Wednesday, October 15, 2014

We Explore Nature: Fall

  • Program Goals: 
    • Learn about seasonal things (animals, leaves, migration, etc.)
    • Encourage children to go outside and explore
    • Develop early literacy skills
    • Attendance: 20
Project 1: Creating woolly bear caterpillars, squirrel ears, and flying geese puppets (10-10:15)
Kids label their space with a nametag.
  • Caterpillars - glue pompoms to tongue depressors
  • Squirrels - staple triangles to strips of paper, staple into crowns, color
  • Geese - glue to tongue depressor, color
  • pompoms
  • strips and triangles of paper
  • geese (free coloring page here)
  • stapler, glue dots, crayons, scissors
  • file labels (name tags)
Storytime/Snacktime: 10:15-10:40
Collect everyone with the Storytime Song, ask parents to pass out snack.
  • Books
    • Nuts to you by Lois Ehlert
    • Tap the magic tree by Christie Matheson
    • Rainy, Sunny, Blowy, Snowy what are seasons by Jane Brocket
    • Every autumn comes the bear by Jim Arnosky
    • Leaf man by Lois Ehlert
    • Secret Life of the Woolly Bear Caterpillar by Lawrence Pringle
    • Awesome Autumn by Bruce Goldstone
    • Honk Honk Goose by April Sayre
    • Kitten's Autumn by Eugenie Fernandes
  • Flannelboard/Movement
  • Vocabulary
    • Migration
    • Hibernation
    • Fall & Autumn
    • Seasons
    • Colors (red, orange, brown, yellow, green)
Project 2: Leaf Colors (10:40-11)
I gave out leaves and fingerpaint and encouraged the kids to paint the leaves, paint their own leaves, etc.
  • Supplies
    • real leaves, die cut leaves
    • 9x12 white construction paper
    • fingerpaint
    • paper plates, paper towels, aprons
Our vocabulary words on the chalkboard

  • 10-15-14
    • Attendance: 17
    • Connections/Feedback: One little boy, at the end of storytime, suddenly popped out with one of our vocabulary words "migration" which was awesome.
    • Notes: I did not prep in time and did not have Secret Life of the Woolly Bear Caterpillar so I just showed a picture and we talked about how some caterpillars sleep in the winter, like bears.

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