Are you ready for fall?! Well, I am not ready either. But the children seem to be ready! We started off October learning about Orchards from Mother Goose Time. I loved it to be honest. I keep trying to take the children on a field trip to an actual Orchard, but the ones around us are so far away. The next best thing is being able to take them to the pumpkin patch.
One of the activities was the matching apples game. I find that matching games are a great way to challenge children who do not like to stay still. If you set the game up on the floor, the children are able to move around as they play the game and it will stand a chance of keeping their attention longer. Matching games are an excellent way to help children develop their memory and logic skills. It also helps to develop their ability to take turns and to be friendly during the game. I have found the the game in encourages the children to help their friends. When they notice that another player is not doing well, they will make sure to point out the answers to the others. Its not to show off, it's because they want them to feel good like they do about getting a match. It's very sweet, it can also lead to the other child becoming dependent on their friend to give them the answer. So having them play with you as well as their peers is a good idea.
Apple seed art was incredibly cute. The children thought the beans that came with the daily bag were actual apple seeds and wanted to plant them. This simple art project seemed to take longer than a lot of our other ones because they related so much to the project. It was interesting and I am glad that Mother Goose Time included this project. The amount of creativity that was exhibited during this project and the stories I heard were entertaining and a window into their minds and how they work.
The apple orchard was a lot of fun and felt like fall had arrived in the desert of California working on these projects. The ability to connect the theme to things we have eaten and seen. It made the process more enjoyable.
Live Long and Keep Teaching!
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