October was all about our home “Planet Earth”.
We started out with discovering "our place in space" beginning with the big picture; Solar system and moving on to earth, our continent, WA state and figured out where we are in all of this. We talked about why our home “earth” is special and how water and atmosphere and distance from Sun make it “just right” for us to live on earth.
We went on to study the layers of the earth and we had very engaged and interactive group time lessons! Our special work on the shelf this month; Felt circles of different colors to represent the different layers of the earth, helped the children understand this abstract concept better. We briefly discussed the 4 major oceans, the biggest ocean and the smallest ocean. We also explored different landforms like mountains, valleys and plateaus through books and pictures.
A big Thank You to our parent volunteers for bringing pumpkins for us! We carved our pumpkins together and the children decided on the shape of eyes, mouth and how many of those each of the pumpkins should have!! They also voted to come up with a name- Mr. Scary Pumpkin! We cut one of the pumpkins open during our circle lesson and looked at the different parts of a pumpkin.
Our study about Rocks started with a walk to our Nature trail and collecting sedimentary and igneous rocks! We looked at books and pictures and discussed the features and origins of these rocks.
This month, the children were thrilled when they got to opportunity to interact with Fire fighters from Redmond Fire Rescue team. The firefighters talked to them about their equipment and about what to do in case of fire. We also had our first earthquake drill this month! We talked about covering our heads and staying away from the windows during an earthquake.
Ms. Michelle worked with the children on various art projects like stamping art and beautiful sunflower craft inspired by Vincent Van Gogh’s Sunflowers.
Ms. Amy sang songs about fall and leaves changing color, Harvest time and also made music with Boom whackers discussing high notes and low notes and rhythm. Lila children also enjoyed their first Spanish lesson with Mr. Shawn!
Next month we will begin our study about Weather and elements of Eco System.
It was so nice to see you at the Harvest Festival, I hope you had a fun time!
- Please email me and copy Ms. Julie at the office if your child is going to stay home, be late or needs to leave early.
- Its getting rainy and cold so remind your child to bring a rain jacket to school.
El Salon Lila Lead Teacher