Fall is such a beautiful time of the year with all of the vibrant colors. Three colors that are currently all over the Red Room are red, yellow, and green. We have been talking about these colors as they relate to apples and using them in all areas of the classroom!
We have done a taste testing experiment and graphed our favorite apple- red, green, or yellow! The class favorite was Red! The size of apples varies from small, medium, to large. The children have played an apple sorting game, dividing them into the three sizes. They have decorated an apple tree with red, yellow, and green pom poms using tweezers to work on their fine motor skills, and are playing a counting apple tree card game where the children put pretend apple chips on trees with a designated number.
The children have painted large apples with finger paint, sponge painted smaller apples for our Friendship Tree in the classroom, and done apple printing. They have torn or cut all types of paper in the colors of red, green, and yellow to decorate larger apples and made apple sculptures attaching chunks of apples with tooth picks, both working on fine motor skills. The children have loved tossing red, green, and yellow bean bags into the apple basket working on gross motor skills while counting how many land in the basket.
Have you heard our apple poem called The Apple Tree? The children have loved saying it and acting out the motions!
The Apple Tree
Way up high in the apple tree,
two little birdies smiled at me.
I shook that tree as hard as I could,
and down came the apples,
Mmm, they were good!
Speaking of “Mmm, they were good”, the Red Room made applesauce and it was delicious. The children cut thick slices of apples using plastic knives and butter knives. What a fun way to strengthen hand muscles. We smelled cinnamon sticks in the sensory box while sorting apples and other surprises hidden in dry oatmeal. We also loved the nice cinnamon smell in the classroom while the applesauce was cooking.
As we’ve begun talking about firefighters, the children have become very excited about fire trucks, Dalmatian dogs, and dressing up as firefighters while pretending to put out the fire. They have even eaten a fire truck snack!
Our trip to the Fire Station on Maple Avenue, Tuesday, October 13th was a huge success. Another thank you to the parents who volunteered to walk with us!
To wrap up our firefighting learning, we are planning a visit with John Waechter, husband to Sara and father of James (Green Room) and John (Yellow Room). John is a volunteer fireman, and will come in to talk about fire safety and show the children all of his gear.
We are looking forward to pumpkins and Halloween followed by fall and the changing of leaves. As always, it is such a pleasure to work with your children!
Fondly, Blanche and Michelle