The girls are busy making faces on their pumpkins turning them into jack-o-lanterns!!! We have enjoyed their stories about feelings. Their jack-o-lanterns are HAPPY, ANGRY, SURPRISED, and SAD. This is a great time to talk with the girls about their feelings and why you would have that type emotion.
After hammering golf tees in our pumpkin we decided to look inside. We heard many comments: my daddy golfs, this pumpkin is different colors, I hammered!, it is not all orange, it is heavy and it has a stem. Questions that the girls asked were : why does it have 2 colors?, why is it dirty?, what is inside? After we cut the top of the pumpkin I had the girls try and pull the top off. They found that it was a hard task. What made it so hard? The girls loved trying to pull the top off. I hope they share their experience with you. It has been so fun making the connections with our pumpkin patch on the farm her at Hutchison.
How does your pumpkin roll??? Is it FAST, is it SLOW? We had fun watching our pumpkins that were dipped in orange paint take a ride down the incline that we made with a board propped on a chair. Will it roll down?, will it roll off the side?, will it leave the paint on the paper? I wonder???? We had lots of fun answering all these questions as we watched the 2 different pumpkins roll.
The girls were so excited about rolling pumpkins that they recreated the setting in the classroom minus the paint!!!! They were so curious about which one would roll the fastest down the board. They experimented with all the pumpkins we had in the room. You have never heard such excitement. They could have done this all morning!!!
What an exciting morning to get to see pumpkins on the Hutchison farm. We have been talking about Fall and the things that happen during this time of year. We have read stories about pumpkins and being able to see the pumpkins on the vines was so much fun!!! I know they will continue to be excited about all the things of Fall. We have also been talking and reading about trees and what changes occur to them. The girls have loved hearing stories about pies. The Pie That Papa Baked by Lauren Thompson and Pie in the Sky by Lois Ehlert are some of their favorites.
The girls were so excited to get to put their boots on and go to the farm this morning. I told them there was a chance they might see some pumpkins! They could hardly wait to get there. We had read some books about pumpkins and how they would be on the ground and that they grow on vines. We were able to see a big round orange object before we went in the gate!!! Was that a pumpkin? We walked to the bed were the orange object was and it was indeed a pumpkin. The girls loved seeing the vines and the flowers that were on the vines.
All of these fun activities are helping the girls develop their fine motor skills. They love to serve their friends salad in housekeeping and the use tongs to pick up the vegetables. After the girls go on a acorn hunt they love crushing the acorns in the mortar and pestle. The wire trees are a favorite as the girls place beads and buttons to make them look like fall! The watercolor table is a favorite spot where they can do observational drawing of pumpkins and gourds. These activities give the girls opportunity to :
-Demonstrate eye-hand coordination while manipulating and exploring objects
-pokes, pounds, and builds with playdough and other sculpting materials
-uses thumb and fingertips to hold or pick up small objects
-scribble and paint
I have been a teacher at Hutchison for 28 years. This is my 6th year as a teacher in the Little Hive. It is so fun watching these girls grow and love to learn.