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!
A big thanks to Melissa Broussard, Owen’s mom, who graciously offered to make our class a precious flannel board activity with all the parts to go with our Apple Tree Poem. The children have loved using the pieces and acting out the poem.
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.
We are now enjoying learning about the farm and all the special animals that live there. The Teeny Tiny Farm will be visiting school this Thursday, October 20th. It should be tons of fun seeing live animals.
After we complete our unit on the farm, we will enjoy Halloween and the changing of seasons with cooler temperatures and fall activities.
Thank you as always for allowing us to enjoy your wonderful children.
Blanche and Debbie
Thursday, October 20- Teeny Tiny Farm
Thursday, October 27th- Halloween Class party- only parents who offered to volunteer attend
Monday, October 31st- SSP Orange Day