Our 2019-2020 school year officially began on September 4 and we have certainly enjoyed a beautiful season of very warm weather and fun activities. We began September with an “All About Me” theme. This is a wonderful unit for all ages as it focuses on learning more about ourselves and our friends – what makes us the same, what makes us different ? We transitioned into a theme about Apples where we did lots of activities like taste testing, color and size comparison, science experiments and growing lessons! By the end of the month we were well settled into our new classes and routines.
October brought an Autumn theme where each class developed learning activities specific to their age level. The younger ages focused on the color orange and the circle shape. They enjoyed “picking” pumpkins, counting them, exploring the insides and singing and reading about them. The older classes took a trip to Springdale Farms where their classroom lessons came to life! The farmer toured us around on a hayride and gave a great lesson on how multiple crops are grown from start to harvest. We then picked our own pumpkins and enjoyed apple cider and apple donuts – YUM! We ended the month with a grand celebration of Halloween with a Medieval twist! Our wonderful parent volunteers transformed their cars into creative stations for the ultimate Trunk or Treat.
After the sugar rush wore off we began November with an Aviation and Transportation theme. We used our imagination to soar to new places and we heard stories about famous aviators like Amelia Earhart, The Wright brothers and John Glenn. Our word walls and letter sounds focused on things like Plane, Bus, Car, Train, and more. We sorted and categorized cars and trains and read some cool transportation books.
As our Autumn season is ending, we are focusing on Farm, Harvest and Thanksgiving themes. We are learning about healthy and unhealthy foods, making healthy choices and the cycle of some food items from field to table. Since we have a few months of school under our belts now, we are comfortable with our circle time routines, center rotations and class structure. The older classes are using the computers for supplemental learning activities and each class is making progress with pre-reading and math skills at their appropriate levels! More importantly, we are also learning how to be kind, share and use our words to resolve conflict!
Wishing you and yours a blessed Holiday season!