Monday, November 11, 2019

Autumn Vibes in the OC - Teacher Sheri

Fall is in the air at Small Friends and we are loving everything the season brings! This week we did art and activities inspired by fall, like creating apple art and getting handwriting practice on pumpkin scratch paper. We also took a nature walk and noticed all the crunchy leaves on the ground!

Our week started off with a two day art project making apple collages. This activity has so many fun parts to it and they ended up looking awesome.

The first step was gluing strips of newspaper on the apple shape.

Then, they painted over the textured apple and added a leaf and stem.

Our parent helper took the kids outside to collect signs of fall and nature like leaves, pine cones, and flowers. Inside, they used the tape and scissors (always working on hand strength for writing!) and taped their two favorites on an acrylic screen. They loved this and it was pretty to look at all week.

Another important skill we are focusing on is pencil grip. We showed the kids how to hold their writing utensil and they got to write or draw whatever they wanted on the magic pumpkin scratch paper!

The kids added mementos to their memory boxes. Taking a trip down memory lane is always a good time. 

Another one of our activities was an acorn alphabet game. They took turns picking out an item, identifying it, and trying to determine its beginning letter sound. This was a great introduction to phonics and kept them engaged!

We used rhythm sticks at carpet time and learned a yoga flow about a pumpkin seed. I bet they can show it to you!

The vowels made an appearance this week and Teacher Lisa taught everyone the classic, silly Apples and Bananas song. They also sang a new song about The Old Oak Tree!

This is a class full of builders and explorers and artists - we love watching them play inside and outside.

Next week we will have more fun with leaves, apples, pumpkin pie and all things fall y'all!

Take care, 

Sheri and Lisa

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