During the month of October we introduced the season of Fall to the children. The Owls learned about the changing of the seasons. We discussed the following questions, “Why are the leaves changing colors?” and “What colors are they changing into?” We also asked the question, “What happens when the leaves fall off the tree?” The children eagerly recalled information from previous lessons as they responded, “The trees all go to sleep”. This was a great example of how children can retain information. I was very proud of their ability to transfer and apply new concepts.
The Owls class also played rhyming and sorting word games. We read and acted out nursery rhymes. These games were a fun-filled way to teach the children that words can rhyme when they end with the same sound. In order to develop positive self-esteem, we read stories and the children acted out nursery rhymes.
We introduced the colors of orange and black and presented our new shape, the triangle. The Owls enjoyed writing their new letter friends, “C” and “D” on the whiteboard. The children had the opportunity to listen and sound out words phonetically by using the “Hooked on Phonics” program. In order to reinforce letter recognition, we played a matching game using words and objects beginning with the letters “C” and “D”. The Owls enjoyed becoming scientists for National Fossil Day. The children were given Play-doh, a variety of dinosaurs and bugs, to create their own fossil imprints. They had a wonderful time!
During the month of October, the Owls became fast moving squirrels searching for food to hide for the winter. The Owls also enjoyed making nests by using sticks, leaves and pinecones to create a squirrel habitat. The children were so excited to take a special class trip to Springdale Farms to pick pumpkins in preparation for our Halloween celebration. The Owls are also looking forward to participating in our Halloween parade and the “Trunk and Treat” event at the end of the month. The Owls had a special visit from the Mount Laurel Fire Department. Important fire safety information was presented to the class. October is German Heritage Month and the Owls viewed pictures of the history and culture of Germany in circle time.
Take your child on a visit to your local Fire Department where they can learn about fire safety tips. Have your child play a letter game by matching Halloween characters.