Sunday, October 20, 2013

All about fall!

I love October for SO many reasons in my classroom! The children get to learn about the change of seasons as we watch the changing of colors from the windows, play and explore the leaves outside and of course celebrate Halloween! 

In October we learn about: the colors orange and black, triangles, owls, cats, pumpkins, fire safety and the Fall. We also have themed days in the school that the children get to enjoy in their classrooms. This month was Wild West Day and we had a Rootin' Tootin' good time! :) So as you can imagine there was much to do and not enough time! 

Our "Fall" sensory bin. During my last visit to the dollar store I loaded up on felt and plastic leaves pine cones and small plastic pumpkins. To make it extra fun I added my scarecrows from home which the children loved!  

 My daughter was so excited as I was putting the sensory bin together for work that she couldn't resist having a little fun. I love that my own children get to enjoy it too!

As a way to learn about triangles the children made fall trees using a tracing of their hand and arm as the bottom of the tree and different color construction paper cut into triangles as the leaves. I came across this craft on It's a Preschool Party blog and I loved it! Must check out her blog SO many cute ideas.

The children also used powder tempera paint and water to paint candy corn as we talked about triangles. Love how great they look hanging in the window. Through the convenience of Pinterest I found the template and just cut the triangles out after all had time to dry.

Great book for this lesson plan and one of my personal favorites is We're Going on a Leaf Hunt, by Steve Metzger!  Children love all the fun words throughout the book.

For October's bulletin board the children painted small plates using orange paint, glued a brown stem on top and I threaded a green pipe cleaner through two small hole punches and they got to twirl them. 

.. and there is till more to come for the month of October! Come back soon!


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