Another year... another season.. And this is actually my favourite season (I think): Autumn time!! I love the colours, I love the themes.. So I re-introduced all the bits and pieces I use to decorate our classroom every year:
|our autumn tree|
|moss and leaves i gathered on my nature walk in Ballycross Apple Farm|
|sticks, fern, nuts, pine cones and my little squirrel|
|Apple and conkers (chestnuts)|
|my Autumn posters|
|All our good books featuring Autumn|
|And Jack the scarcrow ( a bit early for him but I Love him and "He" cheers up the classroom so much!!)|
We started by reading one of my favourite books: The Leaf man by Lois Elhert. It's the journey of a character made out of leaves across the country. The book is beautifully illustrated and captures the children's imagination. Each picture depicts an animal a vegetable or a landscape created entirely out of leaves. Very clever!
So we created our own little characters out of leaves too! The children love this activity. They simply choose 2 or 3 leaves, glue them carefully onto the page and then decide what they want them to become! We did this exercise last year too and it was so popular that I had to do it again.
At circle time, I have introduced a new song called "5 Autumn golden leaves". This allow me to introduce a bit of a maths as we count backwards:
5 Autumn Golden leaves
High up in the tree
The wind blows
The leaves shake
And 1 falls down to me.
Falling, falling down
falling to the ground.
And today we did "leaf printing".. Nothing very original here but again, this is a very popular pre-writing activity, which develops concentration and fine motor skills.
There is so much more to do. I have a lot osf things planned.. So keep in touch!