September 5th-it was special meeting new friends today and learning about all the centers in our classroom! September 6th- we have started exploring some of the interesting activities in our classroom and learn to clean up when activity time is over. September 8th- What a fun day! We shared new play doh and have been trying to make them into balls or sticks. The special toy of the day was Legos; wow, did we make a tall tower. When it fell, we worked together to fix it. Enjoy your weekend September 11th- Today we started " All About Me" week. The children made self-portraits, using a mirror to help focus on their facial features. We also graphed our favorite colors and flavors of ice cream, comparing more and less. September 12th- We are establishing class rules, such as helping friends and be kind. September 13- We learned about fingerprints, finding them in playdoh, and on paper when we touched the ink pad. September 14- Since we have been learning about human homes, we wanted to build some in the classroom. Our book of the day was A House is a House for Me. September 18- We read a book by Leo Lionni called A Color His Own. As the chameleon searches for his own color, we blended colors on a coffee with drops of water. We helped make rainbows. September 19th-We used colored tiles to look at the light, then added another color to see how the colors changed. The children were amazed as they created new colors by overlapping the tiles. September 20th- the class had the opportunity to mix and blend new colors by mixing paint on our easel. They were so excited to change the colors themselves. September 28th- We wrapped up our week of learning about maps, compasses, and magnets by painting with magnets! We put paper inside a box, added a few drops of paint and some small magnets, then moved them around with another magnet under the box. Each one came out unique and different. We also made our own shofars, representing the ram's horn blown during the highest Jewish holiday. October 2nd- As an introduction to autumn, we investigated apples with all of our senses. We noticed how they felt, smelled, and tasted, of course! We looked at the different parts of an apple: stem, peel/skin, flesh, core, and pits. We made two picture graphs, one for our favorite color, the other for which one tasted the best. The results were surprising. October 3rd -We began noticing the changes in nature as autumn continues. We have become aware of the chill in the early in the morning and the leaves on the trees turning different colors. We continue to learn new letters using Handwriting Without Tears! October 4th- We read a nonfiction book called When Autumn Comes, which had real photographs of the ways nature changes around this time of year. We got to see the sukkah, a traditional sort of shack in which Jewish people eat their meals during the holiday of Sukkot. To help celebrate, we made a big paper chain for decorating the sukkah; it was 48 links long! Enjoy your extended weekend and we'll see everyone on Tuesday. October 10th- Today, we learned that the leaves are green because of chlorophyll. When plants get ready for winter, they stop making chlorophyll and we can see the colors hiding behind it. We even made a display of what happens; please feel free to interact with our bulletin board! October 16th - Mat Man made a return to our class today! This a game we use with the children from our Handwriting Without Tears program. We made easy work of creating the letters we have already learned to write, and introduced this week's handwriting letter, B, as well. We had fun trying to create letters out of playdoh, too! October 17th - Part of our theme this week is harvest time and the farm. We read a rebus book titled Inside a Barn in the Country, which we made interactive. The children had so much fun making the animal sounds, some of them wanted to read it again. When our turn came to use the Promethean board, the class was very excited to see some videos of real farm animals in their home environment. We also made decorations to celebrate Diwali; watch for them on our bulletin board. October 18th - Our school is so fortunate to have such great parents! They put together a lovely party for Diwali, the Hindu new year and festival of light. Our class got to make a traditional craft, a children's version of a Diva lamp, which should be in your child's backpack; please look for it because it is made of clay and might be a bit fragile. We sampled some treats and even got to dress in traditional clothes. Miss Billi even wore a sari! We want to thank everyone involved in making our celebration so special and sharing Diwali with us. October 19th- We continued our farm theme today by sorting farm animals and wild animals. We also played a silly game where we got to flap like a chicken, roll like a pig, gallop like a horse, and milk a cow like the farmer! There was a lot of laughter and fun. Separately, if you have not done so, please send in a smock for your child. Anything that will protect their clothes will do, even old clothes. This way, we can try to keep everyone clean while we create our projects.