We have interwoven signs of fall throughout our past few weeks in the classroom. The weather has been a bit warmer than a normal fall, but we are beginning to see all of the beautiful changes all around us!
Below are some pictures from our first batch of Gak in the classroom! A few of the students helped me make the first batch of the year, and it was a huge hit! Gak is a mixture of water, glue, liquid watercolors, and borax. It is stretchy, slimy, part liquid and part solid. It is a great sensory tool in the classroom, and a fun medium other than play dough.
Below is W breaking apart the Gak and putting it into cupcake liners.
M was showing other students if you held up the Gak it would stretch longer and longer.
I added some leaf gems to push, squish, and hide inside of the Gak.
We used real apples to make a rolled art project. I added a few dabs of paint to a large box, and the children rolled the apple around and around to “paint” the apple. They thought it was really silly to paint an apple with an “apple paintbrush”!
Of course after all of our apple cooking, we had to taste test three different types of apples. We tried Red Delicious, Golden Delicious, and Granny Smith. After everyone had a chance to taste and vote for their favorite apple, and then we analyzed our results. Which apple was our favorite? Which apples had the most votes? Which apple had the least votes?
Signs of Fall
We have been going on quite a few walks in this beautiful weather! On one of our walks we decided to travel down to the creek and check out the “rapids.”
On the way to the creek we discovered a ‘wooly bear’ caterpillar. He curled up into a ball once we walked past. The boys were trying to decide why he was curled up?
There was a big investigation of the caterpillar and a lot of discussion of where he was going!
We collected two large baskets of acorns, and used them to fill up our sensory tub. To add another dimension to the tub, I put the top with different sized holes that my Dad made for me last year. It is so fun to watch the children dig in through the holes, and fill the buckets up with lots of acorns.
The sensory tub inside the classroom was filled with birdseed, tree blocks, and forest animals. This tub has been a busy place the past week!
We have been doing a number of finger plays and fall songs! Many are very simple, but the children love to do them again and again. I will do my best to post a video of our songs this week!
Pumpkin ABC Hunt
After morning meeting this past week we have done an ABC pumpkin hunt! The children each got an ABC hunting sheet and a clipboard. Then we pulled the ABCs out of the jack o’ lantern and tried to find the Capital or Lowercase Matching letter on their paper. Once they found the match they covered it up with the Dot Art marker.
We have also begun to do small lessons from the Handwriting Without Tears Program. The children have learned a few of the songs, and I have slowly started to introduce the materials in a small group and whole class setting. Children were able to use the wooden pieces to create their “special letter” for the whole group. Then as a small group I worked with children on their entire first name and their last name (for those that are ready). We built their names using wooden pieces, and then we drew the letters on the Handwriting Without Tears chalkboard.
I put gems, apples, and sticks on the light panel. Two little buddies worked for a long while creating apple trees and apple houses on the light panel.
Children have also been busy creating all around the classroom during choice time. They have been busy painting…
This group loves working with paper, scissors, stickers, washi tape, and oil pastels. I have been leaving one table open for creating with the art supplies, because it is usually busy each and every day!
Thank you to one of our moms who donated all of the fun paper for coloring! The children have really enjoyed it!
Lastly, children were given a variety of materials to decorate pinecones. They used the glue to add pom poms, yarn, and sequence to make beautiful pine cone creations.