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October has been a month of many pumpkin activities. The children used a variety of media, working together to create a hallway mural. They learned about the life cycle of pumpkins and wrote about it in their Pumpkin Journal. Real pumpkins were compared and contrasted by size, color, number of seeds, and weight. Pumpkin Day activities included making a book, pumpkin seed addition, playing with pumpkin play-dough, eating pumpkin muffins, and hunting for pumpkins on the playground. It was a “pumpkin-y” month of learning and fun.
During Bible lessons this week, the children learned that on Day 3 of Creation, God made land to separate the waters. He also made living things to grow on the land. We learned about different types of land forms, such as mountains, valleys, and rocks and talked about different kinds of fruits and vegetables.We classified pictures into foods we get from the store and foods we get from the land and made a graph. During Science, the children planted grass seed in a plastic, “silly face” cup. We can’t wait to see how our “guys” grow green hair!
In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.
In our study of Creation, we learned that on Day 2, God made sky and seas. We learned vocabulary words such as wind, clouds, solid, liquid, and gas. To demonstrate how wind move things, the students used straws to blow white and blue paint across a piece of paper, creating beautiful “cloud formations.” It was so much fun!
This week we learned about bones. Mr. Bones is a skeleton in our classroom. We learned that adults have 206 bones but babies have about 300.
In our hospital centers we had a skeleton scavenger hunt, put together a skeleton puzzle and x-rays, and read an easy reader about our mascot, Curious George. We also painted a picture of a skeleton. During our math time, we have been practicing addition in our Hospital Math books. In Bible time, we heard about Ezekiel’s vision and the valley of the dry bones. We love the “Dem Bones” video and song! We even ate “Bones Breadsticks” for snack.
Dr. Pam Werdlow, D.D.S. came to talk to us about her job as a dentist. She taught about how to brush our teeth and what foods we should and should not eat to keep out teeth healthy. We learned that calcium helps our teeth and bones grow and be strong.
Mrs. Stiteler told us about an adventure that caused her trouble. She fell while walking her dog and broke her wrist. She made a picture book about her trips to the hospital, getting x-rays, and a cast. We are glad that her wrist is now completely healed.
This week we also did “triage” with our First Grade Buddies. We were the doctors and they were our patients. We listened to heartbeats, gave injections, bandaged, and had great fun as we learned!
On Friday, we use the taste buds on our tongues to taste foods that were either sweet, salty, bitter, or sour. We graphed our favorites! This was a fun week!
The first graders from Mrs. Wilson’s class came to our room, bringing books to read. The students divided into small groups; the first graders took turns reading to the Kindergartners. Maybe next time, the K kids can read to their new “buddies!”
The Kindergarten Candy Cane Kids had a great day! We watched a video entitled “The Candy Maker’s Gift” and read a poem about how a candy cane can remind us of Jesus. Moms came in to help with stations. The children made several cute candy cane ornaments varying from stringing beads to make necklaces, gluing pieces together, and following a pattern to make a bead candy cane ornament. Their special treat of brownies and peppermint ice cream was a hit with most! It was another fun, learning experience in Kindergarten!
From reading Gingerbread books to decorating and eating gingerbread cookies to making gingerbread ornaments to playing with gingerbread play dough, Gingerbread Day was enjoyed by all of the Gingerkids!