During these unpredictable days, we offer you and your child new ways to learn and connect with one another. Our Online Classes very convenient.
You will be provided with a packet of school supplies and materials for the monthly curriculum before the month begins. Each Monday and Wednesday, Ms. Robyn will upload several videos which you and your child can access at your convenience. Do as many or as few of the activities as you and your child wish, and on Fridays at 10:00 am, join your friends and Ms.Robyn for a Zoom class where you will sing, play, share, read and show off all the things you did and created earlier in the week. Here is a Welcome Video of Ms. Robyn, and a sample from the Curriculum Guide from October:

Weeks 2 and 3 (Weeks of October 12 and Oct. 19)

Books:
The Biggest Pumpkin Ever by Steven Krull
Seed, Sprout, Pumpkin, Pie by Jill Esbaum

Things to think about:

What is a pumpkin?
The lifecycle of a pumpkin Robyn will demonstrate the lifecycle in one of her Monday videos.
When you go on your walks, do you see pumpkins at people’s homes? Do you have any pumpkins around your home?
What color are most pumpkins? Have you seen different colored pumpkins?
Making orange- color mixing (shave cream, yellow and red food color). Put shave cream in two different bowls. In one bowl, add a little red food color. In the other bowl, add a little yellow food color. With a spoon, take a little of each color out and splat it onto a baking sheet. You can ask them to predict what will happen if they were to mix the two together.
Your child can use hands and other tools to mix the colors together and watch them turn to orange. You could add glue to this mixture to make puffy paint and extend the activity by using the puffy paint to paint pumpkins on black paper.

Extension Activities

Literacy:
Pumpkin Life Cycle Activity- Orange plate. Pumpkin stages. Cut and paste onto the correct spot on the pumpkin. This is a response to the pumpkin book(s) read by Robyn in her video. Materials provided in your packets.

Math:
Pumpkin Life Cycle Sequencing Cards. The cards can also be used for journal prompts, conversation starters, etc. Do not put too much pressure on your child getting it “right” at this point. Right now, we are introducing the concept of “the order of things.” Sequencing is a great pre-math and pre-reading skill. Ordination awareness (first, second, third, etc.) is another math skill we are introducing.

Prepositions and Spatial Awareness: Where is the Pumpkin? The pumpkin is on top of the table. The pumpkin is next to the ant. The pumpkin is under the rug. The pumpkin is inside the striped bucket. You can extend this activity at home by using a small pumpkin and have your child take it to the kitchen and put it on a chair- to the bedroom and put it under the bed, etc. Anytime you can extend an activity with a hands-on version, you can help your child to really engage and therefore experience deep learning.

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