During the month of November we learned about a lot of fun themes. We learned about transportation and farms and had special days for STEM, national kindness day and the kids favorite: Cookie Monster’s birthday. We focused on transportation during the first half of November. We did land, air, and water sorting, voted on our favorite cars, and read lots of books at circle time. We had specific days like a construction day where we played with small trucks and pebbles and played with tools. Lots of coloring pages during this section and a few letter games to go along too. We did upper and lowercase sorting with the letter T and did our sticky note spelling games on the board.
Farm was our focus for the other half of the month. Farm is always a fun theme: we did sound recording guessing games of farm animals, sorting of fruits and vegetables, and we “planted” Seeds on our board as a matching game. Since farmers are hands on we tried to do a lot of activities that let the kids explore different textures, sounds and tastes. We made several different sensory bins with things like corn, beans, and dried oats. We did a vegetable and fruit tasting and sang several new songs about plants and animals that live on the farm.
We spent our short thanksgiving week being festive for the fall holiday. We finished up a turkey and pumpkin pie craft, painted in fall colors, and did our leaf collection game. We read stories about friendships and families and made our own classroom wreath about things we are thankful for.
As always, we are continuing to encourage self-help skills. With the cold weather here, we have been helping the children to put on their own coats, hats, and mittens. They have been working on cleaning up their own plates after lunch, rolling up their nap mats, and doing more for themselves in the bathroom, like pulling up their pants and making sure to wash their hands properly. The kids love to be helpers so they are excited to be able to do these things and we are happy to help.