Leaves, leaves, leaves… October was all about leaves. We went on wonderful fall walks to see changes in nature and collect leaves. We sorted leaves by shapes, colors and sizes. We looked at them up close and learned names of parts of a leaf. We talked about the function of leaves and why some plants lose their leaves for winter and some don’t. We discovered that leaves are green because of chlorophyll in them and how it helps plants absorb energy from the sun in the process called photosynthesis.
In the second half of the month we talked about visual arts. We looked at paintings by Peter Breughel and discussed different ways in which artists can tell stories and create moods in paintings: facial expressions, movement, colors and the object of their painting.
In October we also started to work with the Incredible Flexible You curriculum to work on social skills and social awareness. We have been enjoying reading the story books, singing songs and doing follow up activities.
In November we are going to embark on a journey to Europe and talk about the people, plans, animals and customs and tradition of Europe. If you have traveled to Europe or come from Europe and would like to share your experiences with us we would love a visit from you. Please let us know!