We loved singing along to all of our songs from music time this unit... and hopefully some of them made their way home! We started by singing a classic, Old MacDonald had a Farm. We used puppets for this and took turns picking which puppet we wanted to use and act with. Not always getting your first choice is still a very hard concept for preschoolers, so this was a great opportunity to practice not getting really upset and making a second choice. We practiced appropriate ways to express how we were feeling such as saying "Oh darn... I wanted to use the pig. Maybe I can use the pig next time!" We also learned the song 5 Little Ducks using our duck puppet and our 5 little fingers to help us count. These counting songs are great for early math concepts such as counting backwards and even subtraction. When we learned about pumpkins we sang another counting song, 10 Little Pumpkins, as well as played a fun musical game Go Round and Round the Pumpkin which emphasizes patterns through music and body movement. Even though we loved all of these songs, I think that Way Up High in the Apple Tree was our favorite. After practicing this song a few times with just hand motions, we sang it again using miniature apple trees and buttons for apples. Students acted out "eating" the apples of their tree and counting how many were left... more subtraction!
We had fun creating some fun silly artwork during this unit... ducks and pigs made from paper plates, a silly scarecrow to review shapes, painted pumpkins, and many different farm scenes to watercolor as an art choice. We also reviewed some of the letters we have learned by rolling alphabet die and coloring the animal that had the matching lowercase letter. We played pumpkin counting where students turn over a number card and count the corresponding number of pumpkins up to ten. We are getting really good at counting correctly! Our sensory tub was full of fun fall themed items
such as fall leaves, acorns, bats, spiders, and of course pumpkins and we had a really great time sorting, counting, and using our imaginations. The afternoon class liked to pretend that it was a candy store and would package the different items to be sold for Halloween parties.
We ended the unit by discussing how apples and pumpkins grow. We spent time comparing how pumpkins and apples are similar and different, describing how they feel, grow, their size, their seeds, etc. We even used our imaginations to grow pumpkins in a pumpkin patch with a cute poem...."Plant a seed in the ground, Up grows a pumpkin big and round, down comes the rain soft and slow, Up comes the pumpkin...grow, Grow, GROW!" We practiced using different size words to describe our imaginary pumpkins... but our favorite word was HUMUNGOUS! We ended this unit by dressing up for our class party on the 30th and decorating cookies. Preschoolers are just too cute in costume!