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.
The other teachers have been making scented play-dough and it could be fun to do scented paint for the Fall unit as well! I’m sure it isn’t too complicated and would make our room and pictures extra special for the holidays. (This post is for one I deleted)
There are many ways to incorporate math into the classroom and keep it exciting! Using candy is always a hit with children, and this teaches them useful skills like counting and graphing. October is a good month for these types of activities because it can connect to Halloween and Fall.
You know you have come to terms with your “teacher self” when you make play-dough on a Sunday! I am coloring it for Fall (reds, yellows, oranges) which connects to the next unit on that season. Buying the ingredients was interesting because the cashier wasn’t sure what I was gathering (food coloring, cream of tartar, etc). I mentioned that I was making play-dough for my kids and it made a bit more sense 😮
Fall in Oregon is very fun! There are pumpkin patches, corn mazes, colorful leaves, and haunted farm houses. This weekend, I am knocking two of those off the list. I like that this season is celebrated in various engaging ways 🙂
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.
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This play dough recipe seems like a great idea because it is showing the students the different colors of Fall, and they get some more play dough in the center. Right now, both preschool and Pre-K rooms only have one bag of play dough each – it is starting to dry out and some of the children are bored with the color. This play dough is a mixture of oranges, reds, and yellows to emulate Fall!
After my day of relaxing and reflecting yesterday with my parents, I had a pretty successful and calm day full-time teaching. I was upset at first by my situation of needing more practice in the Fall term, but I think it is settling in as a good thing. It will be more difficult once jobs that I have applied to respond, and I have to let them know what is going on – BUT for right now, I can see the benefits of not having as much pressure on being ready to teach by the end of this term. I think most of my stress was from feeling overwhelmed because I was struggling and didn’t believe that the end of the term would finish smoothly. I am happy to just coast with my teaching for the rest of this term, and feel more successful with the little things. My CT told me today that she can tell I have de-stressed and the classroom environment is calmer. This should make the necessary difference for my teaching career.