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Posted by on Sep 17, 2017 in Art, Autumn, Blog, Cooking With Kids, Math & Science, September Themes |

🍏Apples For The Teachers 🍎

🍏Apples For The Teachers 🍎

 The tradition is for the children bring apples for the teacher. Teachers also bring apples to the children. These apple activities will be fun for all!

Every Apple Holds A Star – Science

Let’s take a close look at apples. Bring one or two apples, that have their stem and a leaf still attached, to circle time on a plate or tray along with a magnifying glass. Children can learn to hold the magnifying glass away from their eye and over the apple to get a close look. Talk about all of the parts of the apple. Skin, flesh, core, seeds, stem, and leaf. Then ask if the children know there’s a star in every apple. Cut the apple across the middle and take a look at the star with the magnifying glass!

 Apple Tasting And Graphing – Math

This is another great circle time activity. Prepare enough slices of red, green, yellow apples for each child to taste each type. Bring one each whole red, green and yellow apples to circle along with a enough napkins for each child. Also have prepared precut apple shapes of the same colors. You’ll need a marker to write each child’s name and masking tape circles to stick your apples on your graph.

Every child gets one of each color apple slice to taste. Talk about sweet and sour tastes. Remind your children to think about which apple slice they like the most.

After everyone tastes go around the circle asking each child which they liked the best. Simply jot each child’s name on the apple color they choose. Tape all the like colors in a row. You now have a graph. There are other ways to do graphing. You can see how others do it here and here.

These are good graphs but I’m looking for one that helps the kids really see which got chosen more.

Apple Turnovers With Preschoolers – Cooking With Preschoolers

The easiest way we’ve found to bake apple turnovers with the kids is to use refigerated biscuit dough from a tube. Bake on parchment paper so you can write the children’s names as you place each turnover.

Apples For The Teachers Turnovers

Apples For The Teachers   

Smiling Apples – Cooking With Children

Apples For The Teachers  Apple slices, peanut butter (sun butter), and mini marshmallows.

Paper Towel Apple Printing – Art

These apples are made with aper towel tubes with a crease in them and dipped in paint. Offer all three colors for the children to dip into. When they’re done add little stems to each printed apple.

Apples For The Teachers

Apples For The Teachers

Apples For The Teachers

Apple Printing – Art

Apples For The Teacher  Cut your apples in half  crosswise as pictured. Put a craft stick into the uncut side. Dip into paint and print onto paper. You should be able to see the star in the print.

Team Building – Art

Apples For The Teachers

The children worked in small groups to paint this tree. Each child chose green, yellow, or red apple to add to our tree.

One Bad Apple – Fine Motor

We filled our sensory table with paper apples, and hole punches, and bits of green yarn (worms). Our children did have a hard time at first making holes but most were successful after a few tries. Lacing the yarn in and out of the holes was less challenging for our three year olds.

Apples For The Teachers

Apples For The Teachers  ⭐️🍎⭐️🍏⭐️🍎⭐️🍏⭐️





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Posted by on Sep 8, 2017 in Autumn, Back to School, Blog, September Themes |

September Songs

September Songs

September Songs

Our September songs and art will be bushels of fun for your preschoolers. The action songs are always fun to do over and over! Try adding some apple tasting and cooking activities for a fun week.

Below you’ll find September themes and the songs we sing around each theme.


It’s All About Me

I’ve Got Two Eyes  (video)

I’ve got two eyes, oh yeah. I’ve got two eyes, oh yeah. I’ve got two eyes and they’re both the same size.               I’ve got two ears, oh yeah, I’ve got two ears oh yeah. I’ve got two ears and they’re both the same size.                 Add more body parts as needed. The children can choose the parts to count!


Later in the month we study apples. These are the songs we include for the week.

September Songs

I’m A Little Apple Tree

I’m a little apple tree. (Hold arms up as branches)                                                                                                           All my apples grow on me.                                                                                                                                                       I mustn’t sneeze, I mustn’t cough,                                                                                                                                     or all my apples will fall off! (Cover your sneezes with our elbow)

Way Up High In The Apple Tree  (video)

Way up high in the apple tree
(Stretch both arms above your head, hands open)
Two little apples smiled at me
(Close hands into fists)
I shook that tree as hard as I could
(Shake the tree)
Down came the apples
(Bring fists down)
Mmmm, they were good!
(Rub stomach)

September Songs

Back To School

We start off the year with school buses in the block area along with the little people to take to school. Our first art project is painting school buses.

