Friday, October 5, 2012

Pumpkins & the Pumpkin Patch

Well, I can't sleep (go figure!) so I decided I should update the blog.  I can't do anything else when everyone is sleeping.  I was busy cleaning my house, rearranging my girls' bedroom and getting ready for my scrapbooking crop tomorrow and figured I would wait until the weekend to update but now is as good of time as any.

The week started off at Rufener's Pumpkin Farm.  What a BEAUTIFUL day we were lucky enough to have.  The sun was shining, the weather was warm and it was just perfect for a field trip.  The kiddos had a great time on the hay ride, going through the corn maze, picking their own pumpkins out of the field, playing in the soybeans, seeing the animals, riding the train and climbing on the tractors.  It was such a great field trip.  I am so proud of how well all of the kiddos behaved also, using their manners and having great listening.

Ms. N was in charge of planning an activity for the TTH class on Tuesday and Thursday.  On Tuesday, she followed up from the field trip by asking the kiddos what they saw at the pumpkin farm and then having them paint their own pumpkin patch.  These turned out really cute (although most are not pumpkins) but it is what resembled it to them.

On Thursday (and Friday), Ms. N cut up a pumpkin and put it in our sensory table.  She had the skin, seeds, and everything else.  She called the kiddos over a couple at a time and asked them to touch it, explain what it felt like, play with it, ask questions about it, etc.  A few of the kiddos were a little timid about touching it.

We talked about the letter P this week also.  The MWF class completed another letter in their Phonics Booklets on Friday.

We also practiced cutting straight lines in the MWF class, which those papers were filed in their portfolios for Parent-Teacher Conferences in November.

Ms. S (one of our Kent State field students) read a music book with the kiddos last week when she was in on Friday.  The book also had an interactive app on her iPad.  Friday when she was in again, she brought in her iPad and showed the kiddos the same music book but also how the kids in the book moved along to the music.

Both classes also completed their journal page "In September" for their portfolios.  At the end of every month, we talk about the things we did during the month, and then the kiddos tell us what their favorite thing was and draw a picture of it.  For September, we talked about fall, apples, sorted leaves and apples, made applesauce, taste tested apples, started school, made new friends, learned new things.

Ms. K was in charge of music and activities after lunch this week in the MWF class.  She had the kiddos exercising, dancing and singing.  Friday, I shared with them the new music book we got from Scholastic called "Pete the Cat: Rocking in my School Shoes".  They LOVED this book too!

This week I also signed up the Preschool for a website called ABCMouse.  It is an educational website that I have heard about in the past and has received top awards.  Every child was enrolled into the website and I am organizing lessons on there that coordinate with what we are learning at school.  The children will be able to log in at home with their parent(s) and complete the activities.  It is further emphasis on the skills I am teaching at school and also improving their computer skills...moving that mouse is a hard skill to figure out and learn!

The week of October 8th, we will begin talking about Halloween (nothing scary!) and the letter H.  Ms. N is going to be in charge of planning and teaching all day on Tuesday and Thursday for the next two weeks.  Ms. K is going to be planning an activity for rotation on Tuesday and Thursday next week also.

Have a wonderful weekend!

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