This past week the 5-Day classes enjoyed a variety of fun, (and educational) choices related to the Farm with a focus on apples and pumpkins.
Oct. 31: Orange Day
Nov. 10: Conference Day - No school for 5 day children
Nov. 22: Thanksgiving Service, 11 am, Palmer Hall, dismissal following service
Nov. 23-28: Thanksgiving break - Wednesday through Monday
Nov. 29: Classes resume
This week we explored all the ways a pumpkin can be used as a source of food. We began by picking out and roasting pumpkin seeds.
Next, we cooked and mashed the pumpkin into a puree that we used to make pumpkin pancakes.
The children also enjoyed all of the natural materials at the playdough table. We used sticks, acorns, and gumballs to make many different creatures and creations.
This week we have been having fun hammering golf tees into a pumpkin. This is a fun way for children to use a hammer and increase hand strength and eye hand coordination.
A math game inspired by the Dr. Seuss book Ten Apples Up on Top was a popular choice this week. The goal of the game is to get 10 apples on top of their head or a friend's head. As the children roll the dice they either add or subtract apples.
In the science area, the children were challenged to use just apples and toothpicks to build something.
First, the children cut the apples. Then they used toothpicks to build apple creations. Some children focused on the process while others were interested in creating specific work. Then we left the apple creations outside. The children made predictions about what would happen to the apples and then observed the apples.
In the green we are are painting with tractors and other vehicles! The children are sending the trucks down the ramps to see how far the trucks will travel. As an additional choice the children can paint their individual picture with trucks dip in paint!