September Songs  These buses will go on this bulletin board.

Wheels On The Bus

The wheels on the bus go round and round (make rolling motion with hands)                                                                                           round and round, round and round. The wheels on the bus go round and round, all through the town.

The people on the bus go up and down (stretch body up and down while seated)                                                                                       up and down, up and down. The people on the bus go up and down, all through the town.

The baby on the bus goes waa waa waa (pretend to cry rubbing eyes)                                                                                                           waa waa waa, waa waa waa. The baby on the bus goes waa waa waa all through the town.

The mommy on the bus says shh shh shh (index finger over shushing mouth)                                                                                           shh shh shh, shh shh shh. the mommy on the bus goes shh shh shh all through the town.

The daddy on the bus says baby don’t cry (wag index finger)                                                                                                                         baby don’t cry, baby don’t cry. The daddy on the bus says baby don’t cry all through the town.

Variations: Additional verses, driver on the bus says move on back; door on the bus goes open and shut; wipers on the bus go swish swish swish (only if its raining outside); lights on the bus go blink, blink, blink…

We change the place the bus goes! Rather than “…all through the town” our bus goes “…all through the city, mountains, oceans, even all through the day care! Fun stuff

Mary Had A Little Lamb

Mary had a little lamb, little lamb, little lamb.                                                                                                                 Mary had a little lamb, its fleece as white as snow.                                                                                                           Everywhere that Mary went, Mary went, Mary went                                                                                                         Everywhere that Mary went the lamb was sure to go.                                                                                                   He followed her to school one day, school one day school one day.                                                                               He followed her to school one day, which was against the rules.                                                                                 He made the children laugh and play, laugh and play, laugh and play.                                                                       He made the children laugh and play, to see a lamb at school.

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Posted by on Nov 25, 2016 in Autumn, Blog, Bulletin Boards, Math & Science, November Themes, Science |

Preschool Science Activity Ideas – Fall

Preschool Science Activity Ideas – Fall

Nature is full of preschool science activity ideas! You just need to know where to look. One of the early science classes children are given in elementary school is called Earth Science. The science of the Earth is actually only nature. Young children can learn a lot about nature. Having a broad basic understanding of the outside world early will help them succeed when the reach that elemntary Earth Science class. So here we go.

Bringing Nature In To the Preschool Classroom

Fall Gourds -Fun Preschool Scrience Activities   We put this tray in our science center for further exploration after everyone had a turn to look closely with the magnifying glass at circle time.

Depending on your location fall will look different than fall in other locations. What ever changes that take place outside…bring some samples into your classroom. Maybe mangos become ripe in fall near you, or oranges are being arvested now, even if it’s just a small tray of dried up leaves and some sticks! Bring one or two samples into the classroom for your children to observe. Put a child safe magnifyng glass on the tray and pass it around at circle time.

These are just a few of the things we bring samples of into the classroom in the fall.

Dried Corn Prescool Science Activity Ideas- Fall Dried Corn To Husk -Fun Preschool Science Activity Ideas  Milk Weed In A Jar- Fun Preschool Science Activity Ideas Fun Preschool Science Activity Ideas - Pumpkin Seeds

Don’t forget to show your how the children how to use the magnifying glass to make the object appear larger. Hold the maginfying glass close to the object and look through, don’t hold it up to your eye.

 Science Activities For Fall

Growing Sweet Potatoes

Chestnut Counting Preschool Science Activity Ideas   Grow A Sweet Potato - Fun Preschool Science Activity

You’ll need a sweet potato, or a piece of one. four toothpicks, clear plastic cup, water.

Poke the toothpicks into the sides of the potato at 12:00, 3:00, 6:00 and 9:00 so they can hold the top portion of the potato out of the water. Submerge the potato untill it’s resting on the toothpicks. Keep the cup watered enough that the botom of the potato is always wet.

Have the children make observations as the potato changes. You might want to have them draw in their journals or on clipboards like real scientists!

