Fall

After such a long hot summer, it is wonderful to feel the cooler fall weather.  We have been spending even more time outside, playing, exploring and observing the natural world around us.  We’ve been taking projects and books outside.  The cooler weather has provided opportunities to take longer walks and hikes.  We have been on excursions to Shipe Park and the Elizabet Ney Museum.

The cooler weather is a relief to the plants as well.  Our garden is showing signs of growth.  We have sprouts of chard, carrots and broccoli.

Though this was not planned, one of our students noticed that our discussions on the fall season coincided with our study of the letter ‘F’ as part of our Letter of the Week literacy program.

One of our favorite fall activities involves collecting leaves and other objects that have fallen from the trees and other plants.  We talk about our discoveries and then incorporate them into art projects.  Here are some fairy looms we constructed to display our found items (along with some other art materials we ‘found’ in the school!).

We also made several rubbings.  We have some templates of birds, insects and flowers to use for rubbings, but we also incorporated the leaves and pieces of barks into our art projects.  Before long we were scavenging the entire school, inside and out, looking for textures with which to make rubbings.  This sort of activity changes how you look at your environment, heightening your awareness of the textures around you.  We took rubbings of the trees, the wood on our porch, the tables outside, the bricks, the chairs and other surfaces.

These window pictures were made with contact paper and tissue paper.  This project provided an opportunity to discuss the color changes in some leaves and why this happens in the fall.

We are planning a trip to a nearby state park for some extended hiking expeditions.  The fall is such a wonderful time for experiencing the outdoors and connecting with nature.

Halloween

It is easily one of our favorite times of year.  Between the costumes and the candy, Halloween really resonates with people of all ages, but especially young children.  We use the holiday to focus on many of the topics associated with Halloween: cats, bats, skeletons, pumpkins, etc.

The students helped make new Halloween posters.

The Pumpkin Patch provided opportunities for expression, humor and writing.

We had fun making words out of the letters in ‘Frankenstein’.

These pasta skeletons helped us learn about our own skeletons.

This art project instructed use of color and making silhouettes.

We enjoyed decorating the entire school.

Watch out for Black Beard!

Happy Halloween!