Thursday, October 11, 2012

Five Little Pumpkins, Sitting on a Gate . . . 

We learned this seasonal rhyme together (copied for you at the end of this post) and further ingrained it in our minds as we created gates out of blocks and "mini-pumpkins."

Below, Jane recites the rhyme to her friends using our sequencing cards.

This story was good for counting (below) and sequencing (above).

A wide variety of "gates"were constructed during the week!

Noe are you tired of me taking your picture?  Great gate!!

Bridget made 5 sets of 5 pumpkins sitting on gates!

Orange was a popular color to mix this week.  Below, Colin has fun using his hands!

After reading the story, Two Little Witches, we began drawing our own monster.
Later in the week we added to it by gluing on hair, eyeballs, etc.  We named him Avery and wave good bye to him when we go outside to play.  Look how great the kids are working together here, by the way...

Watercoloring has become a passion in the classroom!  We began at the easel, with me letting the kids freely explore the medium on plain manilla paper.  Great lines, Anders and good Halloween colors, Jane!

As this week progressed, I brought out real watercolor paper and gave a little instruction on how to use the watercolors . . . 

The kids endeavored this activity with zeal, focus and longevity!

Just look at the amount of beautiful art they produced!  We need to have an art show!

After we talk about our day before it is time to go home we usually do one more thing together.  Below, this day we experimented with a white (red) board and markers - the ease with which the markers glide is very attractive to the children.

I am observing wonderful growth in the children's abilities to play together and communicate productively and conversationally!  Really great for the age of 3ish!

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, "I don't care!"
The fourth one said, "Let's run and run and run!"
The fifth one said, "It's Halloween fun!"
Aaaand..Crash went the thunder and OUT went the lights and the five little pumpkins rolled out of sight!

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