How is December here already?!?!?! November flew by with our study of apples and North America. Thank so families that brought in apples for the kids to work with. They had so much fun being able to select an apple out of a basket and dissect it to find all of the parts. The only thing missing were the leaves attached to the stem, so we would go outside and find a leaf to use. They also loved figuring out how to slice apples to make fractions. This became both a Practical Life and a Math lesson! As for North America, they really enjoyed exploring our globes and not only finding North America, but finding where we live within it. Another favorite was a North America A-Z book with matching picture cards. We got this work out at circle and everyone was able to have a card and place it on a work rug in order. We learned so much about this great continent we live in!
As for December, we are going to learn about Hermit Crabs! Since we have 4 living in our room, it only makes sense to learn all we can about these amazing invertebrates. Many children have already begun learning the different parts of the crab, and also get to practice handling the animals as they try to find all of the parts they can see. We will also be learning about shells and why they need them, what their diet is, and how to take care of hermit crabs as pets. You might also see parts of the peanut plant books coming home as well, since believe it or not peanut butter is a favorite treat of theirs.*
*Due to the allergies present in the classroom, our hermit crabs are not fed peanut butter, but instead get other fun treats such as popcorn…
El Salon Lila Lead Teacher