Updated with pictures!
We had lots of fun Tuesday making little apple pies. These came out so cute and the children had a great time making them. The children started off by mixing the dough and rolling it out with the rolling pin. Then they cut a circle in the dough using a drinking glass and placed it in their muffin tin as the bottom crust.
Then they washed an apple and had help cutting it into slices and with some (not so sharp) knives, they were able to chop their slices into little pieces. They put them on top of their bottom crust and sprinkled them with sugar and cinnamon and added the top crust.
In case you want to try this at home, we baked them for about 15-20 minutes at 425 degrees. They looked great when they came out, but due to an unfortunate incident of salt being mixed with our flour we used for rolling the dough out, they didn’t taste as good as we had hoped. It’s the process not product, right?
Final product picture…
Since we were in cooking mode, we made some orange, cinnamon spiced play dough on Tuesday afternoon. The children that helped had fun helping measure and add ingredients to the bowl. Of course, they all had to have a turn adding food coloring and stirring. The whole classroom has enjoyed using it.
Other happenings in the classroom included: working on our shape names and making triangles, pentagons, hexagons, heptagons (and so on…) with Popsicle sticks, learning “5 Little Pumpkins” poem and finger play at circle, and moving along with our “Carnival of Animals” CD and movement scarves. We’ve seen some great work in the classroom this week. Lots of exciting math, language and sensorial activities have been out, and beautiful paintings, drawings and clay creations were made.
On Thursday afternoon, the children enjoyed a visit from Iza who gave them a presentation on Poland. They located Poland on the globe, and talked a bit about the people and culture of Poland. Thank you Iza!
Our Friday friends were busy drawing equilateral, isosceles and scalene triangles, reading about Beethoven and making their own Beethoven Books, and recording facts about African animals in our Geography Journals.
Montessori believes that all children are capable, and by allowing them to do things for themselves they will experience joy and develop confidence and self-esteem. In the morning, have your child show you how they take off their shoes, put on their slippers and hang up their belongings.
“Any child who is self-sufficient, who can tie his shoes, dress or undress himself, reflects in his joy and sense of achievement the image of human dignity, which is derived from a sense of independence.” -Maria Montessori
Harvest fest is Thursday from 12pm-1pm for both morning and afternoon children. Morning children will be dismissed @ 1pm. The children will enjoy some snacks and autumn activities. Thank you to those who signed up to help or bring goodies.