5-Day Weekly Update: October 28th, 2016

Since Halloween is right around the corner we are offering many varied learning opportunities involving pumpkins and Halloween.  To celebrate Halloween, Monday, October 31st will be Orange Day at St. Stephen’s. Children are invited to wear orange and bring in an orange snack to contribute to the snack room.

Nursery Rhyme: Little Miss Muffet

Special Guest Visitors

We were lucky to have Jill and Bob Wright visit the 5-Day classes on Tuesday. They used a jig saw to transform our pumpkins into Jack-o-lanterns. Thanks, Jill and Bob!!!

Aqua Room

The water table turned into a testing site to see if items would sink or float. The children experimented with a variety of materials to see if they would sink or float, collected data that they displayed on a magnetic board, and observed buoyancy. 

Blue Room

While we continue to hammer golf tees into a pumpkin, we added scooping out seeds so our pumpkins would be ready to be made into a jack-o-lantern on Tuesday. We also have a fun spider game where the children roll for colors or shapes to get their spider into their web.

The gross motor area features a spider web that the children can crawl through or step into.

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Green Room

Some of our children have had the opportunity to turn themselves into Halloween spiders and bats in the green room! The children have worked really hard cutting, tracing, and assembling these fun hats!! 

Yellow Room

Is it witch’s brew or a science experiment in the Yellow Room lab? Depends on who you ask.

The children explored the reaction between baking soda and vinegar this week at the science table. To add the vinegar the children had to squeeze a pipette with their thumb and index finger.  This movement strengthens the muscles needed to hold a pencil

correctly, but the fun was in the reaction of the two chemicals! When they were done the children dumped their concoctions into the witch’s cauldron.

You, also, can do activities like this at home with medicine droppers. Children love transferring liquid of any kind!