Shapes are always fun because they can be incorporated into so many different activities…. And we have
been doing just that. We learned about squares, circles, triangles, rectangles, stars, hearts, ovals, and diamonds. Some of these shapes are still a little tricky for us to remember but it is a process and we have had fun
describing them and finding them in our classroom. We read many books by Tana Hoban and also Color Zoo and Color Farm by Louis Elhert. We have worked very hard on a touch and feel shape book of our very own learning how to trace shapes with glue and then collage different materials. They turned out lovely and will be a great way to practice these shapes throughout the year! We played with shape puzzles, matching shape cookies, pattern block pictures, water
discovery with shape sponges, and made shape paintings by stamping items we found around the classroom. Of course I forgot to take pictures of all the fun…. But you get the idea.
Mr. Monkey (our monkey puppet) stopped by for a week to teach us about the letter Mm! We had so much fun with him and he taught us a special song, No More Monkeys Jumping on the Bed! While learning Mm we also learned about monsters (which are make believe you know). We made squish monsters by squishing paint in between our paper and adding googly eyes! These were very cute and we loved using our muscles to squish the paint. We ended our monster fun by having our first pajama party and watching Monsters, Inc.
Pumpkin starts with Pp! We practiced counting to ten by learning the song Ten Little Pumpkins and counted out ten pumpkins using our little pumpkin jewels! We also learned about how a pumpkin grows by learning a fun finger poem….. ask your little one at home and see if they remember! We learned how to play Hot & Cold,
such a fun game at this age. Miss Lindsey hid the pumpkin in our classroom and then we looked for it getting “hot”
when we got close. We could have played this all day so try this one at home!
Pumpkins become Jack-o-lanterns this time of year so that is how we ended October. We investigated the inside of pumpkins for science and sensory this week. We also took some of the seeds and planted them inside one of our pumpkins to see what happens. Maybe they will grow… or maybe it will all turn to mush… either way it will be a fun learning experience! We made shape jack-o-lanterns in art by gluing shapes and glitter onto our painted pumpkins. On Halloween we all dressed up and had extra fun by baking pumpkin muffins and painting pumpkins! What a great month!
Next week we will start our new theme, Animal World! We are going to be focusing on desert animals and animals of Africa this year and will be having our first field trip to the Phoenix Zoo on December 1st. More info to come on this but mark your calendars!