It’s hard to believe that we’ve already been in school for three weeks! The children are settling in nicely, and it’s been sweet to see new friendships and interests develop. One of the favorite activities is in the Practical Life area: rock painting! This is done with water, two medium-sized rocks and various sized paint brushes. The purpose is to develop concentration and fine motor skills. The children get joy out of making the rock “beautiful” when it is shiny with water and can experiment with different sized brushes to see the brush strokes.
Other activities this week included: finishing nature collages, making “apples”
with cinnamon scented play dough, collecting leaves for our leaf books, reading Autumn stories and singing new and favorite songs from our “Rise Up Singing” book.
Working with the Color Tablets
The purpose of the Color Tablets is to assist the child in identifying color and to visually discriminate different shades of color. There are three different color boxes and the third box (below) is also a language lesson in understanding the concepts of “dark”, “lighter”, and “lightest”.
The Short Chains are practice for linear and skip counting to 100. The Short Chains represent the squares of the number 1-10.
Matching lower and upper case letters
Working with the Sandpaper Letters