At the end of my shift, I collected tissue paper in Fall colors and paper plates. The children are going to make wreaths tomorrow for Thanksgiving or just as decoration – it will help them with motor skills, and precision for ripping and sticking on the tissue wrapping paper. These will look very nice up in our classroom for the Fall season! I really hope the children are as into it as I am 🙂
The Fall unit is here! This will be very exciting to see the children explore the different leaves and reasons for Autumn. On Friday, some of the kids started picking up leaves on the grass and noticing that they don’t all look the same – I am ready to help the class think critically about the world around them through science and other activities. I love the weather in Fall as well because it is cooler and just plain beautiful out in nature. Simply walking around the center, the children can get a feel for Fall and how it looks compared to the season before.
Today, I got to experience our first seasonal change in the classroom! We brought pumpkins, mini corn, and gourds into the science center 🙂 Our Fall unit will be in a couple weeks and I am very excited to start adding some of those colors into the room. The children were surprised that we brought a HUGE pumpkin for them to observe and practice carrying! I love Fall and all the activities we can do with it.
I came across this post (click here) a few weeks back, and since it is closing in on the end of Winter term and beginning of Spring, I thought I would discuss an activity that I want to do near the start of my full-time teaching practicum of Kindergarten. The activity involves the book, “The Crayon Box that Talked.” The children discuss the importance of a variety of colors and everyone’s differences. I thought it would be a great way for the Kindergarteners to feel comfortable with each other and get to know me as a teacher 🙂 Even though the year is almost over, I still want to try and build a community with the students – books are a wonderful way for the very young to understand concepts and be able to talk about them in simpler terms. They should be able to notice that the “colors” are being hurtful to each other and I can help them relate it to real life with everyone’s cultures. I want to create a safe place with my future students and it is beneficial to practice our personal teaching vision during our practicums.