We started our week reading Leo Leonni's It's Mine! The children said
the three frogs in the book were not sharing or being kind. We noticed
when they were not sharing, some were frowning. However, when they
shared at the end of the book, everyone was all smiles. We see
similarities in our classroom.
The Greedy Python by Eric Carle gave us another example of someone not
wanting to share and the consequences of their behavior. We also have
been reading The Grouchy Ladybug.
We read Have You Seen Trees? and wrote down a list of trees we knew.
While half the class posed with Frank in yoga, we voted on one tree to
create for our family tree. Reminder: bring family photos!! (Insert
smiley faces here) We drew pictures of trees. We noticed that most
trees have the same color trunks.
We sang Byum Byum By Bubblegum in honor of the tree that won by a
landslide: the sweet gum tree. We blew big pretend bubbles and popped
them. The children do realize there is no gum on the gum tree. Some
children said they had chewed gum while others looked puzzled. One
person shouted, “You don’t swallow it!” We talked about where the gum
and syrup come from, and what a baby tree is called.
We started creating our family tree. We added brown paint to brown
paper using animal feet stamps. Some children used scissors to
strengthen hand muscles while cutting pieces of felt and brown paper
to use as the bark. We squeezed as much glue as possible before adding
our bark to the tee trunk.
We read I Love Fall! and thought about the leaves on our tree outside.
The children said it is mostly still green with a little bit of
yellow. We asked what our Lincoln Logs are made of? After answering
wood, we noticed many other things in our classroom and the big room
that are made of wood too: tables, chairs, bench, floor, walls and
balcony in big room, our boat, carriage, and our big blocks.
Family photos, please! Did I say that already?