Welcome to Paula's Preschool and Kindergarten! My class blog is the place I share information about some of the fun learning activities we are doing at school. I hope to provide parents with insight into what we are doing, and why, and to share ideas with other early childhood educators. Please don't use the photos or text of this blog without permission, but please do use any ideas you find useful. Thank you for stopping by!

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Seasons


Awesome activities for celebrating fall and seasons
Yesterday I took a break from everything, and sat outside with my camera.  I love to focus in on the tiny details around me, I find it very relaxing.  I took these shots:

Right away, looking at these, you know what season it is - right?  Blooming lilies, insects, hummingbirds, intensely green leaves - it's summer.  And yesterday it really was summer.

Today the crepe myrtles are still in bloom, the temperature is heading towards hot, and I know the farmer's market will be stocked with tomatoes and cucumbers and all the delicious summer fruits that I love, and yet...  Look what I found on my walk this morning:
Awesome activities for celebrating fall and seasons
There it is, fall, lurking around the corner!

This got me to thinking, as teachers will, about prepping for all the fun fall activities that we so love to do with our kiddos.
Awesome activities for celebrating fall and seasons
Finding pine cones had me thinking of all the ways I've used them with the kiddos, from fall sensory bins, to craft supplies.  My kiddos loved making a Thanksgiving turkey from a pine cone, and we made mini Christmas trees with them a lot of years...
Awesome activities for celebrating fall and seasons
Sorting leaves by color, and of course we'd have to read Red Leaf, Yellow Leaf by Lois Ehlert with that...

Oh how we loved playing in the leaves in the back yard!  How many piles of leaves have I facilitated over the years?!
Awesome activities for celebrating fall and seasons
Awesome activities for celebrating fall and seasons
 All those fall leaves and other treasures are wonderful for making mandalas, and talking about symmetry and number.  We used a salt dough base to hold them in place....
Awesome activities for celebrating fall and seasons
 ... and the plastic tray that once held party food to sort them...
Awesome activities for celebrating fall and seasons

Awesome activities for celebrating fall and seasons
We've made Leaf Man pictures to follow up another great Lois Ehlert book for fall...  and if I keep going back through my photos, or open my teacher binders, there are so many more great activities!

I've been thinking about all this, and have made several activities about changing seasons.

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Seasons-Sorting-2025351
 This one would be perfect in a pocket chart...

Awesome activities for celebrating fall and seasons
 ... or on a sorting board like this one, made with colored poster board.
Awesome activities for celebrating fall and seasons

My five year olds who were starting to read really enjoyed sentence-picture matching games, like this one...
https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Seasons-Sentence-Picture-Match-2023556
... and the challenge of logical reasoning, figuring out clues, like this:
https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Seasons-Logic-Puzzles-2028327

Yes, I must say, I'm ready for fall!  Which season or special seasons activity does your class most love?

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