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Giving Thanks On Thanksgiving

Giving Thanks On Thanksgiving

Giving Thanks On Thanksgiving is an American tradition. Giving thanks is an important lesson for children to learn any time of year. At Thanksgiving it’s especially important. There are many ways to approach this lesson. First and foremost is modeling thankfulness for children and to use please and thank you throughout your interactions with them and others. Leading by example will take you far in this regard. Your children will begin to use these polite words when you show them that it’s expected.

Giving Thanks On Thanksgiving For Healthy Foods

Giving Thanks On Thanksgiving   Giving thanks on Thanksgiving with a horn of plenty. This cornucopia is something is fun to fill with pictures of healthy foods cut from old magazines. Older kids can cut out the foods they like. Look for the cornucopia pattern for Free on Printables!

Giving Thanks on Thanksgiving   We made a chart to differentiate healthy from junk food.

Healthy foods in the cornucopia.

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Giving Thanks On Thanksgiving For Family

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.

Giving Thanks On Thanksgiving   Three year olds told their their teacher about the people in their family. The teacher drew these pictures based on what the children told her about their families.

Giving Thanks For Thanksgiving  Each child chose paint to match their skin color, and made a handprint. Next teachers added facial features to each finger. Flesh tones of all shades can be achieved by starting with brown and adding white to lighten it until you have the desired tone. The song Where Is Thumbkin is perfect for this activity.

Giving Thanks For Thanksgiving   Our question of the day will be about our families. Do you have a brother? The names should rise from the bottom row so the children can clearly see which column has more.

Giving Thanks For Thanksgiving   The children in this class drew their own pictures of their families.

Giving Thanks On Thanksgiving   You can find the folding pattern for this house on Nov. Preschool Themes. The pattern for this house is Free on Printables!

Giving Thanks On Thanksgiving

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 American Sign Language.

Giving Thanks On Thanksgiving

Giving Thanks On Thanksgiving  Every child gets a feather and dictates what or who they’re thankful for. You’ll find the pattern for these turkey feathers on Printables! for Free.


Giving Thanks On Thanksgiving    Painting With Feathers 2  And for open ended art the children paint with feathers, because you know feathers grow on turkeys!

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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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