Ms. Julia's Little Class 4 : October


Week of 10/7/19

This week we continued our apple theme and also learned a little bit about fire safety to prepare for the visit from the Dobbs Ferry Fire Department. On Monday, we did a hot or not hot sorting activity where I used a large poster of pictures that are either safe to touch or not safe to touch. Some examples of the pictures included an oven, a lit candle, a ball and a toy truck. The children each took turns identifying the picture and then deciding if it is hot or not hot and safe or not safe to touch. 

We read two stories about fire fighters this week the first one a scholastic book called, “Fire Engines” and the second titled, “Fighter Fighters” by Dee Ready. The children learned about what it takes to become a fire fighter and learned about the different parts of fire trucks. 

We culminated all our learning with an extremely special visit from the Fire Department on Thursday afternoon. The children enjoyed climbing in the truck, seeing the lights flash and learning about the special gear fire fighters have to wear to be safe. 

As we continued our apple theme, the children enjoyed using red, green and yellow collage materials to decorate apple shapes, we colored in All About Apples books and used tissue paper to make apple sun catchers on contact paper. 

Ms. Stacy (OT) led the class through apple pie yoga, where they started out as an apple seed, picked apples and then rolled out dough to make apple pie. They really enjoyed this themed yoga activity. 

On Friday, I reviewed “Be an Apple Scientist,” from Scholastic news which taught the children about the inside of an apple. We discussed the different color apple skin, the seeds and talked about what kinds of animals eat apples too. Later on, Ms. Tala (SLP) led a cooking activity where the children helped make mini apple turnovers using puff pastry and sliced apples. The children added some brown sugar and cinnamon to the apples and then rolled the apples up in their dough. It was a fun and tasty way to end our apple theme!

If you wish to continue all the apple excitement, making homemade apple sauce is an easy and fun way to cook with your child. Cooking helps children learn to follow directions and introduces them to mathematics as well when they are required to measure ingredients. Here’s a simple apple sauce recipe you can try at home!

Ingredients 4 medium apples 3/4 cup water 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon Instructions Wash, peel, core, and chop apples. In a saucepan, combine apples, water, and cinnamon. Cover and cook over medium heat for 15 to 20 minutes or until apples are sofI