Did anyone hear about apples this month? One of my favorite fall activities is to go to Central Market and sample some of their apple varieties. Cortland, Queenie, Jerseymac, MacIntosh, Golden Delicious and Granny Smith were just some of the varieties of apples we sampled the first week of October. Cutting the apples to see the star, seeing the difference in color on the inside as well as the out (Cortland’s are so white!) and then of course tasting each created great anticipation for circle time each day! I loved it when I was doing the puzzle map of the United States with two children that week and came across New Jersey. One of the children said, “like the apple!” (Jerseymac). Loved how they made that connection!
Pumpkins and squash also made their way into the class. The kids got to feel and see different varieties. We all learned that excess water (according to Google) is what causes the bumps on the outside. While I couldn’t figure out a way to sample the squash without an oven, we did have a great time voting on the eyes, nose and mouth of our jack-o-lantern then carving it!
Halloween has been greatly anticipated ALL month! Creative sewing projects and art projects (brought to the children by Ms. Claire), books and songs have helped feed the anticipation. It also led to a burst of “story” writing for the older children. They love using the Halloween story paper to create a “spooky” story.
We welcomed Ram Thata to our class. Ram has been a wonderful addition and is settling in nicely. The children have been so helpful in showing him how to have snack, wash hands for lunch and helping him in general when it is needed.
The children also enjoyed fresh goat cheese and sweet potato crackers for snack, brought to us by Lela and her mom. That was a special treat. Many tried the cheese and several went back for seconds. Thanks Hearn family!
I’m looking forward to meeting with you all for conferences soon. Claire and I love working with your children everyday and I look forward to sharing with you some of what they do each day!