best cooking tools ever, we peeled the apples.






This wasn't always easy and we had to make sure to work together as a team...


but the end result of an apple slinky was so much fun!



We stirred and we simmered all day...

and voilĂ !  KinderPrep applesacue!

We worked hard this unit...

but we had so much fun!  Namaste!