Pumpkins,pumpkins,pumpkins, nothing says “fall” like pumpkin scrubbing in the Iris room! The children were excited to find a large pumpkin in the water table. This work is for one person at a time (with friends watching :-)) and there are many steps to this activity. The first step is to put the apron on, which lets everyone else know this is her work. Next, she fills a pitcher up with water and pours it over the top of the pumpkin. A scrub brush is then rubbed on a bar of soap and the scrubbing begins. After the child is content with her work , a sponge is used to wipe off the soap bubbles and the apron is hung back on the hanger for the next friend. This activity helps to streghten their hand and wrist muscles and builds concentration.
Also, a new favorite is pumpkin hammering. The children use a hammer to pound golf tees into the pumpkin. This takes great eye hand coordination to hit the tees and not their thumbs.:-) After all the tees are in, it’s a challenge to use the back of the hammer to get the back out.
Both of these activities are for one child at a time, therefore helping children develop patience as they wait their turn.
Five little pumpkins sitting on a gate,
The first one said, “Oh my it’s getting late!”
The second one said “There are witches in the air!”
The third one said “We don’t care!”
The fourth one said “Let’s go and have some fun!”
The fifth one said “Let’s run and run and run!”
‘Oooo went the wind, and (clap) out went the lights.
And the 5 little pumpkins rolled out of sight!
The children really seem to enjoy this finger play. Ask your child to show you the hand motions. Our favorite way to perform the song is to use the 5 little pumpkins found in the sensorial area of the classroom as “performers”. These pumpkins also have double duty being graded from largest to smallest.
A big “Thank You” to Lilac room teacher, Bridgett, for bringing in and sharing a very large sunflower with us! What a great way to strengthen the pincer grip by plucking the seeds from the large flower head. When the children were finished, we placed the sunflower in the sensory garden and the squirrels are enjoying the sunflower as well!
We have been enjoying long nature walks in the woods. The children have been finding many colorful leaves and we even spotted a large bird high up in a tree. They love to see what trail we are following (Red, Yellow, or Blue) and then find the “marker” that guides us in the right direction.
With the arrival of the cooler mornings, the children have been practing the “coat flip”. Ask your child to show you how they put the tag by their toes, place their arms in the holes, and ‘flip’ it over their heads. This is a great for them to practice at home too! They are so proud when they can do it themselves.
We are looking forward to talking with all of you at conferences. If you haven’t already done so, you may call the office to schedule a time. Conferences are scheduled for:
Tues 10/27 4-6pm
Weds 10/28 4-6pm
Thurs 10/29 8-3;30
There is no school on Friday 10/30.