Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Sub Plans

Here are my notes for the kindergarten class today:

Circle Time

“Good Morning Dear Earth” song

From Autumn Tales by Suzanne Down:
“In my garden grows a pumpkin” puppetry



“Swinging little chestnut cradles” fingerplay


Demonstrate conker skittles

Morning Work

From Button, Button, Who’s Got the Button? by Hajo Bucken:
Button Stacking

Picture Book

The Apple Cake by Nienke van Hichtum

Afternoon Work

Finger Knitting

We also took a Nature walk to look for signs of Autumn both on the trail through the woods and in our vegetable garden. Finally... carrots!

I took the children to the park after school was out so I could spend some time with them before Steve had them for the weekend. There's no school on Monday, however, so we can have a big day of Family Time. I'm really looking forward to it.

Felting the spider was fun and I want to share how I did it -- so easy. Take a longish piece of roving and tie it into a knot right in the middle. Make the knot quite tight. Then separate the roving ends in half and then each half in half again, making four ends on either side of the knot. Twist the ends tightly with your fingers and they will firm up. Voila. A spider with eight legs. I used a very dark grey. The puppetry went well and the children LOVED the fingerplay I came up with for the chestnuts. They were fascinated by the chestnut burrs and the part at the end of the rhyme where you cover the chestnut with your hands so that it is resting in the earth until Spring tied in well with our talk of different kinds of seeds, how plants get ready for the winter, and led into our Nature walk.

All in all, quite a good day.

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