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Wednesday, December 9, 2015

{Fall at the ECDC}

It's been very busy over the past few months, so I haven't posted in a while, but I wanted to give you all a peek at the fun we had in October and November in Pre-K! We started by reading some fantastic scarecrow books:

During math workshop we worked with our turn and talk partners to create a scarecrow out of shapes. We counted how many of each shape we used and compared them with other groups.

 We read this fun story...
 After reading the story we put our critical thinking skills to use and thought about problems and solutions. We are all about solving problems in Pre-K! :)
 Next, we broke into groups and worked together to make a cooperative scarecrow! Each group worked on one part of him, and then we assembled the parts and hung him up in our classroom.
We even made some crows and corn for our sweet scarecrow to keep him company!
Ms. Leslie had a fantastic idea to paint some fall leaves with tools from outdoors: pine needles! It was a gorgeous day and the peas loved doing art outside with Ms. Leslie.

 Over the next few weeks we discussed apples and pumpkins. First, we talked about apples. We peeled, cored and sliced apples we brought to school with a very cool contraption. Then we made our own applesauce! It was seriously delicious. You can check out the recipe here.

When we talked about pumpkins we had a pumpkin morning message where everyone decorated a jack o' lantern.
We also added jack o' lanterns to blocks which inspired some fun play.
We decided to make our own jack o' lantern. We learned how to use tally marks to take a vote and voted on how we wanted our jack o' lantern's face to look!
Next we read my all time favorite book:
We decided to make our pumpkin a "Pumpkin Jack" and when he started wilting and becoming wrinkly we added him to the compost pile. We have been keeping track of his decomposition. This is what he looks like now:

Gross! But also...cool.
Our little pumpkins painted pumpkins. :)

We also learned about our 5 senses and did some fun activities about our senses. We had a sweet, salty, sour and bitter taste test.
And we made mystery egg shakers and smelly boxes to explore.
During our writing time, we popped popcorn and wrote words that described the popcorn. Yum!
Before thanksgiving we did a lot of Turkey talk! We made turkeys in our journals:
Then we read one of my favorites. Here's a video of it....it's totally worth it!
We made turkeys at art with disguises to they wouldn't be eaten on Thanksgiving!!!
We also made a canoe with some Native Americans that we put in numerical order 1-10. We've been discussing 10 a lot lately. You can see more about it in my next post! Look at this concentration below!!
Well that wraps up a small fraction of the fun and learning we did over the last several months. Be looking for an upcoming post about math!
 Happy Hump Day!

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