Friday, November 4, 2016

From Apples, to Pumpkins, to Leaves

It is already November, and we have enjoyed many fall themed activities so far this school year.  We began our time together with many apple-themed lessons in September.  This was followed by pumpkins in October.  Now, we are enjoying the beauty of fall with lessons having to do with this beautiful season.  Some of these themes are captured in the collection of photos from the past two weeks.  As always, it is impossible to document every single activity at any given time, but what a delight to review the pictures and be reminded of how far we have come as a group!

Carefully pouring into two vessels.

Reading the 'October' poem with a friend using items from the Poetry Basket.

Distinguishing rough and smooth textures and refining movement necessary for writing with the Touch Boards.

An "Autumn Tree" with the Pink Tower and Brown Stair.

Matching nuts and bolts by size.

The watercolor tray is in constant use!

Purposefully bringing each cube of the Pink Tower to a work mat to begin use.

Finding items from around the classroom for the Memory Game of Numbers.

Practicing tying bows with the Bow Tying Frame

Mixing primary colors to make secondary colors.

Comparing size and height with the Knobless Cylinders.

Sequencing and number symbol recognition with the Math Step Board.

An engaging extension activity with the Second Color Tablet Box.

Reading practice with puzzle (sight) words.

Transferring with a spoon for fine motor practice.

Measuring the Brown Stair prisms with the smallest one...

...and discovering new ways to build!

Practicing writing numbers on the chalkboard.

Exploring designs and patterns with the Constructive Triangles.

Visual discrimination of size and pincer grasp practice with the Knobbed Cylinders

Gross motor fun - tossing the bean bag into the basket and jumping  over the rope to retrieve it.

Working through the 45 Layout.

Seasonal math extension actives are always fun to discover!

Refining the sense of touch - paring fabrics by touch.

Pre-reading - matching pictures to their shadow.

Tweezing corn kernels.

Learning the names of the continents with the Puzzle Map of the World.

Leaf matching.