October is Fire Safety Prevention Month. Firefighters Gary & Russel from the Liberty Corner Fire Station came to Zimmer. They talked to us about fire safety. If there is a fire, the best thing to do is get out of the house or school. When outside of the building, 911 is the phone number to be called. They showed the children the gear they wear when fighting a fire. The highlight of the visit was going onto the fire truck.
The children have been learning about Autumn/Fall. They understand the weather is changing from hot to cold, and that means that outwear is needed to be worn. The children have noticed that the leaves are changing color and the many leaves on the ground. They saw the bare trees. The children collected leaves and sticks and twigs from the ground, and some of the children also had a chance to collect acorns from the ground. They examined and hugged several trees; connecting them with nature during this fall season.
The children painted pictures of trees using brown paint and a brush to make the tree trunk, limbs, and branches. Next step, the children used red, yellow and orange paint. They dipped sponges into the paint and sponged painted the leaves on the tree to finish the tree they scrunched up tissue paper and put on the leaves on the tree.
The children used large acorns for one to one correspondence. They put acorns on a card trying to match the number of acorns to the number of circles on the card. The children used their fine motor skills using a spoon to scoop up the small acorns and put them into an empty space in an egg carton.
The children have been focusing on building their fine motor skills, The different ways play-dough was used was squeezing it, rolling it into a ball by using their fingers and using a rolling pin to make it flat as a pancake. The children used their fist to hold stampers to create images in the play dough.
Using their fine motor skills the children squeezed and popped the packing bubble. It was hard but lots of fun!!!
For the holidays of Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur the children have been busy baking and making crafts and learning about the holidays.
The children worked hard to make an apple honey cake. First they grated the apples, then they poured the ingredients into the bowl and they mixed and mixed the batter until it was just right. We put it into the oven to bake. Hope everybody enjoyed their holiday honey cake.
The children took a tour of the big white tent which is the Shul used for Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur services. They experienced holding and blowing the shofars.
We made paper shofars. The children used their fine motor & upper body skills, by standing at the easel sponging with big motions with he paint, while using their fingers to hold the sponge, The children dipped their fingers into paint to make dots and lines with their fingers creating texture on the shofar.