We finished up last week and our spider unit by making some cricket flour muffins. Unlike spiders, we ate our crickets mixed with corn flour and orange zest. Spiders are still everywhere though and we notice them every day.
This week we've had a really beautiful week focusing on leaves. We're just past peak foliage, which is perfect for preschool, since the children get to examine and interact with the leaves so much more when they are on the ground. We went on a leaf hunt, we created a leaf rainbow, we played a leaf matching relay game and we have been noticing and enjoying the colors, shapes, patterns and observing the veins and edges and various characteristics of leaves. We read "Leaf Man" by Lois Ehlert and made our own leaf creatures. In the play yard we have a large pile of leaves by the trampoline to jump in and be buried in for a full immersive leaf experience. This morning the children are making tamales in steamed corn husks. We've planning on enjoying leaves for another week until we segue into a unit about the whole tree, and from trees we will move on to examine the entire forest as an entity. Next week we will be talking more about leaves and their role in the life of the tree.
We have been working on a large shoveling project this week, as many of you have noticed. In order to comply with certification requirements we need a rather exceptional depth of cedar chips under our climbing structure. We decided to include the children in this project during free play time if they were so inclined. Some helped dig a trench for the retaining walls. Others helped dig the holes for the anchoring posts. And nearly everyone has taken multiple turns all week long shoveling bark chips into the wheelbarrow and then dumping and spreading them in the bark chip area. We've had some very enthusiastic participants! It's been fun to see them so excited to accomplish this task together, and they have been able to see the pile grow smaller and smaller. Many hands really do make light work, even little hands. Their enthusiasm at this age for doing useful work and for accomplishing tasks together is a lovely thing to be able to encourage.
Halloween is coming! We will continue our usual routine on Halloween with the exception of adding a special story and craft and snack. (No candy will be served at school though.) Children are welcome to wear costumes if they are weather appropriate costumes that can stand up to our normal daily activities.
Have a great weekend!