Red Room One - Firefighters, Spiders, and Pumpkins - OH MY!

     Many Red Room friends have enjoyed our drama area dress ups this month. We’ve seen fire fighters putting out fires and looking for lost kittens!

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To prepare for our visit to the Maple Street Fire Station, we used our fine motor skills to squirt out the “flames” in our sensory box and painted a fire truck with fire truck wheels.

We also enjoyed a strawberry jelly, fire truck shaped snack with pretzel ladders. 

Thanks to all the parents that walked with us to the station to look at the trucks and see where the fire fighters work.

 Itsy Bitsy Spiders landed in our circle! We’ve been stretching our large muscles as we move a spider suspended from the ceiling on a pulley. The children use a hand over hand motion as they sing “Itsy Bitsy Spider”. We actually have a real “water spout” (gutter piece) and cardboard sunshine to act out the nursery rhyme. To further our study of spiders we’ve marble painted a web and added our own spider. 

We’ve just begun the finger play, “5 Little Pumpkins Sitting on a Gate”.  We have read the story and enjoyed the flannel board version as well. Rhyming words and reading nursery rhymes greatly enhance the children’s language skills. 

 As we hammer golf tees into a pumpkin we are using our eye/hand coordination skills.  After that we can add potato head facial features to the pumpkins to make jack-o-lanterns. We have talked about the shapes we can use to make their faces.

We’ve hung a large oil pan in the classroom that we are using as a magnetic board. The children are exploring magnets and have used different magnet shapes and colors to make other shapes and pictures. We will be adding animal magnets and color magnets, so they may even create some story scenes.

Fall, turkeys, Indians and things we are thankful for will be some November ideas to ask your children about as they share their day with you. Our Thanksgiving Service will be Tues, Nov. 24th at 11:00am. Be on the lookout for Sign Up Genius for Parent/Teacher Conferences on Thurs, Nov. 12th.

As the colder weather approaches, please send sweaters, coats, hats and, on cold days, mittens.  Please be sure your child’s name is written in them, so we can return them home with them each day. Begin working on their fine motor skills of buttoning and zipping to achieve more independence. As always, thank you for sharing your children with us.   

 Fondly, Debbie