The brilliant colors of October are fading but not the memories of the month. Is it true an apple a day keeps the doctor away? I am not sure but the children made many discoveries about apples this month through active exploration. They printed with apples, made apple turnovers, sampled cider, and discovered that apples come in different sizes, colors and shapes.
The children participated in a series of workshops that teach the importance of fire safety and prevention. They participated in hands on activities that taught them how to crawl out of a smoke filled room, how to stop, drop and roll and how to call 911. The highlight of Fire Prevention week was a visit from the firefighters from the East Goshen Fire Company. The children were able to watch a fire fighter gear up for a fire, tour a real fire truck and spray the hose from a pumper truck.
They went for a fall walk and collected many of nature’s treasures. Leaves were collected and they made leaf prints with them and also painted with hydrangea blooms.
The children enjoyed learning about spiders who are quick, precise engineers and efficient hunters. This of course led into Halloween. They learned three Halloween songs, explored the inside of a pumpkin, played with water beads and turned a pumpkin into a jack-o-lantern. The classroom was definitely spooky! October came to a glorious end with the parade and class party. Fun was had by all. But there is more excitement to come.
“In November, the trees are standing all sticks and bones. Without their leaves, how lovely they are, spreading their arms like dancers. They know it is time to be still. Cynthia Rylant, In November After the color of October is extinguished it is easy to think of November as a cold, disagreeable month but the above quote is a reminder that there is beauty to be found at all times of the year. November here in Room B will be anything but dreary. It will begin by the children learning about the beautiful green and lush Central American country called Guatemala. The Guatemalan food, landscape, and animals native to the country will be explored. It is fun to learn about cultures other than ours.
The holiday season is about to begin for many people with different cultural roots. B1 will be learning about Diwali, the Festival of Lights, which is a Hindu festival celebrated in autumn. Afterward the children will turn their attention to Thanksgiving here in the USA. We will have discussions about what it means to be thankful. Some cooking is planned and the children will participate in another preschool-wide workshop on Thanksgiving and celebrate a Friendship Feast with all of our preschool friends. November will crawl to a close having been anything but boring or dull.
Happy November! Tr. Delee Tr. Patrice
Small class size allows Goshen Friends School teachers to get to know each student well. Teachers work in tandem with parents so that no child ever slips through the cracks.