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Posted by on Nov 24, 2016 in Autumn, Blog, Developmentally Appropriate Practice, Families, Holidays, November Themes, Thanks Giving |

November Themes Developmentally Appropriate Practice (DAP)

November Themes Developmentally Appropriate Practice (DAP)

November Themes:

I was recently asked if teachers can uphold developmentally appropriate practice (DAP) with a theme based curriculum. I quickly answerd “Of course we can! We do it every day!” So here I am a few days later double checking. On second thought, I’d say, there’s always room for improvement but it can be done. Here are the fundamentals of DAP from NAEYC:   Knowing about child development and learning. So learning about the theories and findings of psychologist Jean Piaget, cognitive development theorist Lev Vygotsky, and Erik Erikson, psychosocial theorist, is an important beginning. Knowing what is individually appropriate. Forming strong relationships with children and observing their play is the only way to know what’s individually appropriate in your classroom. Knowing what is culturally important. Again, strong relationships are the answer here. Only the families you work with can tell you what’s culturally important to them.

Now probobly not all of the activities below are DAP, but all of the children, and even the teachers had fun!

Our themes for November are Farm, Healthy Food, Family, Giving Thanks.


cows in the barn    Classifying Farm Animals By Type

Farm animals for sorting and classifying.

Take a cow for a walk. Or try pigs in the mud!

Take a cow for a walk. Or try pigs in the mud!

“Milking” the cows-

Use vinal gloves. Fill with warm water and a drop of white paint and tie closed. Use a pin to poke holes in each finger. Kids squeeze the "milk" out.

Use vinal gloves. Fill with warm water and a drop of white paint and tie closed. Use a pin to poke holes in each finger. Kids squeeze the “milk” out.

The 3 Little Pigs story goes nicely with ths theme. We tell the strory on the felt board, we watch the old classic on You Tube and we read this version of the story. The children love to  act out the story with the masks pictured below.

3 Little Pigs Straw House    3 Little Pigs Stick House   3 Pigs Brick House   3 Little Pigs Masks

3 Little Pigs Houses. Mask patterns are FREE at Printables! 

Butterscotch chips melted   Chow mein noodles mixed into melted butterscotch   Tip the treat out of cup onto wax paper. Be sure to get a picture before the hey stacks are gone!   Edible Hay Stacks

Hay Stacks Cookies. Butterscotch chips melted over chow mein noodles.

Large Motor Games

a Gym isn’t required for these games any large open space like your circle time area will do.

In the gym we pretend to be animals running all around. So we show them at first then it becomes a crazy free for all! Chickens and horses are the favorites!

Another fun game is called “Seeping Cows”. The children lie down and pretend to sleep. While they lay there they listen carfully to the little song I sing to find out what farm animal they should be when they wake up. The song goes like this: See the sleeping cows, till it’s nearly noon. Come let us wake them with a merry tune. Oh so still, are they ill? WAKE  UP Sleeping Cows! So they wake up making cow sounds. Fun stuff!

Healthy Foods

Healthy Food - Unhealthy Junk Food  We made a chart to differentiate healthy from junk food.

Animals in the grass   Cream Cheese with a drop or two green food color. Put your animal in!

Animals in the grass

Animals in the grass

Healthy foods in the cornucopia.

screen-shot-2016-11-22-at-1-11-22-am  Children filling the cornucopia  Full Cornucopia


We have the parents send in family photos which we scrapbook onto an individual house patterens, one for each child. We hang the houses on a large bulletin board through December. Then we bind them into a book which becomes so popular the kids argue over who gets a turn with the family book! I can’t show you the book here because I won’t put the children’s pictures online.

Our Homes - dictate who kids say is in their families onto the inside folds of these homes

Our Homes – dictate who kids say is in their families onto the inside folds of these homes.

We can flip this house!

We can flip this house!

Giving Thanks

The first thing we do is talk about the feeling of thankfulness. We relate it to reccieving a gift. We teach the children to say thank you with words and sign.

ASL Thank You

Thankful Turkey Every child gets a feather and dictates what or who they’re thankful for.

And for open ended art the children paint with feathers, because you know feathers grow on turkeys!

Painting With Feathers   Painting With Feathers 2

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Posted by on Oct 20, 2015 in Autumn, Blog, Circle Time, Math & Science, Music, September Themes |

Apples of Our Eyes

Apples of Our Eyes

image Every child tasted all 3 types of apples.

Apple Chart  This is our apple tasting chart

Apple tree     🎶  I’m a little apple tree, all my apples grow on me. I mustn’t sneeze, I mustn’t cough or all my apples will fall off!                                                                                   Aahh-choo! Aah-choo! (Catch you sneeze in your elbow) 🍎

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