Fall Is in Full Swing!

Our Ladybug scientists have been learning so much this fall!  

During our unit on color, we used red apples, green pears and limes, yellow lemons and orange oranges to make beautiful fruit prints.  We read wonderful stories about the many colors in the world around us, and conducted an experiment to see what would happen if we squeezed droppers full of colored vinegar onto trays filled with baking soda.  What fizzy, colorful designs we created!  We also learned a rainbow song:

Red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple,

Red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple,

Red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple,

Makes the rainbow bright, so bright!

Vicki brought in some ladybug nymphs from her yard, and they took up residence in the "ladybug house" in our classroom for a few weeks.  We were able to observe the ladybug life cycle first hand as they changed from larvae, to pupae, to adults.  Once they came out of their pupal stage as adult ladybugs, we set them free to fly off in search of a new home!

Did you know that fall is the time when apples grow on trees?  We do!  We hunted for yellow, red, and green apples that fell from the imaginary apple trees in our classroom.  There were so many, and we found them all around the room!  Once they were all found, we sorted them by color and counted them.  Here is an apple rhyme we learned:

Way up high in the apple tree,

Three (two, one...) little apples smiled at me.

So, I shook that tree as hard as I could,

And down fell an apple.  

Mmm, it was good!

Now that November is here, we are noticing some changes taking place around us.  There is more of a chill in the air, and the leaves are changing colors.  We’ve even observed them falling from the trees in the play yards at school!  As more and more leaves fall to the ground, we look forward to raking them into big piles and jumping into them during recess!  

We have used magnifying glasses to look at the different colors and shapes of the leaves we’ve collected during recess, and we have used those leaves to make some beautiful prints.  Our MWF class traveled to the kindergarten classroom where the kindergarteners shared their handmade book of leaf art creations with us.  Did you know that you can use leaves to create a man, or a fish, or even a hammerhead shark?

When spend recess time in the farmyard, we often stop to visit our resident FFS sheep, Annie and Lady.  One is black, and the other is white, and they love to come up to the fence and say hello.  They are both very friendly!  We were also fortunate enough to find our own woolly bear caterpillar in the farmyard one morning, and we brought him inside for a while to take a closer look.  We got to watch as our hungry new friend took a big chunk out of some tree leaves.  Yum!

Of course, amidst all this "scientific study" we are having loads of fun singing, reading, dancing, and creating in our classroom.  We have also enjoyed visits from the Longwood Fire Company and an FFS alum who came back for the day to read and play with us.  What fun!

Thank you to the Hose family for making our November play dough!  

 

MWF Slideshow

 

 

T-TH Slideshow